Women's Running Roundup 13/8/18

Each week Cajsa and I bring you the news from the roads and the trails. If you have any races your want covered or running-women you want applauded just let us know. Scroll down to find all the results from the weekend just gone and some previews for those ahead.


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ROAD RUNNING

Well, that was a race worth waiting for and equally not the race we'd hoped for. The European Championships Women's Marathon took place on Sunday on a 4 lap course around Berlin.

Belarussia's Mazuronak (the favourite) started out at the front as is her normal style, wanting to be in control. As the BBC pundits pointed out - she's got one heck of a running-poker face. She's incredibly hard to read - even when later on in the race it looked like someone had ACTUALLY poked (punched) her in the face.  Switzerland's Martina Strahl also went out hard to stay with the sub 2:30 pace at the start, which would have been a PB for her though not unreasonable given that she recently broke the swiss half marathon record. She eventually finished 7th  - still in a PB of 2:28:07

 Image from https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/45161065

Image from https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/45161065

For team GB, Purdue and Partridge were in the lead pack for a good while with Samuels and Barlow together in a chasing pack and Carly Jones running solidly behind. My non-GB shout in the preview and Germany's favourite and on paper a strong contender - Heinig - slipped off the pack very early into the race presumably expecting others to come back to her but sadly that didn't happen and she ended up being held off by Tracy Barlow to come 16th. Seemed like a waste of a home advantage to me. Hey ho.

Just after 10k Mazuronak got the most horrific nosebleed. She looked like she'd been in a fight! Weirdly you can't tell by the end but it went on for an awfully long time. She was having to stuff tissues up her nose which certainly isn't your standard breathing technique. Still though, you wouldn't have know anything was wrong from her demeanour. 

Lily Partridge was still sticking with the lead group when Charlotte Purdue pulled up just after 10k. She could be seen tearfully telling the team doctor that she couldn't run and the commentators suggested that it was a calf or achilles problem. She has since posted on her Instagram that  "Unfortunately my hamstring and calf cramped up at 8K and it was impossible for me to carry on running. I've never had it before and I’m still working out what went wrong.
My preparation was perfect and all this training won’t be wasted, I’m taking some time now to figure out what comes nex
t" Gutting.

This was a hit for the British team race but we still had hopes. Lily then started to drift off the back of the front group a bit and later pulled out herself due to stomach issues.

Deelstra of the Netherlands, who I'd focussed on due to her 2015 Berlin PB, was another runner who didn't make the cut. She later commented on her blog she'd suffered pain in her Achilles /heel area and couldn't walk let alone run. She says she knew she was in good form and plans an Autumn marathon to show the shape she was in. It's a blow to her aim to run Tokyo 2020 and Paula Radcliffe was a bit dismissive of her during the race. I wonder if that's justified or whether this situation will give her some fire in the belly.

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Clemence Calvin of France was running her debut marathon. I'll be honest, she had me chewing my nails for the whole race wondering if / when she was going to struggle but despite being a bit wobbly in form by the last lap she held strong and ran an incredibly measured race sitting right on the shoulder of Mazuronak for most of the time. Briefly as the passed the Kaiser Wilhelm church for the last time she tried to take the lead but Mazuronak showed her cool and took it back even after nearly going the wrong way. And then... just at the end, the moment she could see the finish it was like Mazuronak hit a switch and literally changed up a gear.

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She opened up her hands, pumped her arms and 'sprinted' down the home straight to finish in 2:26:22 and leaving Calvin with nothing extra to give but just moments behind her in 3:26:28! It's funny that she could so carefully stick with the Belarussian all the way through but just didn't have that extra surge at the end. It really felt like it could go either way though right to the end. I would love to know if you spoke to Calvin  afterwards whether she thinks now that she could have done more. I'm not saying I'm not incredibly impressed and I've certainly never had a sprint finish after 26.2 but it's on my mind because I've been reading a fascinating book called Endure  which looks at the limits of human endurance and why we think in the moment that we can't go harder and then instantly afterwards feel like we could. To top off that exciting finish, Czech athlete Eva Vrabcova-Nyvltova got a 3 minute PB to come 3rd and run a national record of 2:26:31. That's particularly great considering that championship races are not known for being the fastest or easiest to run fast times at. It's so sparse compared to a big city marathon - not the crowds of runners to work off. Only 9 secomnds between the top three though, wow! 

