An unheralded 22-year-old Kenyan, Edwin Kipchom, was the surprise winner of the 83rd edition of Europe's oldest marathon writes Alfons Juck. Kipchom achieved a new personal best, the fourth fastest time recorded at the event. It was his first win in three marathons, after finishing 12th in Beijing and 3rd in Thessaloniki.
From 19km he ran sub-three minute kilometres and nobody stayed with him. From then on it was a race against the clock. He was over a minute up on course record pace at 25km 1:17:17 and at 30km, which he reached in 1:32:55, he remained 36 seconds up. Being alone took its toll and at 40km (2:05:34) he had just two seconds in hand. He still finished a clear winner and promised: "I will come back next year to defend my title. But give me some rabbits for the second half and I think I can break 2:10." It was the fifth Kenyan win in the event's history and with nine runners below 2:20, it was most since 1997 when the current flat city course was adopted.
Belorussian Natalya Kulesh (formerly Kravets) was already well ahead at halfway and finished with new personal best, a significant improvement from her previous best of 2:39:20. It was also the fifth best female time ever at the event. "The course is great and maybe with some pacemakers we would be able to run even faster," she explained.
Despite forecasts of hot weather cloud cover helped runners in the second half and it never went above 19°C. In all, 2935 runners in different races and categories from 36 countries participated: the Marathon had 674 runners with 662 in the Half Marathon.
MEN: 1 Edwin KIPCHOM KEN 2:12:53 2 Vladzimir TSIAMCHYK BLR 2:14:45 3 David MAIYO KEN 2:15:15 4 Richard ROTICH KEN 2:16:28 5 David CHERUI KEN 2:17:40 6 Mikhail IVERUK UKR 2:17:43 7 John NGENO KEN 2:17:45 8 Paul NJOROGE KEN 2:18:37 9 Pavel OCHAL POL 2:19:28 10 Ferenc BIRI HUN 2:25:10 WOMEN: 1 Natalia KULESH BLR 2:36:47 2 Holly MAY GBR 2:41:48 3 Edyta LEWANDOWSKA POL 2:44:08 4 Elena SHUBAREVA RUS 2:54:01 5 Ana BALOSAKOVA CZE 3:13:46 6 Erika BILLA SVK 3:16:37 7 Andrea BALOGH HUN 3:17:05 8 Alzbeta TISLOVA SVK 3:27:48 9 Ildiko GAZDA HUN 3:36:44 10 Szilvia FROLICH SVK 3:36:46 HALF MARATHON: MEN: 1 Miroslav VANKO SVK 1:08:30 WOMEN: 1 Katarina BERESOVA SVK 1:19:24
A group of five held together past 20 miles but Jason Lehmkule and Fasil Bizuneh then dropped back. A strong finish from Chris Lundstrom brought him past them and into fourth, while a close stuggle was going on for the podium places. In the women's race Mary Akor let Marla Runyan away early. She gradually built up a lead of just less than two minutes, but after 20 miles this was gradually reducing — but not nearly fast enough for Runyan's victory to be challenged.
MEN: 1 Mbarek HUSSEIN KEN 2:13:52 2 Simon SAWE KEN 2:14:09 3 Ryan SHAY USA 2:14:58 4 Chris LUNDSTROM USA 2:17:34 5 Fasil BIZUNEH ETH 2:18:14 6 Chris GRAFF USA 2:18:18 7 Jason LEHMKUHLE RSA 2:19:03 8 Jacob FREY USA 2:20:09 9 Kyle BAKER USA 2:21:02 10 Danny MACKEY USA 2:21:40 WOMEN: 1 Marla RUNYAN USA 2:32:17 2 Mary AKOR USA 2:33:50 3 Zoila GOMEZ USA 2:35:26 4 Michelle LILIENTHAL USA 2:35:51 5 Tulena JOHNSON LANE USA 2:36:15 6 Jenny CRAIN USA 2:39:07 7 Emily LEVAN USA 2:39:20 8 Emily MORTENSEN USA 2:39:59 9 Rachel KINSMAN USA 2:40:56 10 Maggie CHAN-ROPER USA 2:42:19
Medeksa Derba led with eventual winner Mike Heidt in the early stages, but Heidt soon went off on his own for an isolated win.
MEN: 1 Mike HEIDT USA 2:21:54 2 Brett WINEGAR USA 2:28:02 3 Jim RUCKER USA 2:28:55 4 Medeksa DERBA ETH 2:29:46 5 James GERRITSEN USA 2:30:30 6 Damian BALDOVINO USA 2:30:35 7 Jason GRIFFITHS USA 2:30:57 8 Andy MARTIN USA 2:33:54 9 Joseph CECH USA 2:36:02 10 Mike BAILEY USA 2:36:07 WOMEN: 1 Danuta ERICKSON USA 2:53:18 2 Laurie PORTER USA 2:58:18 3 Emilie MILLER USA 3:00:31 4 Maren ELLIOTT USA 3:01:54 5 Nickie RAFIE USA 3:02:05 6 Wendy TERRIS USA 3:02:12 7 Juli MORSE-STUMP USA 3:02:34 8 Jil MESTLER USA 3:04:09 9 Jeanette SECKINGER USA 3:05:23 10 Lachelle CROTTEAU USA 3:06:26
It was the closest race in the event's five-year history as Zachary Kihara led local hero Simon Pride home by a mere eight seconds. Hellen Cherono scored a controlled win in the women's race, but the River Ness 10km was a tale of two extremes. Patrick Makau out-leaned countryman Simon Kasimili to win in a new course record, the first (and second) time the half-hour had been broken while Cathy Mutwa blasted away the British opposition to win the women's race by four and a half minutes.
The main race included the Scottish Marathon Championships and attracted over 2000 runners. Nearly 2500 ran the 10km while another 1000 people participated in the 5km fun run.
MEN: 1 Zachary KIHARA KEN 2:22:17 2 Simon PRIDE GBR 2:22:25 3 Jamie REID GBR 2:24:04 4 Stephen WYLIE GBR 2:30:09 5 Christopher WILSON GBR 2:33:36 6 Robert GILROY GBR 2:33:38 7 David GARDINER GBR 2:34:53 8 Kerry WILSON GBR 2:37:27 9 Ruaraidh CAMBELL GBR 2:38:56 10 Marten LANG GBR 2:39:01 WOMEN: 1 Hellen CHERONO KEN 2:46:54 2 Krystina KUTA POL 2:47:30 3 Jennifer MACLEAN GBR 2:58:59 4 Julia BARLTROP GBR 3:02:32 5 Rowena FOK GBR 3:07:14 6 Ludmilla RODINA RUS 3:11:26 7 Iona ROBERTSON GBR 3:13:47 8 Louise TAPLING GBR 3:21:11 9 Niamh MOONEY GBR 3:26:12 10 Sally SCOTT GBR 3:26:51 River Ness 10km Run: MEN: 1 Patrick MAKAU KEN 29:45 2 Simon KASIMILI KEN 29:45 3 Martin WILLIAMS GBR 30:48 WOMEN: 1 Cathy MUTWA KEN 33:45 2 Christine MILNE GBR 38:17 3 Dhavala SCOTT GBR 38:50
MEN: 1 Juan Carlos CARDONA 2:23:18 2 Byron SAQUIPAY 2:27:22 3 Dimaj QINGALUISA 2:29:46 4 Andres JUCA 2:30:35 5 Cesar DEJA 2:31:42 6 Bayardo BURBANO 2:34:06 7 Claudio RAMOS 2:34:48 8 Manuel PENAHERRERA 2:35:05 9 Eduardo QUIZHP 2:38:11 10 Diego VAREGAS 2:??:?? WOMEN: 1 Sandra RUALES 2:45:58 2 Inglandini GONZALES 2:55:56 3 Maria CHASIPANTA 3:07:45 4 Miriam BARBARON 3:15:59 5 Narciza NARVAEZ 3:19:22 6 Marya ORDONEZ 3:20:46 7 Guadelupe RIVERA 3:28:13 8 Maria PAREDES 3:32:02 9 Maritza RODRIGUEZ 3:41:45 10 Nelly ENCALADA 3:43:52 HALF MARATHON: MEN: 1 Saul PELAEZ 1:23:25 2 Walter PINEDA 1:24:08 3 Luis PENAFIEL 1:24:09 WOMEN: 1 Rita MEONO 1:29:27 2 Isabel VELEZ 1:48:03 3 Liliana RESTREPO 1:51:41
Phillip Singoei won the race in a new course record, surpassing the previous mark by 28 seconds. He passed through halfway in 1:03:40 and 25km in 1:15:10. At 30km he was still accompanied by Samson Barmao and Luke Kibet, and they were on 2:07 schedule. Singoei proved strongest, but his pace faltered towards the end as he cramped and slowed, but still won by more than 400m. Conditions were ideal (16°C) and enjoyed by many. Over the three events—there was also a half marathon and a City Run—13,500 people took part.
