Despite 32°C and 52% humidity, the race was very competitive. Stanley Biwott headed the world class field up the initial climb from City Hall, before letting others take over on the steeper climbs in the first 3km. Yenew Alamirew took the wind head-on with Edwin Kipyego and Zersenay Tadese tucked in and Biwott tailing the group. “During the last two kilometres I knew that perhaps I could win,” said Biwott, and in the twists and turns towards the stadium he dropped his competition one by one and opened up a slight gap on Alamirew as they sprinted down the home straight. Seven men broke 29 minutes despite the adverse conditions.
Riscah Jeptoo defended her title after a conservative start in which Pauline Njeru led up the steep climb towards an underpass 3km into the race. By the time the field emerged from under the crowd-lined bridge Jeptoo had eased into the lead. Despite the conditions Jeptoo improved her 2012 time by 21 seconds while behind her Flomena Daniel overtook Njeru for second place.
The race is one of the oldest in Africa and has been held every year throughout the four decades of war which only ended in 2002, excepting only 1961 and 1978. Over 1300 runners from throughout the country lined up for the mass participation event.
Atsedu Tsegay demolished a highly competitive men’s field and set a new course record, shaving three seconds off the mark set by Deriba Merga in 2008. After competent pacemaking to 12km he injected his own pace just after 15km which world leader Geoffrey Kipsang and Wilson Kiprop could not match. He eased ahead as they returned past India Gate, and stretched his lead to 100m by the finish just outside Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The race took place later than usual and benefited from cool (12C) conditons. Kipsang was coping with the loss of his 17-year-old brother Elias, who passed away on Friday. He did wonderfully well to overcome his grief and ran a brave race. Atsedu, the fastest half marathoner of 2012, had a poor run at this event last year. He finished 20th and suffering an ankle injury that kept him out of competition for nearly a year.
The women set off five minutes behind the men and got off to a slow start, refusing the pace set by Alice Kimutai. It picked in the second 5km so that a lead group of six passed through 10km in 33:17. In the second half a competitive race developed between world leader Lucy Kabuu, former World Champion Florence Kiplagat and Gladys Cherono. They stuck together until 16km at which point Kiplagat started to forge a significant lead. It was enough to dispose of Lucy Kabuu’s challenge. Gladys Cherono tenaciously started to claw back the deficit but over the final kilometre Kiplagat had the finish in her sights, and managed to keep herself in front.
A total of 31,000 runners participated in the half marathon and associated 6km fun run. Prize money totalled USD 210,000, with USD25,000 each for the winners. As usual the race attracted the participation of many celebrities, among them industrialist Anil Ambani and actor Rahul Bose. A host of dignitaries, including event ambassadors 1996 Olympic 100m Champion Donovan Bailey and actress Bipasha Basu, were present to cheer on the participants.
For this second edition approximately 1000 runners coming from 10 countries as far away as South Africa, USA and Japan, took part in the individual marathon race, the semi-marathon, the wheelchair race, the popular race and the children’s race. Of these, 200 went the full Marathon distance.
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A wheelchair event was included within both the title event and the associated 10km, won by Ali Sawalmeh (1:23:38) and Ala’a Al Din Al Kaza’a (47:43). The winner of the 21km race for the visually impaired was AbdeulRaouf Al Khatib (1:46:16) and the 10km winner was Nabil Maqableh.
There were also separate boys’ and girls’ races over a 4.2km course.
In his Marathon debut in this race last year Martin Mathathi dropped at 35km but this year, on a cool but humid day, he took control of the race at that point writes Ken Nakamura. He started to push the pace hard in the final seven kilometres to drop his final challenger and last year’s winner Joseph Gitau. Local star Yuki Kawauchi came third, in his tenth Marathon of the year. Since he was the first Japanese in the race, at this point, Kawauchi is the leading contender for the Japanese marathon team for the next year’s Asian Games in South Korea. But in two weeks he plans to run the Hofu Marathon, again targetting a sub-2:10 time.
The leaders reached halfway in 1:03:48 and, with pacemaking finished, Kawauchi jumped into the lead and left the chase pack 10 seconds behind. Henryk Szost closed him down and two ran together in front with six men in the chasing pack. They were caught just after 28km. Mekubo Mogusu then led for a couple of kilometres, before Mathathi made his decisive effort at 32km, which only Gitau could match. They passed 35km in 1:46:13, nine seconds ahead of a four-man chasing group from which Szost and Kawauchi emerged to give chase. Kawauchi did start to close on Gitau but just fell short by five seconds. Mathathi’s 5km split from 35–40km was 14:39, only two seconds slower than Tsegaye Kebede ran when he set the course record of 2:05:18 in 2009.
South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka and Ethiopia’s Aberu Kebede won in times just short of the course records set last year writes Mirko Jalava. Kebede bounced back from a disappointing outing at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, where she finished only in 13th, by winning in season’s best and missing the course record by only 21 seconds.
There were several men with faster personal bests than Mokoka, but Mokoko had placed highly before in Shanghai (second in 2011 and fourth last year). Running his first Marathon of 2013, he won with a time 28 seconds short of the course record. Behind him Eritrean Beraki Beyene was best in a thrilling finish over the final few hundred metres where the five came home in the space of 10 seconds. The six runners were on their own from 32km before Mokoka broke away in the last two kilometres.
More than 35,000 people took to the streets of Shanghai on Sunday morning, 8000 in the Marathon, 10,000 in Half Marathon, 5000 in a 10km run and approximately 12,000 persons in a Mini Marathon.
More than 6000 local and overseas runners started the race from the Olympic Sport Centre Stadium. Julius Kiplimo Maisei from Kenya set a new race record and collected total prize money of USD35,000. Mi Gyong Kim from North Korea won the women’s race and USD20,000.
Considering he was running his third Marathon in nine weeks Chelimo Kipkemoi was something of a surprise winner writes Phil Minshull. He had missed out on getting placed among the elite racers in front of the 11,000-plus runners and was part of the mass start, crossing the line approximately 35 seconds after the gun had gone. Kipkemoi is adept at winning races in difficult conditions: he won three of his six Marathons in 2011 and two last year, but has never broken 2:10. His win extended the Kenyan hold on the Singapore men’s title to 12 editions.
After passing through halfway 33 seconds down Kipkemoi very gradually closed down this deficit. 2007 world champion and two-time winner in Singapore Luke Kibet pushed on ahead from 25–35km, accompanied by Kiptanui. But by 38km Kipkemoi’s patience had paid off, and he took the lead, passing 40km with an unchallenged 13-second advantage. Kibet drifted back to fourth in the final stages.
Sharon Cherop, the 2012 Boston Marathon champion lived up to her billing as pre-race women’s favourite but left it right to the line after running with Ethiopia’s Debre Godana. The pair went ahead of what had been an eight-woman lead group until 30km. After their last-gasp sprint Cherop and Godana were given the same time. “The race was so close but I am happy that my strategy to sprint only when I was close to the finish line worked,” reflected Cherop. Behind them Russia’s Alina Prokopeva took third place in Singapore for the second consecutive year.
Simon Kariuki ran away from the opposition early on, with Juan Cardona (who often runs with cyclist support, against the rules of international marathons) chasing in vain. Kariuki occasioned excitement in the crowd as it seemed he might crack the 2:16:24 course record Alene Reta ran in 2010 (this year he won the half marathon), and win a $10000 bonus for doing so, but he fell 100 seconds short of the mark. First Panamanian was Augustin Alcazar in eighth place with 2:44:03. More than 1500 runners entered: 600 in the marathon along with 65 eight-man relay teams, and 600 in the half marathon.
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The 13th edition again recorded the year’s fastest half marathon time in Mexico as Julius Kipyego won for the fourth time writes Juan Ramon Pina. Conditions were good: 5C and a light drizzle for most of the route, the Kenyan. From the opening shot, fired by Olympic champion race walker Daniel Bautista (Montreal 1976) he ran together with Alene Reta for the entire route, which was flat in full and at an average altitude of 555m. Only in the run-in to the finish back at the scenic Fundidora Park did Kipyego get ahead of his rival. Back in 2008 Patrick Nthiwa had also set the year’s fastest time of 1:00:23.
Among the women Risper Gesabwa Biyaki achieved the third fastest mark this year in Mexico. The race, which takes place in Monterrey, capital of Nuevo Leon, an important industrial state of Mexico, had 3600 registered runners and was organized by the Athletics Association of Nuevo Leon chaired by Luciano Ramirez Gallardo.
On a weekend wintry weekend in Malta Vladimir Sementsov, second last year, and seven-time winner Carmen Hili lived up to their favourites’ tag by both winning with clean sweeps of the three races. Veteran Maltese athlete Charles Cilia secured the runner-up spot, finishing second again in an aggregate time 12 minutes behind the winner. In the women’s race, Hili’s triumph was never in doubt as she dominated the three stages to retain her title. Hili underlined her superiority by completing the final 25km race 96 seconds faster than in 2012 and 8:54 ahead of her nearest rival.
Budapest Marathon Race Director, Arpad Kocsis returned to Malta after his earlier visit in 2003 in which he failed to start stage 3. Undaunted by the experience he founded his own “Challenge” in Hungary, styled on the Malta Challenge Marathon. This year he did finish in a time of 4:05. The Nestle Fitness Malta International Challenge Marathon is now looking at forming a “twinning” arrangement with Budapest with the possibility of exchange winners.
In just her second ever race over the classic distance, Kenya’s Rebecca Chesire held off a late charge from marathon debutante Elvan Abeylegesse writes John Mulkeen. Abraham Kiprotich opened up a gap of almost a minute over the rest of the field in the closing stages of the men’s race.
Turkish record-holder Sultan Haydar led the lead group in the women’s race while marathon debutant Elvan Abeylegesse languished in 10th place, 40 seconds behind at 10km. Haydar reached halfway in 1:12:50 with six African runners still a stride or two behind. Abeylegesse lagged by a minute. Haydar still led at 30km with with just Rebecca Chesire and Amane Gobena left for company, while Abeylegesse had steadily made her way through the field into sixth place. She made up 30 seconds over the next 5km and moved into fourth. The race really came alive in the closing kilometres as Haydar finally surrendered her lead to Chesire, while Abeylegesse looked poised to challenge on the shoulder of the Kenyan with 1600m to go. But Chesire had saved enough for the finish to win, 73 seconds slower than her marathon debut earlier this year. Abeylegesse achieved her sub-2:30 goal while Haydar ran one second faster than when she finished in the same position last year.
Marathon debutant Desta Alemu took a group through halfway in the men’s race in 1:04:23, with Abraham Kiprotich on his shoulder. The group slowed considerably in the next 14km until Kiprotich moved ahead decisively at 35km. Deriba Merga tried to follow him as Siraj Gena came through strongly into third position and went on to overtake Merga.
Felix Kipkemoi Keny fulfilled his prediction when he won the race in the fastest time yet run in Spain writes Phil Minshull. He took 17 seconds off his personal best and 16 seconds off the Spanish all-comers record dating from Jackson Kipkoech’s win in Barcelona three years ago. Keny also sliced 45 seconds from the course record, set in 2011. A pack of about 20 runners, led by Qatari pacemaker Nicholas Kemboi, went through halfway in 1:03:44. Jacob Kendagor then took the pace to 30km and shortly afterwards Keny broke away for the biggest win of his career. Ethiopia’s Azalech Masrecha won the women’s race comfortably, taking more than a minute off the previous course record set in 2002. A total of 9778 runners finished.
The AmeriKenyan Running Club dominated the top spots. Both winners times were the second fastest ever run in this race, now in its 11th year. Nine men finished under 1:05 this year after a total of only 13 runners breaking 1:05 in the past six years combined. Prize money of $17,850, the largest half marathon purse in the western US, was distributed between the top eight runners and top three masters. 7,200 finishers enjoyed in perfect race conditions along the rolling course that mostly tours the scenic and historic coastlines of Monterey and Pacific Grove.
14 runners passed one mile (1.6km) in 4:53, but a mile later there were five and by four miles Nelson Uyogi and Jacob Chemtai were away. They dueled all the way with Chemtai sprinting away on the gentle downhill finish. Sarah Kiptoo determined the women’s race early on by going out with the lead men and building a substantial lead by two miles (10:10).
William Kipsang won his first Marathon since Rotterdam 2008, and posted his fastest time since then, to end a six-year Ethiopian winning streak in Beirut writes Phil Minshull. He broke away from the leading group shortly after halfway and went through 30km in 1:33:56 with a 19-second lead over the five-man chasing group. By 35km his lead had grown to 39 seconds with Kenya’s Benjamin Serem and Sammy Malakwen, along with Ethiopia’s Gemechu Lemma still together around 250m behind Serem then started to chase but could not quite reel him in. Race favourite Kedir Fekadu, who won last year in 2:12:57, was part of the chasing group at 30km but soon afterwards the Ethiopian started to struggle and he finished a disappointing seventh. Temperatures reached an unseasonably warm 23°C and the course records were never threatened. Over 36,000 participated in the event which included various youth and fun runs.
