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6 MAY 2007: RUN BERLIN - 25KM VON BERLIN, GERMANY

winners

Photo: Marisa Reich

Kenyan runners once again dominated, with defending champion Patrick Makau retaining his title in front of 9,044 participants from 42 nations. Warm weather, reaching 25°C at the finish, prevented either Makau or women's winner Flomena Chepchirchir from threatening the course records.

The men's race set off at record pace but had drifted away from it by 10km. "It was simply too warm today for a record chase", Makau said later. He decisively broke away at 17km to set this year's world leading time at the distance. Makau remains unbeaten in Berlin: after last year's 25km race he had also won the Berlin Half Marathon a month ago.

Flomena Chepchirchir sprung a surprise on the race favourite Peninah Arusei. Chepchirchir broke away from Arusei with 5km to go. "I did not expect to be able to beat Peninah in this race since she had beaten me only a week ago in a 10km race", Chepchirchir said. Magdaline Chemjor (Kenya), who won in 2001 and 2002, came in third.

MEN:
1  Patrick M MUSYOKI           KEN  1:14:22
2  William KIPLAGAT            KEN  1:15:24
3  Matthew KOECH               KEN  1:15:47
4  Vincent KIPCHIRCHIR         KEN  1:15:58
5  Julius MUTAI                KEN  1:16:11
6  Josphat KAMZEE              KEN  1:16:22
7  Edwin YANO                  KEN  1:18:38
8  Gadissa GURMU               ETH  1:19:50
9  Patrick NGUGI               KEN  1:28:27
10 Martin BUTZLAFF             VLG  1:28:52
 
WOMEN
1  Flomena CHEPCHIRCHIR        KEN  1:25:37
2  Peninah ARUSEI              KEN  1:26:15
3  Magdaline CHEMJOR           KEN  1:29:57
4  Natalya VOLGINA             RUS  1:32:35
5  Olena BURKOVSKA             UKR  1:34:18
6  Carmen SIEWERT              GER  1:36:12
7  Olga GONCHARENKO            UKR  1:42:43
8  Karsta PARSIEGLA            GER  1:44:29
9  Iris TIEDEKEN               GER  1:46:06
10 Madeleine LORENZ            GER  1:47:12

6 MAY 2007: BMO BANK OF MONTREAL VANCOUVER MARATHON, CANADA

Argentina's Claudia Camargo, now living in the United States, broke the women's record in placing an amazing third overall in the race. This was in itself another record and a rarity in marathons generally. Including a sub-2:40 time bonus Camargo won US$5500. In the men's event Thomas Omwenga beat two-time champion from 2005 and 2006, Kassahun Kabiso. Top finishers were awarded cash prizes totalling more than $25,000 from Mosaik MasterCard.

In this 36th edition a total of 12,636 triumphant runners and walkers crossed the finish line in the full and half marathons, coming from 35 countries. Back in 1972, 72 runners completed five laps around Stanley Park. Today, the BMO Bank of Montreal Vancouver Marathon takes participants along a 42km route through all the most scenic parts of the city to the finish line at BC Place Stadium.

MEN:
1  Thomas OMWENGA            KEN  2:25:23
2  Kassahun KABISO           USA  2:32:11
3  Stephen CLARKE            USA  2:37:58
4  Craig MCMILLAN            CAN  2:38:18
5  Per EKEGERED              CAN  2:38:27
6  Aaron HEIDT               CAN  2:39:40
7  Jeffrey KWANTES           CAN  2:42:03
8  Dave STEPHEN              CAN  2:42:54
9  Darin BENTLEY             CAN  2:44:54
10 Lonnie MATSUNO            CAN  2:44:54
 
WOMEN: 
1  Claudia CAMARGO           ARG  2:35:46
2  Mary AKOR                 USA  2:44:22
3  Sheila MULLINS            CAN  3:00:49
4  Elena EBERLEIN            CAN  3:01:05
5  Sandra FOWERAKER          CAN  3:01:05
6  Hisayo MATSUO             CAN  3:08:58
7  Karen THIBODEAU           CAN  3:13:11
8  Natalie PORTER            CAN  3:13:24
9  Megan JOHNSTON            CAN  3:15:11
10 Mary WALSH                CAN  3:15:27
 
HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Todd HOWARD               CAN  1:09:04
2  Nick HASTIE               CAN  1:09:28
3  Jonas HOLMBERG            SWE  1:10:49
 
WOMEN:
1  Suzanne EVANS             CAN  1:18:30
2  Rita Ivanauskas           CAN  1:25:16
3  Cheryl CHOY               USA  1:26:01

6 MAY 2007: GENEVA MARATHON, SWITZERLAND

MEN:
1  Eticha TESFAYE            ETH  2:18:36
2  Philipp MUIA              KEN  2:21:02
3  Tarcis ANCAY                   2:23:08
4  Abdeslam BAKKA            MOR  2:24:39
5  Joseph BAGO                    2:32:50
6  Daniel KIPTUM             KEN  2:34:32
7  Hamid LARHALMI            MOR  2:35:59
8  Mike TANUI                KEN  2:36:57
9  Philippe DARD                  2:38:27
10 Julien GANTENBEIN              2:38:53
 
WOMEN:
1  Elfnesh MELAKU            ETH  2:43:57
2  Keneni CHAWLLA            ETH  2:44:34
3  Wioletta KRYZA            POL  2:52:08
4  Murielle BRIONNE               2:54:06
5  Stijntje REULEN                3:04:58
6  Patricia DAUTREPPE             3:13:11
7  Jane MORAZ                     3:16:10
8  Pirkko-Liisa LINTILA      FIN  3:16:59
9  Ellie GREENWOOD                3:19:04
10 Christine SESSA                3:25:30