MEN: 1 Phillip SINGOEI KEN 2:08:18 2 Samson BARMAO KEN 2:09:28 3 Luke KIBET KEN 2:10:06 4 Yousuf SONGOKA KEN 2:11:37 5 John KIRUI KEN 2:11:49 6 Sammy CHUMBA KEN 2:12:58 7 Tesfaye TOLA ETH 2:13:12 8 Joel RONO KEN 2:15:07 9 Thomas MIGWI KEN 2:15:33 10 Sammy RONGO KEN 2:15:37 WOMEN: 1 Agnes HIJMAN NED 2:54:36 2 Armande PETIT BEL 3:00:05 3 Helmie RAMAKERS NED 3:02:06
After Belgrade, Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia and it is the capital of Vojvodina Autnomous Province. The 14th edition of the race started and finished in the famous city square in front of the town hall. The course runs mostly along the Danube, beside newly constructed or reconstructed bridges. It passes the University district and past the beautiful old palace of the Assembly and Government of Vojvodina. Along the left bank of the river it passes the famous Petrovaradin Fortress.
The Marathon included a relay race and in all there were 390 participants. There were also 2500 pupils from primary and secondary schools, and more than 150 pre-school children who took part in the "Race of Joy", together with their teachers and parents.
Moldovan Jaroslav Musindki won in new course record of 2:13:39, which was also an Olympic qualifying time. Sight-impaired runner Cumak Nikolai, also from Moldova, qualified for the Beijing Paralympic Games with his time of 2:57:09.
Novi Sad and its Marathon have been confirmed as a place where world results can be achieved and as a result the organisers expect even larger numbers of participants next year. Perhaps some more of them will go on to enjoy the great happiness of participation in the Olympic Games.
MEN: 1 Jarolsov MUSHINSKI MDA 2:13:39 2 Roman PRODIUS MDA 2:20:57 3 Zsolt BENEDEK HUN 2:23:39 4 Kasprik JALEK POL 2:38:01 5 Zoran MARKOVIC SRB 2:38:25 6 Nebojsa MILENKOVIC SRB 2:39:19 7 Ramiz TAIPI SRB 2:44:43 8 Radisa SIMIC SRB 2:47:15 9 Oleg IVANCENKO MDA 2:47:48 10 Veljko POPOVIC SRB 2:54:12 WOMEN: 1 Svetlana SEPELJEVA RUS 2:58:14 2 Ksenija BODLOVIC SRB 3:11:52 3 Lidija MIKLOS SRB 3:12:00 4 Bojana TRALJIC SRB 3:27:47 5 Stojanka SOKOL SRB 3:36:00
MEN: 1 Benson CHERONO KEN 2:07:57 2 Benson BARUS KEN 2:08:33 3 Joseph NGENY KEN 2:09:26 4 Frank CALDEIRA BRA 2:14:05 5 Mezgebu ASSEFA ETH 2:15:16 6 Kebebew MELAKEW ETH 2:16:01 7 Ahmed NASEF MAR 2.16:53 8 Paolo BATTELLI ITA 2:20:57 9 Benjamin SEREM KEN 2:22:36 10 Constantino SIMONETTA ITA 2:29:35 WOMEN: 1 Askale MAGARSA ETH 2:27:56 2 Hellen KIMUTAI KEN 2:28:51 3 Anne KOSGEI KEN 2:32:54 4 Fridah LODPA KEN 2:42:45 5 Leila BOUGIBA ITA 2:54:31 6 Elisabetta ZANETTI ITA 3:01:10 7 Nicola ROBERTS ITA 3:07:20 8 Daniela FIUMARA ITA 3:14:53 9 Flora BARLASSINI ITA 3:15:34 10 Lucia VELLATA ITA 3:16:41
The inaugural event—which continues from where the World Half Marathon Championships left off a year ago in Edmonton (CAN)—showcased three brilliant performances which resulted in a new world record over 20km. Constantina Dita led the women through 15km in what may yet appear as a new world record for the distance, before Lornah Kiplagat bested her over the final lap to surpass Paula Radcliffe's mark set en route to victory in the 2001 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. The third outstanding performance of the day came from Zersenay Tadesse, who was on schedule to beat Haile Gebrselassie's time until the last few kilometres. Tadesse kicked in from 12km and gradually dropped all opposition, running the last 4km solo and quickly building up a huge lead.
WOMEN: 1 Lornah KIPLAGAT NED 1:03:21 2 Constantina DITA ROM 1:03:23 3 Rita JEPTOO KEN 1:03:47 4 Dire Tuna ARISSI ETH 1:05:16 5 Edith MASAI KEN 1:05:21 6 Kayoko FUKUSHI JPN 1:05:32 7 Yurika NAKAMURA JPN 1:05:36 8 Natalija BERKUT BLR 1:05:42 9 Souad AIT SALEM ALG 1:06:11 10 Teyba ERKESSO ETH 1:06:15 TEAMS: 1 KEN 3:15:55 2 ETH 3:18:50 3 JPN 3:19:00 MEN: 1 Zersenay TADESSE ERI 56:01 2 Robert KIPCHUMBA KEN 56:41 3 Wilson KEBENEI KEN 57:15 4 Wilson BUSIENI UGA 57:21 5 Wilfred TARAGON KEN 57:22 6 Deriba EJIGU ETH 57:27 7 Tadesse TOLA ETH 57:27 8 Mubarek Hussein SHAMI QAT 57:33 9 Dieudonne DISI RWA 57:42 10 Yonas KIFLE ERI 57:49 TEAMS: 1 KEN 2:51:18 2 ERI 2:53:19 3 ETH 2:54:17
photos by Tony Austin
Steve Osaduik broke the 25-year old course record in rainy conditions and under considerable pressure. In this 27th version of the race Osaduik slashed seven minutes off his own personal best and took two minutes off Tom Howard's old mark of 2:18:49. Women's winner Suzanne Evans defended the title she won for the first time in 2005 with a three-minute personal best and a comfortable 19 minute margin.
Even Olympic marathoners Jon Brown and Bruce Deacon had been unable to break the 1981 record. Osaduik's run took him 12 minutes clear of second-placed Shawn Miller and met the qualifying time for the Osaka World Championships. "I've been gearing up for this all year. I wanted the record. I felt great and received a lot of support out there," said the 27-year-old who pocketed $5,000 for his victory.
Over 9,000 runners—the largest field ever in the 27 year history of the race—filled the streets of Victoria to participate in the city's largest destination sporting event. Almost 75% of the field are from out of town, with many drawn to the event because of spectacular scenery on the course. The race starts beside the BC Legislative Buildings and winds through Beacon Hill Park, through the Municipality of Oak Bay, out along Beach Drive and then back to finish harbour side downtown. A choice of five races including a Marathon, Half Marathon, 8km and a Kid's run offers something for everyone.
MEN: 1 Steve OSADUIK CAN 2:16:49 2 Shawn MILLER USA 2:28:51 3 Adam CAMPBELL CAN 2:29:11 4 Jason LOUTITT CAN 2:30:20 5 Graeme WILSON CAN 2:33:09 6 Mark CRYDERMAN CAN 2:37:11 7 Sean CHESTER CAN 2:42:25 8 Matt ZUCHETTO USA 2:42:50 9 Eddie SMITH CAN 2:44:48 10 Murray McCUTCHEON CAN 2:44:51 WOMEN: 1 Suzanne EVANS CAN 2:47:05 2 Erin PERKIN USA 3:06:48 3 Catherine IRONS CAN 3:07:33 4 Katherine MOORE CAN 3:07:51 5 Kate BRADSHAW USA 3:11:24 6 Sheila DORMAN CAN 3:12:35 7 Lisa KALIO CAN 3:13:31 8 Kathy RUNG CAN 3:14:31 9 Tania CRANE HANNA CAN 3:14:51 10 Karen WARRENDORF CAN 3:14:51 HALF MARATHON: MEN: 1 Nik SOUTHWELL CAN 1:07:25 2 Jim FINLAYSON CAN 1:08:38 3 Ian FRASER USA 1:09:03 WOMEN: 1 Cheryl MURPHY CAN 1:17:02 2 Judith LEROY CAN 1:17:52 3 Lindsay McLAREN CAN 1:18:19
MEN: 1 Ubiraton DOS SANTOS BRA 1:07:13 2 Matthew CHEBOI KEN 1:08:18 3 Manoel TEXEIRA BRA 1:08:41 4 Willian GOMES BRA 1:09:11 5 Elijah YATOR KEN 1:09:29 6 Giomar DA SILVA BRA 1:09:40 7 Otavio PINHEIRO BRA 1:10:01 8 Jair DA SILVA BRA 1:10:34 9 Claudio BESSA BRA 1:11:02 10 Edesio SANTOS BRA 1:11:11 WOMEN: 1 Marily DOS SANTOS BRA 1:19:13 2 Marizete DOS SANTOS BRA 1:20:19 3 Marcia NARLOCH BRA 1:21:04 4 Edielza DOS SANTOS BRA 1:22:21 5 Reneide DOS SANTOS BRA 1:22:33 6 Luiza PINTO BRA 1:23:30 7 Mariluce BORGE BRA 1:25:30 8 Sueli VIERA BRA 1:25:58 9 Cleuza IRINEU BRA 1:27:37 10 Rosangela SILVA BRA 1:28:33
A cool cloudy and windless morning greeted 430 entrants in the 2nd edition of the "Marató del Mediterrani" on a flat course linking Gavà and Castelldefels, two cities located 15km from Barcelona. The start and finish were located at the Olympic Canal, the same venue used for the canoeing events in the 1992 Olympic Games.