In his marathon debut Hillary Yego won the Athens Classic Marathon over the original Marathon course from Marathon to the Panathenaikon Stadium, built for the first modern Olympics in 1896 writes Pat Butcher. For the women Joan Rotich led from the start to finish 100m ahead of Svitlana Stanko with Greek National Champion Magda Gazea in third. A record entry of 11,000 took part in the 31st edition, with a total more than 30,000 participants entered in all events.
For the first few kilometres both men and women were on course for much faster times but from 12km, as both temperatures and topography rose, the pace of the men’s lead group of 10 (including pacemakers) slowed to reach halfway in 1:06:48. Shortly afterwards defending champion Raymond Bett dropped out because of stomach problems. With the hills getting tougher until the highest point at 31km, more dropped behind, or dropped out. On the descent into Athens only a trio remained. David Rutoh was dropped with 5km to go, then Yego made the decisive move just before the 40km to ease ahead of Cheruiyot.
In contrast to the men’s race Joan Rotich led from the start and built up a big lead, passing 15k nearly two and a half minutes ahead of Ukraine’s Svitlana Stanko. Rotich slowed on the hills and Stanko gradually cut back into her lead, but she still remained 25 seconds adrift as Rotich crossed the finish line. “The Athens Marathon is a special race, so I am very happy to have won it. It was a great feeling to run into the Olympic Stadium,” she said.
Encouraged by Paula Radcliffe, women’s world marathon record holder and race patron, 12,814 runners were attracted to the 6th edition. Of these, 8652 set off from the marathon start on the Promenade des Anglais to pass through seven coastal cities under sunny Mediterranean skies. First to cross the finish line on the Boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes were Ethiopia’s Abdisa Sori among the men and Salina Jebet for the women. For Sori the battle lasted the entire 42195m as countryman Edeo Telo finished within the same second, A strongly gusting wind slowed runners in the second half. Jebet, the race favourite, won by a minute.
Wilson Kipketer, patron of the official charity Peace and Sport and triple 800m World Champion finished his second marathon in 3:15:08. “The route is fantastic. I’ll be back next year,” he said. Joining Kipketer was Vénuste Niyongabo from Burundi, who became the only Burundi national to win an Olympic medal by taking the 5000m title at the 1996 Olympic Games. These outstanding athletes joined forces as a team to run the Relay Marathon for Peace and Sport.
The 6-person relay format is divided into sections of varying distances between 3km and 11km. 400 teams were on the start-line made up of friends, co-workers and families. New in 2013, the 2×21.1km race offers each runner the chance to run a Half-Marathon between Nice and Cannes. It was a huge success and attracted 881 two-member teams. In all 62 nationalities were represented with foreign runners making up 31% of the field.
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Sean Hehir of Rathfarnham WSAF and defending champion Maria McCambridge made it a Dublin club double at the Airtricity Dublin Marathon.
For Hehir, it was his first marathon victory and a second attempt at Dublin after finishing 13th and second Irish last year. His time of 2:18:19 saw him almost a minute clear of early leader Joe Sweeney from DSD, who was making his marathon debut. Clonliffe’s Sergiu Ciobanu, who had run the marathon at the World Championships in August, was third in 2:22:02, with Thomas Frazer fourth in 2:22:34, having run 2:17:45 in Berlin a few weeks before.
McCambridge was trailing Leevale’s Clare McCarthy at 21 miles after an enforced pit stop at 18 miles. Only in the last half mile of the race did she catch McCarthy for her third Irish marathon title, crossing the line in 2:38:51. McCarthy was second in 2:39:27 – her first time under 2 hrs 40 mins.
Former Olympian and multiple Irish champion Pauline Curley of Tullamore Harriers finished third place in 2:42.57 – her best time in some years. In fourth place was Fiona Stack in 2:49.07.
In the wheelchair race, Paul Hannon was winning for a fourth time.
A strong typhoon lingering in the southern ocean caused concern among race organisers during race week, especially as another typhoon in its wake made their respective paths very difficult to predict. Both typhoons diverted into the East Pacific Ocean and runners enjoyed cloudless and temperate conditions on marathon day.
More than 20000 runners enjoyed an autumn tour of the beautiful scenic lakeside course. Nickson Kurgat broke his personal best to win his second Chuncheon Marathon. Last year he was second to David Kemboi Kiyeng but their positions were reversed this year.
Just under 19000 runners finished Slovenia’s biggest running event in ideal autumn weather. The flat two-lap course winds through the city streets and outskirts, before finishing in the city centre.
Once again the Kenyans took the honours but Andrea Lalli ran a great debut marathon, sticking with the leading group until 30km when Titus Masai, Raymond Kiplagat and Nixon Machichim opened up a gap on him. Machichim built up winning a margin over the last 2km, fending off Kiplagat’s desperate attempt to catch him in the final sprint. Lalli paced himself well to finish third: ”When I saw Masai closer I gritted my teeth and tried to speed up to finish third.” Mercy Jerotich Kibarus was a clear winner of the women’s race.
At the tail end of the race groups of Italian and Japanese runners dressed in a colourful T-shirts enlivened the race course. There were 5344 finishers. Thousands of spectators cheered on all runners and both were entertained by music groups located in 22 different locations.
Vincent Kipruto braved high winds to beat fellow-Kenyan and debutant Mark Kiptoo by just one second writes Pat Butcher. Caroline Kilel ran a personal best for her second Frankfurt victory. 14,964 runners from 96 nations entered among whom were five men with personal bests of under 2:05:30 and three women who had run sub-2:22.
But winds of up to 50km/hour blew away any hopes of a fast time. as 14 runners passed halfway in 1:03:06. Then, without any pacemaker left, runners tried to shelter behind each other and the pace dropped. Kipruto led a group of six at 30km (1:29:21) as they expected to benefit from a tailwind, but the wind swirled and provided no assistance. Kipruto pressed on to have only Kiptoo alongside him at 34km. Shortly before they entered the Festival Hall for the final 100m, Kipruto made the decisive break to finish just one second ahead. The Ethiopian challenge never materialised. Feyisa Lilesa had already fallen behind and dropped out at 37km with a back problem. Dino Sefir, the fastest in the field with 2:04:50, had lost contact with the leaders before halfway and finally finished seventh.
The women enjoyed better protection from the wind by their pacemakers and with five women under 2:24 there was greater depth than any previous German marathon. Six women reached halfway in 1:11:10 minutes. Debutante Gelete Burka’s hopes of a winning debut Marathon soon faded as she lost ground before reaching 25km. The other five remained together to 35km from which point Caroline Kilel began to build a winning lead, and improving her personal best by two seconds.
Of the 14,155 people signed up 11,972 completed the various courses in the 20th anniversary edition. There was some rain and a light wind which hampered runners on their return journey from the turnaround at La Tour-de-Peilz-Lausanne. Maciek Miereczko retained the men’s title while the women’s winner was British Olympic (2nd place in Beijing) cycling time triallist Emma Pooley.
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About 7000 peace lovers and runners of 54 different nationalities participated in the third edition of this race held in the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. The marathon is organised by the Iraqi Kurdistan NGOs Network “IKNN” in cooperation with the Erbil Governorate.
There were three races: full marathon, 10km and 4km (a family fun run). Men and women, children and the handicapped from all over Iraq and the world came to the historic city of Erbil to run for peace. The weather, the organization and the course were enjoyed by all. At the finish line the music, songs and dances kept people happy and excited as the winners’ achievements were recognised and medals and prizes presented.
Tadese Tola broke the 33-year old course record and pulled the Kenyan pair Bernard Kipyego and Daniel Rono under the old mark, Taisuke Kodama’s 2:07:35 from 1986 writes Mirko Javala. The weather was perfect for a Marathon with clear skies, minimal wind and a temperature a little over 10C. The men passed halfway, led by Festus Langat, in 1:03:35 with a group of 11 still together. Tola kicked at 24km and was followed by Kipyego.
Led by Tola, the top five reached 25km in 1:15:03 with Kipyego in second place followed by Ethiopians Abebe Negewo and Afewerk Mesfin and Kenya’s Daniel Rono. The same personnel were still in the lead at 30km in 1:30:14, but soon after Mesfin was dropped from the group, and Negewo dropped back after 37km Tola and Rono began to sprint with 900m to go, but with 500m left Kipyego had joined them and all three were going full throttle, a sight not often seen in the Marathon. With 150m to go Tola finally broke clear.
The women’s race was considerably thinner, with only a handful of runners competing for the top places. Just 23, Zhang had not competed for more than four years, since finishing 18th in the 10,000m at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. Her first race in Beijing came in 2007 when she was a surprise runner-up in 2:27:20 at age 17 and then ran a world junior best 2:22:38 in Xiamen in January 2008, a day after her 18th birthday. Her 2009 performances were no longer as good, and her career drew to a halt,
After 30km (1:47:24) with Zhang now clearly looking to take the lead and at around 36km she finally stepped up a gear with Yeshimebet Tadesse falling back quickly and Makda Harun able to hang on for just a few more moments.
Wilson Chebet secured a third consecutive victory and improved the course record by five seconds. Valentine Kipketer posted a personal best to win the women’s race.
A group of about 20 started fast, on course record schedule until 15km, but then a headwind next to the Amstel River slowed them. It was only after 34km that a magnificent battle started between Bernard Koech and Wilson Chebet. This lasted until 38km when Koech cramped, giving Chebet a clear path to his hat-trick of wins in Amsterdam.
Behind Kipketer Serena Burla took a surprising second place. Having survived her battle against cancer she ran with golden shoelaces in support of the VUmc charity marathon for Cancer Center Amsterdam.
There were more participants than ever before in the Olympisch Stadion. An incredible 41,600 runners including 17000 foreign runners from 82 countries entered the various races (marathon, Mizuno Half Marathon, TCS 8km and the children’s run) up 4,500 on last year.
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Serbia’s second city, the capital of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, staged its 19th edition of the marathon over a flat course starting and finishing at the city’s very core – the square in front of City Hall. The course is mostly along the banks of the Danube and over newly constructed or reconstructed bridges. It leads through newly-built districts, the University precinct, beside the Tanurdzicevapalata, the beautiful old palace which houses the Assembly and Government of Vojvodina, and past the famous Petrovaradin Fortress.
A titanic battle among three Kenyans played out on the streets of Cologne until the final kilometre. None of them were able to break away until shortly before the finish line when Nicholas Chelimo summoned the strength to get clear. By contrast Janet Rono led the women’s race from the start to break her personal best by four minutes.
Ethiopian favourite Yemane Tsegay Adhane won a thrilling battle and ended a 14-year Kenyan winning streak in the Dutch city writes Phil Minshull.
Heavy rain ruled out any course record but there were still three men in contention with a kilometre to go. Adhane surged as the trio entered the old market area in the centre of Eindhoven and shook off his compatriots Bazu Worku and Belay Assefa. The weather forecast had changed dramatically less than 24 hours before and the race started in driving rain, a strong breeze and a temperature of just 6C at the start. 14 runners, including four pacemakers, went through halfway in 1:04:11 but then started to drop off. Six remained at 25km, passed in 1:15:48: Adhane, Worku, Assefa and Sisay Lemma along with their Kenyan pacemakers Timothy Kiptoo and Sammy Kigen Korir. Kiptoo dropped out but Kigen Korir carried on driving the pace as they went through 30km in 1:30:59. He continued to the finish, but once he finished pacing the Ethiopian quartet started to race more tactically. Lemma lost contact from 39km.
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|3||Rose Alva||CHACHA CHACHA||ECU||2:42:03|
|4||Alejandra Isabel Jacobo||LARIOS||MEX||2:55:08|
A new course record was set today at the 34th Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon by Kenyan, Lamech Mokono. Running under brilliant, sunny skies Lamech Mokono set a new course record, while local runner Catrin Jones set a personal best in the women’s race and 10 age-group records were also set. Over all four events, 11,768 registered (10,263 finished) with 2008 (1696 finished) in the Marathon and 5471 (4659) in the Half Marathon. The Thrifty Foods Kids Run (1300 entries) sold out for the second year in a row.
Kip Kangogo took an early lead in the men’s race followed by 2011/12 champion Thomas Omwenga, Josephat Ongeri and Lamech Mokono. At 10km Mokono took the lead as Omwenga slowly dropped out of contention. At 30km Mokono and Kangogo were still together but Mokono went ahead at 32km and with 5km to go started widening the gap to eventually break the 2011 course record by 51 seconds.