6 MAY 2007: MARATON MARTIN FIZ, SPAIN

MEN:
1  Oscar Martin GARCIA       ESP  2:14:55
2  Pablo L SANCHEZ-REY       ESP  2:16:09
3  Fabian RONCERO            ESP  2:18:37
4  Jose Manuel G LORCA       ESP  2:22:13
5  Victor G GUIRAO           ESP  2:22:52
6  Rachib NADIJ              ESP  2:25:17
7  Jose Antonio R SANTOS     ESP  2:25:42
8  David R GARCIA            ESP  2:26:49
9  Antonio Jose B GUTIERREZ  ESP  2:27:40
10 Juan F CANO GARCIA        ESP  2:28:56
 
WOMEN:
1  Maria Teresa P FERNANDEZ  ESP  2:36:17
2  Marta F DE CASTRO AYORA   ESP  2:42:46
3  Maria R CASTELLANOS       ESP  2:48:28
4  Maria Jose DE TORO SAIZ   ESP  2:52:00
5  Sonia M GARCIA            ESP  2:54:36
6  Noelia M ARRIBA           ESP  3:02:12
7  Loli B CABALLERO          ESP  3:19:27
8  Gemma P BERASATEGUI       ESP  3:21:30
9  Araceli M FERNANDEZ       ESP  3:22:44
10 Luna G M MUNOZ            ESP  3:24:59

6 MAY 2007: CRACOVIA MARATHON, POLAND

MEN:
1  Mathew KOSGEI             KEN  2:18:16
2  Nikolay KERIMOV           RUS  2:18:23
3  Jan BIALK                 POL  2:18:36
4  Ritchard ROTICH           KEN  2:19:33
5  David K KIPOECH           KEN  2:21:32
6  Jevgenij HCURHUNO         UKR  2:22:51
7  James K MWANGI            KEN  2:24:21
8  Dimitry SIVOV             BLR  2:25:24
9  Jackson K KIPCHUMBA       KEN  2:28:06
10 Marek DRYJA               POL  2:28:59
 
WOMEN:
1  Katerina STETSENKO        UKR  2:39;08
2  Violetta URYGA            POL  2:39:27
3  Elena MAZOVKA             BLR  2:41:45
4  Ewa BRYCH                 POL  2:43:39
5  Dorota USTIANOWSKA        POL  2:48:31
6  Irina LOMONOSOWA          BLR  2:49:26
7  Svitlana STANKO           UKR  2:55:26
8  Anna K KRZYZANO           POL  3:15:06
9  Marta MIKOLAJCZYK         POL  3:16:54
10 Anna BALBUS               POL  3:28:17

6 MAY 2007: MARATONA D'EUROPA, ITALY

MEN:
1  Ottaviano ANDRIANI          ITA  2:10:57
2  Joseph NGURAN               KEN  2:11:28
3  Noah Kiplagat SEREM         KEN  2:11:35
4  Hosea Kimutai KIPTANUI      KEN  2:12:05
5  Ben Chebet KIPRUTO          KEN  2:16:47
6  Frimi Kipchoge KIPLAGAT     KEN  2:16:55
7  Amos MASAI                  UGA  2:16:58
8  Marcello CAPOTOSTI          ITA  2:24:18
9  Ferdinando BENEDETTI        ITA  2:30:39
10 Shadrack K MENGICH          KEN  2:31:00
 
WOMEN:
1  Anne KOSGEI                 KEN  2:33:14
2  Maria COCCHETTI             ITA  2:42:11
3  Sabrina CASTELLO            ITA  2:59:58
4  Marija SCHWARZ                   3:06:45
5  Anna PARRELLA               ITA  3:16:26
6  Daneila MENEGATTI           ITA  3:17:01
7  Lorena GIURISSA             ITA  3:19:18
8  Elena SIMSIG                ITA  3:23:23
9  Giovanna MULLONI            ITA  3:23:45
10 Antonella PARRELLA          ITA  3:24:57
 
HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Rudy MAGAGNOLI              ITA  1:10:19
2  Lorenzo DELLA PETRA         ITA  1:10:31
3  Marco MORETTON              ITA  1:10:40
 
WOMEN:
1  Paola VERALDI               ITA  1:21:10
2  Laura F CASTELLANI          ITA  1:23:26
3  Roberta VENICA              ITA  1:25:57

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12 MAY 2007: GOTEBORG HALF MARATHON, SWEDEN

MEN:
MEN:
1  Sylvester Kimeli TEIMAT         KEN  1:04:03
2  Benjamin SEREM                  KEN  1:04:04 
3  Japhet Kipchirchir KIPKORIR     KEN  1:04:05
4  Stanley SALIL                   KEN  1:04:12
5  Pavel LOSKUTOV                  EST  1:04:47
6  Arado Buta URIGE                ETH  1:04:48
7  Henrik AHNSTROM                 SWE  1:06:19
8  Lars JOHANSSON                  SWE  1:06:32
9  Rik CEULEMANS                   NED  1:07:16
10 Fredrik UHRBON                  SWE  1:07:26

WOMEN:
1  Kirsten Melkevik OTTERBU        NOR  1:12:38
2  Anna RAHM                       SWE  1:13:31
3  Jane ROTICH                     KEN  1:14:32
4  Susan KURUI                     KEN  1:14:43
5  Anneli FRANSSON                 SWE  1:15:35
6  Anna Von SCHENK                 SWE  1:15:52
7  Helena JAVORNIK                 SLO  1:16:06
8  Isabellah ANDERSSON             SWE  1:17:39
9  Jenny JOHANESSON                SWE  1:17:47
10  Jessica GYLFE                  SWE  1:18:21

