2 JULY 2005: PAAVO NURMI MARATHON, FINLAND
Reima Hartikainen took the lead from the start and went on to win by more than ten minutes. It was the eighth marathon this year for the Swede, who was born in Finland 42 years ago. Just two weeks after the Paavo Nurmi Marathon he covered 224.132km in the IAU 24 hour European Cup in Wörschah, Austria. The women's winner was 20-year old Laura Nieminen. She ran the second half two minutes faster than the first, and moved up from third place to first.
Marko Vaittinen, 34, who was forced to give up trying to qualify for the Helsinki World Championships marathon because of injuries, was a clear winner in the half-marathon, over three minutes ahead. Hometown favourite Kirsi Mattila, 43, won the women's half-marathon. She competed in the European and World Championship marathons in 1994 and 1995, finishing 7th and 13th.
There were 1900 participants altogether in marathon, half-marathon and 10 km races. The temperature was 23°C and the weather sunny. The organisers offer a high-quality event for the recreational runners rather than try to attract very fast competitors. The two-loop marathon course is beautiful but not fast, running along the Aura river and visiting Ruissalo Island.
MEN: 1 Reima HARTIKAINEN SWE 2:41:13 2 Kari LOMPERI FIN 2:51:25 3 Arto KOSKINEN FIN 2:52:24 4 Esko IMPOLA FIN 2:58:18 5 Jori BRANDER FIN 2:58:57 6 Jorma HANNIKAINEN FIN 3:00:49 7 Erling SOMMERFELDT FIN 3:01:45 8 Heikki KOSO FIN 3:02:27 9 Taisto LEHTINEN FIN 3:06:48 10 Kimmo KERMAN FIN 3:07:02 WOMEN: 1 Laura NIEMINEN FIN 3:18:05 2 Kaarina LILJA FIN 3:18:55 3 Satu IMMONEN-KAHARI FIN 3:23:56 4 Eila FORSBERG FIN 3:25:46 5 Outi SIVOSAVI FIN 3:29:08 6 Heli LAURIKKALA FIN 3:29:35 7 Anja AHLBERG FIN 3:32:36 8 Helena JARVIO FIN 3:39:37 9 Mervi LEHTISALO FIN 3:39:38 10 Päivi NYSTROM-VUORINEN FIN 3:41:32 HALF MARATHON: MEN 1 Marko VAITTINEN FIN 1:09:46 2 Marko HEISKANEN FIN 1:12:49 3 Pekka RANTAKARI FIN 1:14:05 WOMEN 1 Kirsi MATTILA FIN 1:29:12 2 Teija TOIVONEN FIN 1:30:34 3 Kirsti LAURILA FIN 1:32:56
3 JULY 2005: 48th SAPPORO INT'L HALF MARATHON, JAPAN
Many Olympic runners competed among the fieldsof 299 men and 65 women. Three foreign countries were represented among the 26 foreign entries, including Olympic Marathon silver medallist Catherine Ndereba – who was up against Olympic Champion Mizuko Noguchi. The weather was clear and sunny, 26.5°C, humidity 62% and wind speed 1.4m/s.
Ndereba won again after an interval of 2 years. She got away from the other runners before 15km. Noguchi finished third just ahead of World Championship qualifier Mugumi Ohshima.
Among the men, Mekubo Job Mogsu was first of 10 nine Kenyans and one Ethiopian who swept the top ten. Foremost Japanese Athushi Fujita finished 11th. World Championship qualifier Tsuyoshi Ogata was 13th.
MEN: 1 Mekubo JOB MOGSU KEN 1:01:28 2 Girma ASEFA RETA ETH 1:01:40 3 Simon MAINA KEN 1:01:49 4 Josphat MUCHRI NDAMBIRI KEN 1:02:10 5 Cyrus GICHOBI NJUI KEN 1:02:40 6 Julius GITAHI KEN 1:02:44 7 Ombeche MESHACK MOKAMBA KEN 1:02:47 8 John KANYI KEN 1:02:53 9 Samuel MUTURI KEN 1:02:56 10 Eric WAINAINA KEN 1:03:00 WOMEN: 1 Catherine NDEREBA KEN 1:09:24 2 Yasuyo IWAMOTO JPN 1:09:45 3 Mizuki NOGUCHI JPN 1:09:46 4 Megumi OHSHIMA JPN 1:09:59 5 Eri HAYAKAWA JPN 1:10:14 6 Hiromi OHMINAMI JPN 1:10:28 7 Yoko YAGI JPN 1:11:02 8 Masako CHIBA JPN 1:11:10 9 Miki OHYAMA JPN 1:11:59 10 Harumi HIROYAMA JPN 1:12:17
3 JULY 2005: GOLD COAST AIRPORT MARATHON, AUSTRALIA
A record number of 12,700 participants came from 34 countries to participate in the Marathon and associated events. Over 2100 were in the marathon, including 622 foreign runners from 29 countries.
