Soon after the pre-dawn start at Plaza Extra on the Queen Mary Highway Calvin Dallas burst away from the group. After 8km last year's winner, Steve Burkholder, and Lloyd Henry started to close down on Dallas. Burkholder eventually caught him at 11km as the pair ran back through town and towards the turnaround point at Hamm's Bluff. They ran together for the next 20km but Dallas pulled away as they approached Hamm's Bluff for the second time, around 32km. In the women's race defending champion Teresa Harper led all the way. As the race finished bemused tourists disembarking a cruise ship enquired if the race was an annual event.
MEN: 1 Calvin DALLAS ISV 3:05:09 2 Steve BURKHOLDER ISV 3:10:29 3 Mike KLEIN ISV 3:17:50 4 Jean PIERRE ISV 3:31:04 5 Lloyd HENRY ISV 3:40:47 6 Ernest MITCHELL ISV 3:44:34 WOMEN: 1 Teresa HARPER ISV 3:57:44
Winner from the last two years, Habtemu Bekele of Ethiopia, found stiffer opposition in this 19th running of the race. At half-way, where runners were hampered by a strong easterly wind, Bekele shared the lead with six Kenyan runners and two Israelis, Ayale Sateng and Asaf Bimro, all of whom were timed at 1:08:22. A 31-year old Kenyan, John Rotich was the only one to beat Bekele while Sateng captured the national title.
In the absence of significant international participation of female runners, old-timer, multiple national champion Nili Abramski, 36, clocked a modest 2:54:49 for an easy victory. The number of participants was an all-time record as 730 runners were registered; some 700 started the race and 665 times below 6 hours (race closing time) were recorded.
Preparations have already begun to make the next edition of the race even bigger, with international participation on a larger scale.
MEN: 1 John ROTICH KEN 2:15:43 2 Habtamu BEKELE ETH 2:16:23 3 Reuben TOROITICH KEN 2:16:37 4 Ayale SATENG ISR 2:16:59 5 Opnesmus MUTISYA KEN 2:18:34 6 Philemon BOIT KEN 2:18:57 7 Asaf BIMRO ISR 2:19:18 8 Geoffrey TERER KEN 2:22:10 9 Isiah KOSGEI KEN 2:23:38 10 Destao SEWONACH ISR 2:23:40 WOMEN: 1 Nili ABRAMSKI ISR 2:54:49 2 Orna BELOW ISR 2:56:47 3 Seraw MENICHEL ETH 3:02:43 4 Loris MENDELOVICH ISR 3:07:52 5 Maya KARMI ISR 3:11:28 6 Ronit YUDASHKIN ISR 3:20:19 7 Mirit MISRACHI ISR 3:24:23 8 Sintya ITZCHAKI ISR 3:24:28 9 Galya AMDOR ISR 3:26:53 10 Lila FRENKEL ISR 3:32:31
A new national record was set by 21-year-old Chan Ka Ho with the time of 1:12:02. The championship has been held annually for 13 years, and now attracts more than 2,000 runners. There were four guest runners from Japan and Malaysia in this year's event. "Gold Jerseys", awarded to men who finished the race under 1:25:00 and women who bettered 1:40:00 for 3 consecutive years, went to 38 people. In addition, 100 medallions were awarded to the top 100 finishers of the race in order to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Mizuno.