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13 MAY 2007: IWELT MARATHON WUERZBERG, GERMANY

MEN:
1  Eliud KURGAT                KEN  2:19:47
2  Kidus GEBREMESKEL           ETH  2:20:28
3  Simon RIPIS                 GER  2:28:48
4  Sebastine JOST              GER  2:34:00
5  Fernando LOZANO             ESP  2:43:30
6  Kimno LEIVO                 GER  2:43:35
7  Ronaldo RAUTER              GER  2:44:24
8  Ralf BERCHER                GER  2:46:41
9  Engelbert WALTER            GER  2:48:14
10 Walter VOGG                 GER  2:50:15
 
WOMEN:
1  Elke BRENNER                GER  3:01:38
2  Carolin KETA                GER  3:06:16
3  Antje RATZMER               GER  3:17:47
4  Birgit KRAUS                GER  3:18:37
5  Sylvia WUNSCHE              GER  3:21:08
6  Evelyn FORTSCH              GER  3:23:38
7  Ursula HENNING              GER  3:25:34
8  Renate SINGER               GER  3:30:03
9  Stephanie MERBACH           GER  3:31:17
10 Cornelia DR.HOHNEL          GER  3:31:28

13 MAY 2007: VOLKSWAGEN PRAGUE MARATHON, CZECH REPUBLIC

President Vaclav Klaus was the official starter for nearly 4000 marathoners who took part in the 13th Volkswagen Prague Marathon although hotter than expected temperatures slowed times writes Monika Klementova.

Initially a group of 15 set a 2:09 pace but the lead pack quickly started to break up, as Oleksandr Kuzin of Ukraine took the race through halfway in 1:05:10.

By 30km Stephen Kibiwott was running solo in the lead, some 30 seconds ahead of Luka Chelimo and pre-race favourite Joseph Riri of Kenya (PB 2:06:49). But the heat eventually got to them as Kibiwott dropped out and Riri stopped at 36km. He did manage to re-start his race and ended up finishing in a brave fourth place.

Of the three runners who passed him to contest the title, one was Chelimo and the other two were 33-year-olds from Portugal, Helder Ornelas (PB 2:09:59), the winner of the 2005 Milan Marathon, and Paulo Gomes (PB 2:15:56). Chelimo made the pace but at 40km Helder went past to claim victory while Chelimo was rewarded with a new personal best of 2:12:36 about 80m ahead of Gomes, who improved his best time by even more. Pavel Faschingbauer was the first Czech home and retained his national title.

In the women's race defending race champion Alina Ivanova of Russia was one of many who was forced to drop out due to hot weather, as her compatriot Nailya Yulamanova went on to win. Veronika Brychcinova took the Czech national title in third place overall.

A total of 3200 runners finished within the six-hour time limit.

MEN:
1  Ornelas HELDER              POR  2:11:49
2  Luka K CHELIMO              KEN  2:12:36
3  Paulo C GOMES               POR  2:12:51
4  Joseph M RIRI               KEN  2:13:50
5  Thomas CHEMITEI             KEN  2:17:31
6  Joachim NISHIRIMANA         BDI  2:17:38
7  Pavel FASCHINGBAUER         CZE  2:18:55
8  Ahmed NASEF                      2:19:34
9  Martin MUTWIRI              KEN  2:22:29
10 Pavel NOVAK                 CZE  2:23:38
 
WOMEN:
1  Nailya YULAMANOVA           RUS  2:33:10
2  Malgorzata SOBANSKA         POL  2:35:02
3  Veronika BRYCHCINOVA        CZE  2:40:50
4  Petra HAVLOVA               CZE  3:05:44
5  Anna BACOVA                 CZE  3:06:10
6  Cristina MARIOLA            ITA  3:10:36
7  Christa RAUCH               ITA  3:11:38
8  Helga RAUCH                 ITA  3:11:39
9  Stacy ZAHATNANSKY           USA  3:14:29
10 Jitka DOCEKALOVA            CZE  3:14:46

13 MAY 2007: PISA MARATHON, ITALY

Both the marathon and the half marathon started at the same time, but in two different places: Pontedera (marathon) and Navacchio (half marathon) which is located at halfway on the marathon course. More than 1000 runners passed through Pontedera, Calcinaia, Vicopisano - with its ancient Borgo and the Brunelleschi Towers, Cascina, Calci - with its ancient cloister, San Giuliano Terme, and along the Mediceo Aqueduct. The finish line was in Piazza dei Miracoli, where the Leaning Tower stands.

This 9th edition drew a great number of tourists who profited from low-cost flights connecting Pisa to many European cities. The temperature was 26-28°C but the water stations every 2.5km allowed runners to complete the marathon without distress. Female participation, at 13%, is the highest of any Italian Marathon.

The winner, Philemon Kipkering Metto, also won from 2000 to 2003. He ran side by side with the winner of the last two years, Joshua Kipchumba Rop, and with Filali Tayeb from Algeria. At 32km Kipkering speeded up but still finished the marathon with a time far slower than his best for the race (2:15:29).

The women's winner, Ilaria Bianchi from Pisa, set off very fast in the first part of the marathon. She looked set for a new personal record of around 2:36, but faded in the second half and finished with a time of 2:40:11 still an event record.