Oliver Utting, in fifth was first Canadian and top master, becoming British Columbia Champion. Local favourite Catrin Jones took the lead from the start which she claimed afterwards was “worrying” but “At the 24km turnaround I saw Katherine (Moore) and pushed a little more”.
|4||A. M. Ajith||BANDARA||SRL||2:31:05|
|5||W. A. S.||CHANDRAPALA||SRL||2:37:05|
|3||B. G. L. A.||BOGAHAWATHTHA||SRL||2:57:45|
|1||K. G. R. Saman||KUMARA||SRL||1:08:51|
|2||T. M. Eranda||THENNAKOON||SRL||1:11:31|
|3||H. R. Nimal Vijitha||BANDARA||SRL||1:11:33|
|1||H. A. T. C.||HEMAMAMLI||SRL||1:22:02|
|2||B. G. D. K.||EKANYAKA||SRL||1:32:01|
|3||W. M. Nimesha||NIDARSHANI||SRL||1:36:01|
Ethiopia’s Ashete Dido set a women’s course record and three men broke the 2:10 barrier in Europe’s oldest Marathon. Starting in cool conditions (6C) Dido took more than three minutes off her personal best set when finishing second in Rome last year. Her compatriot Marta Lema improved by almost three minutes in second place. The lead group passed halfway in 1:13:43 but from 25km the pair were on their own, passing through 35km in 2:02:12 before Dido pulled away in the closing stages of the race.
The halfway point in the men’s race was reached in 1:04:33 by pacemaker David Kibet and there were still seven men together at 36km when Ethiopia’s Alemayehu Abebe surged ahead. But the Kenyan pair of Patrick Kiptanui Korir and Elisha Kiprop worked together and started to reel in Abebe 3km from the line, to set up a thrilling end to the race. The 36-year-old Kiptanui Korir, the 2012 Madrid Marathon winner who only started running international races at the age of 30, proved strongest, but all three set personal bests.
An estimated 9500 competed in the races.
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Tewodros Asfaw won a tactical race spent tailing his countryman Mesfin Lemma in the initial stages of the four-lap tour of Amman’s historical centre. As the early leaders tired from the deceptive inclines Asfaw moved ahead to win by a full kilometre. Jordan’s Olympic Marathoner Methqal Al Abady came through for third in just under 2:30. Mihiret Antoiyos led from gun to tape to claim a second Ethiopian victory. Switzerland’s Maya Chollet took second in her debut Marathon ahead of local athlete Razan Mokbeal. Suhail Nashash became the first visually impaired Jordanian to run a marathon (3:27:16).
Over 7000 runners ran the associated 10km. Both races finished at the Roman Amphitheatre built in 166 AD where HRH Prince Firas bin Raad, Chairman of the Board of Run Jordan honoured the winners, after he had completed the 10km event.
The race is organized by a newly launched NGO, Run Jordan, in cooperation with Greater Amman Municipality. Run Jordan aims to promote long distance running and healthy lifestyles among all segments of Jordanian society. It started with a programme for training young runners who competed in a 4.2km race held before race registration opened earlier in the week.
The 35th Warsaw Marathon was a symbolic one for ten veterans of the event who have finished all the past editions of Poland’s oldest marathon race. Since 1979, the magic ten have competed yearly, and likely are a phenomenon on the world’s scale. But all the 8506 finishers of the 35th PZU Warsaw Marathon had a unique chance to celebrate one of the most spectacular finishes in the world – inside the arena of the National Stadium built just last year.
The top contenders started at a record pace – 1:03:55 at 21.1K, but it was clear that the speed may be hard to keep since there were only two of them left in the top group – the course record holder John Sammy Kibet of Kenya (2:08:17 in 2011) and Zeleke Demse Wosen of Ethiopia. Then, at 25K, the Kenyan began to slow down and the only one left in front was the Ethiopian. Yet he began to struggle too and the gap between him and the chasing trio of his countryman Solomon Molla Tiumayui, Eritrea-born Norwegian Weldu Negash Gebretsadik and the local boy Yared Shegumo started to melt. At 35K the leader was still 1:04 ahead, but this did not last and he was caught almost exactly at 40K mark.
The finish in the stadium heated up all those present. Four runners sprinted into the tunnel and it was pure speed that mattered. To the amazement of the crowd the first one to touch the tape was Poland’s Shegumo, ending a 6-year streak without a Polish win in Warsaw. His time: 2:10:34 is his new PB. The same is true about the runner-up Weldu Negash Gebretsadik of Norway.
The story of the Polish marathoner is a fairytale. He fled his homeland Ethiopia in 1999 to find shelter from the war against Eritrea. Stationed in a refuge camp in Poland he was spotted by a local running coach and given a helping hand. In 2003 was granted the Polish citizenship and broke the domestic 3.000 record soon after. But then he was forced to train for shorter distances which killed his passion for the sport and resulted in a series of injuries. He ended his career in 2007. In search of money he emigrated to the UK, where he worked as a nightguard and forklift operator. But he missed running – so, in 2010 he gave himself a second chance, returned to Warsaw and took up training again. This time he turned to the street and started his marathon career. Now, in his fourth performance on the distance, he holds the third-best marathon performance of 2013 in Europe.
Among women the final victory was decided between two Ethiopians (Goitetom Haftu Teshema and Abeba Teklu Gebremeskel) as well as Kenya’s Lydia Rutto. Their goal was to challenge the event record and they did it very efficiently as all three were able to finish under the old record performance. The most experienced Teshema was able to hold to the original pace and write off 28 seconds from the 2:30 standard. She beat her countrywoman Gebremeskel by 46 secs and the Kenyan by 1 minute and 25 seconds.
After spending two years being known as the man who came agonisingly close to matching the marathon world record, Wilson Kipsang of Kenya broke that record handsomely in Berlin, clocking 2:03:23, thus taking 15 seconds off compatriot Patrick Makau’s 2:03:38, set in this same race two years ago. In only his second marathon, former world 5000m track champion Eliud Kipchoge finished second in 2:04:05, taking a minute off his debut best; and another Kenyan, Geoffrey Kipsang (no relation) was third in 2:06:26, also a personal best.
Barely a month after Makau’s world record in Berlin, Kipsang, 31, won the 2011 Frankfurt Marathon in 2:03:42. He went on to win the 2012 London Marathon, but was relegated to third in the Olympic race in London three months later. Now Kipsang is on top of the marathon hill. And Berlin enhances its reputation as the fastest marathon course in the world once again. This is the eighth world record on the course in 15 years.
With four times winner, and twice world record holder here, Haile Gebrselassie sending the field on its way on a bright sunny morning, with a brisk 8C (46F) at the start rising to 13C (55F) at the finish, the scene was set for another historic BMW Berlin Marathon, the 40th in the series.
And Kipsang was just the man for the job. He kept a watching brief for around three-quarters of the race, content to stay at the back of a group of ten East Africans – mostly Kenyans, with a couple of Ethiopians – led by pacemakers, Edwin Kiptoo and Philemon Rono. The latter pair performed their task admirably, going through 10k in 29.16, and halfway in 61.32, a dozen seconds ahead of Makau’s pace (when he was duelling with Gebrselassie) two years ago.
Kipsang is one of the few Kenyans willing to venture a pre-race prediction of a world record. And since he had run within four seconds of the world record, that opinion was maybe not so rash. And although staying at the back of the group, he seemed to be in control of the whole show, choreographing the assault on Makau’s record himself. Not only was he able to watch his principal rivals, Kipchoge and Geoffrey Kipsang closely, he had the reassurance of knowing that the pacemakers were part of his own training group.
He gave them their head until the wind rose and the pace began to drop after 30k, when Kiptoo dropped out, and two lesser known Kenyans, debutant Wilson Kirwa and Victor Kipchirchir dropped back. And when Rono dropped out at 35k, with the trio of favourites 20 seconds adrift of Makau’s time, Kipsang responded immediately. He strode to the front, and raised the pace; and from then on, the writing was on the road, both for Makau and for Geoffrey Kipsang and Kipchoge, who were already struggling to keep pace. They managed it for another kilometre, and first Kipsang then Kipchoge drifted back.
Kipchoge rallied briefly at 38k, by which time Kipsang was back ahead of Makau’s pace. But the relative experience of the two men then showed, as Kipsang eased into a winning lead, and concentrated on the record. It was touch and go for the next two kilometres – one second ahead, then one behind Makau – but a final onslaught from Kipsang, running the stretch from 40k to the end, ie 2.195km in 6min 11 sec, took him well under the previous record.
Kipsang said, “This is a dream come true. Ten years ago, I watched Paul Tergat break the world record in Berlin, and now I have achieved the dream. I felt strong, so I attacked at 35k, because the pace had become a little too slow.”
With so many world record holders here for the 40th anniversary race – Christa Vahlensiek, Tegla Loroupe, Naoko Takahashi (who ran 3:25 today), Geb, Tergat, Ronaldo da Costa, and Makau – it is tempting to wonder who might be the tenth world record breaker here.
Kipchoge suggested himself, saying, “I felt strong, even though I was running much faster than in my debut in spring. I’ve now run 2:04, so I think one day I could train to run the world record.”
There was another Kenyan duel, virtually throughout the whole of the women’s race. But despite some foot problems, Florence Kiplagat prevailed over colleague, Sharon Cherop, and retrieved the Berlin title she won two years ago. Kiplagat won in 2:21:13, easing well ahead in the final stages, with Cherop second in 2:22:38.
Another former winner, Kazakh-born German record holder Irina Mikitenko, finished third in 2:24:54, and took almost a minute off Ludmilla Petrova’s 2:25:43 world master record set in New York 2008.
Kiplagat said, “I felt strong in the first half of the race, but then I started getting problems with my right foot, I had a blister which forced me to slow down. I found the weather conditions harder than two years ago here, but I’m still very happy.”
Mikitenko said, “I’m very happy to have broken the masters’ world record, but I’m quite sure I can run faster, and improve the record further. There were some problems because of the wind, but I’m very happy.”
But the last word belongs to Kipsang. “Looking at my marathon progress and career so far, I still think I have the potential to run faster. Anything under 2.03.23 would do.”
Megan Crawford took full advantage of perfect running conditions to set a new women’s course record in her debut at the distance. Manchester-based Kenyan Tarus Elly was an impressive winner of the men’s race in his first attempt at the event. Crawford, who also won the Scottish championship title, shavd two seconds off the previous leading mark set by Ethiopia’s Dinknnesh Mekash Tefara in 2010. Patryk Gierjatowicz (Edinburgh University) picked up the Scottish Marathon title when finishing as runner-up.
|2||El Hassane Ben||LKHAINOUCH||MAR||2:14:28|
Geoffrey Mutai arrived in Italy hoping to set a new personal best, but he had to be content with a new course record of 59:06, the fourth fastest performance of 2013. He ran alone, averaging around 2’45" per kilometre, leaving a void behind him. More than 4,000 runners participated in the various races.
The 14th edition of Hans Christian Marathon in Odense attracted 3,606 runners from 27 countries in beautiful autumn weather, among them 1,539 for the marathon distance. The number of participants has grown 24% compared with 2012. The event also includes the only women’s half marathon in Europe with 888 participants, the men’s half marathon and the kids’ mini-marathon (4.2 K). The Kenyan runners dominated the men’s race, and the winner, Julius Mutai, ran the last half four minutes faster than the first! The Danish champion and former international runner Anne-Mette Aagaard was a surprise winner among the female runners.
The 29th Dam tot Damloop concluded with a spine-tingling finish. The men’s and women’s leading group, who enjoyed a head start of 6:04 minutes, raced towards the finish line simultaneously. Kenyan Joyce Chepkirui (51:33), came first in the close finish on Peperstraat in Zaandam. The men’s and women’s competition during the 10 Miles was won by the women, for the first time in four years. With the men, Nguse Amlosom from Eritrea enjoyed a surprising victory (45:28). He left many favourites behind, and in his enthusiasm, he even did the final metres over again, which resulted in a jubilant cheer from the public.
Ten thousand participants came from more than 30 countries around the world for the 10th edition, more than have ever gathered before in Lithuania. The city’s mayor Artūras Zuokas enthused: “I have no doubt that 10000 is not a limit. Title sponsor “Danske Bank” chief executive Ginautas Galvanauskas ran with his family. “Running is a very democratic sport,” he said.
Tomas Venckūnas ran shoulder to shoulder with Aurimas Skinulis for the first 30km before breaking away for a clear victory. Norway’s Margrethe Logavlen had run for her own pleasure with work colleagues, but surprised herself by winning the women’s race. “I really enjoyed the race and the mood: beautiful places, wonderful old town and friendly people.” Local marathon record holder Diana Lobacevske won the half marathon with a personal best time.