MEN: 1 Ka Ho CHAN HKG 1:12:02 2 Mark WILLIAMS GBR 1:12:51 3 Wang Kuen WONG HKG 1:13:01 4 Neil TAIT GBR 1:13:40 5 Ka Man GI HKG 1:13:55 6 Kirk SABEAN CAN 1:14:07 7 Wai Kwok CHAN HKG 1:14:34 8 Natsuki OKADA JPN 1:15:01 9 Hok Yan LAI HKG 1:15:07 10 Chiu Lin LEUNG HKG 1:15:38 WOMEN: 1 So Liang TO HKG 1:23:28 2 Yuen Fan LEUNG HKG 1:24:46 3 Gillian CASTKA GBR 1:27:03 4 Terumi NIWA JPN 1:28:06 5 Christine BAILEY 1:28:21 6 Kit Yee CHAN HKG 1:28:26 7 Sui Ping FAN HKG 1:31:02 8 Ka Man WONG HKG 1:33:00 9 Shuk Han CHEUNG HKG 1:34:45 10 Wai Ling CHU HKG 1:35:08
8 JANUARY 2006: DISNEY MARATHON, USA
MEN: 1 Adriano BASTOS BRA 2:19:43 2 Tim KELLER USA 2:31:34 3 Nick RICCO USA 2:32:34 4 Matthew DOBSON USA 2:33:38 5 Genildo FERNANDS BRA 2:34:53 6 Michael HEITZENRATER USA 2:41:16 7 Jim CLEMENS USA 2:41:26 8 Eric VANDERVORT USA 2:41:35 9 John REBACK USA 2:42:42 10 Michael MOLLOD USA 2:42:52 WOMEN: 1 Paige HIGGINS USA 2:51:38 2 Amy SHERTZER USA 2:59:14 3 Maryanne PROTZ USA 3:00:40 4 Deborah TILLMAN USA 3:04:06 5 Lynn LEONARD USA 3:04:23 6 Laura DRAKE USA 3:07:03 7 Lou Hohnka OSWALD USA 3:12:55 8 Eileen TURENNE USA 3:14:03 9 Amy GRAB USA 3:14:13 10 Heather RYNDAK USA 3:14:25 HALF MARATHON (7 JAN 2006): MEN: 1 Josh EBERLEY USA 1:08:12 2 Josh MOEN USA 1:08:12 3 Jeff GAUDETTE USA 1:08:21 WOMEN: 1 Melissa WHITE USA 1:18:33 2 Dorothy MCMAHAN USA 1:19:01 3 Cassie HINTZ USA 1:19:20
Starting in Kapalua under light rain and 21°C, the race went through Old Lahaina Town to a beach finish in clear and warm conditions. Chris Charles, from Seattle, ran alone to post a new course record of 1:09:06. The inaugural record, set by Maui local Matthew Holton at 1:15:38, was run into a strong Kona head wind.
Coming all the way from the Eastern seaboard of the US, Heidi Westerling nailed the second course record of the day, improving over 10 minutes from the 1:28.29 set last year by Canada's Gillian Kornell.
MEN: 1 Chris CHARLES USA 1:09:06 2 Ryan HUGHES USA 1:14:41 3 Kevin SHILLING USA 1:17:57 4 John BOGEN USA 1:21:18 5 John NIETFELD USA 1:21:33 6 David CARLSSON USA 1:22:23 7 Patrick WALSH USA 1:24:05 8 Paul HOPWOOD USA 1:24:36 9 Stephen TOAL CAN 1:25:12 10 John DUDEK USA 1:25:23 WOMEN: 1 Heidi WESTERLING USA 1:18:15 2 Donna ANDERSON USA 1:24:57 3 Carla HOLMES USA 1:29:06 4 Mia DOUGLAS CAN 1:33:55 5 Sara CLARK USA 1:34:45 6 Kristy RICE USA 1:36:29 7 Shelly SNYDER USA 1:37:19 8 Beverly LEMASTER USA 1:37:48 9 Joan ANTAL USA 1:38:38 10 Rose VANDUZER USA 1:39:18
15 JANUARY 2006: STANDARD CHARTERED MUMBAI MARATHON, INDIA
Simon Kasimili paced a large group to 24km, ensuring that many were still in contention in the later stages. Gradually it thinned out to a group of four before a pre-race favourite, Christopher Cheboiboch, dropped back as they ascended the main hill on the course at 35km. It was only in the final few kilometres that Rono managed to cut loose from his pursuers to beat the old course record by over a minute.
Mulu Seboka shunned the pacemaking and took off alone so that she had a big lead from early in the race. Her lead amounted to 2.5 minutes at 30km, but she slowed considerably in the later stages of the race. Leila Aman, last year's runner-up to Seboka, again chased hardest but she also began to suffer the consequences. Inge Arbitova came through to take second but was never in a position to challenge Seboka.