Benito Ojeda and Victor Gonzalo, two of the best marathoners in Catalonia, led the race from the start and they passed the halfway point in 1:11, well ahead of the rest of the field. Ojeda, Spanish marathon champion in 2000 and 2001, broke away in the last 5km to win.
In the women's race Marina Cadeval from Mexico (visiting her relatives in Barcelona) won by one minute and half despite still being well behind Emi Vaquero at 39km.
MEN: 1 Benito OJEDA ESP 2:25:40 2 Victor GONZALO ESP 2:28:03 3 Viçens SELLARÉS ESP 2:35:00 4 Emilio FERRER ESP 2:36:10 5 Albert MOLINER ESP 2:38:33 6 Ricard VERGE ESP 2:38:53 7 Alberto DI PETRILLO ITA 2:42:16 8 Mikel MUJIKA ESP 2:42:45 9 Manuel GARCIA ESP 2:44:07 10 Santos LLAMOSAS ESP 2:47:24 WOMEN: 1 Marina CADAVAL MEX 3:24:46 2 Emi VAQUERO ESP 3:26:21 3 Björnsdóttir GUDBJÓRG ISL 3:30;56 4 Audur ADALSTEINSDÓTTIR ISL 3:36:10 5 Maria-Rosa MORENO ESP 3:38:56 6 Gudrún SAEMUNDSDÓTTIR ISL 3:40:43 7 Marta OLIVERÓ ESP 3:49:11 8 Francesca OPPIDO ITA 3:52:21 9 Carme CÓZAR ESP 3:54:29 10 Sigridur SVAVARSDÓTTIR ISL 3:56:57
MEN: 1 Sergei ALEKSANDROV RUS 2:20:18 2 Duro KODZO BSH 2:20:40 3 Roman KEZJAR SLO 2:20:57 4 Emanuele ZENUCCI ITA 2:23:10 5 Gergely REZESSY HUN 2:25:49 6 Artur Ianos MIKLOS ROM 2:26:44 7 Maricel GAMIANI ROM 2:28:40 8 Ference BIRI HUN 2:29:18 9 Petrea HRISTEA ROM 2:29:35 10 Bela HORVATH HUN 2:32:46 WOMEN: 1 Marijana LUKIC SCG 2:59:29 2 Antonia ORLIC CRO 2:59:32 3 Marija TROSIC VRAJIC CRO 3:06:52 4 Katalin FARKAS HUN 3:15:57 5 Ana DOMAZET-LOSO CRO 3:25:00 6 Veronika JURISIC CRO 3:37:31 7 Ivanka KROFL CRO 3:44:36 8 Jagoda MALBASA CRO 3:54:48 9 Nicoleta VUCETIC CRO 4:29:07 10 Ute KUTZBORSKI GER 4:29:14
MEN: 1 Yirefu BIRHANU ETH 2:16:26 2 Mykola ANTONENKO UKR 2:16:55 3 Wilson KOMEN KEN 2:17:05 4 Jynocel BASWETI 2:17:26 5 Joseph MUTINDA KEN 2:17:59 6 David CHERUIYOT KEN 2:18:26 7 Joseph KHUGU KEN 2:19:07 8 John CHEPOCHOK KEN 2:20:03 9 Demese TEFERA ETH 2:20:06 10 Christopher RAABE 2:20:26 WOMEN: 1 Rima DUBOVIK UKR 2:35:44 2 Maria PORTILLA USA 2:36:23 3 Ilona BARVANOVA RUS 2:36:25 4 Jennifer CHESINON ETH 2:38:53 5 Margaret KARIE KEN 2:41:10 6 Tatiana TITOVA RUS 2:42:22 7 Maria BYCHKOVA RUS 2:44:42 8 Phebe KO 2:49:22 9 Kim RICHEY USA 2:59:40 10 Christine RAMSEY USA 3:00:26 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Valentine ORARE KEN 1:03:44 2 Worku BEYI ETH 1:03:49 3 Nelson KIPLAGAT KEN 1:04:07 WOMEN: 1 Lyubov DENISOVA RUS 1:15:13 2 Kathleen JOBES USA 1:17:35 3 Shannon SAUNDERS USA 1:19:46
MEN: 1 Cristian PRASENEAC ROM 2:41:19 2 Francisc SAROSI ROM 2:44:00 3 Cristian TURCU ROM 2:45:12 4 Ioan-Pavel MOISA ROM 2:57:22 5 Falco LEHMANN GER 3:10:37 6 Iulian ZAHARIA ROM 3:24:32 7 Augusto BRAMBILLA ITA 3:27:21 8 Rainer HOSTER GER 3:31:55 9 Ludwig MODRA GER 3:46:35 10 Ionut OPREA ROM 4:03:16 WOMEN: 1 Ana HECICO ROM 3:09:28 2 Hiroko OGAWA JPN 3:29:36 3 Silvia BANDA ROM 4:03:41 HALF MARATHON: MEN: 1 Latis IONUT ROM 1:09:49 2 Raymond GULYAS ROM 1:10:56 3 Constantin MINERAN ROM 1:12:02 WOMEN: 1 Alina CLODEANU ROM 1:20:52 2 Alina OLARU ROM 1:29:25 3 Anneke GESELSCHAP NED 1:36:48
Francis Kibiwott and Lineth Chepkirui ran strong races from the front to leave their opposition behind over the second half of the race. While Kibiwott went on to break the course record by 18 seconds, Chepkorir fell agonisingly short of the mark set by Irina Timofeyeva in last year's race. Timofeyeva herself came in fourth.
The race set off at 07.30 before temperatures started to climb much above the 23°C daily minimum, but by the time of the finish it was considerably hotter. In the men's race there was a group of 12 together in the first few kilometres but along the ring road between 5-8km they gradually stretched out. Kibiwott had taken a small but clear lead over Cuthbert Nyasngo at 9km but for the next two kilometres could not extend it. His relentless pace began to tell in the 12th kilometre and by 15km, as he turned onto the city's grand thoroughfare of Rajpath, he was in splendid isolation against the backdrop of the Government Secretariat buildings, Nyasngo now in a distant second place. Kibiwott maintained his drive around India Gate and through to the finish line to capture a new course record.
Chepkorir held back behind the lead pack for the early stages of the race, but when she took the pace on after 10km no one could stay with her. The next four runners who came in behind her had competed in the IAAF World Road Running Championship in Hungary the previous weekend,and had not the energy to match the 18-year old's pace.
MEN: 1 Francis KIBIWOTT KEN 1.01.36 2 Cuthbert NYASANGO ZIM 1.02.30 3 John KORIR KEN 1.03.16 4 Philip RUGUT KEN 1.03.33 5 Tariku JIFAR ETH 1.03.38 6 Evans CHERUIYOT KEN 1.03.40 7 Martin SULLE TAN 1.03.43 8 Nicholas MONZA KEN 1.03.49 9 Boniface MBUVI KEN 1.03.52 10 Sammy KIPLIMO KEN 1.03.53 WOMEN: 1 Lineth CHEPKIRUI KEN 1.10.40 2 Teyba ERKESSO ETH 1.11.22 3 Dire TUNE ETH 1.11.35 4 Irina TIMOFEYEVA RUS 1.12.11 5 Nataliya BERKUT UKR 1.12.25 6 Caroline CHEPTANUI KEN 1.13.39 7 Aselefech MERGIA ETH 1.14.13 8 Helen CHERONO KEN 1.14.42 9 Merima DENBOBA ETH 1.15.39 10 Emily SAMOEI KEN 1.15.53
Solomon Bushendich won in his marathon debut, beating his fellow countryman Bernard Barmasai in a thrilling duel with just 2 seconds separating them. Third placed Getuli Bayo from Tanzania was a long way back. Pre-race favourites Fabiano Joseph (10th in 2:13:24) and Patrick Ivuti (11th in 2:14:23) did not perform up to expectations. Koen Raymaekers finished 16th as first Dutchman in a new personal record (2:15:50), an improvement of almost 8 minutes.