MEN:
1  Philemon M KIPKERING        KEN  2:19:33
2  Tayeb FILALI                     2:22:35
3  Joshua KIPCHUMBA ROP        KEN  2:25:13
4  Ioannis MAGKRIOTELIS        GRE  2:29:02
5  Alessandro NAPOLI           ITA  2:29:21
6  Pietro COLNAGHI             ITA  2:29:41
7  El Fadil SOUFYANE                2:32:30
8  Stefano PERETTI             ITA  2:34:21
9  Castantino SIMONETTA        ITA  2:34:55
10 Domenico BELLIZZI           ITA  2:37:35
 
WOMEN:
1  Ilaria BIANCHI              ITA  2:40:12
2  Cristina NERI               ITA  2:50:23
3  Deborah BRUNI               ITA  2:57:33
4  Lorena PANEBIANCO           ITA  3:05:49
5  Carmen HILI                 MLT  3:09:22
6  Eliana DANTI                ITA  3:14:51
7  Grazia RANFAGNI             ITA  3:15:00
8  Benedetta CATERINA          ITA  3:16:07
9  Claudia MARZI               ITA  3:25:25
10 Susan REYNOLDS              GBR  3:26:03

13 MAY 2007: KIGALI PEACE MARATHON, RWANDA

Photos © 2007 - Vladislav Priplata - www.rexlaus.info

For most of the race Daniel Rotich played a waiting game within a big pack, but on the last of four laps, as the group closed on early leader Felix Ntirenganya he powered away for a clear win. In the women's race Prisca Kiprono likewise saved her efforts for a strong last lap but by that time had only Caroline Chemwolo for company.

Rotich ran each lap faster than the previous one, made easier by a 26-strong group recording a lethargic 37:13 for the first, while Ntirenganya was away by almost 500m. On the second lap Ntirenganya accelerated, and continued to go away from the gradually diminishing group, which numbered 14 at the halfway mark (1:12:02 to Ntirenganya's 1:10:11). The group maintained the chase with a steady third lap as Ntirengenya started to slow. He led a group of 12 by 42 seconds as they entered the last lap, but then faded to finish a tired 14th.

Prisca Kiprono had no early leader to chase, and the lead group reduced from eight to four as they went through halfway in 1:27:29. The third lap was by far the fastest, but Caroline Chemwolo hung on. The effort cost her, as she slipped back to finish third.

In the half marathon a group of 25 men pounded around the first lap in 32:44, swallowing up the 155 marathon runners who had set off four minutes earlier. Dickson Marwa proved strongest on the second lap, coming home 60m clear of his closest rival. In the women's race Josephine Deemay went away from the start, while local runer Epiphanie Nyirabarame pursued her a little too keenly, allowing Cecilia Wangoi - running a steady pace throughout and closing on Deemay herself in the later stages - to come through for second.

The competitive races were supportd by a 5km fun run which incorporated a highly competitive AIMS Children's race for 10-11 year olds. In all 2200 people registered for all races, of which 1200 were in the Children's event.

All races started and finished in the national stadium, and runners in the longer races passed through it as they completed each 10,549m lap. The lap itself included an out-and back section which featured a significant hill, one of many in this "land of a thousand hills", and made all the more difficult by being at 1800m altitude.

MEN:
1  Daniel ROTICH                  KEN  2:20:43
2  Raymond KANDIE                 KEN  2:21:15
3  Joseph NSUBUNGA                UGA  2:22:06
4  Mark YATICH                    KEN  2:22:27
5  Evans KIPKOSGEI                KEN  2:22:29
6  Paul KANDA                     KEN  2:22:41
7  Jonah KIPSANG                  KEN  2:23:13
8  Mark KIPKURGAT                 KEN  2:23:16
9  Vincent KIPCHIRIR              KEN  2:24:04
10 Ernest KIBOR                   KEN  2:24:20
 
WOMEN:
1  Prisca KIPRONO                 KEN  2:52:24
2  Jane JESANG                    KEN  2:54:49
3  Caroline CHEMWOLO              KEN  2:55:26
4  Rose CHESIRE                   KEN  2:56:53
5  Rael KIMAIYO                   KEN  2:58:50
6  Ceophresine SUMAWE             TAN  3:02:56
7  Irene CHEMUSTO                 UGA  3:03:52
8  Rebecca KAVINA                 TAN  3:04:37
9  Grace MUZAKI                   UGA  3:08:24
10 Genessi NYIRAHABIMANA          RWA  3:21:26
 
HALF MARATHON:
MEN:
1  Dickson MARWA                  TAN  1:04:58
2  Nicholas KIPRONO               KEN  1:05:11
3  John ROGART                    TAN  1:05:21
 
WOMEN:
1  Josephine DEEMAY               TAN  1:17:50
2  Cecilia WANGOI                 KEN  1:18:48
3  Epiphanie NYIRABARAME          RWA  1:19:23

13 MAY 2007: KARSTADT MARATHON, GERMANY

MAINZ-ESSEN
MEN:
1  Kevin PETERSEN              GER  2:40:19
2  Stefan LOSCH                GER  2:41:49
3  Abdellah SAADANI            GER  2:43:19
4  Uwe ERNST                   GER  2:43:49
5  Peter KURTZ                 GER  2:50:27
6  Thomas MITTKOWSKI           GER  2:52:24
7  Harry SONNENBERG            GER  2:53:00
8  Olaf WEGER                  GER  2:53:28
9  Burkard VIELHABER           GER  2:54:42
10 Andreas KIEHNE              GER  2:54:45
 
WOMEN:
1  Mary PTIKANY                KEN  2:30:05
2  Salima CHELIMO              KEN  2:36:58
3  Irene CHEROP                KEN  2:41:09
4  Katrin KNOKE                GER  2:59:51
5  Birgit SCHONHERR-HOLSCHER   GER  3:00:55
6  Rita NOWOTTNY-HUPKA         GER  3:22:05
7  Melanie KRONIGER            GER  3:23:48
8  Isabel SCHEEL               GER  3:24:10
9  Gunhild ALBIETZ             GER  3:24:40
10 Marion POPPE                GER  3:27:10
 
