ROAD NEWS: Women's Running Roundup w/ending 20/5/2019

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Evening all, apologies that this is going to be somewhat light on content. As you’ll know if you read out Trail Roundup, I was off cheating on roadrunning and taking part in my first trail ultra this weekend. That plus a sleep-challenged small child means I’m running (or very much not as the case might be) on fumes at the moment. But never fear, there’s still some good copy and past nuggets for you below. Just a bit shonky when it come to the info on race-winners. Normal service will resume next week,



Etalemahu Habtewold set a Danish all-comers’ record and after her DNF at half way in the London Marathon in April, Ruth Van Der Meijden used home turf to get back to some high end racing

  1. Etalemahu Zeleke Habtewold 2:29:29 ETH

  2. Dinknesh Mekash 2:30:22 ETH

  3. Aberu Ayana Mulisa 2:34:39 ETH

  4. Nigist muluneh Desta 2:34:49 ETH

  5. Ruth Van Der Meijden 2:35:41 NED


Over in Latvia it was time for the Latvian all-comers record to be broken by Beyene Debele of Ethiopia (with her male counterpart doing the same in his race). She broke the course record by 2 mins and ran her 2nd fastest ever marathon. The second placer, Worknesh Alemu was also inside the course record

  1. Beyene Debele  2:26:18 3

  2. Worknesh Alemu ET 2:27:38

  3. Kumeshi Sichala Deressa ET 2:29:44

  4. Yinli He CN 2:32:03

  5. Nastassia Ivanova BY 2:33:30


1 Negesa Gadise-Gudisa ETH 2:46:37

2 Brugger Julia GER 2:56:23 14.35

3 Schatz Irmine AUT 3:23:36

4 Stauber Eva, Mag AUT 3:25:55

5 Szépné-Jávorszky Dóra HUN Dunakeszi 3:25:57


Change is overdue for pregnant athletes… and for athletes’ health in general


There’s been a lot of chat about Pregnant or post-partum athletes and the way they are treated by their sponsors. Britain’s Jo Pavey has spoken out about how Nike stopped her pay straight away when they found out she was pregnant. This comes off the back of Alysia Montano and several other US Nike athletes reporting the same issue. Deena Kastor has not directly rejected this as a negative stance, but has added heat to the debate by talking about how she things pregnant women should treat their sponsors.

Mario Fraioli point’s out in his newsletter, The Morning Shakeout

“it's not just a Nike problem or a pregnant female athlete problem. As the article mentions, athletes are not employees of the brands they represent and most don't receive health insurance or benefits from their sponsors. They’re independent contractors and are often taken advantage of because there aren’t laws in place to protect them. The industry needs to shift the paradigm and Nike, as its biggest brand, has the power to lead the charge.”

More doping suspensions from Rio 2016


The head coach of Kenya’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games athletics team, Major Michael Rotich, has been banned for 10 years by the IAAF ethics board.

The Marathon Silver Medalist, Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for erythropoietin (EPO). She got Silver medal for Bahrain, after switching allegience to them from Kenya

Particularly galling for SHALANE (sorry wrote Lindsay before!)


Second oldest qualifier for the 2020 US Olympic Marathon Trails

Learn about 48 year old Perry Shoemaker here:  Runner’s World

Kenyan World Marathon Champs Squad Announced

IAAF have  announced the kenyan team for the world marathon championships:

Ruth Chepngetich, Sally Chepyego, Visiline Jepkesho, Edna Kiplagat

“Kiplagat won back-to-back world titles in 2011 and 2013. She finished fifth in 2015 and returned to the podium in 2017, taking the silver medal in London.

The 2:19:50 runner is joined on the Kenyan World Championships team by Ruth Chepngetich, Sally Chepyego and Visiline Jepkesho.

Chepngetich won in Istanbul last year in 2:18:35 and then took the Dubai Marathon title earlier this year in 2:17:08, moving to third on the world all-time list. Chepyego earned the bronze medal at the 2014 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and set a marathon PB of 2:23:15 last year. Jepkesho, a former winner in Paris and Rotterdam, has a PB of 2:21:37”.



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