The 35th Zurich Maratón de Sevilla, an IAAF Gold Label road race, took place last weekend in really rather excellent conditions. The course was slightly changed to give even faster times on what is already known to be a good course for times.
The organiser must have been pleased then as Guteni Shone of Ethiopia won in 2:24:29, breaking the course record by 1:06 (and there was a 1:07 new record in the men’s race). The IAAF reports that a Spanish runner, Roger Roca was tasked with pacing duties
The halfway point was reached in 1:12:40 by a group of eight Ethiopians: Shone, Sifan Melaku, Dinkesa Yenenesh, Abeba Gebremeskel, Meseret Gebre Ayantu Abera, Urge Diro and Aberu Ayana, but the last three dropped from the main group shortly afterwards.
The leading quintet passed 30 kilometres in 1:43:17, still led by Roca and well on schedule to set a new race record. Shone and Gebremeskel proved to be the strongest as they comfortably led by the 35-kilometre point, still on track for a sub-2:25 performance.
Then Shone, one of Tirunesh Dibaba’s training partners, made her move, reaching the 40km point in 2:17:03 with a 12 second advantage over Gebremeskel. The 27-year-old injected an even faster pace over the closing kilometres to romp home in 2:24:29, less than one minute outside of her PB set four years ago. Gebremeskel clocked 2:24:53, improved her previous best by more than five minutes.
A hat-tip to UK ladies Samantha Amend of Belgrave Harriers who finished 22nd in 2:52:35 and Gemma Carter of Serpentine RC in 2:54:36 (24th)
Guteni Shone, ETH, 2:24:29
Abeba Gebremeskel, ETH, 2:24:53
Dinkesa Yenenesh, ETH, 2:25:54
Sifan Melaku, ETH, 2:26:46
Urge Diro ETH, 2:28:10
Aberu Ayana ETH 2:28:51
Charlotta Fougberg SWE 2:29:40
Tesfanesh Merga ETH 2:33:01
Ayantu Abera ETH 2:33:20
Meseret Dekebo ETH 2:38:28
HONG KONG MARATHON
Another course record was broken last weekend at the HK marathon, by Belarussion Volha Mazuronak of Belarus (her of the horrific nosebleed in Berlin) . She finished 3+ mins ahead of the existing record and nearly 4 minutes ahead of second place
Volha Mazuronak 2:26:13 (BLR)
Eunice Chumba 2:30:02 (BHR)
Jemima Wortesa 2:32:06 (ETH)
IN OTHER NEWS
The #runequal debate re: Cross Country distances has hit Canada now. Having been a hot topic in the UK during our own XC season, it’s easy to see Ultra sHero Camille Herron wading in :https://runningmagazine.ca/sections/runs-races/camille-herron-on-gender-equity-in-xc-women-are-more-than-capable/
Whatever your opinion on this discussion, it’s certainly becoming a more and more prominent debate.
PARTRIDGE’S BACK / PARTRIDGE IS BACK?
Looking at her Instagram, it seems that after the back issues she faced in Barcelona, UK’s Lily Partridge has been back home for treatment, got the ok, got a plan and is back in Spain training for London Marathon in April
In more happy health news, it seems that though she’s still dealing with more than I can ever imagine, things took a slight upturn for Gabe Grunewald in her fight against cancer, which was mentioned last week.
Update: I’m feeling a lot better since a procedure on Monday, but still putting together the pieces of a new treatment plan w/ my docs.— gabriele grunewald (@gg_runs) February 14, 2019
Really appreciate those of you who reached out or sent good vibes my way! It’s been a hard week in the cancer battle but I’m not giving up. ❤️
NAZ ELITE’S TUILAMUK RUNS A TEST HALF
NAZ elite’s Aliphine Tuliamuk (https://www.instagram.com/aliphine) (will be racing the Gasparilla Half Marathon on the 24th Feb.
Aliphine placed 1st in USATF Half marathon Championship at Pittsburgh Half Marathon, is working towards the US Olympic Trials Marathon race in 2020 and is a training colleague of Steph Bruce and Kellyn Taylor. She had a tough day out at the Houston, partly due to the fact that she has been working her way back after injury, so it will be great to see how things are going for her.
Check out Aliphine’s interview with Lindsey Hein on I’ll Have Another podcast . She talks about why she moved from Kenya and why she chose NAZ elite, meeting her boyfriend on tinder and why she kept on going at Houston and didn’t pull out even when she was running what for her was incredibly slow.
MEDIO MARATON INTERNACIONAL ELECTROLI GUADALAJARA, (HALF MARATHON) 24th Feb
(IAAF Gold Label)
Can’t find a start list, but last year it was won by Kenyan Diana Kipyokei in 1:10:00. Full 2018 results here
TOKYO MARATHON, 3rd March (IAAF Gold Label & Abbott World Marathon Major)
The 4th of the 7 races in the XII Abbott World Marathon Majors series takes place on the 3rd March. Currently Brigid Kosgei, Mary Keitany and Gadys Cherono all share 25 points in the series (see here)
Ruti Aga (ETH who is currently 5th place in the series is the headline starter for this race, especially after she ran a personal best of 2:18:34 at the Berlin Marathon last September. Tokyo marathon’s official site make an offhand comment that perhaps one of the pacemakers will go out at 2:17 pace. That would be quite a jump, but not ridiculous since Ruti’s marathon history is an annual appearance at Berlin with at least a 2min improvement each time.
There are three other runners with the personal best of 2:19 according to the organisers, but I don’t know who other than that they include Florence Kiplagat.
Japan has a big marathon running scene and so they are also fielding some quality home-grown talent
Among the Japanese women Honami Maeda (JPN, Tenmaya)[2:23:48] , who was second in the 2018 Osaka Women’s Marathon and Keiko Nogami [2:26:33] (JPN, 18 Bank), who won the silver medal at the 2018 Asian Games, will start the race. They have already qualified for the Marathon Grand Championships (MGC, the Japanese Olympic trial marathon). Yuka Takashima (JPN, Shiseido), who ran 10000m in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, is running her second marathon in her attempt to qualify for the MGC. Mao Ichiyama (JPN, Wacoal), making her marathon debut, is expected to run aggressively. Excitement is never ending for this year’s race.