ROAD NEWS: Women's Running Roundup 25/02/2019

GASPARILLA HALF MARATHON, USA

NAZ elite had a great day out with Aliphine Tuliamuk taking 1st place with 1:12:29 in the Women’s race and Scott Faubs topping the men’s.

Teh time was a way off her PB of 1:09:49 in 2015 but after some time getting back into training after injury, it’s great to see her comfortably winning a hot, humid race. Not only that but she gave away her medal to a little girl at the finish line. How lovely! NAZ elite is a tight training squad and Coach Ben Rosario can be happy with that solid performance and the camaraderie he has built.

In second place was Becky Wade, who back in 2013 at the age of 24 was hailed as America’s best young marathoner when she went form only ever having run 10k to winning the California International Marathon in 2:30:41. Since then she’s finished 11th at London Marathon earlier this year and written a fascinating sounding book called Run The World where she explored cultures in 9 countries over a year of running. In it she talks about the different approaches those cultures have to the sport and their secrets to success. I think I know what’s getting added to my birthday list!

  1. Aliphine Tuliamuk 1:12:29 (I: @aliphine)

  2. Becky Wade 1:14:26 (T: @Bexwade89)

  3. Roberta Groner 1:14:51


MEDIO MARATON INTERNACIONAL ELECTROLI GUADALAJARA (IAAF Gold Label Half Marathon), MEXICO

Afera Godfay Berha winning in Guadalajara (Organisers)

Afera Godfay Berha winning in Guadalajara (Organisers)

27 year old Ethiopian Afera Godfay Berha broke the women’s Mexican all-comers half marathon record, previously held by Paula Radcliffe and set in 2000 when she won the world half marathon title. Afera ran 1:08:53 beating Paula by 14 seconds. From the IAAF coverage it seems that she had the race pretty much sewn up by the 15km, with a 35 second lead which wasn’t challenged all the way home. After a period of time with less exciting results, it seems that she’s back on her way to form with this result being only 20s off her 2016 PB which she’s not come close to over the last few years.

  1. Afera Godfay Berha, ETH 1:08:53

  2. Joyce Chemkoi, KEN, 1:10:06

  3. Naomi Vaati, KEN 1:10:17

IAAF report here https://www.iaaf.org/news/report/guadalajara-safi-half-marathon-2019

THE GRAND BRIGHTON HALF MARATHON

Back in the UK it was time for a half marathon by the sea as runners took to the front in Brighton on a lovely spring day.

Whil she normally goes for shorter distances, European Masters Champion (W35 800m) Fiona de Mauny came top, setting a new PB in the process - a heuge 5 mins off her previous.

  1. Fiona de Mauny, Herne Hill Harriers, 1:20:25

  2. Emily Proto, Arena 80AC, 1:20:47

  3. Rose Penfol, Fulham RC, 1:21:24


IN OTHER NEWS

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UK athlete Steph Twell (I: @stephtwell) who ran the perfect negative split debut marathon in Valencia in Dec last year ( a ‘safe’ 2:30) has ruled out running London Marathon but has made clear her intentions to try and make the team for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The Herald reports that after this weekend when she became the first woman to win both the Scottish and English senior women’s XC title, Steph will run the 10,000m qualifying competition at Highgate in July before looking to the IAAF world Marathon champs in Doha to aim for selection in the longer distance.

CASTER SEMENYA

I’m not even going to attempt to comment on this as the scientific, personal and competitive implications are so huge. But, I’d love to know what you think.

PREVIEW

TOKYO MARATHON, 3rd March (IAAF Gold Label & Abbott World Marathon Major)

Here’s the full line up for this weekend’s World Marathon Major in Tokyo:

Edna Kiplagat (Kenya) - 2:20:21 (London 2014)
Aberu Kebede (Ethiopia) - 2:20:48 (Berlin 2015)
Shure Demise (Ethiopia) - 2:20:59 (Dubai 2015)
Birhane Dibaba (Ethiopia) - 2:22:30 (Tokyo 2014)
Amane Gobena (Ethiopia) - 2:23:29 (Paris 2015)
Ashete Bekele Dido (Ethiopia) - 2:23:43 (Dubai 2015)
Helah Kiprop (Kenya) - 2:24:03 (Tokyo 2015)
Isabellah Andersson (Sweden) - 2:26:05 (Dubai 2013) 
Maja Neuenschwander (Switzerland) - 2:26:49 (Berlin 2015)
Hiroko Yoshitomi (Japan/First Dream AC) - 2:31:28 (Tokyo 2013) 
Winfridah Kebaso (Kenya/Nittori) - 2:32:08 (Saitama 2015)
Yukiko Okuno (Japan/Shiseido) - 2:32:41 (Osaka Int'l 2015)
Hiroko Shoi (Japan/Denso) - 2:33:06 (Nagoya Women's 2014)
Yoshiko Sakamoto (Japan/Y.W.C.) - 2:36:29 (Osaka Int'l 2015)
Kana Unno (Japan/Noritz) - 2:36:48 (Paris 2015)
Madoka Nakano (Japan/Noritz) - 2:37:43 (Izumisano 2015)

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.