Kenyan athlete Rose Cheruiyot confirmed her favourite's status by winning convincingly while Helena Loshanyang surprised with her second place improving her personal best time by nearly six minutes.
In total 22,500 runners participated in the ING Amsterdam Marathon, an increase of 2,500 on the record set in 2005.
MEN: 1 Solomon BUSHENDICH KEN 2:08:52 2 Bernard BARMASAI KEN 2:08:54 3 Getuli BAYO TAN 2:10:47 4 Stanley LELEITO KEN 2:11:17 5 Vanderlei LIMA BRA 2:11:36 6 Albert MATEBOR KEN 2:11:52 7 Francis KIPROP KEN 2:12:24 8 Fred KIPROP KEN 2:12:34 9 Samuel WOLDEMANUEL ETH 2:13:19 10 Fabiano JOSEPH TAN 2:13:24 WOMEN: 1 Rose CHERUIYOT KEN 2:28:26 2 Helena LOSHANYANG KEN 2:28:51 3 Leila AMAN ETH 2:29:32 4 Emily KIMURIA KEN 2:29:56 5 Ayelech WORKU ETH 2:31:11 6 Liz YELLING GBR 2:31:39 7 Gishu MINDAYE ETH 2:33:07 8 Sirlene SOUZA DE PINHO BRA 2:35:45 9 Martha MARKOS ETH 2:40:33 10 Ingrid PRIGGE NED 2:41:06
Poznan Sports and Recreation Department again put on the biggest marathon in Poland, with 2586 participants from 21 countries.
The surprise early leader of the race was a man who entered it just one day earlier. An Italian businessman was visiting Poznan Fairs and heard that marathon would be held. He immediately entered, but only managed to maintain his early pace to 10km before slowing down, beginning to walk and finally dropping out.
From this point seven Kenyans ran together and dropped the top Polish runners. At 35km the Kenyan group began to split up. At the same time the trailing Poles decided to attack. Jan Bialk shot ahead. He won the race but didn't beat the time required for the special bonus prize of a Fiat Panda (2:15).
MEN: 1 Jan BIALK POL 2:16:21 2 Mark YARTICH KEN 2:17:17 3 Radoslaw DUDYCZ POL 2:17:25 4 Marcin FEHLAU POL 2:18:04 5 Mathew KOSGEI KEN 2:18:16 6 Piotr DRWAL POL 2:18:26 7 Adam DOBRZYNSKI POL 2:19:06 8 Oleksandr BAGINSKIY UKR 2:21:18 9 Samson NAPEYOR KEN 2:21:22 10 Victor STARODUBCEV UKR 2:24:24 WOMEN: 1 Angelika AWERKOVA UKR 2:37:07 2 Dorota USTIANOWSKA POL 2:39:22 3 Arleta MELOCH POL 2:39:34 4 Ewa BRYCH-PAJAK POL 2:39:39 5 Wioletta URYGA POL 2:42:20 6 Irina KUNACHOWIEC BLR 2:44:33 7 Volha YUDZIANKOVA BLR 2:44:54 8 Agnieszka JANASIAK POL 2:50:08 9 Agnieszka SYPEK POL 3:07:22 10 Ewa CHALUPNICZAK POL 3:09:17
Lorena Di Vito and Carlo Filiberto were clear winners in Sunday's (15) Palermo Supermarathon run over 50km through the city centre and parks of the Sicilian capital writes Sean Wallace-Jones. Very few elite runners participated, as race director Nando Sorbello had concentrated his efforts on doing the maximum possible for the general field rather than consecrating a large budget to bring in a field of top runners.
Italian 24-hour champion Di Vito was in a class apart, being herself second overall finisher. She had finished third in the IAU 50km Tropy held in association with this race last year.
MEN: 1 Carlo FILIBERTO ITA 3:25:37 2 Vincenzo TAORMINA ITA 3:48:19 3 Salvatore GIORDANO ITA 3:53:15 WOMEN: 1 Lorena DI VITO ITA 3:45:29 MARATHON: MEN: 1 Benedetto PATTI ITA 2:57:31 2 Alfonso SILVA POR 3:00:25 3 Bernardo DE GREGORIO ITA 3:06:03 WOMEN: 1 Nicola CARTER GBR 3:42:58 2 Giovanna OCCHIPINTI ITA 3:45:57 3 Renée BROUWERS NED 3:47:58 HALF MARATHON: MEN: 1 Giovanni SOFFRIETO ITA 1:11:54 2 Fabio RUGGERI ITA 1:13:41 3 Angelo FALLETTA ITA 1:13:45 WOMEN: 1 Patrizia GIOVALE ITA 1:28:15 2 Carla GRIMAUDO ITA 1:32:09 3 Monica BALDI ITA 1:33:44
Aniko Kalovics won the first marathon of her career and smashed the national record one week after finishing eleventh in the IAAF World Road Running Championships in Debrecen, also in a national record (20km: 66:20) writes Diego Sampoalo. Kenyan David Kemboi Kiyeng dramatically beat his compatriot David Omiti Makori, prevailing by just one second after a very close battle to the finish-line in Piazza Martiri in Carpi.
Kalovics set a fierce pace from the beginning of the race aided by her fiancé and coach Zsolt Zsoder, a former triathlete, for the first half of the race. Kalovics had previously won the Stramilano and the Udine Half Marathons this year and won a "gun-to-tape race" in which she ran at a sub-2:27 pace for most of the competition. She was only 3 seconds ahead of Rosaria Console at 10km (34:48 to 34:51), but upped this to 20 seconds at 15km (52:07) and to 39 seconds at halfway (1:13:15). She then maintained a steady pace which put her 1:29 ahead of Console at 40km (2:19:16 to 2:20:45). It was the second best time ever recorded in Carpi after Maria Guida's course record (2:25:57) set in 1999. "I did not feel tired after Debrecen" said Kaolovics. "My future is the marathon. I will run a second marathon next spring in Italy."
Console ran the third best time of her career: She set her PB in Paris in 2003 where she ran 2:27:48. "I am fully satisfied because I prepared for this marathon in a short period of time after falling in Gothenburg," said Console.
The men's race started fast with a big group of 11 Kenyans and one Ethiopian, passing 10km in 30:13 on the a slightly downhill section of the course out from Maranello. Former European 10,000m and junior Cross Country champion Vasyl Matvichuk of Ukraine was dropped by 42 seconds as pacemaker Jackson Kirwa went through 15km in 45:20. Favourites David Kiyeng and David Makori ran in the front reaching halfway in 1:04:13, while Matvichuk was 32 seconds behind the Kenyans. Kirwa finished pacing at 25km, reached in 1:31:50. At this point eight men remained in contention for the victory.
Kiyeng pushed ahead at 35km and built a gap of 21 seconds by 40km. Victory seemed to be his but with 2km to go Makori dramatically closed the gap on the fading Kiyeng who continued to turn around to see Makori catching him. Kyieng somehow found the strength to save the win in the final metres, and improved his previous best time of 2:11:42. "I was worried when I saw him getting closer," admitted Kiyeng.
There were 2900 participants, including 915 foreign runners, who enjoyed sunny but cool conditions (10°C).
MEN: 1 David Kemboi KIYENG KEN 2:10:07 2 David Omiti MAKORI KEN 2:10:08 3 Hillary KORIR KEN 2:10:16 4 Henry SEREM KEN 2:10:59 5 Vasyl MATVICHUK UKR 2:13:07 6 Solomon ROTICH KEN 2:14:01 7 Stanley BIWOTT KEN 2:14:24 8 Julius CHOGE KEN 2:14:55 9 Vito SARDELLO ITA 2:18:09 10 Pasquele RUTIGLIANO ITA 2:20:25 WOMEN: 1 Aniko KALOVICS HUN 2:26:43 2 Rosalba CONSOLE ITA 2:28:50 3 Vicenza SICARI ITA 2:37:00 4 Paola VENTRELLA ITA 2:41:02 5 Susan KIPROTICH KEN 2:41:27 6 Tiziana DI SESSA ITA 2:45:43 7 Stefania DISCONZI ITA 2:47:06 8 Wondimu BEKELE ETH 2:53:45 9 Donatella VINCI ITA 2:56:40 10 Ma. Grazia PIRAS ITA 2:57:11
With celebratory lion dancers setting the tone for the day, the race set off from Tiananmen Square under cool, cloudy skies writes Mary-Nicole Nazzaro. The temperature was 16°C with 77% humidity — slightly muggier than ideal but very comfortable for the many spectators who crowded the road around the Square. James Kwambai won the men's race by 10 seconds from countryman David Kipkorir.