MEN: 1 Daniel RONO KEN 2:12:03 2 David KIPKORIR KEN 2:12:18 3 Stanley LELEITO KEN 2:12:47 4 Christopher CHEBOIBOCH KEN 2:13:58 5 Gashaw MALESE ETH 2:14:19 6 Meshack KOSGEI KEN 2:14:44 7 M NGASENKE ZIM 2:16:10 8 Alex MALINGA UGA 2:16:22 9 Willy CHERUIYOT KEN 2:16:24 10 Cleophas ROP KEN 2:17:32 WOMEN: 1 Mulu SEBOKA ETH 2:33:15 2 Inga ARBITOVA RUS 2:33:55 3 Leila AMAN ETH 2:36:17 4 Zebenay MOGES ETH 2:39:39 5 Elizabeth CHEMWENO KEN 2:41:23 6 Hanna MITEI KEN 2:43:05 7 Irene MOGAKA KEN 2:43:05 8 Marashet JIMMA ETH 2:44:23 9 Adnech BEYENE ETH 2:45:06 10 Xin ZHANG CHN 2:45:26
15 JANUARY 2006: CHINA COAST MARATHON, HONG KONG
The race is organized by Athletic Veterans of Hong Kong and takes place far away from the urban jungle that is to most people Hong Kong. It is the territory's oldest marathon. The course is tough: a scenic, hilly out and back affair alongside High Island Reservoir in Sai Kung Country Park. Conditions this year were unseasonably warm for the marathon runners. As sun came out finishing temperatures rose over 20°C. The race is very runner-friendly with plenty of aid stations along the route. The local veterans club organizers award age group prizes up to 65+ for men and 50+ for women. The winners in both the men's and women's races were last year's champions Gunnar Rethfeldt and Jo Jo Fan.
MEN: 1 Gunnar RETHFELDT HKG 2:38:22 2 Alvin Kwong Yiu CHAN HKG 2:57:37 3 Wai Lee WONG HKG 2:59:13 4 Ping Chuen WONG HKG 2:59:42 5 Luen Pai WONG HKG 3:01:26 6 Ming Fai LAI HKG 3:02:50 7 Chun Fai YIP HKG 3:07:29 8 Chung Fat SIU HKG 3:11:58 9 Hing Wah HO HKG 3:12:18 10 Raymond Yiu Chung LI HKG 3:13:01 WOMEN: 1 Sui Ping FAN HKG 3:24:41 2 Chun Hing CHAN HKG 3:34:04 3 Peggy Pui-Shan CHAN HKG 3:37:17 4 Lucina Shuk-Lin LO HKG 3:45:39 5 Vera Hei-Ping CHAN HKG 3:47:07 6 May Suk-Man SZETO HKG 3:47:55 7 Kathy Li LO HKG 3:50:02 8 Mei-Lun YEUNG HKG 3:55:57 9 Chloe Lo VINE HKG 3:56:40 10 Lyn Carolyn POEY HKG 3:59:01 HALF MARATHON: MEN: 1 Adrian KING HKG 1:17:22 2 Hoi To HO HKG 1:17:45 3 Wai Shing MO HKG 1:18:13 WOMEN: 1 Claire MURRAY HKG 1:34:28 2 Angelina Fung-Sin KONG HKG 1:39:01 3 Sze-Lam CHEUNG HKG 1:42:36
MEN: 1 Boonchu CHANDECHA THA 2:23:21 2 Jirasak SUTTICHART THA 2:23:23 3 Anusak PIDVONA THA 2:26:11 4 Michael MUKOMA KEN 2:29:49 5 Gordae SENMOOD THA 2:30:58 6 Panom MAPENG THA 2:31:58 7 Supid JANTARAT THA 2:33:23 8 Sonchai CHUSAKUL THA 2:33:37 9 Wuttipat BOONJANG THA 2:34:20 10 Meechai CHUCHEEP THA 2:35:45 WOMEN: 1 Violetta URYGA POL 2:51:57 2 Saifon PIAWONG THA 2:57:32 3 Kedmanee SENAPAN THA 2:57:55 4 Devamanie SOTHIE MAS 3:02:56 5 Rpasara PRASATHINPIMAI THA 3:03:35 6 Saipin PATJUN THA 3:06:29 7 Kan KUSAWAN THA 3:06:29 8 Papan KAMBURI THA 3:12:07 9 Tanapon PIAMSAKUL THA 3:16:58 10 Dudsadee SAEHENG THA 3:27:08 HALF MARATHON: MEN: 1 Boontueng SRISANG THA 1:09:54 2 Amnat SICHAD THA 1:10:45 3 Amnuay TONGMIT THA 1:10:45 WOMEN: 1 TRIYANINGSI INA 1:16:46 2 Patcharee CHAITONGSI THA 1:23:34 3 Sontiya SAIVAEW THA 1:23:34
Halefom Tsegaye and Jane Nyambura won the second Lahore Marathon in record times writes Ian Ladbrooke. Nyambura, as Jane Kariuki, had won the first edition but improved to a personal best time in this race, breaking away after only 5km. She was caught by Meseret Kotu and Teringo Getachewat at 15km and all three ran together as for the next 19km. At 34km Nyambura put in her decisive move.
