With Diamond League athletics dominating this weekend and the trail and ultra scene hotting up, the roads are looking somewhat quiet. Instead we have a handful of eclectic, global results to chew over before a more meaty weekend on the 22nd/23rd.
PKO WROWCLAW NIGHT HALF MARATHON, POLAND
With a half marathon of 1:14:11 set in 2017, Wrowclaw’s winner must be pretty pleased to top the podium in a time 2 mins faster than she has ever run before and one place higher than last year. Having previously competed for Belarus under the name Aliaksandra Duliba. Shafar got married, had a child, changed country and took her husband and coach’s name after completing a doping and immediately set that 1:14 PB. I get the surname change but the first name, well, I dunno. I’ll leave that with you.
On a different note, the photos from this event make it look pretty fun!
SHAFAR Oleksandra, UKR 1:12:15
KORIR Caroline Jebet, KEN 1:12:18
MBATHA Ruth Nundu, KEN 1:15:57
STEFANOWICZ Monika, POL 1:16:55
LEHONKOVA Nataliya, UKR 1:16:56
DARTFORD MIDNIGHT MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON, UK
It was the week for night marathons as the UK held its own midnight race.
Annaka Charters of Victoria Park Harriers not only ran a 2 min PB finishing in 01:25:01 but also won the race outright. YASS! Oh and that PB was only set a month ago. Caroline Turner won the women’s race for the marathon in 03:04:54
MATTONI OLOMOUC HALF MARATHON, CZECH REPUBLIC
Fast Running reports that “Steph Twell took to the road in the Czech Republic at the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon. Twell finished in fifth, crossing the line in 75:57. The 2:30 marathoner and recent winner of the Vitality London 10,000 led until halfway through the race, but faded in the second half.” In the end, Moldovan Olympian Lilia Fisikovici took the win comfortably inside her PB of 1:10:45 set last September.
Lilia FISIKOVICI 1:13:32
Olha KOTOVSKA 1:14:35
Darya MYKHAILOVA 1:14:57
Matea PARLOV 1:15:18
Stephanie TWELL 1:15:57 https://www.instagram.com/stephtwell/
KIGALI INTERNATIONAL PEACE MARATHON, RWANDA
Jepchirchir,Korir KEN 02:41.28
Rutto, Beatrice, KEN 02:43.28
Rumokol, Elizabeth, KEN 02:43.58
PHNOM PENH INTERNATIONAL HALF MARATHON,CAMBODIA
Natsuko Sasaki 01:41:47
Harriet Giallombardo 01:51:25
Kristine Joy Buhawe 02:00:31
MOZART MARATHON, SALZBURG
This is actually a trail marathon and part of an Ultra weekend, so I’ll leave it to Cajsa for the details and merely doff my Ciele cap to Marcela Vasinova who won the women’s race in 4:19:29
IN OTHER NEWS
LEADVILLE TRAIL MARATHON
Kara Goucher, top US Marathoner who came 3rd in Boston in 2009 made her trail debut this weekend. After pulling out of Houston Marathon earlier this year with a nagging injury she talked about how she was hoping to find the love on the roads again and hadn’t, so was looking to move to the trails.
Well, she ran Leadville and says it was the hardest thing she’s ever done. She did come 5th though, so not a bad start! She suffered altitude sickness along the way and finished in 3:54 (her road marathon PB is 2:24:52)
Tara Richardson 3:22:39
Jana Willsey 3:36:05
Corinne Shalvoy 3:48:06
Alisyn Hummelberg 3:50:12
Kara Goucher 3:54:06
LEADVILLE HEAVY HALF (15.1miles)
‘Funny Runner’ and Olympic Road Marathon Trials qualifier had a similar experience over the half. However, Brittany is not coming to the trails after a long marathoning career. She’s doing this in tandem. She ran 2:36:25 in her second go at 26.2 at New York Marathon last year. She was due to run London this year but had to pull out due to SI pain issues in the last few weeks beforehand.
Brittany Charboneau 1:54:46.
Kelli Palizzi 2:10:45
Melissa Fairey 2:10:54
It’s a big race weekend in Duluth, Minnesota with the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and the Grandma’s Marathon.
Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon
Jordan Hasay is down to run this. She currently holds the second-fastest marathon time by a U.S. woman and placed third at Boston this year. It’ll be a great chance to see her at the start of the build up for her autumn marathon in Chicago and whether she’s on track to beat her 2:20:57
Last year’s finish times were:
1 . Monicah Ngige 1:09:55
2. Sarah Crouch 1:11:30
3. Simegn Abnet Yeshanbel 1:12:17
Marathoners will be lining up to try to break Kellyn Taylor’s course record of 2:24:28 (set last year) and get and Olympic Trials Qualifying time (and an Olympic qualifying time… which isn’t the same thing but hey)
1. Kellyn Taylor 2:24:28
2. Askale Merach 2:30:18
3. Serkalem Abrha 2:33:44