It was dark and 15°C at the 07.00 start in the northern Mexican desert city of Torreon. Procopia Franco, with a courageous run in warm conditions, made all the running from 2km onwards. By the finish it was 22°C and climbing under a hot sun. Torreon is also 1000m above sea level.
By halfway (65:35) the lead pack was down to nine. As relentlessly as the sun, Franco bore down, and by 34km he had shaken everyone except eventual winner, Jackson Kipngok. Kipngok tucked in behind all the way until the last 200m, when he took the race in a decisive move in the finishing stretch. Spectators of this "Fiesta de la Laguna" urged Franco on throughout the race, with frequent chants of "Me-hi-co, Me-hi-co!" as he battled the Kenyans.
A relatively unknown new Mexican talent, 22-year old Maria Elena Valencia, took the women's title more easily, with 2:33:14 in only her second attempt at the marathon distance.
MEN: 1 Jackson KIPNGOK KEN 2:14:16 2 Procopia FRANCO MEX 2:14:24 3 Lenard NGIGI KEN 2:15:33 4 Christopher TOROTICH KEN 2:15:52 5 Rito REGULES MEX 2:16:28 6 Alejandro CUAHTEPITZI MEX 2:17:01 7 Primo CAPULA MEX 2:17:10 8 J Jesus HERNANDEZ MEX 2:17:16 9 Julio PEREZ MEX 2:17:27 10 Gualberto VARGAS MEX 2:17:35 WOMEN: 1 Ma Elena VALENCIA MEX 2:33:14 2 Neria ASIBA KEN 2:36:28 3 Ericka GUEVARA MEX 2:38:27 4 Lucy MUHAMY KEN 2:39:24 5 Judith RAMIREZ MEX 2:40:08 6 Liliana MERLO MEX 2:41:57 7 Irene VAZQUEZ MEX 2:43:28 8 Adriana SANCHEZ MEX 2:43:52 9 Ma Guadalupe SANTANA MEX 2:47:27 10 Emma MALDONALDO MEX 2:51:23
5 MARCH 2006: LAKE BIWA MAINICHI MARATHON, JAPAN
Conditions were good: sunny, 12°C with humidity of 52% and wind speed 1.3m/s.
MEN (ONLY): 1 Jose RIOS ESP 2:09:15 2 Takayuki MATSUMIYA JPN 2:10:20 3 Osaki SATOSHI JPN 2:10:49 4 Leonid SHVETSOV RUS 2:10:59 5 Pablo OLMEDO MEX 2:11:59 6 Muneyuki OJIMA JPN 2:12:28 7 Masaya SHIMIZU JPN 2:12:31 8 Koichiro FUKUOKA JPN 2:14:00 9 Masakazu MATSUURA JPN 2:14:47 10 Hayato KONO JPN 2:15:11
5 MARCH 2006: AMBANK KUALA LUMPUR INT'L MARATHON, MALAYSIA
The race started at 05.00 to make use of slightly cooler pre-dawn conditions.
MEN: 1 Samuel TARUS KEN 2:21:01 2 John CHEBOI KEN 2:22:20 3 Joseph NSUBUGA UGA 2:23:17 4 Adam DOBRZYNSKI POL 2:23:39 5 Sammy KOSGEI KEN 2:26:29 6 R BANDARA SRI 2:27:43 7 Vladimir KOTOV BLR 2:31:50 8 Alex ONCHARI KEN 2:32:14 9 Daniel SHUNGEA KEN 2:32:25 10 Zai Xiang LI CHN 2:36:08 WOMEN: 1 Xian MUSHUI CHN 2:53:32 2 Cheng Cheng CUI CHN 2:53:58 3 Xing Xue WANG CHN 2:57:14 4 W A D M CHANDRAKANTHI SRI 3:00:18 5 Shui Dan WANG CHN 3:06:25 6 Hayley HOLLEY BVI 3:12:09 7 M A CHANDRAWATHIE SRI 3:12:40 8 S DEVAMANI MAS 3:15:15 9 Rebecca MCCLINTOCK USA 3:16:53 10 Saipin PAIJUN THA 3:18:20 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 S VIKRAM MAS 1:10:43 2 R MUNIANDY MAS 1:11:23 3 Venugopal RAJENDRAN MAS 1:15:21 WOMEN: 1 So Liang TOH SNG 1:28:22 2 Vally MICHAEL 1:33:10 3 Norilda ISMAEL MAS 1:34:09
More than 100 runners from 12 countries registered for the 8th edition despite the difficult international situation. The group encamped at Chenini, within a world hertiage site, for the start of this 5-stage, 120km race along desert tracks which get ever more sandy as they approach the dunes of the Great Eastern Erg.
