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Right, let’s get down to business. Next weekend is the really big ticket one with Boston, Paris, Brighton and more but we’ve got some great warmup news for you…
ASICS MANCHESTER MARATHON
@Marathon_Mcr elite preview #11 : Jenny Spink -With swift PBs of 2:35:56 and 73:01 both set in 2015 but also a 2:36 last year in Valencia to show current form, jenny races sparingly but fast. Surely she has to be a challenger for the win? https://t.co/Y6lc1J8jjs— 𝔾𝕚𝕝𝕝 𝔹𝕝𝕒𝕟𝕕-𝕠𝕟-𝕥𝕙𝕖-𝕣𝕦𝕟 (@gillbla) April 6, 2019
Well, she certainly lived up to the speedy hype as she set a new course record and a 37 second PB to finish in 2:35:19
Everyone I’ve spoken to sings Jenny’s praises as a thoroughly lovely person who spends a lot of time helping other athletes. Apparently she is known for her beastly but excellent core sessions when she works on training camps in the Algrave.
In second place was Hungarian/Scottland-based Fanni Gyurko. Having run 8s off her HM PB earlier this year and a Frankfurt/Malaga marathon double in the autumns season last year with 2:43 / 2:42 respectively it was clear she was on good form and this race was only 2s outside her PB
Johanna O’Regan who is a buggy-runner extraordinaire and was 9th non-elite in London Marathon last year (21st overall) absolutely anihalated her PB by 6 minutes t o finish in 3rd. You can read a great interview with her here.
2018’s 3rd placer Julie Briscoe came in in 4th this year in 2:42:40, just over a minute off last year’s time. Polly Keen and Liz Abbot also set big PB’s and Ultra runner and Pork pie eater Holly rush race her second marathon in the month at the 2:26 mark.
Also worth a huge mention is the performance of Fee Maycock (instagram.com/fee_runs/), runner who ran 02:56:02 to take her to the top of the UK’s V50 rankings and 19th in the overall ones. I hope I can run that fast at 50. Awesome.
Jenny Spink, Bristol & West AC 2:35:19 (PB)
Fanni Gyurko, Central AC 2:39:50
Johanna O’Regan, St Neots Riverside AC, 2:42:15 (PB)
Full results here
On a warm day in the Netherlands NAZ Elite’s Aliphine Tuliamuk (.instagram.com/aliphine/) raced her 3rd marathon and finally got the chance to show what she can do. Her previous PB of 2:33:18 was one that coach Ben Rosario had previously said did not represent her talent and she proved him right, running great half/half splits of 1:13:12/1:13:36 with assistance from team-mate Ben Bruce to finish in 3rd place. It’s worth a listen to coach Ben talking on the Run to the Top podcast as he explains why the team chose this race for Aliphine as a low-risk pace-able one to get that PB down and get experience rather than going straight in with something more unpredictable, albeit more shiny and enticing, like Boston. I particularly love that she gave her bunch of flowers to her pacer!
Roberta Groner’s performance was pretty breathtaking too as the 40 year old set a new PB and joined Aliphine as the first two US women to hit the new, tougher, Olympic Qualifying standard (2:29:30) for the marathon. If you want an inspiring listen, she talked to Lindsey Hein last year on her podcast, I’ll Have Another.
Ashete Bekere, ETH 2:22:52
Stella Barsosio, KEN, 2:23:34
Aliphine Tuliamuk, US, 02:26:48
Bethlehem Moges, KEN, 2:27:51
Roberta Groner, US, 2:29:09
Vienna Marathon’s site reports ‘Nancy Kiprop produced the outstanding performance of the 36th Vienna City Marathon when she broke the women’s course record by over a minute and a half in running 2:22:12 and for good measure also became the first woman to win three VCM title’
Nancy KIPROP, KEN 2:22:12
Angela TANUI, KEN 2:25:37
Maurine CHEPKEMOI, KEN 2:26:16
Rahma TUSA, ETH 2:26:58
Milliam EBONGON, KEN 2:29:33
Full results here
Sifan Hassan who is the European 5000m champion beat the course record to win in 1:05:45. You (and I) might think that’s fast, especially given that she finshed 3 mins ahead of her nearest competitor but she said after the race “It is early in the season so I lacked a bit of speed,” she said. “I gave everything, but I simply could not run any faster.” . That comment makes more sense when you know that she had said beforehand that she would target the world record of 1:04:51
Hassan, Sifan (NED) 1:05:45
Nyaruai, Veronica (KEN)n 1:08:51
Bayoulgn, Selamawit (ETH) 1:09:02
Full results here
Mutgaa, Racheal Jemutai (KEN), 02:26:15
Gebeyahu, Tigist Memuye (ETH) 02:27:35
Nadolska, Karolina (POL) 02:27:43
Full results here
IN OTHER NEWS
Fast-Women.org reports that a marshal signalling error meant Gotytom Gebreslase of Ethiopia won the CHERRY BLOSSOM 10 MILE, Washington D.C in a smaller margin than she would otherwise have done. She had to “turn around, run back around some cones, reverse direction again, and win by five seconds.” Oof. Emma Bates was the top US runner finishing in 52:18, 5s short of the American record despite having suffered an injury that affected her breathing about a month ago (ref: Washington Post)
KELLYN TAYLOR is back for 26.2 again
After a season not marathoning, Kellyn Taylor will be running the Prague Marathon on May 5th
NAZ Elite’s newsletter says:
“Prague will be Taylor’s first marathon since becoming the seventh-fastest American female marathoner of all time at last year’s Grandma’s Marathon. Her 2:24:29 in Duluth was a course record by more than two minutes and a personal best by more than four minutes. In Prague, Taylor will face a formidable field that includes defending champion Bornes Chepkirui from Kenya, who won last year’s race in 2:24:19 and Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter, who boasts a personal best of 2:24:17. Debutant Lucy Cheruiyot, owner of a 1:07:23 half marathon best, should also contend for the win. “
In case you want to know about shorter races that get people fired up (yes IAAF… people ARE interested in 5ks), the ‘world,s fastest 5k’, the CARLSBAD 50000 was won by Kansas track & field and cross country alum Sharon Lokedi in 15:48. (The current world record is Tirunesh Dibaba’s 14:11.15 )
BRIGHTON MARATHON, UK
PARIS MARATHON (IAAF gold), FRA
WARSAW MARATHON (IAAF gold), POL
WUHAN MARATHON (IAAF Bronze), CHN
BOSTON MARATHON the UK one
B.A.A BOSTON MARATHON (IAAF gold & World Major), USA
Aly Dixon is looking in good form as the only elite GB runner at Boston (and the only one in like, forever). She ran 33:28 at the Blyth 10k. Whilst that is a way off her 32.17 PB set in 2015, it is her second fastest 10k time and let’s be honest, she’s not training for a 10k. So, high hopes for a solid Boston-Boost.
More detailed Boston preview coming TOMORROW!