The “Unicef” kids’ 1km run drew a lot of attention. Little athletes proudly held their first ever won medals on their chests. Schools participated in special challenges such as having the biggest team, the fastest team and the coolest team. Prizes included trips to the theatre, to Aqua Park, and to see the Lithuanian rap group G&G Sindikatas in their school.
The 31st Wroclaw Marathon started with more than 3,600 runners. Anna Szarycz, Vice President of Wroclaw, made the grand opening of the largest and the oldest cross-country event in Lower Silesia. A lot of fans on the route, and the great friendliness of the local people, encouraged runners to fight for the best place.
First at the finish line was Phalex Katembu from Kenya (2:18:53).
Second place went to Elisha Meli (2:20:01) and third Temam Mohammed from Ethiopia (2:27:42). The best runner from Wroclaw – Tomasz Sobczyk (2:33:18) – ranked sixth. The women’s winner was Vita Poteriuk of Ukraine (2:44:43). Behind her came Aberash Tesfaye from Ethiopia (2:50:15).
On September 15th again over 10,000 runners from more than 60 different countries took part at the run through the world cultural heritage WACHAU along the Danube River.
All common distances such as marathon, half marathon and a quarter marathon were offered, whereby the half marathon was the most popular distance with about 6.500 participants. The weather conditions were nearly perfect. The 11 lead runners from 4 different African countries showed a thrilling finish in which Luka Rotich from Kenya could wrap up in a time of 1:01:13. The women’s half marathon competition was won by Polline Wanjiku (KEN) in 1:10:48.
Isabellah Andersson won the DN Stockholm Half Marathon for the sixth time in in a time of 1:11:31. Andersson has been Sweden´s best long distance runner the last years. In 2010 she came third in marathon at the European Championships in Barcelona. In 2011 she was sixth at the World Championships in South Korea. Last year she finished 20th in the Olympic Games in London. Her next race will be Berlin Marathon on 29 September.
Habe Idris won the men´s division in 1:08:28.
13,308 runners started and 12,932 finished the 2013 DN Stockholm Half Marathon. These numbers are new records for the race. Last year 12,191 runners finished.
It was sunny and 20 degrees C when the first group started at 15:30. When the last runner finished three and a half hour later the temperature was 17 degrees. Runner from 78 countries were registered and 2,559 overseas runners are registered, 15 per cent of the total participants. Both figures are records for the event.
Kenyan Geoffrey Ndungu was the first to cross the finishing line of the Jungfrau Marathon with a time of 2 hours 50 minutes, narrowly missing the course record set by Jonathan Wyatt in 2003. Second place went to the reigning world mountain running champion Petro Mamo from Eritrea. In his first Jungfrau Marathon, Viktor Röthlin delivered a strong performance right from the start and came in third. “I’m very happy with my performance. It was a unique experiment and I enjoyed it," said Röthlin at the finish.
In the women’s race, Andrea Mayr from Austria came in first in her Jungfrau Marathon debut. She reached the finish after 3 hours and 20 minutes, setting a new course record. Second place went to Frenchwoman Aline Camboulives, who won the race in 2011.
A record 12850 runners registered for the 28th edition, including 1330 relay teams. Foreign participation was also at the highest level ever, with 1600 international runners from 65 different countries. Because of such demand runners started in three separate ‘waves’ with the last runner crossing the start line 13 minutes after the first.
What started with rain in the morning ended to be one of the most successful marathon events. The highlight of the 12th Volksbank-Münster-Marathon was Eleni Gebrehiwot winning the women’s field in 2:29:12 – marking a new course record and giving her most likely the possibility to start for Germany at the European Athletics Championships 2014 in Zürich. The spectators went wild and together with the music and the vibrant atmosphere you could think that the whole city of Münster was celebrating. The success story of the Volksbank-Münster-Marathon continues with already 50 entries signed up for the coming year.
|1||Juan Carlos Romero||BERNAL||MEX||1:04:45|
|4||Julio Cesar Perez||MORALES||MEX||1:05:48|
|3||Vianey De La Rosa||ROJAS||MEX||1:16:40|
|4||Kathya Mirell Garcia||BARRIOS||MEX||1:16:59|
|3||Segundo Oswaldo||JAMI JAMI||ECU||31:59|
Near perfect running conditions with no wind and moderate temperatures greeted more than 6000 runners for the second annual 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon & Community Run Festival on Sunday, August 25.
The flat multi-loop course was simplified this year, replacing tricky back streets and corners with even more picturesque beachfront streets of south east Queensland. Runners of all ages and abilities had the choice of five events; a full marathon, half marathon, 10km, 5km and 2km community event. Known for its relentless volunteers and spectator-friendly course, Sunshine Coast Marathon runners helped raise in excess of $200,000 for various Sunshine Coast community organisations such as its major beneficiary Ronald McDonald House Charities.
The 35th Adelaide Marathon was run in near perfect conditions on a scenic two-lap course on Sunday the 25th August.
Mike Boundy was the first male to cross the finish line, completing the 42.2 kilometres in 2:44.12. Meanwhile, Tracy Taylor finished narrowly ahead of Alison Wilson to win the women’s event in 3:04:13.
The course took runners through sections of the Adelaide CBD’s surrounding parklands, and featured a beautiful stretch through the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, only a few kilometres from the Elder Park finish line.
The event featured 467 runners who enjoyed the still and slightly overcast 19 degree day which was ideal for running.
|1||Erick Israel Perez||HUERTA||MEX||1:08:01|
|2||Jessica Yasmin Cortes||OLVERA||MEX||1:23:33|
|3||Faviola Sarai Perez||IGARI||MEX||1:23:48|
The 30th Íslandsbanki Reykjavík Marathon took place on Saturday August 24th 2013. The number of registered participants has never been higher with 14,272 runners in six distances, including 997 in the marathon and 2,356 in the half marathon. A new record was also set in the number of runners coming from abroad. A total of 2,175 international runners from 69 countries registered for the race.
Although there was a little rain on race day, the event was a big success. The President of Iceland, Mr Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, started off the marathon and half marathon runners, and the Mayor of Reykjavík, Mr Jón Gnarr, started off the 10 k runners. Locals gathered in the streets to support the runners while celebrating the annual Reykjavík Culture Night taking place at the same time. After the race, runners had the opportunity to take part in Culture Night celebrations all over town.
International participation was up over 60%, welcoming participants from over 25 countries for a tour in foot of the magnificent River City.
Calm, cool and fast conditions and some motivating words by champion marathon runner, Robert De Castella sent runners on their way. Sammy Kipkoech Tum, with a personal best time of 2:13 was a clear favourite but had won the Westlink M7 Cities Marathon just 7 days earlier. Tum quickly built a lead over local runner Scott Brittain and James Minto from Canberra, eventually winning from Minto by over seven minutes.
The women’s race was a head to head between American Renee White and first time marathon runner Sarah Schroeder who exchanged the lead throughout the race. White made her decisive move in the final kilometres.
Matty Fenech and Ben Toomey ran neck and neck in the half marathon until Toomey surged in the final kilometre to finish 12 seconds ahead of Fenech. Melanie Panayiotou led the women’s half marathon from the gun and beat last year’s winning time by over five minutes.
As the culmination of the 22nd annual Brisbane Marathon Festival, hundreds of excited children ran the final part of the full marathon course in the Leukaemia Foundation Kids 2.2km Hero Run. Each finisher received a medal. The festival raised thousands of dollars and increased awareness of charities throughout Australia.
Three Sydney men claimed the top spots in the Tony Ireland Holden Townsville Marathon at this year’s McDonald’s® Townsville Running Festival.
Neil Pearson took out the top spot in 02:36:14; followed by Ray Wareham (02:41:27) and Richard Banks (02:42:52).
“It’s a great course,” said Pearson. “The race kicks off while it’s still dark and as you run round the course gets lighter and lighter so the view keeps changing as the sun comes up.”
The Sydney-siders were among a record number for the Festival, with 2,664 people taking part in the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K Classic and a range of 5K fun runs/walks.
The 4th edition of this event was prefaced by 1500 children, from the age of six to 16, coming from all areas of the country to compete in different age group races.
The marathon and 10km event surprised runners this year with a new all-urban course which afforded runners warmer support from spectators. The most important performance came from Carmen Martinez who broke the Paraguayan women’s marathon record with her 2:37:06
|3||Ilda Alves||DOS SANTOS||BRA||2:58:53|
|4||Gladys Arias||DE AVALOS||PAR||3:20:09|
|5||Ivaneide Da Silva||CARVALHO||BRA||3:27:07|
|2||Derlis Ramon Ayala||SANCHEZ||PAR||33:18|
|3||Fatima Viviana Romero||GIMENEZ||PAR||39:02|
On Saturday 27th July the fourth Australian Outback Marathon was run in the “Red Centre” of Australia, with the backdrop of the iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) as its backdrop. 262 runners from 25 different countries assembled for the event, running on the famous red earth, many competing in their first Marathon. With perfect temperatures and clear blue skies, conditions were again perfect for running and this was proven when Sharon Ryder from Australia smashed the women’s course record in an outstanding time of 3:10:07. Jo Bourke-Martignoni also broke the women’s Half Marathon record which had stood since the inaugural event in 2010. Always held on the last Saturday in July, the 5th Australian Outback Marathon will be held on the 26th July 2014.
With its beautiful setting in the Indian Ocean the Mauritius Marathon, now in its fourth year, has built a growing field largely through word-of-mouth recommendation. This year’s races attracted 219 runners from 24 countries. There is also a 4.2 km family run supporting the cancer charity “Link to Life” and the worldwide charity SOS children’s villages.
The race starts at the Peninsula of Le Morne Brabant, a UNESCO world-nature-heritage site, and progresses along the slightly hilly coastal road to finish at the stunning beach of St. Felix. The Mauritian Vishal Ittoo finished fastest, while Germany’s Eva Offermann won the women’s race. The Half Marathon was dominated by the 27-year-old-Kenyan Andrew Kimanzi who only arrived the night before the race.
Japanese runners won both the men’s and women’s marathons in course record times. School teacher Yuki Kawauchi, 26 equalled the course record of 2:10:01 but the highlight of the day was when Yukiko Akaba, 33, stormed home to win the women’s marathon more than two minutes faster than the 20-year old course record. “At the turning point, I saw Yuki Kawauchi in the lead” she said. “That gave me encouragement”. For Kawauchi it was a triumphant return to the Gold Coast after finishing fourth last year. The 26-year-old is popular in Japan, where he is known as the “Citizen Runner” because he works fulltime as a teacher and trains in his time off. “I was trying to beat the other runner (Hidru) and I wasn’t really concentrating on the time,” he said.
There were 27,638 participants in the weekend’s events, with more than 9400 travelling from out of state or overseas to experience Queensland’s beautiful Gold Coast. "Looking forward to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the continuing success of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon is a great example of organisational ability. Events Queensland Gold Coast Chairman Kerry Watson said that the success of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon had played a significant role in the Gold Coast’s successful bid for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Marathon itself had 5432 entries, the half marathon 10,342 and the 10km 6389.
|1||Giomar Pereira||DA SILVA||BRA||2:18:02|
|5||Edmilson Dos Reis||SANTANA||BRA||2:20:52|
|3||Carlos Luis Chavarria||SOJO||CRC||35:21|
|5||Ana Catalina Miranda||CARRANZA||CRC||1:27:34|
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The 2013 Suzuki Midnight Sun Run took place in Reykjavik on Monday June 24th. A new participation record was set in the race: 1,995 people registered and around 350 runners traveled from abroad to participate. The weather was very still and mild and perfect for running. The midnight sun also joined the runners for a while in a successful race.
Zach Miller from USA was the fastest male runner in the half marathon and Silja Stefansdottir from Iceland was the fastest female runner.
Close by the start and finish of the race is one of Reykjavik’s wonderful geothermal outdoor swimming pools, Laugardalslaug. All participants were invited to the swimming pool, hot tubs and steam baths after the race to relax and recover.
|4||Luis Jesus Perez||MEDINA||MEX||2:39:58|
|2||Ma. Luisa Sanchez||BUENROSTRO||MEX||3:13:54|
|3||Sara Eliz. Sanchez||CEDILLO||MEX||3:19:23|
Swedish runners took both men’s and women’s titles in the 24th edition of the race under the Midnight Sun in Tromso. Running conditions were good: 16C and no wind, but a little rain fell during the first part of the marathon. In total 4,500 runners entered for all distances, representing 62 countries.