On the first stage a group of 10 runners climbed up the steep track past the mosque and stayed together almost to the end. Only 11 minutes separated the first 10 finishers.
A sandstorm blew in overnight but subsided in time for the second stage of 25km. A group of eight stayed together until the final 2km, when three of them pulled away. Alessandro Lambruschini finished first in 1:23:26. Late in the same day a short night stage was held after a trying afternoon spent fighting a sandstorm in which some of the tents blew away.
The fourth stage, on 12 March, was over the marathon distance and started into a strong headwind which whipped up the sand into runners' faces. Lambruschini again went away in the final few kilometres to win this stage.
The final stage, across the dunes of the Great Eastern Erg to the oasis of Ksar Ghilane, was very hard. The first finishers were less badly hit by the rising storm but those finishing later suffered in practically zero visibility.
Lambruschini maintained his lead to win the overall race for the second year. Last year's female winner, Patrizia Guarnieri, was beaten by a series of strong performances from the Croat Mirjana Kmacic. It was the hardest race of all those yet held.
MEN: 1 Alessandro LAMBRUSCHINI ITA 9:00:46 2 Adel CHAYEB TUN 9:05:51 3 Fabrizio FERRARESE ITA 9:26:32 4 Tommaso VIOLANO ITA 9:32:53 5 Alessandro FIORINI ITA 9:42:54 6 Alessandro PLAINO ITA 9:49:59 7 Andrea BERNABUCCI ITA 9:55:30 8 Gianni MOGGIA ITA 10:03:43 9 Toufik KAHLOUI TUN 10:23:51 10 Mario CIMATTI ITA 10:39:10 WOMEN: 1 Mirjana KMACIC CRO 11:24:30 2 Patrizia GUARNIERI ITA 11:43:05 3 Alessandra BERNARDINI ITA 12:09:29 4 Chiara TIEGHI ITA 12:39:09 5 Laura CORTI ITA 13:00:02 6 Sharon KOVAR USA 13:18:38 7 Claudia GERLING GER 13:52:56 8 Silvana LATTANZIO ITA 15:09:00 9 Ma Luisa MALVESTITI ITA 16:12:57 10 Ida LENART CAN 17:12:59
Zhou Chunxiou, who turned 28 only four days earlier, celebrated by becoming the seventh woman to break the sub-2.20 barrier, first broached by her countrywoman Naoko Takahshi in 2001. She had finished only fifth in last summer's world championships marathon in Helsinki, but in this race she set the time to beat for 2006.
Zhou's previous best was 2:21:11, set in the 2005 Beijing Marathon. The following day she won silver in the National Games 10,000m in a time of 31:08.03.
Gert Thys won the men's race for the third time in four years. Last year he had slipped to second place.
