Night of the 10,000m PBs: Nick Goolab takes British champs silver at Highgate

Night of the 10,000m PBs: Nick Goolab takes British champs silver at Highgate

Belgrave’s Nick Goolab won individual British 10,000m silver and and team silver in the European Cup at the Night of the 10,000m PBs at Highgate.

Humid conditions and a mid-race downpour meant that PBs were few and far between in the men’s A-race, but Nick’s 28:10 – his 10,000m debut on the track – was still good enough for third on the Belgrave all-time rankings.

Belgrave all-time 10,000m rankings

127:47.79 Paul EvansStockholm5 Jul 1993
227:48.73 Gary StainesBislett Games, Oslo6 Jul 1991
328:10.48Nick GoolabEuropean Cup, Highgate6 Jul 2019
428:27.70 Martin Dent Zatopek:10, Melbourne10 Dec 2009
528:39.85 Andrew LloydUnknown1990
629:08.5 Gerald A. NorthLauriston Runners v S. Africa, Walton21 Mar 1967
729:10.66 Phil WicksEuropean Cup, Madeira6 Jun 2009


Nick had prepared for Highgate with his highest ever mileage in training as well as easy runs and long tempo work on the track to get used to the mental grind of 25 laps. His result was 12 seconds quicker than his English 10k title win in Bournemouth in April, even if it wasn’t quite the sub-28 clocking he’d hoped for.

But World Champs qualifying time of 27:40 had been out of reach for most of the race, with the pacers and lead pack, including Nick and Derby’s Ben Connor, quickly falling behind the green LEDs marking World and Olympic standards, and going through halfway in 14:02.

Just after halfway, Nick is tucked in behind Petros (Ger), with eventual winner Crippa (Ita) in the foreground. Ben Connor is just behind Nick.

Connor sat patiently behind Goolab for much of the race, waiting until 7k to break from 7th place with a gradual wind-up that would see him finish 3rd overall in 27:57, good enough for the British title.

British 10,000m medallists Nick Goolab, Ben Connor and Chris Thompson.

Goolab’s pacing was remarkably consistent, posting identical 14:05 first and second 5ks, and his 28:10 got him a European Cup 8th place and British silver, well ahead of compatriots Chris Thompson and training partner Mahamud Aadan.

127:49.79Yemane CRIPPAITA
227:52.25Amanal PETROSGER
327:57.60Ben CONNORGBR
428:04.09Soufiane BOUCHIKHIBEL
528:06.27Sondre MOENNOR
628:09.21Lorenzo DINIITA
728:10.16Juan PÉREZESP
828:10.49Nick GOOLABGBR
928:21.24Aras KAYATUR
1028:26.02Said EL OTMANIITA
1428:28.55Chris THOMPSONGBR
1528:28.56Mahamud AadanGBR

The British team of Connor, Goolab, Matthew Leach, Jack Gray, Adam Hickey and Andrew Heyes took home the team silver medal, with Italy taking gold and Germany bronze.

Goolab and Chris Thompson seen through the packed crowds during the early stages.