Australian Brett Cartwright, in his debut marathon, set the pace right from the gun. Running alone in fine and sunny weather, he had a Commonwealth Games qualifying time of 2:14 in his sights. He was on 2:12 pace at half way and led a chasing pack of eight runners by 90 seconds. At the final turnaround point, just after 34km, he had extended that lead to 1:40.
In the final few kilometres he slowed dramatically. Tanzanian Dickson Marwa and Japanese Tsutomu Saeki passed him at 40km and New Zealand debutant John Henwood followed shortly after, relegating Cartwright to fourth. As first Australian, Cartwright still claimed the Australian Marathon Championship.
Former world triathlon champion and Commonwealth Games marathon bronze medallist, Jackie Fairweather (formerly Gallagher) led all of the way in the women's category to post her second qualifying time for next year's Commonwealth Games. In her first marathon in Australia, Jackie also won the Australian Championship.
Jackie's protégé Lauren Shelley was a strong second. Shelley went to the London Marathon in April as a 2:57 marathon runner and ran 2:41. Here she pulled another four minutes off her best in just three months.
With the exception of race winner Tanzanian Patrick Nyangelo, Japanese runners dominated the associated half marathon, filling the first six places in the women's category and five of the top 10 places in the men's category.
MEN: 1 Dickson MARWA TAN 2:16:10 2 Tsutomu SAEKI JPN 2:16:14 3 John HENWOOD NZL 2:17:16 4 Brett CARTWRIGHT AUS 2:18:13 5 Toyokazu YOSHIMURA JPN 2:18:50 6 Oswald REVELIAN TAN 2:19:21 7 Sandile LEMBETHA RSA 2:20:14 8 Jeremey HORNE AUS 2:24:46 9 Joseph Maina NDIRANGU KEN 2:25:25 10 Brian LIVINGSTON AUS 2:26:43 WOMEN: 1 Jackie FAIRWEATHER AUS 2:34:42 2 Lauren SHELLEY AUS 2:37:17 3 Sarah MARJA TAN 2:40:36 4 Harumi MATSUMOTO JPN 2:43:30 5 Helen STANTON AUS 2:45:16 6 Loretta MCGRATH AUS 2:46:12 7 Lee-Ann TURNER AUS 2:48:34 8 Angela BATEUP AUS 2:48:42 9 Lisa DICK AUS 2:49:41 10 May TAI AUS 2:50:04 Asics Half Marathon MEN: 1 Patrick NYANGELO TAN 1:03:32 2 Akinori SHIBUTANI JPN 1:03:37 3 Kazukata ENOKI JPN 1:03:45 4 Kentaro HAYASHI JPN 1:03:49 5 Michael CHETTLE AUS 1:03:58 WOMEN 1 Yuko SATO JPN 1:12:46 2 Sachiyo YAMADA JPN 1:12:48 3 Yuki SATO JPN 1:12:53 4 Yuka IZUMI JPN 1:12:54 5 Tomomi OGASAWARA JPN 1:13:07
3 JULY 2005: BRITISH 10km ROAD RACE, LONDON
Haile Gebrselassie was a runaway winner, finishing nearly a minute clear of his nearest rival, Robert Cheboror. And along with the old came the new – rising talent Genet Getaneh, who won the Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa last November ahead of many well-known names, strode away from Marleen Renders to take the women's race.
Despite these superlative human performances, the scenery stole the show. The race took place three days before London was awarded the 2012 Olympics, four days before the terrorist tube bombings that are likely to eventually claim as many as 100 lives, and six days before the 60th anniversary celebrations of the end of World War II. It was this last historic commemoration that imprinted itself most forcibly on the race route.