MEN: 1 Gert THYS RSA 2:10:40 2 Jason MBOTE KEN 2:11:40 3 Araya HAREGOT KEN 2:11:56 4 Young-Joon JI KOR 2:12:08 5 Jimmy MUINDI KEN 2:12:20 6 Wilson KIGEN KEN 2:12:28 7 Mbarak HUSSEIN KEN 2:12:53 8 William KIPSANG KEN 2:13:30 WOMEN: 1 Chunxiou ZHOU CHN 2:19:51 2 Kyung-Hee LIM KOR 2:34:08 3 Kyung-Hee CHOI KOR 2:36:10 4 Eun-Hee CHAE KOR 2:40:47 5 Chieko YAMASAKI JPN 2:41:40 6 Emily KIMURIA KEN 2:42:05 7 Sakato UETANI JPN 2:44:24 8 Ok-Yuon SUH KOR 2:46:41
12 MARCH 2006: NAGOYA INT'L WOMEN'S MARATHON, JAPAN
Harumi Hiroyama overtook Yoko Shibui with only a kilometre to go, after lagging nearly a minute behind her at 30km.
Shibui had gone into the lead from the start and in the early stages she led a nine-strong chasing group by up to 10 seconds. By 10km she had been caught but very soon afterwards she struck out on her own again, passing halfway in 1:10:24, nearly two minutes up on Naoko Takahashi's course record pace. It was too much, too soon, as Shibui started to slow after 25km. By 30km she was losing ground to her pursuers.
"At 35km I could see her," said Hiroyama, who by 40km had closed to within 100m of the tiring race leader. Hiroyama's wining time fell short of her personal best time by 30 seconds.
WOMEN (ONLY): 1 HARUMI HIROYAMA JPN 2:23:26 2 YOKO SHIBUI JPN 2:23:58 3 CHIKA HORIE JPN 2:28:01 4 ALINA TECUTA ROM 2:29:30 5 YUKO MACHIDA JPN 2:29:48 6 YASUKO HASHIMOTO JPN 2:29:53 7 AYUMI HAYASHI JPN 2:29:59 8 HIROMI OMINAMI JPN 2:30:23 9 MULU SEBOKA ETH 2:30:41 10 MIKA HIKICHI JPN 2:31:03
12 MARCH 2006: 13th KYOTO CITY HALF MARATHON
Around 7000 runners started in drizzling rain on a cold morning.
MEN: 1 Takayuki OTA JPN 1:02:50 2 Takuya YAMAWAKI JPN 1:02:52 3 Akihiko THUMIRAI JPN 1:02:53 4 Rioji MATUSITA JPN 1:02:58 5 Hirotaka TANAKA JPN 1:02:59 6 Samuel NGANGA KEN 1:03:03 7 Athushi IKAWA JPN 1:03:03 8 Tomoya SHIMIZU JPN 1:03:16 9 Satoru SASAKI JPN 1:03:21 10 Ryo OHASHI JPN 1:03:22 WOMEN: 1 Mai ITO JPN 1:11:11 2 Ryoko KIZAKI JPN 1:12:46 3 Noriko HIGUCHI JPN 1:13:14 4 Kasumi OYAGI JPN 1:13:25 5 Chizuru IDETA JPN 1:13:33 6 Ayumi SAKAIDA JPN 1:13:50 7 Sizuka MARUMO JPN 1:13:53 8 Akane YATAKI JPN 1:14:14 9 Yukina SAIJYO JPN 1:14:29 10 Seika IWAMURA JPN 1:15:05
Lidiya Grigoryeva smashed her personal best time by nearly two minutes in the 19th edition of the Los Angeles Marathon — and broke the course record. It was just enough to see off the challenge of Gete Wami, who she beat by 80m and defending champion Lyubov Denisova.
Kenyans took seven of the top-10 places in the men's race and foremost among them Benson Cherono also set a new personal best (previously 2:11:23) and a new course record.
