BARCELONA HALF MARATHON
Charlotte Arter (I: @arterc91) was not only at the front of a strong showing from the Brits at last weekend’s eDreams Mitja Marato Barcelona , but at the front of the field all together. The British 10,000m chapion who recently set the fastest ever female Parkrun time of 15:50 in Cardiff in Jan showed that she’s fast over even longer distances. She broke the Welsh women’s half marathon record, improved her PB by almost two minutes and ran 69:40 to move from 21st to eighth on the UK all-time list and place 5th in the race.
The IAAF reports that
The women’s race had been billed as a serious attack on the world record by the rising star [Roza] Dereje. She came up short, but still clocked 1:06:01 to clip a full minute from her previous lifetime best.
Second place went to Kuma for the second year in a row (taking 2 mins off her PB) but Sally Cepyego could only hold on for a slower - than best third place.
Ann-Marie McGlynn of Ireland (@mcglynnannmarie) also ran a hefty 1:49 PB while Sonia Samuels and Lily Partridge (@lilypartridge) crossed the line together in 1:12:20. It’s sad to see Lily so frustrated by problems with her back hampering her performance. I really hope that this doesn’t bode ill for London. Tracy Barlow (@tracy4734) ran her second fastest time ever off virtually no tape and was understandably pleased at that performance on a distance which isn’t her normal battle ground.
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I'm changing my name to Charlotte. Absolutely outstanding run by @arterc91 💪🏽 thanks for letting me tag along for the first few miles I was hoping to hang around a little longer 🔥🔥 I'm pissed off. I went though 10k in 33.26 feeling easy and ready to push but I've been struggling with my back the past few weeks; when im in training it's controllable because I can get it seen to every few days and training is going really well to the point that I went out for a PB today but it's just not holding up to travelling and after a bit of a downhill and a small rise at mile 7 and a sharper one again nearer the end it just locked on and I had a neural pain down my right side from then on. It was pretty instant as you can see from my splits (Pic.3) so that's really frustrating after dragging myself back into shape the last few months after my foot problem I really wanted it to click today but I fly back to UK for treatment tomorrow; hopefully all okay and then back to work for @londonmarathon 💪🏽 @mitjabarcelona #halfmarathon #marathon #barcelona 📸 @bdconnor
ROZA DEREJE , ETHIOPIA 1:06:01
DIBABE KUMA, ETHIOPIA 1:06:45
SALLY CHEPYEGO, KENYA 1:08:30
LUCY CHERUIYOT, KENYA 1:08:32
CHARLOTTE ARTER, UNITED KINGDOM 1:09:41
SILENAT YISMAW, ETHIOPIA 1:10:45
ANN-MARIE MCGLYNN, IRELAND 1:12:00
MIRIAM DATTKE, ERMANY 1:12:17
SONIA SAMUELS, UNITED KINGDOM 1:12:20
LILY PARTRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM 1:12:20
also running for the UK : Tracy Barlow, 1:12:28, Eleanor Davis 1:12:46
IN OTHER NEWS
MORE DOPING BANS FOR KENYA
Hot on the heels of last week’s news regarding Ex-VLM and Olympic champion Jemima Sumgong’s doping ban, it’s sad to have to report another example of apparent rule breaking. Sarah Chepchir, who is a former training partner and sister-in-law to Sumgong has been provisionally banned by the Athletics Integrity Unit.
Chepchir won Tokyo marathon in 2017 and holds the course record in 2:19:47. Athletics Kenya President Lt Gen(RTD) Jack Tuwei has said that “We have had conversations with all our athletes and no one is being forced to dope. It’s a personal decision so those found will carry their own cross and face the consequences” and the AIU have quoted the responsibility of the athlete to make sure that no banned substances enter their body and not banned methods are used. So, whilst it is interesting that Chepchir has shared a coach with Sumgong it seems that the finger will always be pointed very much at the individual. Indeed, the AIU say that it is not necessary that intent, fault, negligence or knowing use be proved. I can’t quite see how a provisional bad can become anything less than a full ban given this kind of athlete-centric approach. I can’t make up my mind how to feel about it - obviously it’s terrible that people cheat but what if it’s endemic and expected of athletes - who should be punished the most? Chepchir says herself in an old interview that the live you have to earn money and you only earn money if you win. It’s inexcusable to cheat and I don’t for one second think someone should be given a soft sentence, but perhaps there are others who need to be brought into the spotlight too.