This unique race run alongside China’s Mother River – the Yellow River – resonates with the theme of “Perpetual Pace” and the Marathon spirit. In the three years it has been held it has become the most popular race in Northwest China. The race organisation invited 24 elite foreign athletes to compete alongside 55 of the local elite, and 38 foreign runners made their own way to the event.
The 53rd edition was “La carrera mas grande del Ecuador,” with a total of 22,000 participants in the new recreational 10km and 5km events and the always sold out 15km writes Alan Brookes. The race was developed as a gift to the city from El Comercio newspaper group and its “Final Edition”.
In sunny but cool conditions 15,000 runners took off from in front of the El Comercio offices at 09.00, led by an international field that included Peruvians, Mexicans, Columbians and two Mexican-based Kenyans – last year’s champion Elisha Korir and Peter Lemayain. At 2850m altitude the race is a challenge enough, but also has few flat sections along the scenic point-to-point course from the south side of town through the magnificent Centro Historico, a World Heritage site, to the Olympic Stadium on the north side.
The first, downhill kilometre saw a brisk 2:44 from a lead pack of 10. After 3km Peru’s Raul Machacuay moved to the front pulled the pack along for the next kilometre in 2:51, then leading a charge up a lung-busting incline to hit 5km in 15:06. By then it was down to a three-man duel: Machacuay taking on Ecuadorian favourites Segundo Jami and Miguel Almachi. Jami and Almachi had placed 2nd and 3rd in 2011. The trio passed 10km in 30:55 with Machacuay doing all the work. At 11km Jami tried unsuccessfully to get away but after 12km Almachi surged decisively, covering the next kilometres in 3:02 to and 3:01. He swiftly moved away from compatriot Jami, who faded a little in the final stages, allowing the courageous Machacuay to come back. Almachi crossed the Finish line on the stadium track 100m ahead of Machacuay.
The women’s race was far less of a contest, with Peruvian Olympian Ines Melchor finishing almost three minutes clear of compatriot and 2012 champion Gladys Tejeda.
In fine festival style, the Finish line crowd were also treated to a great post-race concert featuring bands from the Dominican Republic as well as Ecuador.
The Scottish capital staged a spectacular sporting weekend with more than 29,000 people taking part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. Runners from more than 100 countries enjoyed glorious sunshine.
They included Kenny Heney, a 37-year old Scot resident in Dubai. He made full use of his weekend, completing all four adult races and clocking up a total of 77km. He ran the half marathon in 84 minutes then jumped on a motorbike back into the city centre in the nick of time to run the full marathon. He completed the EMF 10km the previous day in 39:05 and the 5km in 19:21. He was exhausted but elated when he crossed the Marathon finish line in 3:00:57
Overall winner Tola Lema finished only six seconds off the course record, still held by Zachary Kihara of Kenya from 2005. Ryan Beattie became the first Scot to win the half marathon, in the first race the 26-year-old has ever won.
Tariku Jufar cut more than a minute off the course record set last year by Kenyan Laban Moiben. In an almost neck and neck finish, Jufar was followed by 24-year-old Kenyan Luka Rotich, who had entered the race as a pacer, but with his job completed he decided to compete to the finish. Rotich had paced Jufar to 35km, but Jufar surged ahead at 39km. He later slowed but still secured the course record with Rotich just behind him. There was one Canadian in the top-10, Vancouver-based Rob Watson, who was registered for the 10km, but switched to the marathon two days before. and went on to win this year’s Canadian Marathon Championships.
Ethiopians also dominated the women’s elite field, with six placing in the top 10 and Yeshi Esayias slicing more than two minutes off the four-year old course record. Half a dozen women stayed together in a tight lead pack for most of the race, and the first three all surpassed the old record. Finishing eighth overall among women Lioudmila Kortchaguina, 41, finished as the first Canadian for the sixth time since 2002. She was also the first master.
Five-time World Half Marathon champion Zersenay Tadese blasted through the first 5km in 14:14 and kept going at the same pace through 10km by which time he was 15 seconds up on Martin Mathathi. He slowed only marginally in the second half of the race, and continued to maintain his lead, extending it further in the last kilometre even though Jacob Wanjuku was pushing Mathathi hard at the end.
Mestawet Tufa was matched stride for stride by Eunice Kirwa until the final kilometre, when Tufa edged ahead.
In comparatively cool and cloudy but humid conditions neither men’s nor women’s course record fell despite the competitive field assembled. Cautious racing on the part of leading contenders meant that they remained in large lead groups well into the race, with flat-out effort being reserved for the final slightly downhill section after 7.5km, where the finishing order was determined before the final 350m on the track at the stadium finish.
Due to a course marshaling error when runners were directed into the stadium instead of completing a final 5km loop, the course run was only about 37km. It was decided that no times would be published for the Marathon, only finishing positions (as below).
A record 6,000 runners from 43 countries took part. The course passes through the centre of Bucharest and around the biggest building in Europe – Romanian Parliament House. A total of 15000 euros prize money was awarded.
The 23rd edition of Nordea Riga Marathon in Riga, the Capital city of Latvia, gathered a record number of participants – 22020 from 65 countries, making Nordea Riga Marathon the largest running event in the Baltic countries. In May 18, 2014, when Riga becomes the European Capital of Culture, the Nordea Riga Marathon will also be part of the official celebrations, therefore, the organisers expect the number of foreign runners (2500 in 2013) increse even more.
Traditionally, Nordea Riga Marathon combines several distances – 5km, 10km, Half-Marathon and the full Marathon distance. Both the Marathon and Half-Marathon runners (altogether 4449 runners) started at 8.30, while 10km (4777 runners) and 5km (12700 runners) at 12.30 and 13.30 respectively.
The course of the Marathon in Riga is very central covering the scenic and central parts of the city as well as it is very flat, with two bridges beeing the only hills, therefore, allowing the participants achieve good times. The hot weather, however, surprised many runners unprepared, therefore not allowing many to achieve their best finishing times.
The leader Duncan Koech (KEN), however, managed to finish the race with a new course record, leading his closest competitors by almost a minute.
More than 3,000 runners participated, with the full Marathon completed by 617 of them. The Half Marathon was most popular, run on a flat and attractive course and passing by the various sights of Wuerzburg. Marathon runners ran this lap twice. Both the winners were disappointed by their finishing times. The pace was too fast early on, and the day became too hot. Half Marathon runners enjoyed better conditions, and two new course records were set by the defending champions Patrick Ereng and Lucy Macharia.
In this year’s largest-ever edition of 2600 participants from 54 countries both men’s and women’s course records were broken.
Five members of the Saloman Racing team made the trip to the small village of Huangyuguan and showed what is possible on this tough adventure running course when mountain, trail and ultra runners of the highest calibre tackle the Wall. The team boasted six-time World Mountain Running champion Jonathan Wyatt, Greek Marathon champion Dimitris Theodorakakos, third finisher in the Italian Marathon Championships Silvia Serafini and the recent winner of the Leadville 100 miler in the USA, Tina Lewis.
The often challenging weather at the Great Wall never materialised and runners were greeted with the coolest conditions experienced at the Wall in the race’s 14-year history. Jorge Maravilla of the USA, Wyatt and Theodorakakos paced each other for the full distance and crossed the line in a staged triple deadheat. Their finish time sliced 9:30 off the race record. On the women’s side, Salomen runners Serafini and Lewis raced to a new course record, with Serafini slashing over 18 minutes from Sara Winter’s 2007 mark. The course features 5164 steps on the wall itself, but when asked Theodorakakos said he believed a sub 3-hour time was possible, “if this year’s conditions can be replicated”.
Jackson Kiprop was the unexpected winner of the world’s largest race, GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon. “The heat was not a problem but the wind was” he said. He went ahead of Peter Kurui after 18km. Isabella Ochichi, who made an impressive comeback in Prague in her first international race since 2006, led from the beginning and finished more than two minutes ahead of Caroline Chepkwony. “It was a tough race, warm and windy, but the huge crowd helped me,” she said.
9th Skopje Marathon 2013 had ended with so far a record number of participants from all continents. Total number of 4900 participants ran on this year’s Skopje Marathon in all the four races.
The first place in the male category was taken by Wychiffe Kipkorir from Kenya, while in the female race the title for the first position was taken by Kipruto Caroline Jemeli also from Kenya, both with new course record. The Macedonian national championship was won by Riste Lazarov, while in the female category it was won by Vesna Kiradjieva.
Weather conditions were good for runners, temperature about 16 C with a little rain from time to time.
This year Skopje Marathon was attended by many famous public figures from Macedonia. Visitors had a chance to see the world renowned fashion model and actress Katarina Ivanovska.
The weather was conducive to running, and rain-free conditions boosted the number of spectators spontaneously cheering all along the route. The race, starting in Katowice, attracts increasing numbers each year. The honorary starter was MEP (former head of the European Parliament) Prof. Jerzy Buzek, who appeared at the start wearing a commemorative T-shirt that he had received from the organizers five years before when he started the first Silesia Marathon.
The course presents the diversity of Silesia, traversing three cities and finishing in one of the largest parks in Europe. This year’s edition attracted runners from Germany, the Netherlands, USA, South Korea, Belarus, Spain and the United Kingdom. With nine well-supplied refreshment stations along the route, and a commemorative medal and food package being presented to finishers Silesia Marathon showed once again that despite its modest budget, it is a really great race.
Nicholas Kemboi and Caroline Rotich celebrated their biggest career wins. Kemboi, Kenyan by birth but now running for Qatar triumphed in warm (over 20°C) and sunny conditions. 9,500 runners entered the Marathon.
Kemboi was not among the favourites and could have been mistaken for a pacemaker as he led for most of the time after 16km when he, pacemaker Silas Ngetich, Julius Lomerinyang and Girmay Birhanu (Ethiopia) broke up the big leading group. The pacemaker soon dropped but the other three passed halfway in 63:21. After 30km (1:30:36) Kemboi dropped back but soon regained contact and started to push himself. Birhanu fell behind at 34km and 2km later so did Lomerinyang.
Qualification for major championships is the reason why Kemboi runs for Qatar instead of Kenya. In 2003 as a 19-year-old he ran 26:30 for 10,000m — he remains the fourth fastest 10,000m runner ever, but he now concentrates on road running.
Caroline Rotich, course record holder Lydia Cheromei and Philes Ongori passed halfway in 1:13:03. Soon after Rotich broke away and established a substantial lead. In contrast Cheromei, who had a hip problem during her build-up dropped back to finish a disappointing sixth. Ehitu Kiros overtook Philes Ongori at around 25km but Ongori came back past her.
Over 3,000 entrants signed up on Bank Holiday Monday with runners from all over the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. The course took in tree-lined city centre boulevards and beautiful scenic lakes.
The weather was glorious sunshine and spectators came out in force to cheer on the runners to the finish a within Stadium MK, home of MK Dons Football Club.
The Mayor of Milton Keynes got the runners on their way after a 30-second silence in memory of the Boston Marathon bombing victims. After the main race it was the turn of the Superhero Fun Runners to run 2.6km and experience the thrill of crossing the finish line as a hero. Popular costumes were Batman and Spiderman. Two Star Wars Storm Troopers from the UK Garrison led the runners over the start line of the race.
This year’s race featured a new course and the addition of a Half Marathon and attracted over 4,500 participants. Botswana athletes Godiraone Nthomphe and Shepherd Kenatshele claimed victory in the 21km and 10 km men’s races, with Zimbabwean Faith Nyasango winning the women’s half and Helalia Johannes (NAM) the 10km.
The race enjoyed entertainment from national icon and DJ “Big Fish” and performances by well-known Botswana artists, including Scar.
Proudly displaying his trophy, Kenyan men’s winner Luke Chelimo said: “The course is good and flat but wind at the start slowed the pace.”
Eliud Kiplagat set a new course record while Joan Rotich successfully defended her title. A record field of 6789 runners from 60 nations — about 1000 more than ever before — registered for one of the races in the 10th edition and enjoyed a bright day in Mozart’s home town. The previous day nearly 1700 kids and teenagers had contested the Coca-Cola Junior-Marathon, another participation record.
Kiplagat made it 10 out of 10 for Kenya in Salzburg when he took victory at the Residenzplatz finish in the historic centre. His time is the best achieved in Salzburg by 34 seconds. It was John Kirui who launched the first attack at 30km and won a significant lead but Kiplagat closed the gap by 40km and went on to “the biggest success in my career so far. It was a superb race, a great atmosphere”
Joan Rotich won back-to-back editions, the first time this has been achieved in Salzburg. She had no one on her level and crossed the finish line only two seconds slower than last year.