OBERHAUSEN-ESSEN
MEN:
1  Jonathan KEIYO              KEN  2:13:28
2  Joseph NGOLEPUS             KEN  2:20:07
3  Eliud KERING                KEN  2:22:49
4  Pius MNANGAT                KEN  2:33:17
5  Tim TERSLUISEN              GER  2:44:28
6  Richard NGOLEPUS            KEN  2:44:32
7  Christoph TREBING           GER  2:56:48
8  Olaf KRACHT                 GER  2:58:38
9  Jakob SCHOOF                GER  2:59:20
10 Christian BRUNS             GER  3:01:57
 
WOMEN:
1  Svenja GAYK                 GER  3:17:45
2  Bernardina KORDEL           ITA  3:24:03
3  Bettina PILGRAM             GER  3:26:27
4  Heike MUSIELAK              GER  3:29:13
5  Kirsten SONNENSCHEIN        GER  3:36:26
6  Daniela SHALA               GER  3:39:22
7  Vera HANSCH                 GER  3:41:24
8  Anke BROEL                  GER  3:41:45
9  Sarah KOENEN                GER  3:43:32
10 Petra GEVERS-LOHKAMP        GER  3:44:12

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19 MAY 2007: THREE HEARTS MARATHON & HALF, SLOVENIA

MEN:
1  Moses KITUM                 KEN  2:20:15
2  Eduard TAKHBATULLIN         RUS  2:20:55
3  Moses KEMBOI                KEN  2:21:55
4  Wilson KIPNGETICH           KEN  2:27:44
5  David BIWOTT                KEN  2:38:33
6  Joa-e MORI                  SLO  2:42:44
7  Primoa KOBE                 SLO  2:43:33
8  Bojan BRUS                  SLO  2:49:24
9  Boa Tjan POTOAOENIK         SLO  2:50:08
10 Stane FERFILA               SLO  2:50:51
 
WOMEN:
1  Ida KOVACS                  HUN  2:50:14
2  Katalin FARKAS              HUN  2:53:49
3  Nea-a MRAVLJE               SLO  3:18:52
4  Jadranka LESKOVA EK         SLO  3:20:13
5  Daniela SIMSIG              ITA  3:26:16
6  Alea A CARLI                SLO  3:28:49
7  Vilma BREA AN               SLO  3:39:48
8  Natalija LESNIK             SLO  3:49:47
9  Ura Ka A-IBERNA             SLO  3:54:38
10 Madja RIHTER                SLO  4:10:38
 
HALF MARATHON:
MEN:
1  Tamas TOTH                  HUN  1:06:52
2  Roman KEJA-AR               SLO  1:07:24
3  Zsolt KOSZA-R               HUN  1:08:21
 
WOMEN:
1  Helena JAVORNIK             SLO  1:17:46
2  A Pela NOVAK                SLO  1:29:36
3  Nataa PRAA NIKAR            SLO  1:33:23

19 MAY 2007: GREAT WALL MARATHON, CHINA

A record number of over 1100 runners from 40 countries participated in the eighth annual Great Wall Marathon, with the field split between the marathon, half marathon, 10km and 5km events.

Race records were set in the marathon. Salvador Calvo, of Spain, shaved two minutes off the men's record with a time of 3:23:10 while Sara Winter, of New Zealand, took 22 minutes off the women's record, leaving the new mark at 3:50:21.

It is always interesting to see how times compare on a "normal" marathon course to the Great Wall and this year's winners give a good indication. Calvo, 44 years of age, set his best of 2:32 15 years ago while Winter ran a 2:46 marathon just four weeks earlier in Italy. Fred Zalokar, of the USA, won the M45 division of last year's Canberra Marathon in 2:45:58 and this year was second at the Great Wall in 3:38:14.

There is no doubt that the Great Wall Marathon is one of the most international of races with 11 countries represented in the top 10 men and women in the marathon.

Regardless of which event runners opt, they face a 3km section of the Great Wall. Those in the marathon run this section twice, once from east to west early in the race and again late in the race, but this time they run the Wall from west to east. In between sections on the Wall, marathon runners traverse a 25km section through Chinese villages that have hardly changed in centuries.

One high profile runner who is unlikely to return to the Wall is dual world champion and London Marathon winner Abel Anton. He retired from the serious side of the sport five years ago but was tempted by the Wall this year. He was 20th in 4:26:07 and said later to AP journalist Stephen Wade, "I don't think I will be back again, I think once is enough. It's very hard, maybe the hardest I have done."

MEN:
1  Salvador CALVO                  ESP  3:23:10
2  Frederick ZALOKAR               USA  3:38:14
3  Yun FENG WANG                   CHN  3:41:01
4  Darren BENSON                   AUS  3:44.51
5  Michael LONGE                   USA  3:58:15
6  Ulrich GRALLATH                 GER  3:58:22
7  Jeremy REDFORD                  GBR  4:02:07
8  Peter ANDARSON                  GBR  4:03:28
9  Soeren KRUSE LILLEOERE          DEN  4:05:03
10 Staffan GEREONSSON              SWE  4:05:38
 
WOMEN:
1  Sara WINTER                     NZL  3:50:21
2  Sharon RYDER                    AUS  4:14:50
3  Anna Ma. AGUSTI LLOSERA         ESP  4:26:08
4  Jane WHITE                      GBR  4:42:24
5  Marie Therese HERWIG            SUI  4:43:49
6  Deborah ZALOKAR                 USA  4:44:18
7  Maureen TOBIN                   USA  4:46:33
8  Carrol LAPSYS                   AUS  4:48:46
9  Celilia GUEVARA                 MEX  4:48:58
10 Andrea Michelle GONZALEZ        USA  4:55:08

