01/09/2020   Dublin (IRL): Callum Wilkinson smashes Ian McCombie's British 10,000m race walk record with a stunning 39:52.05 a record had stood since 1989




The Irish Open and U23 Championships were held at the Morton Stadium in Santry (IRL) on the weekend between 29 and 30 August with the two running races.
The two walking events took place on Saturday 29th with the following timetable:
- 15:07 - 5.000m track walk women
- 16:16 - 10,000m track walk men
5.000m track walk women
Easy and undisputed victory for Kate Veale (IRL) who won the race in 24:51.49
Second place to Ruth Monaghan (IRL) in 25:42.20
Third place to Maria Flynn (ITL) in 26:06.73
10.000m track walk men

Callum Wilkinson’s move to Ireland to be coached by 2013 world 50km race walk champion Rob Heffernan is clearly working for him as he broke the British 10,000m race walk record to win the Irish title in Dublin on Saturday.

The 2016 World U20 champion, who is now based in Cork, clocked 39:52.05 for a dominant win ahead of his training partners David Kenny and Brendan Boyce.

Wilkinson’s time takes not only the personal best but also an impressive 14 seconds off Ian McCombie’s 31-year-old UK record mark.


Reflecting on the past few months, he told Athletics Ireland: “We’ve done a lot of work. We’ve gone through our training exactly as we would as if we were competing at the Olympics.

After the interviews Callum Wilkinson added on Twitter "It is unreal to win the British record on a wild and stormy day in Dublin"
Second place and title of Irish Champion to David Kenny (IRL) in 41:38:45 also personal best (previous of 45: 56.73 obtained in Dublin, IRL on 29.7.2018
Third place went to Brendan Boyce (IRL) in 42:19.89 obtained after a 60” stop in the penalty area.
Eight starters and six athletes finished the race with 2 DQs