MEN: 1 Benson CHERONO KEN 2:08:40 2 Laban KIPKEMBOI KEN 2:10:08 3 Simon WANGAI KEN 2:10:35 4 Thomas OMWENGA KEN 2:11:47 5 Haste JIFAR ETH 2:12:39 6 Robert CHERUIYOT KEN 2:14:26 7 Mikhail KHOBOTOV RUS 2:15:05 8 Nicholas MUREI KEN 2:15:23 9 John KAGWE KEN 2:15:32 10 Odilon ROJAS MEX 2:16:44 WOMEN: 1 Lidia GRIGORYEVA RUS 2:25:10 2 Gete WAMI ETH 2:25:26 3 Lyubov DENISOVA RUS 2:26:18 4 Nuta OLARU ROM 2:30:30 5 Irina SAFAROVA RUS 2:34:45 6 Tatyana POZDNYAKOVA UKR 2:35:46 7 Lyudmila PUSHKINA UKR 2:41:15 8 Christine LUNDY USA 2:43:14 9 Supin MAPON USA 2:57:57 10 Sarah HALLAS USA 2:58:40
19 MARCH 2006: THAILAND TEMPLE RUN
More than 3000 runners participated, including 645 foreign runners from 45 countries.
Reigning Southeast Asian Marathon Champion Boonchoo Chandecha had to fight tough resistance from Jirasak Sutthichat and Umnuai Thongmit. All three of them crossed the finish line neck and neck. The finish line judge declared Boonchoo the winner after the official timing recorded all three runners with the same time.
The women's race was less hard fought with Thai star Sunisa Sailomyen winning her first race back after childbirth. She finished just a minute ahead of Khetmanee Senaphan.
In the half marathon Boontueng Srisan again proved to hard to beat, winning his fifth consecutive ING Thailand Temple Run. In the women's race Diane Fusealdo from Australia became the first ever foreign runner to win at the event.
Next year's race is set for 18 March 2007.
MEN: 1 Boonchoo CHUNDECHA THA 2:40:08 2 Jirisak SUTTHICHAT THA 2:40:08 3 Umnuai THONGMIT THA 2:40:08 4 Solchai CHOOSAKHUL THA 2:40:13 5 Khordae SENMOOD THA 2:42:23 6 Anusak PHITSAWONG THA 2:42:47 7 Meechai CHOOCHEEP THA 2:43:03 8 Suphit CHANTHARAT THA 2:44:05 9 Chadaruk CHAIYAKHAMCHORN THA 2:44:33 10 Jiratthikarn BOONMA THA 2:47:45 WOMEN: 1 Sunisa SAILOMYEN THA 3:15:20 2 Khetmanee SENAPHAN THA 3:16:32 3 Saiphin PATJUN THA 3:23:31 4 Khan KHOOSUWAN THA 3:24:20 5 Praphan KHAMBURI THA 3:27:14 6 Thanaporn PIEMSAKHUL THA 3:36:18 7 Ashley CLARK USA 3:39:16 8 Pratheep THONGCHAI THA 3:39:44 9 Dhutsanee SAEHENG THA 3:48:59 10 Unchalee WONGPANIJ THA 3:53:13 HALF MARATHON: MEN: 1 Boontheung SRISONG THA 1:13:14 2 Umnai SRICHARD THA 1:13:35 3 Somyhod KIJUDOM THA 1:14:19 WOMEN: 1 Diane FUSEALDO AUS 1:27:07 2 Phatcharee CHAITHONGSRI THA 1:28:42 3 Sonthiya CHAIWAWE THA 1:29:52
19 MARCH 2006: STANDARD CHARTERED STANLEY MARATHON, FALKLAND ISLANDS
The world's most southerly certified marathon enjoyed benign conditions for its second edition: dry, 11°C and a wind speed of only 4.8m/s.
Hugh Marsden led from the start to win for the second year running. He built a lead of three minutes at the halfway point and eventually improved his previous winning time by three minutes. Third-placed Elfo Lazo came from Uruguay to compete, and improved by 24 minutes on his 10th place of the inaugural year.
The women's race was dominated by Katherine Badham-Thornhill who placed fifth overall and improved the course record by six minutes. Carol Peck, one of only two locally-born runners, came in second and in the overall ranking only one place behind the first Falkland Islands-born runner, Richard Short.
Last year's team relay winners, the Falkland Islands Football Team returned to defend their crown. Although their time was slower than the previous year it was just enough to beat off the Cragiehall Old Boys, a British army team that had travelled down from Scotland especially for the race.