HALF MARATHON:
MEN:
1  Theodorus van Graven            NED  1:42:19
2  Morten Stamov                   DEN  1:46:29
3  Zeljko Konosic                  CRO  1:47:20

WOMEN:
1  Maria Gereonsson                SWE  1:56:47
2  Saskia Van Der Stap             NED  2:03:42
3  Liliane Perroton                FRA  2:09:11

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20 MAY 2007: MARATON CIUDAD DE VALENCIA, SPAIN
Challenge Caixa Catalunya Obra Social

Conditions were excellent for the 17th edition of the race, and offered the opportunity to set personal best times. In pleasant temperatures and no wind 2095 runners set off, quickly headed up by a lead men's group of Kenyans, Ethiopians, Tanzanians and Moroccans. Passing 5km in 15:11, the race thereafter became a contest between Peter Korir and Alex Kirui, who passed through 10km together in 30:10 and 15km in 44:10, speeding up as they struggled to capture the victory. Peter Korir was the one who did so, in a new course record.

In the women's race defending champion Joan Ayabei went straight into the lead with an unbeatable pace that carried her further and further away from the opposition. She romped home to beat the old course record by more than 90 seconds.

MEN:
1  Peter KORIR               KEN  1:02:24
2  Alex KURUI                KEN  1:02:31
3  Hillary KIPCHUMBA         KEN  1:03:00
4  Hafdi MHAMBI              MAR  1:03:27
5  Peter SULLE               TAN  1:03:34
6  Simon KIILU               KEN  1:04:44
7  Abraham CHELANGA          KEN  1:04:45
8  Abraham ROTICH            KEN  1:05:18
9  Elias YATOR               KEN  1:06:06  
10 Isaac KIPLAGAT            KEN  1:06:46
 
WOMEN:
1  Joan AIYABEI              KEN  1:11:16
2  Salome SIMOTWO            KEN  1:14:14
3  Tigist TUFA               ETH  1:15:09
4  Sentayehj TESHOME         ETH  1:15:47
5  Sarah KERUBO              KEN  1:16:02
6  Isabel CHECA              ESP  1:16:31
7  Beatriz PELLICER          ESP  1:27:53
8  Nuria SORIANO             ESP  1:33:45
9  Vanessa CABRERA           ESP  1:36:06
10 Florence PIASER           FRA  1:38:17

20 MAY 2007: NORDEA RIGA MARATHON, LATVIA

Over a thousand runners (of 1300 entrants) completed one of the three events on offer, which also included a 5.3km fun run. Of these 180 were marathon runners and 58 were foreign runners, representing 21 countries.

MEN:
1  Johnstone K CHANGWONY     KEN  2:18:30
2  Vadim ULEJOV              RUS  2:36:50
3  Arunas BALCIUNAS          LIT  2:40:13
4  Rolands KAIMIAJ           LAT  2:41:32
5  Kristaps KAIMIAJ          LAT  2:49:28
6  Anatolijs LEVAJA          LAT  2:58:16
7  Ivars VALTASS             LAT  2:59:26
8  Alfonsas KAZLAUSKAS       LIT  3:01:28
9  Ainars SKRUBIS            LAT  3:01:36
10 Vilmantas AUDZIJONIS      LIT  3:03:36
 
WOMEN:
1  Ludmila RODINA                 2:50:07
2  Modesta KAMINSKIENE       LIT  3:23:07
3  Justina JACKUTE           LIT  3:23:37
4  Ausra KAVALIAUSKIENE      LIT  3:37:28
5  Helga BLASIUS             GER  3:47:31
 
HALF MARATHON:
MEN:
1  Dainius SAUCIKOVAS        LIT  1:09:16
2  Dmitrijs SA-ESARJENOKS    LAT  1:11:53
3  Yuri VINOGRADOV           RUS  1:11:53

WOMEN:
1  Ilona MARHELE             LAT  1:22:20
2  Gunita OAJENIECE          LAT  1:33:49
3  Baiba OZOLA               LAT  1:35:01

20 MAY 2007: GLITNIR COPENHAGEN MARATHON, DENMARK

MEN:
1  Julias MUTAI              KEN  2:23:54
2  Peder TROLDBORG           DEN  2:28:16
3  Torben Juul NIELSEN       DEN  2:29:09
4  Jacob JELSING             DEN  2:32:49
5  Martin PARKHOI            DEN  2:34:42
6  Brian Arreborg HANSEN     DEN  2:38:47
7  Claus HANSEN              DEN  2:40:50
8  Andreas GROTH             DEN  2:41:09
9  Tymkow LUKASZ             POL  2:41:32
10 Morten HEINER             POL  2:42:52
 
WOMEN:
1  Anne-Sefie P HANSEN       DEN  2:47:56
2  Carsten SILLEHOVED        DEN  2:48:11
3  Nina W MADSEN             DEN  2:57:50
4  Claire PEACOCK            GBR  2:58:38
5  Maria DAMTOFT             DEN  3:05:19
6  Kim O SORENSEN            DEN  3:05:38
7  Helene T MUNK             DEN  3:05:54
8  Alessandra PREZZI         ITA  3:07:37
9  Rigmor N ARGE             DEN  3:10:39
10 Marie BRANDT              DEN  3:12:26

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27 MAY 2007: ING OTTAWA MARATHON, CANADA

Photos: Alan Brookes

A record number of more than 29,000 runners from 47 countries took part in the various events of Ottawa Race Weekend, with exciting races in both the 10K and the Marathon writes Alan Brookes.