So the team results was Gold for Belarus, Silver for Italy and Bronze for Spain with GB taking 4th which given that we lost two athletes was pretty darn awesome work by Barlow, Samuels and Jones. Barlow ran a smart race and talking to Fast Running she seems happy with how it went, though Samuels was disappointed in her performance and Caryl Jones hasn't said what she thinks yet - I really hope she enjoyed it and was pleased to beat her Commonwealth Games time.

Also of note (thanks to Kate Carter for the heads-up and info) was Italian runner Catherine Bertone. The 46 year old doctor who specialises in infectious disease came 8th in a time of 2:30:06 and has the women's 45+ world record marathon time from Berlin last year (2:28:34). This lady deserves a blog post in her own right and will be receiving one soon. 

I'm going to do a full spreadsheet showing the results VS PB's so that will be added to the blog soon!

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I'm afraid I've run out of time to reviewany of the races below but please get in touch if you ran any of them!

Enigma Marathon in Milton Keynes, UK
Thames Meander Marathon, UK (trail-ish)
Rocky Horror Picture Show Marathon (!), Shropshire, UK
10 Marathons in 10 Days, Lake Orta, Italy
Badlands Marathon (trail), ND, USA
Crater Lake Rim Marathon, OR, USA
Camarillo Marathon, CA,USA
Humboldt Bay Marathon, CA, USA
and no doubt a whole slew of 10ks, 5k


 

ROAD PREVIEW

Chicago Marathon have released the elite start list - more on that soon.

This weekend:
Reykjavik Marahthon, Iceland
Paavo Nurmi Marathon, Finland


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TRAIL RUNNING

Cajsa brings you all the news from the trails: 


TRAIL PREVIEW
 

European Athletics Championships Women's Marathon Preview (for Sunday 12th 2018)

Now that the start list for the women's marathon on Sunday 12th at the European (Athletics) Championship in Berlin has been published here, who are the top contenders? I've sorted them by PB and covered the top 5 and GB athletes. My thought remains the same as I mentioned in this week's Women's Running Roundup - I am plumping for Lily as GB's top runner. What do you think? Also, if you want to add any thoughts or info to this post, send it over and I'll add it in (crowd sourcing the preview!)


BLR MAZURONAK Volha
PB: 2:23:54
Season's Best: 2:25:25 at Dusseldorf marathon in April

MAZURONAK Volha

The lady who famously ran the second half of London Marathon in a rather swift negative split which was also half marathon PB for her. LetsRun.com commented on it here and Mara Yamauchi was vocal about it too, though her blog post about the performance has since been removed.  Volha went on to come 5th at the Rio Olympics. It’s worth noting too that London Marathon confirmed that Volha passed all testing and is also subject to out of competition testing Olympics so it's not fair to make sweeping statements but it's an interesting note to the story.

NED DEELSTRA Andrea
PB 2:26:46

4th dutch woman of all time and ran her PB to finish 5th at the 2015 Berlin marathon, she is currently crowd funding via her website in order to get to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. More recently she ran 2:31 at London 2017 but had a less successful outing at the Rio Olympics coming 60th in 2:40

BLR IVANOVA Nastassia
PB: 2:27:24
Season's best: 2:28:03
Ran 2:28:03 at the Warsaw marathon in april so is clearly in good shape, but as always, it’s interesting whether it’s too soon for another top notch race. 

GBR SAMUELS Sonia
PB: 2:28:04
Season's best: 2:36:59

 The fastest PB in the GB team (set in 2015 like Nastassia from Belarus) and one of the more experienced of the GB team.Recently ran 2:36:59 in a very hot Commonwealth games marathon so it would be a shame if that’s taken it out of her, but her social media seems to imply that’s not a consideration.

GER HEINIG Katharina
PB: 2:28:34

Ran a big PR of 1:12:44 in the Berlin half marathon this year so she’s a strong contender with the home crowd on her side. Having worked her way from a 2:57 marathon in 2007 to sitting around the 2:28/29 mark for the last two years, maybe this is the one?

ITA BERTONE Catherine
PB: 2:28:34

UKR KOTOVSKA Olha
PB: 2:28:47
Season's best: 2:32:55

GBR PURDUE Charlotte
PB : 2:29:23

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After a 2:29:11 in London last year and a swift 1:11:21 PB in Valencia for the half  marathon earlier in the year Charlotte is definitely on the up. Not loads to work off for predictions but it’ll be interesting to see if her and Lily work together or play it solo. She’s also just launched her own coaching company. 