The race sponsors and organisers, Standard Chartered Bank, entered the only all-women's team (KASH) which finished 10th in 4:12.29.
The Governor, His Excellency Mr. Howard Pearce officiated the start and also presented the trophies and prize money at the end. His Excellency took special note of the race now being the world's most southerly certified marathon.
British Forces Television filmed parts of the race and the presentations.
Next year's race is scheduled for Sunday 18 March.
MEN: 1 Hugh MARSDEN GBR 3:04:16 2 David ADAM GBR 3:10:35 3 Elfo LAZO URU 3:20:55 4 Michael OWEN GBR 3:27:38 5 Andrew TIMEWELL GBR 3:32:48 6 Douglas LOGAN GBR 3:44:34 7 Martin ARUNDEL GBR 3:52:24 8 Paul NASH GBR 3:52:57 9 Alex HOMES GBR 3:55:32 10 Chris POTTS GBR 3:58:41 WOMEN: 1 Katherine BADHAM-THORNHILL GBR 3:28:32 2 Carol PECH FKL 4:19:42 3 Alison LIDDLE GBR 4:49:30 TEAM RELAY (4 RUNNERS): 1 Falklands Football Team FKL 3:14:35 2 Craigiehall Old Boys GBR 3:15:16 3 Tiggers GBR 3:18:27
19 MARCH 2006: VIGARANO MARATHON, ITALY
The 28th edition passed off with great success. Good organisation and dedicated volunteers were helped in their tasks by the beautiful sunny weather which lasted from beginning to end of marathon day.
The spring sun provided the backround to almost 1000 runners in the Marathon, the competitive 11,400km race, and the Bambini Race, all held along a flat and fast route beside the walls of Ferrara's historic medieval centre and its surrounding countryside.
MEN: 1 Benson MUTISYA KEN 2:12:58 2 Philemon KIPKERING KEN 2:15:02 3 Joshua ROP KEN 2:23:49 4 Ivan TASSONI ITA 2:26:57 5 Mario ARDEMAGNE ITA 2:32:20 6 Corado REGGIANI ITA 2:38:01 7 Bernhard SANTNER AUT 2:38:10 8 Housni KEBAILI 2:38:37 9 Claudio BALBONI ITA 2:39:16 10 Graziano GIORDANENGO ITA 2:39:24 WOMEN: 1 Paola VENTRELLA ITA 2:43:52 2 Antonella BENATTI ITA 2:56:14 3 Giovanna CAVALLI ITA 3:01:38 4 Stefania CHERASCO ITA 3:10:00 5 Elena SIMSIG ITA 3:11:59 6 Tiziana SCORZATO ITA 3:13:50 7 Maria Luisa COSTETTI ITA 3:15:29 8 Nathalie CHARLES FRA 3:16:32 9 Audrey AMARA USA 3:16:45 10 Antonija ORLIC CRO 3:19:32 11.4km race MEN: 1 Zoltan KADLOT HUN 36:56 WOMEN: 1 Margherita GARGIONI ITA 42:48
MEN: 1 Moses KIGEN KEN 1:01:18 2 Solomon BUSHENDICH KEN 1:01:21 3 Kimwole KIMATTAI KEN 1:01:34 4 Patrick IVUTI KEN 1:01:50 5 William CHEBOR KEN 1:01:53 6 Stephan JUTTE 1:01:55 7 James MWANGI KEN 1:02:16 8 Sammy CHUMBA KEN 1:02:45 9 Peter KIPROTICH KEN 1:02:47 10 David MUTAI KEN 1:03:36 WOMEN: 1 Simone STAICU HUN 1:12:49 2 Selina BORST NED 1:13:31 3 Lisa WIKLUND SWE 1:16:52
25 MARCH 2006: XIAMEN INTERNATIONAL MARATHON, CHINA
World leading perfomer Zhou Chunxiou, who had run 2:19:51 in the Seoul Marathon only two weeks earlier, dropped out of the women's competition. In the men's race there was an impressive run from the 21-year old Deng Hai-Yang.