The women's race was as usual dominated by Chinese runners, with seven of the top ten from the People's Republic. Winner Sun Weiwei hopped with joy after crossing the finish line — again just 10 seconds ahead of second-placed Pamela Chepchumba. It was a closely fought and evenly matched competition, as all of the women in the top ten finished within two and a half minutes.
The course goes through the western section of the city after departing from Tiananmen, then heads north and finally ends up at the National Olympic Sports Center in north-central Beijing, the future home of National Stadium (the "bird's nest"), which will be the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies and the track and field competition for the 2008 Olympic Games.
This was the twenty-sixth annual running of the Beijing Marathon. In addition to its status as one of Asia's premier marathons, this year's race incorporated the 10th Asian Championships (held once every two years). Kim Kum-Ok, Zhang Shujing, and O Kyong-Sun placed 1-2-3 in the Asian Championships competition on the women's side, and Kenichi Kita of Japan won the men's competition.
MEN: 1 James KWAMBAI KEN 2:10:36 2 David KIPKORUIR KEN 2:10:46 3 Takehisa OKINO JPN 2:12:24 4 Kenei KIPROTICH KEN 2:12:44 5 Teruto OZAKI JPN 2:13:28 6 James MOIBEN KEN 2:14:07 7 Masakazu MATSURA JPN 2:14:08 8 Longyun REN CHN 2:15:13 9 Youcai LI CHN 2:15:29 10 Kenichi KITA JPN 2:15:37 WOMEN: 1 Weiwei SUN CHN 2:34:41 2 Pamela CHEPCHUMBA KEN 2:34:51 3 Rong CHEN CHN 2:34:57 4 Yanyan GAI CHN 2:35:03 5 Kum-Ok KIM KOR 2:35:16 6 Shujing ZHANG CHN 2:35:24 7 Wenrong ZHENG CHN 2:35:29 8 Wang Xiaoshu WONG CHN 2:36:06 9 Kyong-Sun O KOR 2:36:48 10 Si SU CHN 2:37:12
The race was held two weeks later than originally scheduled, after the city and police authorities requested a postponement because of attention focussed upon demonstrations at the national Parliament, which lies on the course. The late change of date meant that the many foreign runners who usually participate were unable to make a return trip two weeks later than that they originally booked, and the race was more of a domestic affair than in recent years.
Nevertheless Tamas Toth faced a tough challenge from Tanzanian Oswald Revelian, who passed through halfway 77 seconds clear (almost 400m). Running alongside Jackton Odhiambo in the early stages Toth eventually went ahead and overtook Revelian for victory. Judit Foldingne Nagy won comfortably — some recompense for having her longstanding national record taken from her on the same day, as Aniko Kalovics won the Italian Marathon.
MEN: 1 Tamas TOTH HUN 2:25:03 2 Oswald REVELIAN TAN 2:25:24 3 Jacton ODHIAMBO KEN 2:26:36 4 Roland ADOK HUN 2:29:46 5 Zoltan PULSKY HUN 2:35:41 6 Mate GOROZDI HUN 2:42:40 7 Istvan SZTAKO HUN 2:43:59 8 Robert SZALOKI HUN 2:44:06 9 Marko HEISKANEN FIN 2:46:02 10 Jozsef VARGA HUN 2:46:56 WOMEN: 1 Judit FOLDINGNE NAGY HUN 2:59:49 2 Eva VARGA HUN 3:06:04 3 Reka KOVACS HUN 3:19:35 4 Fatima KOVACS HUN 3:22:00 5 Tunde CSABANE TOTH HUN 3:22:26 6 Zsuzsana BELLER HUN 3:27:51 7 Sara-Rebekka FAERO NOR 3:31:35 8 Orsyla JOBA HUN 3:31:50 9 Eniko FEHER HUN 3:37:08 10 Csilla GOMBASI HUN 3:40:31 30KM: MEN: 1 Andras SZEKERES HUN 1:51:59 2 Ferenc ANTALOCZI HUN 1:59:46 3 Gusztav LELKES HUN 2:09:26 WOMEN: 1 Erika Szilagyi KOCHNE HUN 2:25:45 2 Dr. Zsuzsanna PIROS HUN 2:28:19 3 Eniko NAGY HUN 2:32:28
MEN: 1 Anthony SKUCE CAN 2:34:11 2 Joseph NDERITU KEN 2:34:33 3 Matthew LEDUC CAN 2:35:54 4 Paul LEDUC CAN 2:37:26 5 Per EKEGERD DEN 2:39:14 6 Dean AYLWARD CAN 2:39:56 7 David BROOKS CAN 2:40:39 8 Alexander MAKOVEC AUT 2:41:57 9 John LOFRANCO CAN 2:44:01 10 Roman CHLUPATY CAN 2:46:06 WOMEN: 1 Nicole STEPHENSON CAN 2:47:10 2 Angie FERRARO CAN 2:58:16 3 Angela BATSFORD CAN 2:58:38 4 Catherhine WASSENAAR USA 3:01:43 5 Jill GAMBLE CAN 3:10:00 6 Krista BOLYEA CAN 3:14:47 7 Linda DESMEULES CAN 3:14:53 8 Anne MURPHY GBR 3:15:56 9 Melinda UDELL CAN 3:16:57 10 Sally GILBERT GBR 3:17:58 HALF MARATHON: MEN: 1 Predrag MLADENOVIC CAN 1:09:28 2 Travis TIMPSON CAN 1:10:13 3 Jason MATTHEWS CAN 1:11:33 WOMEN: 1 Rebecca STALLWOOD CAN 1:19:55 2 Sharlene COBAIN CAN 1:23:12 3 Seanna RISHOR CAN 1:25:53
Race week began with an announcement from ESPN naming the event as "Most Scenic in North America" and continued with a record number of registrations. Race day dawned with still winds, crisp clear air, magnificent scenery and the fall foliage at its best. Over 400 volunteers and hundreds of spectators created a fun and festive atmosphere. The race was started on Main Street in Bar Harbor by our honorary race starter, Kim Lopdrup — the president of race sponsors Red Lobster.
The lead group featured two-time champion David Herr, Andy Beardsley, a top finisher of every edition of the race and a tight pack of others who patiently watched the race unfold from just behind. Herr was alone at the finish with church bells pealing his arrival and crowds cheering him home on Main Street in Southwest Harbor, thereby notching a very convincing third victory in his five attempts.
In the women's race Debra Moreau looked completely relaxed as she broke the finishing tape after successfully out-running a record women's field including two-time champion Lara Judson from Mt. Desert itself.
There will be an even better event on Sunday 14 October 2007. Our goal remains to produce the premiere destination marathon in North America.
MEN: 1 David HERR USA 2:35:16 2 Andrew BEARDSLEY USA 2:40:41 3 Eric RUDOLF USA 2:47:25 4 Erik MCCARTHY USA 2:49:38 5 Brian WATERS USA 2:51:27 6 Tom ST GERMAIN USA 2:54:51 7 Oliver CUNNINGHAM USA 2:56:15 8 Jeffrey MEYER USA 2:58:09 9 Joe ADAMS USA 2:58:26 10 Ryan KING USA 3:02:23 WOMEN: 1 Debra MOREAU USA 3:16:24 2 Lara JUDSON USA 3:23:21 3 Sharon MITCHELL USA 3:23:51 4 Amanda DREYER USA 3:26:39 5 Stacy STROUSE USA 3:30:44 6 Deb THOMFORD USA 3:33:36 7 Sally BROOKING USA 3:35:15 8 Amy BEARD USA 3:36:19 9 Kate GOUPEE USA 3:36:30 10 Marie-Pier ROYER CAN 3:43:40
Lawrence Saina ran away for a solo win in the third edition of the race, breaking the course record by three minutes and setting a new Portuguese all-comers record. He was the first runner to test the new Porto Marathon circuit. It will be the definitive one: flat, extremely fast, and combining seaside and riverside to show runners the best of this beautiful city.
From the start a group of five Kenyans led 6000 runners through the streets, keeping pace with the half marathon runners. In the women's race Aureliana Edmundo, from the offshore Portuguese territory of the Azores, had an easy win. She led from start to finish, breaking her personal best and ducking under the three-hour barrier.