Benedikt Fritz and Christine Fiedler, both from Germany, won the half marathons and were full of praise for the race: “[It] was perfect. There was a great atmosphere, there were so many people cheering us on.” Austrian Thomas Geierspichler, a two time Paralympic champion, contested the half marathon distance in his wheelchair.
Ethiopians Dereje Debele Tulu and Melkam Gizaw took the 11th edition in ideal weather conditions, with 26 year-old Tulu breaking the course record. Pre-race favourite Gizaw ran the second fastest time in Dusseldorf, 35 seconds outside the course record, but she was pushed to 36km by marathon debutante Rebecca Cheshire. There were 14,000 runners entered over all events, with around 4,250 in the marathon.
After split times of 64:18 at half way and 1:16:24 for 25km a course record (2:08:27) did not look likely, especially as the fastest runner entered, Paul Biwott (Kenya/2:06:54), had already dropped back, and later dropped out.
But Dereje Debele Tulu stepped up the pace after 30km (1:31:35). The leading group was stretched and before long he was on his own. But Pius Ondoro gradually closed the gap of around 30m and he caught Tulu at 37km, passing him. Tulu did not wait long before making a second surge. This time, when he went ahead again at 38km, it was game over.
The women’s winner, 22 year-old Melkam Gizaw who was third last year, also comes from Addis Ababa. She passed halfway in 1:13:11 but only got ahead of Rose Cheshire at 36km. But the Ethiopian was always confident: “I hoped to run 2:24 today, but I got a hamstring problem in the final 5km”.
Adam Roach and Nuta Olaru successfuly defended their titles in the 28th edition. Olaru had finished the Boston Marathon less than two weeks before.
Edwin Kiplagat Kitum triumphed over 395 others by more than five minutes. Times were slowed by hot conditions and the tough course. Olivera Jevtic’s performance was all the more outstanding, as she finished fifth overall, not far from her own course record. Her potential rival Kenyan Celina Chemunge Chelimo failed to keep pace and dropped out of the race at 30km.
Carl Lewis and Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic started the race. The Belgrade Marathon Ltd president and famous basketball player Aleksandar Sasa Dordevic and Ambassador of the European Union in Belgrade, Vincent Degert then joined the marathoners.
There were 2373 participants in the half-marathon and the 5km “Kurir” Run for “Life” had over 10,000 participants.
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Lelisa Desisa won his first Boston Marathon and Rita Jeptoo her second writes Parker Morse. Both were highly tactical races which preceded the atrocity committed on the finish line by about two and a half hours. That was when two bombs, packed with shrapnel, were detonated only yards away from the finish line and killed three people, wounding at least 100 more, many of them seriously. Swift action by the Police in locking down the crime scene meant that no one much over a 4.5 hour schedule was able to finish the race or reclaim their baggage.
But what had happened a couple of hours earlier was the race story: Jeptoo, whose previous Boston win came back in 2006, took command of a late-race bid to reel in early leaders Yolanda Caballero and Ana Dulce Felix, and then smashed all remaining challengers over the final mile.
The women started 28 minutes before the men, departing from the rural western suburb of Hopkinton at 09:32 on the point-to-point course. Conditions were cool and sunny with little wind. Caballero was part of a small early lead pack, and hung on alone when the others fell back. Running alone past the half-way mark, Caballero was eventually caught by Felix a little before the infamous Newton Hills, a series of three climbs culminating in “Heartbreak Hill” before the course descends into Boston proper. Running aggressively, Felix built up a lead of as much as 1:16 over the chase pack, mostly out of sight of her pursuers.
Jeptoo led half of the chase pack in a charge which closed Felix’s margin in the three miles following Heartbreak Hill. Felix could only watch helplessly as Jeptoo, World Half-marathon champion Meseret Hailu, defending champion Sharon Cherop, and Shalane Flanagan tore past her. Jeptoo finally gained clear ground at 40km and earned her second Boston Marathon victory six years after her first. Nobody has won two Boston Marathons so far apart since John A Kelley in 1935 and 1945.
This race was the second Boston Marathon for Lelisa Desisa who got away from Marathon debutante Micah Kogo slightly earlier than Jeptoo had managed. The men hit halfway in a relatively pedestrian 1:04:44, but then the pack of 11 began to thin out. By 20 miles it was down to five, and although defending champion Wesley Korir appeared in front around 36km, Desisa made another surge in the next mile to trim the field down to the three who would ultimately make up the podium.
With his victory here in Boston, Desisa maintains his perfect record in his burgeoning Marathon career, having won in Dubai in January on his debut with a world-leading clocking of 2:04:45. American hopes had to be satisfied with fourth-place finishes in both races. Jason Hartmann took fourth for the men in 2:12:12, and Flanagan, the 2008 Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist, was fourth for the women in her first run at Boston. Kara Goucher, third here in 2009 and the 2007 World Championships bronze medallist at 10,000m, was sixth. 1984 Olympic gold medallist Joan Benoit Samuelson, a former two-time Boston winner now aged 55, ran 2:50:29 to set a new world age-group best, taking almost two minutes off the previous mark.
Abraham Kiprotich, who serves in the French Foreign Legion and became a French national two years ago, improved his personal best by two seconds to win his first marathon in four attempts. The runners finished just ahead of a thunderstorm, but the wind had hindered the lead runners from 30km onward. It was at that point that Kiprotich took the lead and soldiered on alone to the finish line.
Ten runners got away after 8km and at 15km were on 2:06 pace, but the group then began to break up. Pacemakers finished duty at 30km at which point Kiprotich immediately drew clear of his two remaining rivals, going on to win by a 400-metre margin.
Margaret Akai, who had already improved her best time by more than eight minutes when finishing third in the Shanghai Marathon last December in 2:24:17, won in another personal best. Second-placed Mulu Seboka also improved her best by two minutes.
More than 16000 started the race in the host city of the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics.
Defending champion Henry Sugut became only the second athlete to win the Marathon three times, while Halie Gebrselassie did likewise in the Half-marathon writes Jorg Wenig. Flomena Cheyech improved by almost 10 minutes. The 30-year-old Kenyan won by one of the biggest winning margins ever, finishing almost seven minutes ahead. Haile Gebrselassie, in his first race of the year and competing four days short of his 40th birthday, took the OMV Champions Half-marathon staged parallel to the Marathon.
After a very fast start the pace steadied and 11 runners passed through halfway in 1:04:05. By 30km, passed in 1:31:15, the group was down to eight and Sugut’s course record of 2:06:58 from 2012 was well out of reach. Sugut then increased the pace and only Solomon Kiptoo and Geoffrey Ndungu managed to stay with him. Sugut made his winning move with 2km to go.
Eyerusalem Kuma and Mesekerem Assefa started fast and at 10km were well within the 13-year-old course record of Italy’s Maura Viceconte (2:23:47). But Kuma soon slowed, leaving Assefa as the only one following the pacemaker. She led by 200m at 15km, with Cheych another 200m down, but by halfway Cheych had caught Kuma and was only eleven seconds behind the leader (1:12:28). Soon afterwards she reached Assefa and went ahead at 27km. Cheych went on to record the the third-fastest time in Vienna, almost seven minutes ahead of Assefa Meskerem and a personal best by nearly 10 minutes. Her 67:39 win at the Roma-Ostia Half Marathon in March had indicated that she would be in contention for victory.
Ethiopian superstar Haile Gebrselassie was cheered on by masses of spectators along the course, which may have encouraged the fast early pace (14:06 at 5km). Gebrselassie went away at the 10km mark (28:43) but was visibly working hard through 15km and could not break 61 minutes.
A record number of 41,326 runners entered the various events of the Vienna City Marathon, 10,588 of whom were Marathon runners.
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The elite men’s field included six sub-2:06 runners, but with warm weather and a head wind in the closing stages only Tilahun Regassa dipped under that barrier writes Wim Van Hemert.
The lead group cooperated with each other, and passed through 10km (29:23) on 2:04 pace. By halfway (1:02:05) there were 13 runners together, of which five were pacemakers. The last two pace makers took a seven-strong group to 30km in 1:28:20. As the group began to break up Regassa pushed the pace and opened up a gap as pre-race favourite Getu Feleke, John Mwangangi and Sammy Kitwara tried to follow. The pace then decreased but Regassa kept his leading position. He passed 40km nearly half a minute ahead of Feleke and finished just 11 seconds shy of the best he set when finishing third in Chicago last year, his only other Marathon to date. It was the slowest winning time in Rotterdam since 2009. Feleke, who finished as runner-up for the second year in a row, dropped more than a minute behind in the final kilometres.
Hilda Kibet was level with Kenya’s Jemima Jelagat at halfway (1:12:12) and both were on personal best pace. But Jelagat, second in Boston last year, then opened a gap of a few seconds on the home favourite. Behind them Ethiopia’s Abebech Afework was running alone in third place, around 80m ahead of team-mate Mekuria Aberume. Kibet remained a few seconds behind Jelagat until 30km (1:42:07), after which the Kenyan was able to maintain her pace while Kibet struggled and was caught by Afework at 32km but held on for third place. Jelagat, meanwhile, went on to smash the 2:29:41 personal best she set six years ago in Frankfurt. Competing in just her second Marathon to date, Afework finished second in 2:23:59, significantly improving upon the 2:27:08 she recorded on her debut in Dubai earlier this year.
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Jacob Kendagor pulled out a surprise win, beating runners who had personal bests two minutes faster than his own 1:01:15 writes Jorg Wenig. Helah Kiprop pushed ahead from 10km to win the women’s race with relative ease.
In sunny but cool conditions (around 4°C), a group of four Kenyans went through 10km in 28:23 on sub-hour schedule. Kendagor increased the pace at 11km and only Silas Kipruto could hold on. Kendagor shifted into another gear after 17km and Kipruto was beaten.
In the women’s race Helah Kiprop made a decisive move just before passing through 10km in 32:17 four seconds ahead of Philes Ongori. She surged away but lost some ground in the final stages as Ongori closed to within 40m. “I was not aware that it was that close,” said Kiprop, who had only run faster in the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in February. It was the third-fastest time in the history of the race, and the first time since 2006 that 68 minutes has been broken. Last year Ongori beat Kiprop into third place by a single second.
Despite low temperatures and grey skies a total of 7802 participants completed the Marathon, 10km and relay and both Marathon course records were broken. Tadesse Abraham from Eritrea took an early lead, with support from Kenya’s Edwin Kiprop Korir serving as a pacemaker. When Abraham set off on his own he posted an incredibly fast last quarter of the race to break Viktor Röthlin’s 2007 course record by 35 seconds and his own personal best by two minutes. Next year Abraham will be competing for Switzerland as he is about to become a Swiss citizen.
Croatia’s Lisa Stublic took the women’s race into new territory. Born and raised in the US, Stublic competes for Croatia. The others could only follow the diminutive runner for the first 8km before she broke away to eventually eclipse Anne Mette Jensen’s 2004 course record by four minutes, and her personal best by five minutes. “Breaking the course record was my clear objective. But I honestly did not expect to post such a fast time” she said.
The early date and the tough, long-lasting winter cost the Zurich Marathon some participants but performances were all the more impressive with five Swiss runners meeting the selection criteria for the World and the European championships.
Women’s winner Feyse Tadese set a world-leading time and women’s course record while Peter Some was the surprise winner in the second fastest time ever run in Paris writes Pierre Jean Vazel. With cool but sunny weather conditions were ideal and the women started very fast, passing 5km in16:44. World Half-marathon silver medallist Feyse Tadese moved into the lead and went through halfway in 1:10:08 — fastest ever in Paris. The 25-year-old ran steadily built up her winning margin leaving both race favourite Eunice Jepkirui and compatriot Merima Mohammed before the final kilometres through the Bois de Boulogne to break her personal best by over two minutes.
A compact men’s lead group passed the 5km point at the Hotel de Ville in 14:44, also ahead of course record pace. Three pacemakers led about 15 runners through 10km in 29:31 and 15km, in the Bois de Vincennes, in 44:28. No changes occurred until halfway, where the leading dozen were still led by two pacemakers and the split time (1:02:25) was now well outside course record pace. The Kenyan trio of Some, Philip Sanga and Eric Ndiema led the group, passing 25km in 1:14:19 and 30km in 1:29:35. Race favourite Tola was still biding his time when Some accelerated. Glancing occasionally over his shoulder he steadily opened a large gap as he headed towards the Bois de Boulogne. By 35km (1:43:56), he had a lead of about 25 seconds and went on for an untroubled win, improving his personal best by more than three minutes.
With the start and finish within Retiro Park nearly 16,000 runners participated, and a further 1400 took part in the associated 5km event. In the men’s race a group of seven led through 10km in 29:52 and kept a strong pace going until the end, when Haile Tegegn launched his winning attack. In the women’s race it was a group of three who became detached and passed 10km in 33:50. Victory was only won in the final metres as Meseret Kitata edged ahead of her compatriot Marta Tigabea to set a new course record.
