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Jospehine Chepkoech of Kenya brought home a win in a relatively sedate 2:29. She placed 2nd in Barcelona marathon just 2 months ago in a much more punchy and PB time of 2:25:20. Chepkoech. Aside from that there is scant information about her as a person, sorry! I’m trying to get to know the African runners better instead of just skipping over them but it’s hard sometimes!
2nd place went to compatriot Rodah Jepkorir who also set her PB earlier this year, with a 2:27:38 in Enschede (NED) only a month ago. These ladies are churning out the fast times. I *think* Jepkorir is part of a set of training camps called ‘Tao Camp’ which has a base in Kenya and two in Ethiopia. These camps mainly focus on chinese races but as this shows, they do venture elsewhere. Now, this comes from ‘China Daily’ but they say that she ‘joined the camp five years ago when she was only 18, motivated by poverty at home and with few prospects of pursuing the further education that would probably have improved her employment chances.’ I’m not clear if she’s still part of this camp but it makes me look at the Dailin results below and wonder if those runners are part of a that camp or a similar one.
Bashanke Bilo of Ethiopia came third in a PB of 2:31:26 but this is noted as ‘not legal’ on the IAAF website. Perhaps the overall elevation is too downhill?
Last year’s winner, Amelework Fikadu (2:38:05) finished way faster this year but got pushed down the table to 4th place by a faster pack
2:29:11 CHEPKOECH, JOSEPHINE , KEN
2:29:15 JEPKORIR, RODAH, KEN
2:31:26 BILO, BASHANKE, ETH
2:36:46 FIKADU, AMELEWORK, ETH
2:37:49 KHATALA, NEHENG, LESOTHO
GENEVA HALF MARATHON
Lazy boys track club is based in Geneva who run weekly track session for people of any level seem to have a had a good weekend! No groundbreaking results but Imogen Simmons (https://www.instagram.com/imosimmond) , a professional triathlete got a decent training run and a win. According to her instagram she had a picnic on the way round!
2nd place went to ex pro-cyclist and now mountain runner Aline Camboulive. She switched to running after a cycling accident, got a 1:14:53 PB (2014) in the half and a 2:36:44 (2013) in the full and is now off mountain racing.
3rd went to local lady Victoria Crawford, oh and the 4th place lady actually works at Ralph Lauren in Geneva! https://twitter.com/solennemailler?lang=en-gb
1:20:33 SIMMONDS, IMOGEN
1:23:00 CAMBOULIVE, ALINE
1:23:58 CRAWFORD, VICTORIA (Team: Lazyboys Track Club)
1:25:14 THOMAS, REBEKAH (Team: Lazyboys Track Club)
1:27:05 MAILLER, SOLENNE (Team: Ralph Lauren!)
An Ethiopian clean sweep!
Mulu Seboka of Ethiopia (https://twitter.com/sebokamulu successfully defended her title and took 1:40 of her time from last year, though her PB from 2015 was some way off. She seems to be specialising in Chinese marathons as this is her third and third win in a row! It seems to have been a relatively straight forward race as there was a 4 pack leading by 10k and a duo left by 18k and then the champion drew away at 20k.
Mulu represented her country back in 2005 at the World Champs and unlike a lot of Ethipian runners we see on the curcuit, didn’t burst in with a super fast time (by theri standards). She ran her first sub-2:40 in 2005, came 9th at London in 2005 in 2:30:54 and kept chipping away being runner up or further down the table until in 2013 when she started a winning streak of Jakarta Marathon, Dubai Marathon, Daegu Marathon and Toronto Waterfront Marathon and ran her PB of 2:21:56 in Dubai in 2015, though it left her in what must have been a fairly galling 6th place.
Bedada Tigist Tadese is petty impossible to find anything out about. Anyone know anything about her?! Alemaz Negede Fekade also seems to have been targeting Chinese marathons after coming second in Chonqing in 2018.
MULU SEBOKA SEYFU , ETH 2:27:19
BEDADA TIGIST TADESE ETH 2:29:02
ALEMAZ NEGEDE FEKADE ETH 2:31:24
YACHEM LEMELEM BERHA ETH 2:33:13
ASKALE ALEMAYEHU ADULA ETH 2:34:05
USATF 25k CHAMPS
Emma Bates, fresh off a 3rd place (which she was dissapointed with) in the USATF half marathon champs in Pitsbugh last weekend, went and won the 25k champs and set a half marathon PB on the way. Sarah hall was back out again too. So, last week it was 2nd Sara Hall 01:11:04, 3rd Emma Bates 01:11:13 and this week it was 1st to Bates and 2nd to Hall.
3rd place went to a lady who I’ve only just heard about this week -Molly Bookmyer (https://www.instagram.com/mollybookie/) Molly has had two operations on her brain to remove tumours and this was her first competitive race. Read her amazing story here: https://www.womensrunning.com/2019/05/news/i-never-thought-i-would-get-this-fast-or-be-this-healthy-again_102364
1. Emma Bates 1:23:51
2. Sara Hall 1:25:33
3. Molly Bookmyer 1:27:27
4. Molly Grabill 1:27:33
5. Dakotah Lindwurm 1:28:01
6. Alexis Zeis 1:28:37
7. Maddie Van Beek 1:28:48
8. Kelsey Bruce 1:29:09
9. Megan Lacy 1:29:38
10. Allison Cleaver 1:30:09
IN OTHER NEWS
British Athletics have announced their World 50k Championship squad: https://www.britishathletics.org.uk/news-and-features/olympian-dixon-among-ten-selected-for-iau-50km-world-championships/
If you’ve followed this roundup for a while you’ll recognise those names! Hannah Oldroyd has been on the team before but the rest are newbies and Aly Dixon is a particularly exciting addition given her marathon quality and experience. She tweeted it with the rather down-putting hashtag #notfinshedyet - of course you’re not Aly!
Julie Briscoe (Wakefield)
Helen Davies (Ipswich Jaffa)
Aly Dixon (Sunderland Strollers)
Danielle Nimmock (Pauline Ash, City of Norwich)
Hannah Oldroyd (Ribble Valley Harriers)
Gah! None of these have start lists!
TET RIGA MARATHON