On a sunny, warm (25°C) Saturday evening, Canada's Simon Bairu thrilled the local crowds with an impressive victory as he out-sprinted Ethiopian Chala Lemi and Kenyan Linus Maiyo, after being 15m down at 9km and seemingly out of contention (28:29 to 28:33 and 28:48). Bairu also picked up an extra $5,000 for winning the "Battle of the sexes" over women's winner Catherine Ndereba (33:01). The women were given a 3 minute 51 second advanced start.

Ndereba had an easier time of things in the women's race, finishing 150m ahead of Florence Jepkoskei, and 450m ahead of third place Aster Demissie, an Ethiopian national living in Edmonton, but she was unable to hold off the 23-year-old Bairu in the male-female contest.

Sunday morning dawned cooler (12-17°C over the race period), and overcast. In such excellent conditions, the marathon got off to a quick start with pacesetters taking a lead pack of 15 through 5km in 15:08, 10km in 30:20, and 21km (not halfway) in 1:04:24. The first half of the course took the runners across the wide Ottawa River into Gatineau Quebec, then along leafy tree-lined roads through scenic neigbourhoods before returning to the Ottawa side. The terrain was rolling terrain and there were lots of turns.

Last year's winner, Abderrahime Bouramdane, and dozen Kenyans headed the field for a "Bouramdane vs East Africa" showdown over the flatter, second half of the race - out-and-back along both sides of the Rideau Canal. After 28km the pace gradually slipped, from 3:05/km to 3:10/km. By 30km (1:32:15), the group was down to Bouramdane and seven Kenyans. The last pacemaker then fell back, and the pace slipped further to 3:15/km. None of the Kenyans seemed prepared to make a move, and it was left to the Moroccan to force the issue. He ran 3:02 for the 37th kilometre and then had only the youthful Vincent Kiplagat (22 years) and the wily David Cheruiyot (2005 champion in Ottawa and Houston) for company. In the end the courageous Bouramdane was unable to shake off his final two rivals and the veteran 36-year old Cheruiyot defeated him in another thrilling sprint down the home straight, to break the course record by 72 seconds.

Hometown fans were further cheered as the rain began to fall, with the convincing victory of Canada's Lioudmila Kortchaguina who ran the entire second half on her own. The two Ethiopians who followed her home ran together most of the way.

MEN:
1  David CHERUIYOT             KEN  2:10:36
2  Abderrahime BOURAMDANE      MOR  2:10:41 
3  Vincent KIPLAGAT            KEN  2:10:49
4  John KELAI                  KEN  2:11:10
5  Hilary KIMAIYO              KEN  2:11:14
6  Simon NJOROGE               KEN  2:11:15
7  Amos MATUI                  KEN  2:14:12
8  David KARANJA               KEN  2:17:02
9  Hillary KOECH               KEN  2:17:42
10 Matthew MCINNES             CAN  2:18:07
 
WOMEN:
1  Lioudmila KORTCHAGUINA      CAN  2:31:57
2  Zebenaye MOGES              ETH  2:35:42
3  Yeshi ESAYIAS               ETH  2:36:58
4  Kebebush HAILE              ETH  2:41:27
5  Suzanne EVANS               CAN  2:46:22
6  Lisa HARVEY                 CAN  2:48:56
7  Isabelle LEDROIT            CAN  2:51:21
8  Monica CHEROP               KEN  2:53:17
9  Liz MAGUIRE                 CAN  2:53:44
10 Myriam GRENON               CAN  2:54:02
 
HALF MARATHON:
MEN:
1  Rejean CHIASSON             CAN  1:12:26
2  Richard TESSIER             CAN  1:13:07
3  Richard CARTIER             CAN  1:13:48

WOMEN:
1  Brandi POZNIAK              CAN  1:19:59
2  Megan LORD                  CAN  1:24:30
3  Jennifer SANCHEZ            CAN  1:24:50

NORDION 10KM:
MEN:
1  Simon BAIRU                 KEN  28:30
2  Chala LEMI                  ETH  28:34
3  Linus MAIYO                 KEN  28:47

WOMEN:
1  Catherine NDEREBA           KEN  33:02
2  Florence JEPKOSGEI          KEN  33:31
3  Aster DEMISSIE              ETH  34:14

27 MAY 2007: ITALIAN HALF MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS, UDINE

Photos: Alberto Zorzi

Everybody hopes that there will not be as much rain next time writes Alberto Zorzi. This championship race was a test event for the IAAF World Road Running Championships to be held on 14 October. "It was the kind of weather conditions organisers hope never to have," said the head of the Local Organising Committee, Paolo Bordon.

In heavy rain, Kenya's Solomon Rotich and Bahrain's Nadia Ejjafini won their respective races, while Giuliano Battocletti and Anna Incerti took the national titles. Olympic marathon champion Stefano Baldini's poor form confirmed and in the next few days he will announce whether or not he plans to compete at August's World Championships in Osaka.

The 7km lap in the city centre is completely flat, apart from a slightly uphill stretch in the first kilometre and a downhill one to enter the "Piazza I Maggio", where the start and finish are is located. The athletes repeat the lap three times plus a straight at the beginning to reach the distance of 21.097km.

It will be the second time Italy hosts the Championships after the 1999 edition held in Palermo and won by Kenyans Paul Tergat and Tegla Loroupe. The LOC hopes to have such star winners also this year. In recent days World record holder Samuel Wanjiru has indicated his interest in running in Udine. He would like to add a gold medal to his astonishing times over the distance.