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25000 runners entered the three events and engulfed the city in a festival atmosphere. Both men’s and women’s course records were broken in the Marathon and the President of the Republic came to present the prizes.
Jordan’s Olympic marathoner Muthqal Abbadi won at his first attempt beyond the standard 42km writes Norrie Williamson. His time over the course from the Jordanian capital of Amman to the Dead Sea would have placed him tenth on the world best rankings were it not for the 1300m drop from start to finish. The Dead Sea lies at the lowest point on earth, 396 metres below sea level. (The late Thompson Magawana’s world record of 2:43:38 was set on the hilly Two Oceans course in 1988).
The twentieth edition started in unseasonal cold, windy and wet conditions, but the sun and heat returned as runners plummeted through “Zero Sea Level” with stunning views down into the Jordan Valley. Afterwards runners relax and recover in the world’s largest and most famous mineral salt bath, the Dead Sea itself. Apart from the ultra there are marathon and 10km events, with a combined field of over 5000 runners. Among them was Jordan’s Prince Talal bin Muhammad who ran his first marathon in 4:36 and raised US$728,000 sponsorship for the King Hussein Cancer Foundation, caring for 10 children stricken by leukemia.
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Gale force winds made the going tough for over 27000 runners in the ultra and half, including 1800 foreign runners from 34 countries writes Norrie Williamson. Former national marathon champion David Gatebe ran an impressively even-paced race, breaking away from the field at 34km to eventually win by over a minute. Natalia Volgina, at age 36, repeated her 2002 win in a time only 36 seconds slower. Over 8200 runners completed the scenic 56km route around the southern tip of Africa, which offers breathtaking views of the oceans and the Cape.
Entries for the half marathon were capped at 16000 and filled within days, with a record breaking 13743 finishing in the University grounds below the Rhodes Memorial perched on the side of Table Mountain. Both Stephen Mokoka and Ethiopian Biru Meseret Mengistu set course records for the new route which was introduced in 2012 to satisfy the increased demand for entries.
On the Friday 800 ran the 10km and 22km trail runs, around 1000 took part in the international friendship run and hundreds more of all ages participated in fun runs varying from a 56m nappy dash to the 8km Newlands Forest warm-up run. The weekend’s festivities ended with the Old Mutual Concert in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
It takes a two-week expedition to run the Antarctica Marathon – and often longer due to the daunting challenges thrown up by Mother Nature writes Patice Malloy. It’s the the coldest, windiest and most remote continent of all. The 14th edition brought 92 participants from nine countries to brave temperatures around -6C while navigating the hilly, snow and ice-covered course.
The full and half marathon courses are mostly on gravel roads that connect the research bases of Uruguay, Chile, China and Russia on King George Island, at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. In the men’s race Alan Nawoj took an early lead, and extended it to 10 minutes after 32km. With a best marathon time of 2:52:27, he went on to win by eight minutes.
Inez Anne Haagen dominated the women’s race, and finished third overall. Dutchwoman Haagen, 49, has won marathons on four other continents, including China’s Great Wall Marathon in 2010. Five Russian and Uruguayan Antarctic research base personnel also joined in the competition.
17 runners fulfilled their goal of running a marathon or half-marathon on the seven continents and were inducted into the Seven Continents Club during the post-race awards ceremony held at an outdoor barbecue.
This year’s Antarctica Marathon initially scheduled for 7 March came close to being put on ice when the Akademik Ioffe, the chartered Russian research vessel that was to transport the runners from the southernmost tip of Argentina to King George Island, was damaged by an iceberg. Sister ship the Akademik Sergey Vavilov was quickly commissioned but resulted in a three-week delay. More than 85% of the original 114 travellers re-arranged their lives to pursue their goal of completing the marathon or half-marathon on the seventh continent.
More than $37,500 was raised for the event’s official charity, Oceanites which researches the impact of tourism on Antarctica.
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The race starts and finishes in the very heart of Serbia’s second city, in the square in front of City Hall. The course follows the Danube River alongside newly reconstructed bridges, through the University and beside the Tanurdziceva palata, the beautiful old palace of the Assembly and Government of the autonomous Province of Vojvodina. Along the left bank of the river runners pass by the famous Petrovaradin Fortress. Numbers are increasing year by year and the next race, on 30 March 2014, will almost certainly continue that trend.
Isaac Chesiny broke the course record by over a minute, despite the conditions writes Gabriel Bogdany. “I was expecting 2:15, but the weather was against me” said Chesiny, who is based in Muenster, Germany.
It was his seventh marathon win, but his first outside Germany.
It was snowing at the start in the Slovak capital and the temperature was around 0°C. Peter Wanjiru (coached by former 10000m world record holder Yobes Ondieki) came in about 70m behind.
Lilian Koech, another Kenyan, was the fastest woman over the new city centre course but her time was nine minutes slower than Margaret Murigi´s record from last year. It was her third victory in Bratislava (2010, 2011 and 2013); last year she finished 3rd. “This was the coldest marathon in my life” said Koech. Croatian ultra runner Marija Vrajic came in two minutes behind her.
Kenyans also won the half-marathon races. Joel Mwangi improved from second in 2011 to edge Dickson Kurui by four seconds. The fastest woman was Chelangat Sang.
Among all seven races more than 7000 runners from 50 countries were registered.
The sun shone on the 40,000 participants, most in the 8km mass run, but the half marathoners faced a strong headwind in the later part of the race writes Antonio Manuel Fernandes.
The elite women’s race, staged separately for only the second time, was led out by Paskalia Kipkoech. Edna Kiplagat and Eunice Kirwa tailed her until only those three remained. Kiplagat, sheltering behind the diminutive Kipkoech, left it to the last two kilometres to show her strength. There was a thrilling finish for fourth between Sylvia Kibet and Dulce Felix, who had come through from eighth place at halfway.
Bernard Koech emphatically confirmed his status as men’s race favourite, leading from early on and setting a very fast pace. One by one his rivals dropped behind until at halfway only Peter Some and Abera Kuma remained. In the next 5km he pulled away to lead by 26 seconds. Some chased from a distance and was rewarded with a 13-second improvement in his personal best despite the trying conditions.
In the men’s race a group of eight runners got to 30km at a steady 3:01/km pace, at which point Franklin Chepkwony took charge, running the next 5km in 14:44. Sumi Dechase was the only one to chase, but Chepkwony kept the pace going and by 40km had a 100m lead. Dechase closed in slightly over the last two kilometres, but Chepkwony was an assured winner.
The three leading women ran together until 30km, at which point Yeshimebet Tadese Bifa started to lose ground to Philomena Chepchirchir and Emebet Etea. Chepchirchir passed through 40km seven seconds up on Etea, and pushed on to the finish to become the first Kenyan woman to win this race.
Getachew Negari Terfa and 36-year-old Helena Kirop won with respectively the second and third fastest times ever achieved in Rome writes Diego Sampaolo.A big pack went through halfway in 1:03:43, ahead of course record pace. By 35km there were still nine men together but at 37km Birhanu Gebru, Stephen Chemlany, defending champion Luka Kanda, Haile Gemeda and Terfa got away. Terfa surged at 40km and gained a decisive advantage. Despite windy conditions in the second half of the race six men dipped under 2:10.The leading women were also on course record pace but steadied to pass through halfway in 1:11:58, after which Kirop, Turkey’s Sultan Haydar and the Ethiopian trio of Ashu Kasim, Getnet Selomie Kassa and Eshetu Degefa opened up a gap. Degefa was dropped shortly after 25km, and Kirop started to push the pace from 30km. She was only three seconds ahead at 35km but increased her lead to 25 seconds at 37km and was never troubled.
Stanley Marathon is the most southerly certified marathon in the world, extending over the full length of tarmac roads in the island territory (twice) writes Helena Buckley-Whitney.
Under favourable conditions (13C and 6m/s wind) 46 individual marathoners (39 men and 7 women) took part alongside 26 4-person teams in the relay event. There were 15 international runners representing seven nationalities: France, Argentina, Brazil, UK, Spain, Russia and South Africa.
Andrew Van Kints triumphed in his first marathon (and donated a proportion of his prize to the race charity Seeing is Believing). The Conmael team won the relay event in a new course record.
His Excellency The Governor Mr Nigel Haywood officiated at the start of the race before himself running and completing the race in 3:30:01. Governor Haywood then presented the prizes to the winners in the Town Hall.
The proceeds from the race, totalling over $15,000 (including matching by Standard Chartered), will be donated to Seeing is Believing.
Due to unexpectedly hot conditions the marathon was called off on medical advice, but the Half Marathon event went ahead.
Ryoko Kizaki broke away from Ethiopia’s 19-year-old Berhane Dibaba at the 40km water station to win in the second-fastest time in the world this year. In doing so she clinched a spot on the marathon team for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow. Mizuki Noguchi, the 2004 Olympic Marathon champion, returned to form in third place.
After passing half way in 1:11:32 the initially large lead group reduced to to Noguchi and Kizaki, Kenyans Margaret Agai and Georgina Rono and Dibaba along with fellow Ethiopian Genet Getanah. Getanah drifted back after 25km, followed by Agai and Rono 5km later, as Dibaba pushed the pace and momentarily opened up a gap. By 31km Noguchi had closed, and 2km later Kizaki made it a leading trio. Dibaba tried again after 35km and Noguchi lost contact. Kizaki followed Dibaba until making her winning move at 40km.
Kizaki improved her personal best by nearly three minutes and set the third fastest time run in Nagoya. Dibaba sliced five minutes off her best and 2004 Olympic Champion Noguchi ran her fastest time since 2007, which may well be enough to get her World Championships selection. Behind her, Jelena Prokopcuka also ran faster than she had done in six years.
Vincent Kipruto won the 68th edition in a relatively slow 2:08:34, writes Ken Nakamura. A huge group of 36 runners reached halfway in 1:04:05, but at 22km Tariku Jufar surged ahead with a 2:52 kilometre. Although no one followed the pacemakers reeled him back and the lead pack regrouped with 22 runners passing 25km in 1:15:53. Pacemaking finished at 30km (1:31:37) and the lead pack started to disintegrate. By 32km only seven runners were in contention. Masakazu Fujiwara shared the lead with Vincent Kipruto and the group reduced to five, but at 37.6km Jufar again surged into the lead and only Kipruto was able to cover him. James Mwangi slowly regained contact and re-joined the leaders before 40km, only to be left behind again as Jufar and Kipruto duelled to the finish. With 400m to go Jufar took the lead but Kipruto wouldn’t let go and, with 100m remaining, sprinted past for the victory.
The race incorporated the final Japanese team selection for the World Championships. Ten years after making his Marathon debut at Lake Biwa, Fujiwara was the highest Japanese finisher with a time of 2:08:51, just 17 seconds behind the winner. The race was also the national championships so Fujiwara was crowned national champion. The domestic qualifying battle for men is now over, but the Japanese Federation will consider results from London and Boston, after which the Moscow marathon team will be announced on 25 April.
The 25th anniversary edition of “La Fiesta Lagunera” attracted a record 4500 participants writes Alan Brookes. The race record of 2:08:17 set in 2011 was not remotely threatened by relatively slow winning times on this flat but elevated (1000m) course on the dry Mexican tableland. The race finishes in the lush green oasis of the Bosque Venustiano Carranza Park. The dairy conglomerate that promotes the race, Grupo Lala, with 30,000 employees in 24 cities across Mexico, employs 4000 in Torreon and 3500 of them form the volunteer workforce on race day.
Alejandro Suarez made the early pace, but without willing partners the leaders dawdled through the first half of the race in 67:03 with eight men still in contention. Growing impatient, Suarez put in a 2:58 kilometre and reduced his competition to just Isaac Kimaiyo and Gualberto Vargas. By 25km (1:19:10), Vargas was gone, and the race was then between the Mexican aggressor and the Kenyan stalker, as Kimaiyo remained a step or two directly behind Suarez. After 35km Kimaiyo surged and created a gap but Suarez came back to resume the lead. Kimaiyo tried again between 38-39km and then it was all over.