MEN: 1 Lawrence SAINA KEN 2:09:52 2 Joseph NGURAN KEN 2:11:58 3 Kipkorir CHAMGWONY KEN 2:15:05 4 Edep COLLINS KEN 2:15:35 5 Julius SEUREI KEN 2:16:11 6 Thomas KIPROTICH KEN 2:21:55 7 Baltazar SOUSA POR 2:29:35 8 Carlos BRITO POR 2:37:03 9 Jose FERREIRA POR 2:37:50 10 Jose SANTOS POR 2:37:53 WOMEN: 1 Aureliana EDMUNDO POR 2:57:35 2 Natalia PINTO POR 3:00:54 3 Ana GOMES POR 3:02:17 4 Susana SIMOES POR 3:13:48 5 Conceicao GRARE POR 3:24:55 6 Chantal MASSIPA FRA 3:27:42 7 Simone LOPESA POR 3:33:01 8 Margarida PINTO POR 3:42:40 9 Kathleen NOMURA POR 3:42:57 10 Evelyne LAVELLEA POR 3:57:40 HALF MARATHON: MEN: 1 Paulo GOMES POR 1:04:39 2 Delfim CONCEICAO POR 1:07:20 3 Joaquim ROCHA POR 1:13:37 WOMEN: 1 Helena SAMPIAO POR 1:16:51 2 Fatima SILVA POR 1:20:35 3 Helena FERREIRA POR 1:38:24
The second stage of the AIMS children's Series took place in Kathmandu, in association with the Samsung Kathmandu 5km Peace Run. The Peace runners set off first from in front of the City Hall building at Basantapur, with the World Heritage Site of Durbar Square, packed with temples and stupas, in the background.
This first wave of 1200 runners were adults, fun-running the same course through the centre of Kathmandu as the children. Tight scheduling of the road closure meant that the adults had barely cleared the start line before the kids were chasing after them.
There were three age groups, each divided into boys' and girls' categories. They were each identified by a letter code to pick them out at the finish line. These letters were placed on the front of the T-shirt but most participants, unfamiliar with organised races, fixed their race numbers on their backs.
As young legs overtook many of the old lags the two events intermingled, creating one long snaking trail along New Road, around Ratna Park and then eastward out to Baneshwor, to finish at the gates of the gigantic Birendra International Convention Centre.
After unseasonal showers in the preceding days and in the afternoon after the race, the sun smiled on the runners. So much so that despite starting at 08.00 it was alreay warm by the time the front runners finished. The first few of them had serious expressions, but soon the grounds of the convention centre filled up with smiling runners, proudly sporting their medals and clutching their certificates as they tucked into their breakfast packs.
Jonathan Kipkorir Kosgei set a new personal best after a dramatic battle in the heart of Venice against Italian Alberico Di Cecco, writes Diego Sampoalo. Di Cecco came back after a difficult season with a confidence-boosting performance over a new but challenging course from Villa Pisani in Stra to Riva dei Sette Martiri in Venice. Lenah Cheruyiot won the women's race by defeating former World record holder Tegla Loroupe.
Paul Kimugul and Wilfred Taragon set the early pace for the lead group of nine - six Kenyans and three Italians - reaching 15km in 45:55. Running 64:49 through the halfway mark, Taragon was the first pacemaker to drop out at 25km (1:16:50).
After running for 4km in the centre of Mestre (25Km) runners crossed San Giuliano's Park, a challenging section of the course inside a vast green area between Mestre and Venice. Kimugul set the pace until 30km (1:32:20), when it came down to two Italians and three Kenyans. The race reached its climax over the 5km Ponte della Libertà (Bridge of Freedom).
Di Cecco went to the front pushing the pace in the 37th kilometre. Kosgei launched his first attack 2km later, but Di Cecco responded. The Italian ran on Kosgei's heels in the most difficult section of the race marked by the famous 14 bridges. Kosgei pulled away from Di Cecco by a few metres but the race was far from over. In a dramatic finish over the final kilometre, Kosgei held off Di Cecco by three seconds.
Tegla Loroupe, twice World Marathon record holder and three-time World champion in the Half-Marathon and Lenah Cheruyiot along with 2005 Italian Marathon champion Ivana Iozzia battled for victory in the women's race. They passed halfway in 1:16:16. The turning point of the race was just before 30km in San Giuliano Park when Cheruyiot and Loroupe upped the pace, pulling clear of Iozzia by six seconds at 30km (1:48:54).
Cheruyiot attacked at 35km, building up a solid margin over Loroupe which proved to be decisive. She lowered her PB by nearly two minutes. Loroupe, who was sidelined by frequent injury problems, took a clear second place in an encouraging 2:35:50.
MEN: 1 Jonathan Kipkorir KOSGEI KEN 2:10:18 2 Alberico DI CECCO ITA 2:10:21 3 Paul LOKIRA KEN 2:11:00 4 Migidio BOURIFA ITA 2:11:09 5 William Todoo ROTICH KEN 2:11:31 6 Daniele CAIMMI ITA 2:16:28 7 Dominic KIPKEMBOI KEN 2:20:09 8 Gianluca BORGHESE ITA 2:22:57 9 Reinhard HARRASSER ITA 2:23:59 10 Alessandro MANENTE ITA 2:26:12 WOMEN: 1 Lenah CHERUIYOT KEN 2:33:44 2 Tegla LORUPE KEN 2:35:50 3 Ivana IOZZIA ITA 2:36:13 4 Renata PARADOWSKA POL 2:38:24 5 Justina BAK POL 2:41:50 6 Marina ZANARDI ITA 2:47:35 7 Chiara PACCHIEGA ITA 2:57:52 8 Cecilia MORA ITA 3:00:47 9 Guiseppina MATTONE ITA 3:04:15 10 Cristina PERRONE ITA 3:04:38
Last year's winner and regular participant Tesfay Eiticha ran several minutes slower this year, and conceded victory to Sammy Rotich. Last year's third placer, Weyessa Urguessa, was also pushed down one place to fourth, despite running within one second of the time he recorded last year.
MEN: 1 Sammy ROTICH KEN 2:14:39 2 Tesfaye ETICHA ETH 2:15:28 3 Joseph NGENY KEN 2:16:34 4 Weyessa URGUESSA ETH 2:17:32 5 Fikade AMMA ETH 2:19:25 6 Christopher CHEPKIYENG KEN 2:20:18 7 Jonathan KIPSAINA KEN 2:28:11 8 Urs DELLSPERGER SUI 2:36:10 9 Tim SHORT GBR 2:39:28 10 Niklaus LEUENBERGER SUI 2:43:35 WOMEN: 1 Meseret KOTU ETH 2:39:43 2 Muliye LEMA ETH 2:44:23 3 Lydia KURGAT KEN 2:48:04 4 Joanna GRONT POL 2:48:58 5 Fabiola OPPLIGER SUI 2:51:11 6 Sally CHANEL SUI 2:55:03 7 Sabine GENTIEU SUI 3:03:31 8 Regula BAUMBERGER SUI 3:12:42 9 Peggy MERLE SUI 3:13:09 10 Petra BOLFING SUI 3:13:44 HALF MARATHON: MEN: 1 Alexis GAX-FABRY SUI 1:11:27 2 Pierre PERRITAZ SUI 1:11:37 3 Benoit BERGAENZELE FRA 1:11:43 WOMEN: 1 Adeline ROCHE FRA 1:20:24 2 Juliette BALAGE FRA 1:21:25 3 Estelle OBERSON SUI 1:22:11
A strong tailwind and a pleasant race temperature of 10°C helped runners to some fast times. The race starts at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, and this year finished in a new location overlooking Niagara Falls at Table Rock Restaurant. The race had nearly 1,000 competitors in the full marathon, 1,800 in the half marathon and 250 in the 5km, with runners coming from 34 countries.
Kenyans dominated in both men's races this year, with less than a minute separating the top three runners in the half marathon.
MEN: 1 Simon NJOROGE-KARIUKI KEN 2:18:13 2 Joseph NDERITU KEN 2:27:04 3 Steven BOHAN CAN 2:29:51 4 Bob WEINER USA 2:30:52 5 Janusz SARNICKI POL 2:30:59 6 Michel LAVOIE CAN 2:31:48 7 John PIGGOT USA 2:32:31 8 Scott MCDONELL CAN 2:44:18 9 Harry NEYNENS CAN 2:44:56 10 Albert EZAKI CAN 2:48:15 WOMEN: 1 Elena ROZHKO UKR 2:43:36 2 Kate MCNAMARA CAN 2:48:02 3 Lori KINGSLEY USA 2:55:07 4 Nathalie GOYER CAN 2:57:52 5 Louise VOGHEL CAN 3:00:14 6 Michelle SCHULER CAN 3:02:44 7 Chantal GOSSELIN CAN 3:04:11 8 Sheila SWEENEY CAN 3:06:33 9 Kelly RUPOLI CAN 3:10:47 10 Grace BAKKER CAN 3:11:22 HALF MARATHON: MEN: 1 Joseph GNEERI KEN 1:04:06 2 Danny KASSAP CAN 1:04:36 3 Henry GITHUKA KEN 1:05:33 WOMEN: 1 Paula WILTSE CAN 1:17:44 2 Beth WIGHTMAN CAN 1:18:00 3 Isabelle LEDROIT CAN 1:19:14
Elijah Mutai won for the fourth consecutive year, beating Gabriel Jose Garcia by seven seconds after a thrilling duel. Sun-suk Yun won the women's race in a new course record. In total more than 20,000 runners participated.
