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.
North Shore Marathon, NZ
Just north of Auckland on North Island NZ is the North Shore Marathon. An out and back along the coast I can only imagine that it is a truly beautiful run.
First place and an impressive 2nd overall went to Kate Loye, rather a step up from her performance last year as 6th female and 55th overall, though it was a slower time this year. If my cyberstalking is correct, Kate is not just a good runner - she's represented NZ in Under17, Under 20 and Senior women's football. It looks like she was taking it pretty easy given that she finished the Rotura Marathon in 2:58:28 in May of this year.
1. Kate Loye (2nd OA) 3:05:24
2. Sophie Gibbins 03:19:27
3. Cathy Kirkpatrick 3:40:11
Fränkische Schweiz Marathon
41 year old Croatian Marija Vrajic (I hate that the age is interesting, but it is) who is also an ultramarathoner (she won Bronze in the World 100k Championships in 2015) won this hilly swiss marathon. Her PB was set in 2016 as 2:40:41 and she's still on great form, having run 2:56:00 at Randenci Marathon in Slovenia in May followed by 3:05:15 at her local Plitvice Lakes Marathon (coming 4th) but she comfortably won this race in a somewhat tantalising 3:00:47.
1. Marija Vrajic 3:00:47
2. Mary Magdalene Veliscu 3:01:32
3. Eve Shyness 3:05:05
Hurrah! Things are finally picking up again...
Taiyuan International Marathon (IAAF silver)
Minsk Half Marathon (IAAF Bronze)
and then it's Berlin on the 16th!!
Cajsa brings you all the news from the trails:
I'm going to give over a whole separate post to UTMB and trail action from the weekend, so stay tuned,