Tsegaye broke away with 6km to go for an impressive win. After passing halfway in 1:06:02 the weather took its toll, as the temperature roses from 20°C at the start to 27°C at finish.
In the supporting 10km event there was a spectacular all-Ethiopian sprint finish with the top 3 men separated by just one second. Asmae Leghazoui won the women's race in a sharp 31:49, while last year's winner Cathy Mutwa improved by 70 seconds over last year and set a new personal best.
There were approximately 20,000 participants in all three races (including a 5km fun run), numbers which were handled extremely well by police and race marshals.
MEN: 1 Halefom TSEGAYE ETH 2:16:01 2 Gashaw SIBHAT ETH 2:19:55 3 Semeretu ALEMYEHU ETH 2:21:02 WOMEN: 1 Jane NYAMBURA (nee KARIUKI)KEN 2:34:57 2 Meseret KOTU ETH 2:37:31 3 Teringo GETECHEWAT ETH 2:40:59 10km MEN: 1 Kadir BURKA ETH 28:53 2 Birhanu ADANE ETH 28:54 3 Tewodros SHIFERAW ETH 28:54 WOMEN 1. Asmae LEGZAHOUI MAR 31:49 2. Cathy MUTWA KEN 32:50 3. Ashu KASIM ETH 33:24
29 JANUARY 2006: OSAKA LADIES' INT'L MARATHON, JAPAN
Catherine Ndereba stuck to her usual cautious pacing to good effect as she picked off the early leaders and came home to a comfortable victory.
Lidia Grigoryeva and Natalia Berkut paced the lead group of four Japanese out of the stadium, while Ndereba held back. She passed 5km 100m down on this group and 50m ahead of another group of seven. Both the pacemakers and Ndereba continued as they had started, and the gap between them grew to 47 seconds at 10km and 67 seconds at 15km. By 20km the leaders were down to Kayoko Obata and Kiyomi Ogawa, plus the two pacemeakers.
Ndereba lost little ground after 15km and from 25km, as the pacemakers dropped out, she rapidly clawed it back. Running a very consistent pace she halved the gap to Obata between 25-30km. It took her only another 3km to pass the tiring leader, and at 35km she was 100m clear. Her lead extended to over a minute at 40km, when Obata rallied. Kiyoko Shimahara came through the field: from 8th at 25km she was in 4th at 35km and finished in third place. Catherine Ndereba's younger sister finished eighth, while three-time winner Lidia Simon was ninth. Masami Sakata and Tomo Morimoto, neither of whom were invited runners, posted outstanding debut times in fourth and fifth positions.
WOMEN: 1 Catherine NDEREBA KEN 2:25:05 2 Kayoko OBATA JPN 2:25:52 3 Kiyoko SHIMAHARA JPN 2:26:47 4 Masami SAKATA JPN 2:27:13 5 Tomo MORIMOTO JPN 2:27:46 6 Dorota GRUCA POL 2:29:17 7 Mika OKUNAGA JPN 2:29:56 8 Anastasia NDEREBA KEN 2:32:47 9 Lidia SIMON ROM 2:33:53 10 Asami OBI JPN 2:34:22
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