MEN: 1 Steven Kamar KEN 2:10:46 2 Jonathan Kosgei KEN 2:10:49 3 Hai-yang DENG CHN 2:10:50 4 Yusef SONGOKA KEN 2:11:14 5 Henry KAPKIAI KEN 2:11:33 6 Titus MUNJI KEN 2:12:18 7 Zhu-hong LI CHN 2:14:41 8 Wei SU CHN 2:14:48 9 Yun-shan ZHENG CHN 2:15:03 10 Raymond KIPKOECH KEN 2:15:08 WOMEN: 1 Wei-wei SUN CHN 2:26:32 2 Xiao-lin ZHU CHN 2:28:27 3 Man JIN CHN 2:29:51 4 Yuan-yuan JIANG CHN 2:30:13 5 Shu-jing ZHANG CHN 2:30:35 6 Ya-nan WEI CHN 2:31:43 7 Si XU CHN 2:35:35 8 Li-nan WANG CHN 2:35:45 9 Shawutu NUERGULI CHN 2:36:04 10 Shui-xian MU CHN 2:37:56
"She is running very strong," said Susan Chepkemei of Salina Kosgei just two days before. So it proved, as after Chepkemei, a three-time winner of this race had led for most of the race, Kosgei had the edge over the final kilometre. It was a specific weakness on Chepkemei's part that proved decisive, as with 800m to run she pulled over to the side with stomach pains. She quickly recovered and strove hard to close down on Kosgei. Coming towards the final 100m straight she seemed to be in with a fighting chance, but she had to slow again, and was vomiting as Kosgei crossed the finish line eight seconds ahead of her.
Another pre-race favourite, Paul Tergat, also found the finishing strength of his rivals too much to handle. Robert Cheruiyot had led for most of the race, occassionally accompanied by Samuel Wanjiru, as Tergat and Martin Lel kept tucked in behind. The Wanjiru made moves at 19km and at 20km, but his sprint came too early. Lel had conserved his energy for the decisive moment, as he took a small but clear lead before the final turning point of the course, only 300m from the finish line.
Both leading groups had established themselves early. Rose Cheruyot had made the early runing and kept Chepkemei and Kosgei company until after 10km, when Chepkemei took over. Behind them, Fernanda Ribeiro put in a very steady and powerful performance to nearly catch Cheruyot on the line.
The men's lead group reduced to four when Felix Limo dropped off the back at the same time as the pacemaker dropped out, at seven kilometres. From then on the pattern was set, and only minor exchanges took place within the quartetbefore the final showdown.
In the accompanying 7km fun run both the President and the Prime Minister of Portugal took part, along with 22,000 others. The Half Marathon attracted 5,500 entries. Only three days before the race the 25 de Abril Bridge, on which the first 4km of the course is run, was closed to traffic as high winds posed a security risk. A Plan B was contemplated, but race day dawned sunny and clear with almost no wind. In the closing stages of the race the wind did pick up slightly, against the runners.
MEN: 1 Martin LEL KEN 59:30 2 Robert CHERUIYOT KEN 59:35 3 Samuel WANJIRU KEN 59:37 4 Paul TERGAT KEN 59:42 5 Felix LIMO KEN 1:01:12 6 Luis JESUS POR 1:01:29 7 Lawrence KIPROTICH KEN 1:01:30 8 Rodgers ROP KEN 1:02:24 9 Jaouad GHARIB MAR 1:02:42 10 Paulo GOMES POR 1:03:13 WOMEN: 1 Salina KOSGEI KEN 1:07:52 2 Susan CHEPKEMEI KEN 1:08:00 3 Rose CHERUYOT KEN 1:09:34 4 Fernanda RIBEIRO POR 1:09:37 5 Alina IVANOVA RUS 1:11:07 6 Vanessa FERNANDES POR 1:12:28 7 Zivile BALCIUNAITE LIT 1:13:18 8 Emily KIMURIA KEN 1:15:04 9 Fatima SILVA POR 1:16:32 10 Malgorzata SOBANSKA POL 1:17:08
26 MARCH 2006: MARATONA DELLA CITTA DI ROMA, ITALY
The Rome City Marathon confirmed its place as Italy's fastest after both winners smashed their lifetime bests on a warm and sunny day writes Diego Sampoalo.