In the women’s race a leading group of five formed early, including Kenyan Gladys Onwonga, eventual winner Truphena Jemeli, plus Mexicans Vianey De La Rosa, Paula Apolonio and Sarai Perez. Jemeli managed to get away by 30km (1:51:22), but 25-year old De La Rosa stayed doggedly close to finish just 27 seconds back, taking nine minutes off her previous best. Her performance was the best Mexican news of the day in an era when Mexican marathoning is languishing in the doldrums.
|2||Vianey||DE LA ROSA||MEX||2:37:30|
In cold and windy conditions Denis Kimetto ran a superb second half to set a new course record of 2:06:50 writes Ken Nakamura. The pack stayed together until 28km, after passing halfway in a modest 1:04:22. James Kwambai broke the race open with a 2:55 kilometre, followed by a 2:48 kilometre. His compatriots Kimetto, Michael and Bernard Kipyego, and Gilbert Kirwa followed. Kimetto then ran 30–35km in 14:20 to gain a lead of five seconds from Micheal Kipyego. He covered the next 5km in 14:35 and maintained his lead to the finish. Kazuhiro Maeda pushed hard in the last 10km of the race in pursuit of Japan’s automatic World Championships qualifying time of 2:07:59. Although he passed Kirwa and then the flagging Kwambai in the final kilometre to finish fourth, he missed the target by one frustrating second.
By contrast the women’s race started briskly, with Kebede, Japan’s Azusa Nojiri and Kenya’s Caroline Kilel passing 10km in 33:31. After 17km first Nojiri fell off the pace and then Kilel, while Ethiopia’s Yeshi Esayias, 16 seconds behind at halfway, joined Kebede just before 25km. They ran together for over 10km before Kebede pushed for home, finishing just outside the course record. Germany’s 40-year-old Irina Mikitenko came in third.
A record 36,201 runners entered the race.
After finishing second two years ago, and just one second behind the winner — although in fourth place — last year, Julius Maisei got it right third time around, kicking clear with 3km to go writes Pat Butcher.
A strong wind inhibited the pace, and with no pacemakers to take on the task Deribe Robi led for much of the second half. There were still a dozen in contention at 32km. Only when Maisei and James Mbugua joined him at the front did others fall away. The headwind meant that Dereje Abera’s course record of 2:11:27 from last year was never remotely threatened. Like Maisei, Mbugua previously came third, and now second, but has never got top spot.
Misiker Mekonnin Demissie had little trouble retaining her title just over half a minute slower than the course record she set last year. She always looked in control, heading the pack, until she broke away at 35km. In third place Kum-ok Kim won the 14th Asian Championships title, emulating her victory the last time it was held in Hong Kong, in 2008. The favourite, Ser-Od Bat-Ochir, also won the men’s Asian title. The Mongolian clocked 2:17:56.
In overcast and cool conditions Munya Jari ran the fastest-ever winning time in the 17-year history of the race, writes Norrie Williamson.
Jari fought off a strong challenge from Samuel Pazanga in the second half of the race, using the short steep final climb at 39km to break free and eventually finish over two minutes clear. Jari sliced 31 seconds off Pazanga’s previous course best set in 2010. Melanie van Rooyen, third in the South African Marathon championships three weeks earlier, passed Candyce Hall shortly after halfway to dominate the women’s race.
Samuel Kiptum outran Sibongile Duma in a hard fought half marathon race. The early leaders set off at a blistering three-minutes per kilometre, but as they inevitably slowed Duma opened up a 100m lead to pass 10km in 33:02. Kiptum and Micheal Mzobe, following at a more conservative pace, saw Duma’s telltale looks behind as they closed him down. They passed him at 15km, (48:42). Kiptum appeared to have the upper hand, but Duma rallied again and it was only a final kick that gave the Kenyan the advantage on the run-in. Mzobe hung on bravely to complete the podium. Despite her veteran status Suzette Botha eclipsed younger contenders to win the women’s race.
In the inaugural 10km event Syiabonga Nkonde took top honours in a useful 30:09. In all over 5000 runners took part in the three events.
The third edition of the Marathon attracted 2300 entries, and another 5800 ran in the Half Marathon. Thirty countries were represented. Overall participation has grown from 3500 in the inaugural edition to 5800 last year and 8100 this year — with a target of 12,000 next year.
|2||Juan Luis Barrios||NIEVES||MEX||1:03:48|
Lucy Kabuu ran the second fastest time ever, while Geoffrey Kipsang narrowly won a very fast race. Three men went under 59 minutes in a race for the first time, and four women went under 67 minutes for the first time ever.
The women started on world record tempo (5km in 15:35; 10km in 31:18) then slowed slightly, while the men set off cautiously (5km in 14:04; 10km in 28:13) but picked up to run a faster second half (the second 10km was run in 27:50). Either way, the resulting times were equally impressive. Behind Kabuu, Priscah Jeptoo set a personal best by over four minutes and also became the third fastest in history, while Rita Jeptoo in third now takes fifth position on the all-time list. Kipsang’s winning time was just two seconds shy of the 59:52 course record of Patrick Makau set in 2009.
Ethiopia’s London 2012 Olympic Games Marathon champion Tiki Gelana successfully defended her crown with a time five seconds slower than in 2012, but was made to work surprisingly hard writes Ken Nakamura. Gelana took off from the start and covered the first 5km in 15:52, a minute faster than last year. She led through 10km in 32:19, 30 seconds ahead of her 2012 pace. But New Zealand’s Kim Smith slowly pegged her back, catching her at 12km. The pair then ran together until the last 600m, when the Ethiopian surged away to win by seven seconds. Her younger sister Aromas Gelana finished 24th in 1:13:39. Japanese filled 7 of the top-10 places. In third, Yuko Shimizu improved by nearly three minutes and fourth-placed Sakiko Matsumi by more than two minutes.
In the men’s race, Australia’s Collis Birmingham, the Kenyan trio of Enock Omwamba, Benjamin Gandu, and Micah Njeru, as well as local hopes Tsuyoshi Ugachi and Kenta Murayama — passed 10km together in 28:33. Birmingham surged away at 13km and was never really threatened. By 15km he led by 10 seconds, and by 20km he had extended this to 28 seconds. The chasers closed up at the finish but he still won by over 100m and set a personal best by 29 seconds. The race for second place came down to the last 50m, with Omwanba outkicking Ugachi. Kenya’s Abel Kirui, the two-time IAAF World Championships Marathon gold medallist and London 2012 Olympic Games silver medalist, lost contact with the leading pack before 10km and finished eighth in 1:02:04
The 62nd edition was a thrilling battle between Yuki Kawauchi and Kentaro Nakamoto, with the pair engaged in a head-to-head over the second half of the race, writes Ken Nakamura. Kawauchi, the fastest non-professional Marathon runner in Japan, surged at 28km, 33.3km, 36.4m and at 36.9km only to have Nakamoto, sixth in the London 2012 Olympics Games, cover his every move. Finally, with 1600m to go, Kawauchi surged again and shook off his rival, going on to win in a course record and personal best of 2:08:15. He eclipsed South African Gert Thys’s 17 year-old record of 2:08:30. Nakamoto finished 20 seconds behind, also with a personal best but he is still yet to win a Marathon in his 10 outings.
“I was hurting but I did not want to run a slow tactical race” said Kawauchi. “I fell short of my 2:07 target, but I am happy to run faster than Hiroyuki Horibata’s time in Fukuoka” (2:08:24). The Beppu-Oita Marathon was one of the qualifying races for the Japanese team going to the 2013 IAAF World Championships. By contrast Nakamoto was visibly disappointed. “I knew it would come down to the final part of the race, so I tried to be ready for the one final surge. I am happy with my time but my goal was to win this race, so I am disappointed about that.”
The lead pack was progressively reduced from around 40 runners at 5km to just 15 runners by 20km. The halfway point was reached in 1:04:07. Seven runners passed 25km together in 1:16:01. Then at 28km, the cat-and-mouse battle between the two main protagonists began. After Kawauchi’s first surge Nakamoto was the only runner to follow him. With 1.6km to go, after taking water for a final time, Kawauchi quickly opened up a 10m gap which gradually grew to a 20-second winning margin. Kawauchi ran the second half of the race only one second slower than the first half.
Tatiana Gamera-Shmyrko came from behind to take longtime leader Kayoko Fukushi 900m from the finish writes Ken Nakamura. She inproved her personal best – set when finishing 5th in the London Olympic Marathon – by 24 seconds, but fell just short of a national record. Fukushi and third-placed Yuko Watanabe also set personal bests.
A group of five, including the top three, Mari Ozaki and Yoko Shibui, passed through 5km in 17:09, 10km in 33:59 and halfway in 1:11:36. Pacing finished at 30km after which Fukushi was out on her own, well ahead of Gamera-Shmyrko. But approaching 40km her lead started to diminish and she struggled for the last 2km as Gamera-Shmyrko took 43 seconds out of her in the final 2195m. Fukushi fell short of her 2:24 target which would have gained her automatic selection for the World Championships Marathon in Moscow.
|1||El Abbasi||EL HASSAN||MAR||1:01:09|
Running only her second marathon Valentine Kipketer salvaged Kenyan pride in otherwise Ethiopian dominated territory as she clocked a course record to win the women’s race in the 10th anniversary edition writes Ram Murali Krishnan.
Kipketer, just turned 20, ran a 2:28:02 debut in Hamburg but improved drastically on this tough course, under tough conditions — although this year’s event was held in relatively cool weather. Her Ethiopian rivals kept pace to halfway but, after a brief showing by eventual runner-up Dinknesh Mekash, Kipketer went clear from 25km. On Marine Drive, with 5km to go, she was on her own but did not slow her tempo.
In the men’s race four runners debuted, and one of them came out on top. Eritrean Mulue Andom paced five runners for a good part of the race, setting up Ugandan Jackson Kiprop, Kenyans Laban Moiben, Elijah Kemboi and Jacob Cheshari and Ethiopian Abraham Girma. Kiprop, Girma and Moiben moved away on the hill at 35km, and descending it a kilometre later Kiprop edged ahead.
Cheshari, a debutant like Kiprop, charged back to the leader but was unable to keep pace over the final kilometres. Kiprop came home with a new course record and Indian all-comers’ record of 2:09:32. Kiprop, a training partner of London Olympic winner Stephen Kiprotich, had paced the group in the earlier stages.
Fauja Singh, who will turn 102 in April stepped up for the 4.3km senior citizens’ race.
More than 38,000 runners took part in this year’s Mumbai Marathon in different categories which now includes a 2.5 km race for Champions with Disability. As usual pledges have been raised for charity and are expected to reach $3.4 million.
|4||Luis Da Silva||ANTUNES||BRA||30:20|
|5||Valerio De Souza||FABIANO||BRA||30:23|
|3||Tiago Martins||DA SILVA||BRA||16:06|
|1||Ana Paula||DE SOUZA||BRA||21:13|
|5||Maria Elena Carrera||GARCIA||MEX||3:29:28|
613 runners finished the Marathon and 1265 the Half. Pui Shan Chan won the women’s Marathon for the fourth time.
Over 350 runners, including 26 foreigners from 10 countries, braved a temperature of -26°C.
Kan-Ho Chan, winner in 2011, went into the lead after 4km on this out-back course alongside the Plover Cove Reservoir and was never headed. American Michelle Lowry defended her title as Kit-Ching Yiu kept pace to 11km and went on to record a personal best.
The Championships, in their 20th edition, made great efforts towards inclusiveness and among the 3000 entrants were more than a dozen unsighted runners. One of them was Galant Ng, guided over the course by the sighted but deaf runner Michael Ng.
Ethiopians doubled in the 11th edition with Negari Terfa setting a men’s course record writes Mirko Jalava.
The record was threatened from the start as 16 athletes passed through 10km in 30:01. Halfway passed uneventfully in 63:35, but by 25km it was down to 11 runners and at 31km Dickson Chumba made a short-lived break. By 33km a lead group of seven had overtaken him and begun to speed up. Debutant Paul Lonyangat broke clear next with only Terfa following his move. Terfa’s 2:07 personal best dated back to 2009. In five successive starts at Xiamen he had twice finished second. Lonyangat pegged him back but Terfa redoubled his effort after 40km and quickly gained a clear lead. He came home in a personal best and course record, also the third fastest time in China behind the top two 2008 Olympic finishers.
The women’s lead group was down to three after just 7km: Kenya’s Eunice Jepkirui, fastest in the field with 2:21:41 and the Ethiopian duo of Fatuma Sado and Eyerusalem Kuma. Kuma was dropped after 16km, and Sado’s only move came at 28km after which she quickly opening up a gap to finish more than two minutes ahead.
In the first marathon to be held in 2013, starting at midnight, Astrid Mueller benefited from optimal weather conditions to beat her own course record by more than 15 minutes. Jan Fryc (CZE) achieved a start to finish victory in the men’s race, although second-placed Christophe Scherno (FRA) started to reduce his 4-minute gap in the second half, but still finished 1:20 minutes behind. A total of 632 runners from 34 different countries participated in the various races between 6 km and 42.195 km. 226 of them ran the full marathon, a new record.