GBR PARTRIDGE Lily
PB: 2:29:24
Season's best: 2:29:24

Ran her PB at London earlier this year so more recent form to work off than Charlotte but has had a little injury in between. My gut says she’s got the grit to get out there and take it on. She also recently signed with Adidas and is organising a running camp with ultra runner Susie Chan. I’m never sure if stuff like that is good or bad - it could be distracting but it’s also often good for runners to have other things to focus on and shows a passion to share the sport because they love it so much.

ITA DOSSENA Sara
PB: 2:29:39

CZE VRABCOVÁ-NÝVLTOVÁ Eva
PB: 2:29:41

POL TRZASKALSKA Izabela
PB: 2:29:56
Season's best: 2:32:26

BLR DAMANTSEVICH Maryna
PB: 2:30:07
Season's best: 2:39:44

ESP DÍAZ Maria Azucena
PB: 2:30:31

GBR BARLOW Tracy
PB: 2:30:42
Season's best : 2:32:09

Another runner with a half marathon PB set earlier this year in Valencia and having worked her way from 2:59 marathons to happily sitting around the 30ish mark for the last few years she’s got loads of experience (6 marathons) and is pretty consistent

ITA MARAOUI Fatna
PB: 2:30:50
Season's best: 2:33:18

SUI STRÄHL Martina
PB: 2:30:58

NED van der MEIJDEN Ruth
PB: 2:31:15
Season's best: 2:33:27

GER AMRHEIN Fabienne
PB: 2:32:35
Season's best: 2:32:35

LTU Žusinaite Vaida
PB:2:32:50

IRL LEE Lizzie
PB: 2:32:51

GER HOTTENROTT Laura
PB: 2:33:01
eason's best: 2:33:01

ESP SIMAL Clara
PB: 2:33:10
eason's best: 2:33:10

ESP LOYO Elena
PB: 2:33:20
eason's best: 2:33:20

ITA GOTTI Laura
PB: 2:33:22
eason's best: 2:33:22

ESP GALIMANY Marta
PB: 2:34:16

GBR JONES Caryl
PB: 2:34:16
eason's best: 2:43:58

Having run the the hot commonwealth games in the gold coast Caryl is working hard to make the most of her GB places. She also works as a farmer and accountant in wales and as we’ve seen with Dewi Griffiths, that farming life seems to work well for marathoners. I reckon she’ll be going out with a bit of fire in the belly!

LTU EIMONTE Milda
PB: 2:34:48

UKR MYKHAYLOVA Darya
PB: 2:35:55
Season's best: 2:39:02

UKR KHAPILINA Viktoriya
2:35:55

SWE LINDHOLM Hanna
2:36:02
Season's best: 2:36:02

ROU TODORAN Paula
2:36:44

BLR SAVINA Nina
2:37:09
Season's best: 2:37:09

IRL CONNOLLY Breege
2:37:29

CRO BJELJAC Bojana
2:37:33
Season's best: 2:37:33

LAT MARHELE Ilona
2:37:40

UKR OVCHARUK Vira
2:37:49
Season's best: 2:55:20

IRL GANIEL O'NEILL Gladys
2:37:55

TUR KIRAZ Ümmü
2:38:26

SWE LARSSON Mikaela
2:38:41
Season's best: 2:40:28

ESP GEBRE Trihas
2:38:47

GRE PRIVILÉTZIO Glória
2:38:51
Season's best: 2:38:51

BLR SOMAVA Iryna
2:39:06
Season's best: 2:39:06

SWE NORRBOM Cecilia
2:39:22
Season's best: 2:39:22

TUR ERDAL Tubay
2:39:45
Season's best: 2:39:45

HUN GYURKÓ Fanni
2:39:48

GRE REBOÚLI Ouranía
2:39:52

TUR DAGDELEN Elif
2:39:58
Season's best: 2:39:58

SUI HREBEC Laura
2:40:28

SWE STARFELT Malin
2:40:32
Season's best: 2:40:32

SUI MOEN GUIDON Karoline
2:40:36

CRO MATOŠEVIC Matea
2:41:42
Season's best: 2:55:29

CRO SUSTIC Nikolina
2:42:51
Season's best: 2:43:53

CRO STEPAN Nikolina
2:43:56
Season's best: 2:45:21

GRE TSEKINI-BOUDOURI Sonia
2:45:02
Season's best: 2:48:26

FRA CALVIN Clémence
None given

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TRAIL: Cajsa has been taking to the trails to check out the NDW100 winners as the race progressed and see first hand what the experience was like for the top three ladies (and do some running as crew herself)

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