Final word on this goes to The Morning Shakeout’s Mario Fraioli:
Chepchichir’s agent is Federico Rosa—yep, that guy—who represented Sumgong, as well as Rita Jeptoo, the former Boston Marathon champion who got a four-year suspension for doping, Lucy Kabuu, who is currently serving a two-year doping ban (for morphine, of all things), former Olympic 1500m gold medalist Asbel Kiprop, who also got nailed for EPO, and Mathew Kisorio, the 58:46 half marathoner who tested positive for steroids back in 2012. Am I forgetting anyone?
SAMANTHA ROEKER IS ANOTHER FAST NURSE
In covering Emma Bates’ win at CIM back in December I (and it seems others) managed to miss an interesting result. CIM is the US Marathon Championships, Boston qualifying, Oympic Trials qualifying and a fast, paced race. So it always garners some great performances and some up and coming athletes looking to make the next leap. It is one of those ‘unknown’ athletes that RunnersWorld picked up on this week.
3rd placing Samantha Roeker (@Samroeker), like Sarah Sellars (of 2nd in Boston fame) is both unsponsored and a nurse. She talks about her 8 minute PB, training with Emily Sisson (who we mentioned last week as she’ll run her first marathon at London), 100mile weeks, having to be ‘hyper-focused’ and her love of Tracksmith clothing. Check out the article here, it’s a good read.
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It’s taken a week for me to digest what happened last Sunday; one of those moments I’ve always been working towards but never knew if it’d ever happen. I found myself having the best run of my life somewhere around 15k, knowing I had nothing to lose, I took a chance on myself. . . Returning from a week of vacation and letting this all sink in. So many humans to thank for helping me to succeed. . . My parents, who’ve been all over every course I have run since middle school, countless training partners who’ve helped me put in years of hard work that have accumulated and become my closest friends (@friarsxctrack fam, @phillyrunnertc buds, s/o @kylieemp , metronome workout pacer extraordinaire, many, many more), Ray Treacy, the #guru and mastermind coach for the last decade, Martin at @philamassages for taking care of these high mileage legs, and @jay_sun_air , for keeping me safe in the dark for countless sketchy night miles, encouraging me not to quit when running and I disagreed multiple times the last year, and for switching roles to play nurse when my body rejected me for hours Sunday afternoon/night. . . There are so many more. Thanks to everyone who reached out and those who followed along. I’m humbled by the experience and will always remember this one. ✨ . . 📸: @notafraid2fail / @eyewitnesssed
GABE GRUNEWALD’S CANCER BATTLE
Sadly it seems that professional middle distance runner, eternal optimist, rare cancer surviver and constant fighter has had some bad news regarding her health. If you’ve not red her story at bravelikegabe.org, please do. It’smincredible.
She recently tweeted the below message.
Our thoughts are with her and Justin.
Gabriele has survived multiple bouts with cancer. Initially diagnosed with a rare salivary gland cancer, adenoid cystic carcinoma, in 2009, and thyroid cancer in 2010. She experienced recurrences of adenoid cystic carcinoma in 2016 and 2017.
Under the guidance of coach Dennis Barker, Gabriele aims to return to elite competition in 2018 and ultimately has her sights set on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. She lives and trains along the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis with her husband, Justin.
Hong Kong and Seville Marathons are this weekend on the 17th. As yet, I can’t find any start lists for these but if I do I’ll let you know.
As usual… I’m off to hit the track now. Tarra.