Kipkorir kicked ahead to win from 35km and set a world-leading time. His previous best, from January's Mumbai Marathon, was nearly four minutes slower. Behind him Daniele Caimmi returned to form while third-placed Laban Kipngetich set another personal best by a huge margin.
So it went in the women's race, as well, as Tatyana Hladyr improved by four minutes and the top three all finished inside the previous course record.
The early men's pace was fast (10km: 30:05) and at halfway was still just on record schedule (1:03:58) with a group of nine still together. As the temperature rose runners dropped off, to leave only three at 35km and Kipkorir sensed his chance: "I did not expect to win but I reaslised no one could keep my pace," he said.
Hladyr was the pacesetter in the women's race, front running through halfway in 1:13:26. Larissa Zousko, Zekiros Adanesh, Yanayan Dai and Jennifer Rhines were still in contention, but by 25km (1:26:54) only three remained. From 35km it became a duel between Zousko and Hladyr, but Hladyr moved away from 40km to win comfortably.
MEN: 1 David KIPKORIR KEN 2:08:38 2 Daniele CAIMMI ITA 2:09:30 3 Laban KIPNGETICH KEN 2:10:00 4 Thomas CHEMITEI KEN 2:10:05 5 Oleksandr KUZIN UKR 2:10:09 6 Solomon ROTICH KEN 2:11:42 7 Andrew LIMO KEN 2:11:48 8 Abdelhak EL GORCH BRN 2:11:49 9 Abebe HAILEMARIAM ETH 2:14:28 10 Wesley NGETICH KEN 2:14:36 WOMEN: 1 Tatyana HLADYR UKR 2:25:44 2 Larissa ZOUSKO RUS 2:26:26 3 Zekiros ADENECH ETH 2:27:38 4 Jennifer RHINES USA 2:29:32 5 Svetlana NEKHIOROSH UKR 2:35:49 6 Yanyan DAI CHN 2:36:52 7 Jimma MARASHET ETH 2:37:08
26 MARCH 2006: EDINBURGH FORTHSIDE HALF MARATHON, GREAT BRITAIN
There were over 3500 finishers in this first edition of the race coming from 15 countries, out of an entry of 4100.
Starting and finishing at the Ocean Terminal in Leith, where the Royal Yacht Britannia is moored, the course lies mainly along the banks of the Firth of Forth. It was a windy day, and runners' performances suffered accordingly, perhaps by as much as 90 seconds.
MEN: 1 Tewodrs ShifeRAW ETH 1:03:39 2 Simon TONUI KEN 1:04:16 3 John MURITHI KEN 1:06:26 4 Iaroslav MUSCHINSKI MDA 1:07:43 5 Jethro LENNOX GBR 1:11:01 WOMEN: 1 Olivera JEVTIC SCG 1:12:52 2 Ogla KIMAIYO KEN 1:15:03 3 Alem BEZABIH ETH 1:16:12 4 Sue HARRISON GBR 1:17:57 5 Emma ROBERT GBR 1:18:51
26 MARCH 2005: FIVE TOWERS MARATHON, DENMARK
MEN: 1 Ole KARLSEN 2:54:52 2 Kjell TITELSTAD 3:07:46 3 Kjetil HAVSTEIN 3:08:25 4 Stefan SEEMAN 3:11:12 5 Kim RASMUSSEN 3:11:57 6 Hendrik JORGENSEN 3:17:59 7 Claus AOLEV 3:19:05 8 Michael HEIN 3:19:10 9 Rene HANSEN 3:22:13 10 Anders POULSEN 3:23:46 WOMEN: 1 Helene ANDERSEN 3:29:01 2 Birgitte NIELSEN 3:34:37 3 Karen BROGGER 3:38:55 4 Britta KARLSON 3:40:58 5 Christina EGDO 3:53:35 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Jan HANSEN 1:18:32 2 Martin AUGUSTINUSSEN 1:20:18 3 Tomas HVIID 1:23:45 WOMEN: 1 Maja VEJ 1:36:56 2 Anne-Marie PEDERSEN 1:38:27 3 Ninna HENNEBERG 1:45:02
26 MARCH 2006: NOVI SAD NIS HALF MARATHON, SERBIA & MONTENEGRO
Runners came from nine countries to participate in this 13th edition of the race. A total of 300 runners entered this year and around 250 crossed the finish line.