MEN: 1 Elijah MUTAI KEN 2:13:46 2 Gabriel Jose GARCIA GUA 2:13:53 3 Yun-shan ZHENG CHN 2:16:47 4 Myong-Kee LEE KOR 2:17:34 5 Alfredo AREVALO GUA 2:18:23 6 Jae-Sung KIM KOR 2:22:13 WOMEN: 1 Sun-Suk YUN KOR 2:36:04 2 Sun-Young LEE KOR 2:36:27 3 Eun-Hee CHAE KOR 2:41:32 4 Kyong-Mi CHUNG KOR 3:01:26 5 Kyong-Suk YOO KOR 3:02:23
Wilfred Kigen of Kenya successfully defended his Messe Frankfurt Marathon title in the German banking capital writes Pat Butcher. A warm day (20°C) with strong winds left him 37 seconds adrift of his course record from last year. He won by just one second in 2005 but this year was almost a minute and half ahead of his rivals.
Nine of the top 10 finishers come from Eldoret, the town first made famous as Kip Keino's home when he broke through to win the 1968 Olympic 1500m title in Mexico City. He is now revered as the godfather of Kenyan distance running.
Kigen did the old man proud. He was always in the leading group, right behind the pacemakers, signalling his intent to repeat last year's win. He covered all the potential breaks, including one at 34km by first-timer Francis Bowen. That was the signal for Kigen who took off little more than a kilometre later.
Svetlana Ponomarenko was a surprise winner of the women's race, becoming the third Russian in succession, after Olesya Nurgalieva and Alektina Biktimorova, to win the title. Ponomarenko was a minute behind the leaders, Ethiopians Robe Tola and Kutre Dulecha, at halfway, but explained: "I started to catch them from 26km, and at 34km, I still felt very good, so I went ahead." Despite a pit-stop at 38km, which cost her around 40 seconds, the 36-year old from the south Urals was so far ahead that she still scored an easy win.
MEN: 1 Wilfred KIGEN KEN 2:09:06 2 Moses ARUSI KEN 2:10:30 3 Francis BOWEN KEN 2:10:49 4 Peter KIPROTICH KEN 2:10:57 5 Peter CHEBET KEN 2:11:45 6 Peter KORIR KEN 2:12:08 7 Kasime ADILO ETH 2:12:26 8 Thomas CHEMITEI KEN 2:13:13 9 Andrew LIMO KEN 2:13:25 10 Boaz KIMAIYO KEN 2:13:31 WOMEN: 1 Svetlana PONOMARENKO RUS 2:30:05 2 Kirsten MELKEVIK OTTERBU NOR 2:31:30 3 Hafida IZEM MAR 2:31:30 4 Claudia DREHER GER 2:32:22 5 Gulnara VIGOVSKAYA RUS 2:32:51 6 Kutre DULECHA ETH 2:33:54 7 Robe TOLA ETH 2:39:18 8 Viola BOR KEN 2:42:25 9 Almaz MEGERSSA ETH 2:43:21 10 Prisca KIPRONO KEN 2:43:22
photo by Omulo Okoth
Hosea Kiprop Rotich won his first ever marathon, beating his closest rival by three minutes writes Omulo Omoth. Irene Jerotich ran the fastest time ever on Kenyan soil to win the women's race, beating the existing record by over three minutes. 19-year old Chinese Xin Zhang ran strongly for second place.
Rotich, 25 years old, started training as a marathon runner three years ago. He had no problems with the 1600m altitude that makes running in Nairobi tough for even the world's strongest runners. "I can go another kilometre. This has opened the world for me and there is no stopping me," he said.
On a warm morning under a clear sky, the marathon runners sped away from the start-line at 07.45 along the Mombasa Road towards the airport. The race was run on a new route following complaints by church goers after last year's race. More than 15,000 runners and joggers, up from 12,000 last year, combined to form a carnival mood in the roads west of Nairobiâ's Central Business District. The consistent growth in the popularity of the Nairobi Marathon since its inception in 2003 was mirrored by the thousands of spectators that lined the new route, and is strong testament to the passion and popularity of long distance running in Kenya.
The Nairobi Marathon is the first leg of the annual "Greatest Race on Earth" series of marathons (Nairobi, Singapore, Mumbai and Hong Kong). Teams from 33 countries are competing for a share of a prize pool of US $1.5 million.
MEN: 1 Hosea Kiprop ROTICH KEN 2:10:21 2 Kipchoge KIPLAGAT KEN 2:13:06 3 Alex MARINGA UGA 2:13:09 4 Paul LIMO KEN 2:13:47 5 Christopher CHEBOIBOCH KEN 2:14:58 6 Josephat KINYOR KEN 2:15:05 7 Stephen KIBIWOTT KEN 2:15:09 8 Elijah MOTURI KEN 2:15:20 9 Sammy NJOROGE KEN 2:15:22 10 Philemon GASIA KEN 2:15:23 WOMEN: 1 Irene JEROTICH KEN 2:32:39 2 Xiu ZHANG CHN 2:37:26 3 Beatrice OMWANZA KEN 2:39:07 4 Lornah MUTHONI KEN 2:39:24 5 Juliana WAMBUA KEN 2:42:00 6 Emily SAMOEI KEN 2:42:10 7 Monica MUTHONI KEN 2:42:28 8 Philomena CHEYECH KEN 2:45:09 9 Wilfrida KWAMBOKA KEN 2:45:51 10 Irene MOGAKA KEN 2:48:27 Half Marathon: MEN: 1 Philemon GETEA KEN 1:00:25 2 Moses KORORIA KEN 1:01:52 3 David RUTO KEN 1:01:54 WOMEN: 1 Beatrice RUTO KEN 1:10:52 2 Anne CHEPTANUI KEN 1:12:36 3 Agnes CHEROP KEN 1:12:54
MEN: 1 Joachim NSHIMIRIMANA BDI 2:14:14 2 Benjamin KIPTAURUS KEN 2:14:29 3 Awad Aman AMAJID QAT 2:15:08 4 Olesander SITKOVSKIY UKR 2:15:45 5 Nickson KIPTOLO KEN 2:17:06 6 Portipher DOMBOJENA ZIM 2:18:17 7 Gino Van GEYTE BEL 2:18:17 8 Jaber Ahmed JUMAH QAT 2:19:02 9 Nabil BENKRAMA ALG 2:22:37 10 Jesus De LIEIZIO BRA 2:23:27 WOMEN: 1 Inga JUODESHKIENE LIT 3:01:52 2 Danielle KRIJGSMAN NED 3:06:02 3 Daniela DA FORNO ITA 3:07:23 4 Egle KRISTAPONYTE LIT 3:13:17 5 Tammy HISCOCK CAN 3:15:29 6 Jadranka LESKOVSEK SLO 3:19:51 7 Marie DUPUIS CAN 3:21:27 8 Tatjana JAUK SLO 3:26:07 9 Mojca FLERIN SLO 3:32:32 10 Marjeta FURMAN SLO 3:34:33
photos by Alan Brookes
Mexico's Ruben Garcia became only the second man to have back-to-back victories at the Marine Corps Marathon, ahead of a record field of 30,370 entries. The women's section of the "People's Marathon" was won by American recreational runner, Laura Thompson of Boise, Idaho.
Conditions were almost ideal for running, with clear blue skies, sunshine, light breezes, and a chilly 4°C at the start by Arlington National Cemetery. The largest-ever MCM field was drawn from all 50 states, and 54 different countries. In all, some 20,858 ended up crossing the finish line, moving Marine Corps from 5th into 4th place amongst America's largest marathons, just ahead of Los Angeles. It was a significant increase from the 18,843 finishers in Washington last October.
The race got off to a strong start with a couple of Mexicans, and a trio of Africans running for one of the event sponsors hitting 5 miles in 24:04 and gunning for the 20-year old course record of 2:14:01. Kenyan Jared Nyamboki stayed ahead of the record pace through 15km, almost a minute clear. Belay Kassa, an Ethiopian based in Fayetteville, Georgia, was a distant second, with fellow-countryman Tamrat Ayalew in third, and Garcia, running a sensible, even pace in fourth, three minutes back.
The order and spacing remained the same through half-way. [Nyamboki 67:39, Garcia 70:10]. Gradually the Africans began to fade, and at 32km Nyamboki's lead was down to 77 seconds, with Garcia now in second and closing. Around 35km the Mexican struck decisively, passing the sagging Kenyan who stepped off the course near the entertainment in Crystal City, around 36km. Garcia maintained good form and unfaltering pace to claim his repeat victory. Last year's second-place finisher, Carl Rundell of Birmingham, Michigan, crossed the line a very distant second again this year after the two Ethiopians faded badly [to 2:27:32 and 2:30:11].