A week before the commemoration, some of the props were already in place. An anti-aircaft gun was wheeled into place in front of Big Ben, a Spitfire aircraft was parked up in Whitehall only 100m before the finish line, and the finish line itself was right beside the new monument marking women's contribution to the war effort. All this besides the usual gigantic Union flags which line the route in many locations and every lamp-post draped in the London 2012 bid colours. A 3km section of the course is likely to form part of the 10km lap to be used for the 2012 Olympic Marathon course.
Gebrselassie wasted no time in drawing clear of the crowd behind and cruised around the course, much of it lying beside the River Thames, in a demonstration run. Getaneh was tracked more closely by Renders, but still finished 120m ahead.
MEN: 1 Haile GEBRSELASSIE ETH 28:12 2 Robert CHEBOROR KEN 29:06 3 Thembolina ZOLA RSA 29:36 4 Jonathan RAMAGE GBR 30:44 5 Toby LAMBERT GBR 30:53 6 Pumlani BAGANI GBR 31:02 7 Erwin MCRAE GBR 31:13 8 Dereje KEBEDE ETH 31:26 9 Kassa TADESSE GBR 31:32 10 31:33 WOMEN: 1 Genet GETANEH ETH 33:34 2 Marleen RENDERS BEL 33:58 3 Pauline POWELL GBR 34:53 4 Ruth BRANSON SUI 35:37 5 Joanna SHEPHERD GBR 37:06 6 Emily FERRENCZI GBR 38:11 7 Tara PARK GBR 38:18 8 Melinda BOYD GBR 38:22 9 Becky MCNICHOLAS GBR 39:11 10 Ann EVANS GBR 39:19
4/7 JULY 2005: 100 MILES OF THE NAMIB DESERT, NAMIBIA
This run across the Namib Desert in south-west Africa takes place in five stages. The second edition incorporated small but significant changes and enhanced several aspects of the race: the beauty of the course, and the physical and psychological demands placed upon competitors. All runners expressed appreciation for the organisation and for the marvellous landscape which provided the backdrop forall stages of the race. This 100 miles of the Namib Desert is perhaps provides the most spectacular scenery of any race in the world.
Namibia is a wonderful, peaceful country. The Namib Desert is the oldest and most spectacular desert in the world. This 100 miles is run in the least polluted and most unspoilt areas: runners pass the highest dune in the world (300m), then run through shining white pans hidden amongst the dunes. One stage was run during an astonishing African sunset. The marathon stage came in the middle of nowhere, but touched a 30-million year old petrified dune. All under the watchful gaze of springboks, kudus, oryx and ostriches.
The sandy and irregular terrain made the race exhausting, besides the high temperatures (up to 40°C). The race was dominated by the German runner Jorg Balle, who lowered the last year's inaugural record with a race rhythm no other runner could sustain, even on the first leg. Balle won all stages, while former Olympic bronze medalist and European Champion over 3000m hurdles, Alessandro Lambruschini, finished second. Fortunately there was little wind and no sandstorms, unlike last year.
Reports were issued every day in the Namibian newspapers. Next year major coverage from TV and media is expected. Look forward to the 3rd edition, from 1-8 July 2006.
MEN: 1 Jorg BALLE GER 7:59:47 2 Alessandro LAMBRUSCHINI ITA 9:07:39 3 Giordano CASTELLI ITA 9:13:19 4 Davide DEGLI ESPOSTI ITA 9:31:07 5 Andrea BERNABUCCI ITA 9:33:41 6 Achim HEUKEMES 10:49:06 7 Davide GILLI ITA 12:18:59 8 Simone FASOLO ITA 12:25:28 9 Giuseppe RUFFINO ITA 12:27:19 10 Garcia CARLOS ITA 12:27:31 WOMEN: 1 Laura CORTI ITA 13:21:56 2 Paola BORTESI ITA 13:58:14
10 JULY 2005: BURNCO CALGARY MARATHON, CANADA
MEN: 1 Jason LOUTITT CAN 2:27:49 2 David CORBETT CAN 2:31:19 3 Nik SOUTHWELL CAN 2:34:22 4 Dennis COLBURN CAN 2:37:14 5 Raymond ROSS CAN 2:51:10 6 Mark FEWSTER CAN 2:53:00 7 Brendan LUNTY CAN 2:53:17 8 Mark ARMSTRONG CAN 2:54:11 9 Curtis SAMPSON CAN 2:55:40 10 Noel PRASAD CAN 2:58:01 WOMEN: 1 Shauna SKINNER CAN 3:02:18 2 Sharon STUBLER CAN 3:04:08 3 Syl CORBETT CAN 3:17:44 4 Kari ELLIOT CAN 3:17:45 5 Terra GIGGEY CAN 3:18:43 6 Diane WALTERS CAN 3:21:05 7 Sheila MCPHERSON CAN 3:22:44 8 Amelia HRADSKY CAN 3:23:31 9 Maria MADUENO CAN 3:28:03 10 Dennene HUNTLEY CAN 3:29:19
30 JULY 2005: SWISS ALPINE MARATHON DAVOS 78km, SWITZERLAND
In this 20th edition the organisers welcomed a new record 5700 participants (runners and walkers) taking part in the different races. The main event had a local winner, Jasmine Nunige, in the women's race. The men's winner, for the fourth time, was Grigory Murzin from Russia. No other man has come near his success rate.