Although four previous winners were running, tradition has it that past winners and pre-race favourites do not win here. Last year's winner was third while a young Moldavian, Roman Prodius, won this time. An 11-strong group led until 8km but by 15km only four of them were left, and Prodius then went clear.
The temperature at the start was 20°C, but because only two days before it had been 0°C, it wasn't the best conditions for racing. Even so, an exciting race brought thousands out onto the streets to watch.
MEN: 1 Roman PRODIUS MDA 1:07:42 2 Boris SUHODOLJSKI MDA 1:08:19 3 Mirko PETROVIC SCG 1:08:37 4 Serglu LUNGU MDA 1:10:06 5 Dejan BOGICEVIC SCG 1:10:15 6 Danijel VUKAJLOVIC SCG 1:10:25 7 Igor CLMBALAR MDA 1:10:53 8 Zdravko MISOVIC SCG 1:11:01 9 Nicola STAMENIC SCG 1:11:02 10 Valerij VAS MDA 1:11:15 WOMEN: 1 Ana SUBOTIC SCG 1:17:03 2 Maijana LUKIC SCG 1:17:48 3 Lilija TOZLOVANI MDA 1:29:32 4 Sladana PEJOVIC SCG 1:29:36 5 Ksenija BODLOVIC SCG 1:33:26 6 Matali PALIC MDA 1:38:05 7 Tana MALARO MDA 1:39:41 8 Bojana TRALJIC SCG 1:41:03 9 Vanja NASTRAN SLO 1:42:27 10 Vilma BRESAN SLO 1:43:29
26 MARCH 2006: MARATO DE BARCELONA, SPAIN
This year's new edition of the race crossed the entire city, passing all its most important monuments: the Sagrada Familia, Cathedral, Barça's Stadium, the Ramblas and more recent modernistic buildings. Spain's former World Marathon Champion Martin Fiz felt that the course was very fast. Kenyan men and Ethiopian women dominated.
On a sunny day with some wind coming off the sea, over 4200 finished the marathon and 1800 a parallel 10km race. A hundred thousand spectators lined the route through all the different districts of the city and there was live TV coverage.
MEN: 1 Joseph NGURAM KEN 2:12:36 2 Benjamin PSERET KEN 2:13:46 3 Kipkorir J. CHAMGWONY KEN 2:13:58 4 Kiptanui H. KIMUTAI KEN 2:14:18 5 Benjamin YARANGURA KEN 2:17:15 6 William KIPCHUMBA KEN 2:18:32 7 Kiprop KORIR KEN 2:21:26 8 Victor GONZALO ESP 2:25:31 9 Marco CEPEDA ESP 2:27:29 10 Stephane RUIZ FRA 2:28:36 WOMEN: 1 Kabelush HAILE ETH 2:41:23 2 Gurmu LEMMA ETH 2:42:30 3 Nigatu CHERKOS ETH 2:52:34 4 Anna MORENO ESP 2:59:51 5 Christine LAVIGNE FRA 3:00:30 6 Eva KARLSSON SWE 3:01:36 7 Elisabet BOSCH ESP 3:03:38 8 Emi VAQUERO ESP 3:06:24 9 Sarah MALIR GBR 3:11:09 10 Carmen BALLESTEROS ESP 3:11:10
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