Giuliano Battocletti led the race from the beginning at a 3:00/km pace (14:56 at 5km, 29:55 at 10km). A pack of eight reached 15km (44:59), where the Italian launched the first serious attack. Only Kenya's Rotich, Philemon Kipkering and David Ngeny Cheruiyot were able to follow him, while Baldini began losing ground. With the national title in his pocket, Battocletti did not follow Rotich and Kipkering when they upped the pace at 17km. Rotich, 23, made another strong move in the last kilometre to drop Kipkering.

Nadia Ejjafini

Moroccan-born Ejjafini, who now runs for Bahrain and lives most of the time in Italy, repeated last year's win with a solo run from the outset. At three kilometres she ran a split of 3:11 and nobody tried to follow. At the end of the second lap she was on pace for a sub-1:11 run, a very good time considering the weather, but she slowed in the last kilometre.

Anna Incerti and Morocco-born Fatna Maraoui staged a great battle for the national title. They ran shoulder-to-shoulder for 18km before Maraoui took a 20m advantage on Incerti. The Sicilian athlete closed the gap in the following kilometre and immediately launched her own attack. Incerti, who at one point was 44 seconds behind the winner, finished just 24 seconds after Ejjafini.

MEN:
1  Solomon ROTICH                 KEN  1:02:48
2  Philemon KIPKERING             KEN  1:03:04
3  Giuliano BATTOCLETTI           ITA  1:03:14
4  David Ngeny CHERUIYOT          KEN  1:03:36
5  Natashon Rugut KIPNGETICH      KEN  1:03:45
6  Edward Kiptum TABUT            KEN  1:03:48
7  Stefano BALDINI                ITA  1:03:53
8  Antonello PETREI               ITA  1:03:56

WOMEN:
1  Nadia EJJAFINI                 BRN  1:11:32
2  Anna INCERTI                   ITA  1:11:56
3  Fatna MARAOUI                  ITA  1:12:27
4  Gloria MARCONI                 ITA  1:13:27
5  Deborah TONIOLO                ITA  1:15:48
6  Ivana IOZZIA                   ITA  1:17:38
7  Denise CAVALLINI               ITA  1:18:02
8  Siusa Kiprotich EPKETIR        KEN  1:18:19

27 MAY 2007: EDINBURGH MARATHON, GREAT BRITAIN

Photo: Jane Barlow

Ian Grime

A mother-of-five and a former heart patient stole the show in yesterday's fifth Edinburgh Marathon write Lorin McDougall, Steven Raeburn and Richard Moore for The Scotsman Newspaper. Fiona Matheson, 46, has a handful of teenage kids, including twins, and was a latecomer to the sport. In the men's race ex-1500m runner Ian Grime completed a fairytale return from heart surgery to win in a sprint finish.

The wet and windy conditions slowed times despite a helpful 70m drop from the start on Princes Street to the finish at Musselburgh Racecourse. The new course won praise - even if the weather was hardly conducive to fast times. Without cash incentives to lure the all-conquering Kenyans, who have won for the last three years, a different set of standards applied.

"I just went along with the kids to Grangemouth Stadium and I heard about jogscotland there" said Matheson. "Before I knew it, I was running a mile and the next thing was doing a 10km. I found that running was something I really enjoyed. I always fancied doing the Edinburgh Marathon, and I loved it. It was a good course and if the wind hadn't been at you then it would've been faster. I didn't know that I was pushed so close - I didn't look round at any time during the race."

Just 18 months ago, Ian Grime couldn't even run around the block. A heart condition had forced him into surgery, but the 36-year-old rehabilitated himself by sprinting home to win his first marathon.

"I'm not pleased with the time; I'd hoped for about 2:25 - but I'm pleased with the win", he said.

Grime was forced to stop running when he was diagnosed four years ago with an atrial fibrillation, a condition normally affecting those over 65. Prior to surgery, his heart would pound excessively, causing chest pains, breathlessness and dizziness. "I couldn't run and my heart rate got high when I trained," he recalled. "It's good to come back to a bit of form after 18 months."

Heavy rains pounded the 7,500 runners registered for the event - including about 5,000 for the full marathon - as they set off from Princes Street in the city centre, but the sun had emerged by the time the leaders were welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd at Musselburgh Racecourse.

Sharing the lead with Wayne Lincoln after 30km, Grime triumphed with a powerful sprint finish. "It was tough on the way out because it was so windy. It was hard work. On the way back, the wind was behind us" he said.

Participants included a relay team of four runners with a combined age of more than 300, who ran to raise money for the Sikhs in England charitable trust.

MEN:
1  Ian GRIME                   GBR  2:31:57
2  Wayne LINCOLN               GBR  2:32:05
3  David KIRKLAND              GBR  2:34:00
4  Oliver GIBSON               GBR  2:34:53
5  Tom FERRINGTON              GBR  2:36:47
6  James DAVIES                GBR  2:37:05
7  Steven POTTS                GBR  2:38:13
8  Andrew MCNEILL              GBR  2:38:55
9  David SWINBURNE             GBR  2:42:18
10 Mark HAND                   GBR  2:44:22
 
WOMEN:
1  Fiona MATHESON              GBR  2:54:43
2  Angela HIBBS                GBR  2:55:22
3  Annabelle STEARNS           GBR  3:02:22
4  Rowena FOK                       3:02:23
5  Janet DUNBAR                GBR  3:05:04
6  Philipa STEVENS             GBR  3:05:23
7  Kate JENKINS                GBR  3:06:12
8  Tara TAYLOR                 GBR  3:10:13
9  Julia HENDERSON             GBR  3:11:38
10 Jane FANNING                GBR  3:13:46

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