MEN: 1 Grigory MURZIN RUS 6:00:09 2 Moritz BOSCHUNG SUI 6:20:15 3 Christopher JACQUEROD SUI 6:21:03 4 Thomas MIKSCH GER 6:29:31 5 Markus KELLENBERGER LCT 6:32:00 WOMEN: 1 Jasmine NUNIGE SUI 6:59:42 2 Faffaela FREY SUI 7:32:04 3 Gaby STEIGMEIER SUI 7:49:34 4 Karine HERRY FRA 7:57:14 5 Susanne BITZER GER 7:58:23 MARATHON MEN: 1 Mohamad AHANSAL 3:12:53 2 Max FREI 3:20:04 3 Ueli HORISBERGER 3:28:23 4 Martin WIDLER 3:28:39 5 Christoph PLATTNER 3:34:22 WOMEN: 1 Carolina REIBER 3:47:03 2 Eroica SPIESS 3:57:46 3 Diana LEHMANN 4:09:12 4 Beatrice WERTLI 4:18:44 5 Daniela LAURENT 4:18:44 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Wim PADMAS 1:30:06 2 Hanspeter MARTI 1:30:57 3 Jorn STROTHMANN 1:32:41 WOMEN: 1 Yvonne VAN VLERKEN 1:42:24 2 Katharine STEGER 1:49:27 3 Martintje NEUFELDER 1:52:22
31 JULY 2005: MEDIA MARATON DE BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
MEN: 1 James KWAMBAI KEN 1:03:10 2 Paul KIRUI KEN 1:03:56 3 Isaac MACHARIA KEN 1:04:13 4 Aliro CARRASCO COL 1:04:39 5 Gabin CONDOR PER 1:04:50 6 Jacinto LOPEZ COL 1:05:29 7 Herder VASQUEZ COL 1:06:04 8 Franklin TENORIO ECU 1:06:24 9 Jorge REAL COL 1:06:24 10 Edgar SANCHEZ COL 1:06:54 WOMEN: 1 Adrianna FERNANDEZ MEX 1:15:02 2 Lioudmila KORTCHAGUINA CAN 1:16:12 3 Julia PIEVERA PER 1:17:59 4 Sonia CALIZAYA BOL 1:20:36 5 Ruby RIATIVA COL 1:21:34 6 Martha RONCERIA COL 1:21:56 7 Lina ARIAS COL 1:24:55 8 Rosalba FORERO COL 1:26:12 9 Claudia TANGARIFE COL 1:27:28 10 Sandra LEON COL 1:27:55
31 JULY 2005: SAN FRANCISCO MARATHON, USA
MEN: 1 Tony TORRES USA 2:31:57 2 Simon ISAACS USA 2:34:52 3 Niklas KROEHN AUT 2:34:58 4 Duncan LARKIN USA 2:37:26 5 Chikara OMINE USA 2:38:01 6 Fritz VAN DE KAMP USA 2:38:38 7 Vytautas EZERSKIS USA 2:42:56 8 David SIEGEL USA 2:44:43 9 Rodrigo RUELAS USA 2:44:59 10 Steve RADTKE USA 2:47:28 WOMEN: 1 Sarah HALLAS USA 2:56:55 2 Tyler STEWART USA 3:04:27 3 Shana BROWN USA 3:05:12 4 Caroline RADTKE USA 3:09:26 5 Paulo DA COSTA USA 3:10:04 6 Jane BLOOM USA 3:14:01 7 Ashley CLARK USA 3:14:44 8 Stephanie KSENZULAK USA 3:14:51 9 Kelly CRONIN USA 3:14:55 10 Patty CHEN USA 3:15:52
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