As the temperature rose to a pleasant 15°C and the winds picked up, the masses poured in, exemplifying the Marine Corps experience. Crowds of runners were thickest around the five-hour mark - the average finishing time in Washington. The People's Marathon provided the perfect day for sight-seeing at a leisurely pace, and the numerous and friendly spectators stayed until well after seven hours to cheer home the 11,044 first-time marathoners and the large number of female runners [11,901] amongst the record field. The bands played in the post-run party area on Meade Street, and there was much celebration after the final objective was reached, the steep rise to the famous Iwo Jima Monument at the finish line.
MEN: 1 Ruben GARCIA USA 2:21:17 2 Carl RUNDELL USA 2:24:22 3 Jose MIRANDA USA 2:26:21 4 Andreas CARLBORG SWE 2:26:37 5 Belay KASSA ETH 2:27:28 WOMEN: 1 Laura THOMPSON USA 3:00:10 2 Brenda SCHRANK USA 3:02:28 3 Suzanne HIMES USA 3:02:52 4 Samantha KIRBY USA 3:04:46 5 Becky BACKSTROM USA 3:06:15
photo by Bernie Conway
The race was held in the downtown area of this very picturesque city writes Bernie Conway. The magnificent city Cathedral was right alongside the start and finish areas. The Cathedral clock was used to keep track of the race countdown, as it was started by the ringing of the Church bells. Runners were led to the starting line by a human chain of army volunteers. A dozen people released pigeons by hand while fireworks were set off overhead and fans blew confetti over the heads of the runners. As the runners took off they released the helium balloons they were holding. It was a truly inspiring view.
The women's race set off first, then the wheelchair division and finally the men's race. Runners ran through the city on wide traffic-free streets. Many of the streets were lined with orange trees and filled with colourful flowers. The race finished less than 100m down the street and a nearby park, Rotonda de los Hombres Ilustres (so named because of its many statues of local heroes in politics, art, and commerce), provided a welcome area of shade for those waiting for their friends or loved ones to return at the finish of their race.
At the finish line volunteers made sure everyone was taken care of and sufficiently hydrated. Medical staff were on hand and they very quickly and expertly covered any problems arising.
There is a very good relationship between the running community and the Church as the Church believes that running and sports are positive influences on the population instead of choosing drinking and drugs. The local organisers were surprised to hear that elsewhere the Church often tries to prevent races being held on a Sunday.
MEN: 1 Philip KIBITOK KEN 2:15:18 2 Christopher TOROITICH KEN 2:15:34 3 Samuel CHEPNO KEN 2:16:18 4 Jesus TORRES MEX 2:17:15 5 Peter AYENI KEN 2:17:27 6 Mark KIPKOSGEI KEN 2:17:44 7 Carlos GOMEZ MEX 2:17:47 8 Margarito RAMIREZ MEX 2:19:30 9 Charles NYAMOKI KEN 2:19:33 10 Armando TORRES MEX 2:20:13 WOMEN: 1 Susanm MUTHONI KEN 2:40:02 2 Judith HERNANDEZ MEX 2:40:04 3 Paula JUAREZ MEX 2:41:36 4 Lucilia DAMASO MEX 2:42:12 5 Liliana FERNANDEZ MEX 2:42:36 6 Patricia GUTIERREZ MEX 2:42:48 7 Adriana RUIZ MEX 2:45:36 8 Alicia SALDIVAR MEX 2:46:13
MEN: 1 Ian DOBSON 1:02:32 2 Fernando CABADA 1:02:45 3 Macdonald ONDARA 1:03:12 4 Richard KIMELI 1:04:22 5 Sergio REYES 1:04:23 6 Ibrahim LIMO 1:05:50 7 Lance PARKER 1:05:50 8 Josh SPIKER 1:06:28 9 Miguel NUCI 1:07:03 10 Charle NJERE 1:07:42 WOMEN: 1 Jennifer RHINES 1:12:17 2 Kate O'NEILL 1:16:32 3 Heather GIBSON 1:16:56 4 Brooke WELLS 1:17:55 5 Elissa RIEDY 1:18:32 6 Camille HERRON 1:19:21 7 Hannah MITEI 1:20:45 8 Alexis WADDEL 1:22:05 9 Caroline RADTKE 1:23:51 10 Shannon CODY 1:24:51
MEN: 1 Janne HOLMEN FIN 2:28:58 2 Lennart SODERLUND FIN 2:38:11 3 Veli- Matti KARHULAHTI FIN 2:47:00 4 Emil SODERLUND FIN 2:53:54 5 Garry MACLNNES FIN 2:54:30 6 Tommi NIETOSJARVI FIN 2:55:35 7 Ari JARVINEN FIN 2:55:44 8 Stefan SUNDSTROM FIN 2:57:16 9 Janne PULKKINEN FIN 2:58:21 10 Dag NILSSON FIN 3:00:08 WOMEN: 1 Lotta FRENANDER FIN 3:26:28 2 Sara CARLSSON FIN 3:36:32 3 Anne MARTTILA FIN 3:50:01 4 Irina KUHA FIN 3:50:24 5 Tuija KATAJA FIN 3:50:48 6 Monica GULLSTROM FIN 3:56:23 7 Janina BERGMAN FIN 3:56:46 8 Ritva VALLIVAARA-PASTO FIN 3:58:10 9 Annie HEDLUND FIN 3:58:20 10 Hanna ROSVALL FIN 4:00:19 HALF MARATHON: MEN: 1 Peter KUJANPAA SWE 1:17:32 2 Toomas UNT 1:20:48 3 Robert SODERMAN 1:21:59 WOMEN: 1 Sanna KULLBERG 1:23:18 2 Carita SODERGARD FIN 1:30:34 3 Mia LUNDH 1:33:06
MEN: 1 Jesus Santos GEOVANE BRA 2:18:27 2 Oscar CORTINEZ ARG 2:20:21 3 Hugo Paucar RAMOS PER 2:23:14 4 Paulino CANCHANYA 2:25:23 5 Daniel SIMBRON 2:26:12 6 Fabio HEREDIA 2:37:19 7 Edward PUDLLA 2:39:24 8 Ives SAUCEDO 2:39:31 9 Antonio KIFEL 2:40:19 10 Miguel GAUNA 2:40:23 WOMEN: 1 Sandra TORRES 2:49:04 2 Valerie RODRIGUEZ 2:49:29 3 Estelia MARTINEZ 2:51:40 4 Carina Allay CHIAFFITELLI 2:55:24 5 Rosana LUISETTI 2:57:48 6 Flavia DE LOS SANTOS 3:02:58 7 Mabel LASTIRI 3:06:21 8 Silvana CALCAGNO 3:09:18 9 Aida AGUILAR 3:11:49 10 Virginia PENA 3:15:31
Aleksey Sokolov won the 27th edition of the race in a new course record of 2:11:30 - a minute and a half faster than that posted by Lezan Kimutai in 2004 writes Maire Scully.
Sokolov led from the off, setting a very fast pace, running on a 2:10 schedule for a large part of the course. He was already a minute up at 10km, and two-and-half minutes up at halfway. A group of six runners held together behind him, and the gap closed up a little in the final stages, although Sokolov remained more than 400m clear at the finish. Alina Ivanova took a similarly early lead. She was 100m up on Larisa Zyusko at 10km and a minute ahead of Hailey Haining. These two were together at halfway, more than two minutes behind Ivanova. Haining held the gap for the second half of the race and went ahead of Zyusko to take second place.
Two new Irish National Champions were crowned, with Cian McLoughlin the first Irishman home, in 10th place overall. Defending Women's Champion Pauline Curley was just pipped over the final few steps by Jill Shannon from Belfast, who was running her debut marathon.
The organisers regret to confirm that there was a fatality during the course of the race.
MEN: 1 Aleksey SOKOLOV RUS 2:11:39 2 Oleksandr KUZIN UKR 2:13:11 3 Edwin KOMEN KEN 2:13:26 4 Dmytro OSADCHY UKR 2:14:22 5 Matt SMITH GBR 2:14:41 6 Sylvester TEIMET KEN 2:17:39 7 David KIPLAGAT KEN 2:19:44 8 Wesly NGETICH KEN 2:20:10 9 Oleg BOLOHOVETS RUS 2:20:30 10 Cian MC LOUGHLIN IRL 2:22:37 WOMEN: 1 Alina IVANOVA RUS 2:29:49 2 Hayley HAINING GBR 2:31:51 3 Larisa ZYUSKO RUS 2:33:09 4 Caroline CHEPTANUI KEN 2:33:36 5 Julia VINOKOUROVA RUS 2:33:43 6 Lyudmyla PUSHKINA UKR 2:37:24 7 Marashet JIMMA ETH 2:39:10 8 Caroline KWAMBAI KEN 2:40:45 9 Jill SHANNON IRL 2:42:46 10 Pauline CURLEY IRL 2:42:48
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