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4 OCTOBER 2009: KOSICE PEACE MARATHON, SLOVAKIA

In her marathon debut Ukraine's Olena Burkovska set a 2:30:50 course record in the 86th edition writes Alfons Juck. Jacob Chesire won the men's race with a personal best of 2:10:59. Burkovska's performance sliced 38 seconds from Alena Peterkova's 20-year old record while Chesire, who was alone in the second half and struggled against the wind, ran the third fastest men's time in Kosice.

The men passed through 10km in 30:27 and halfway in 1:04:18, following Hlijah Tarus's sub-2:09 pace. After 25km the pacemakers faded and Chesire took the lead. He was still on sub-2:10 pace at 35km(1:47:22), with a lead of 100m. He slowed in the final stages but still improved his best time by eight seconds. Unkown Ethiopians in their first races outside their country from the Haji Adilo coaching group achieved excellent times and life-time bests by large margins. Times recorded for positions 2-6 were the fastest in the histoty of the race.

In the women's race four pacesetters went through halfway in 1:15:22 but after 27km 28-year-old Ukrainian debutant Burkovska injected pace and had a 100m lead by 30km. She remained unchallenged and won by a margin of four minutes. Her half marathon best had been only 1:15:16, so this was a real breakthrough race.

Former Slovak Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda finished 151st in an excellent 3:22:08 at age 54, in his 24th marathon. The special guest was double Olympic winner Waldemar Cierpinski who also ran a leg in a special promotional relay and promised that he might come back next year and run the full distance at the age of 60. Kosice is special for him as he ran his first international marathon here in 1974 and also his last in 1985, but never won. More than 5000 runners, an event record, competed in all events.

MEN:
1  Jacob CHESIRE                  KEN 2:10:59
2  Shume LEGESE                   ETH 2:11:36
3  Kedir KASSA                    ETH 2:11:39
4  Yusuf SINGOKA                  KEN 2:12:51
5  Ketema TADESSE                 ETH 2:13:28
6  Wilson CHELAL                  KEN 2:14:24
7  William Todoo ROTICH           KEN 2:17:16
8  Stsiapan RAHAUTSOU             BLR 2:19:39
9  Petr PECHEK                    CZE  2:26:50
10 Imrich PASTOR                  SVK  2:28:35

WOMEN:
1  Olena BURKOVSKA                UKR  2:30:50
2  Radiya ADLO                    ETH  2:35:00
3  Florence CHEPKIRUI             KEN  2:36:01
4  Amelwork FIKADU                ETH  2:37:48
5  Dihihinet DEMSEW               ETH  2:48:03
6  Ingrid PETNUCHOVA              SVK  2:57:28

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Miroslav VANKO                 SVK  1:09:53
2  Jozef URBAN                    SVK  1:12:39
3  Michal IVANCO                  SVK  1:13:54
 
WOMEN:
1  Katarína BEREŠOVÁ              SVK  1:17:34
2  Natalia MALAIA                 UKR  1:26:36
3  Slávka PAVUKOVA                SVK  1:30:28

4 OCTOBER 2009: HALF MARATHON OF PORTUGAL VODAFONE, PORTUGAL

Photos: Marcelino Almeida

A fantastic battle between defending champion Silas Sang and the 2009 World Marathon silver medallist Emmanuel Mutai produced a course record writes Antonio Manuel Fernandes. Helena Kirop, a late entry, took the women's race ahead of a pair of Portuguese runners. Altogether 15,000 people crossed the Vasco da Gama Bridge in the mass race.

Mutai was the winner here in 2007, and both he and Sang were together from 15km, after Uganda's Nicholas Kiprono fell behind. Behind them, the "European" title went to Portuguese Rui Pedro Silva who crossed the finish line six seconds ahead of Spain's Jose Manuel Martinez.

In the women's race Florence Chepsoi, Magdaline Chemjor and Helena Kirop ran together to halfway. Then Kirop imposed her strong pace to cross the line in 1:10:26. Her strength seemed to have drained the other two as two Portuguese, Dulce Felix and Marisa Barros, managed to pass them.

MEN:
1  Silas SANG                     KEN  1:00:20
2  Emmanu el MUTAI                KEN  1:00:39
3  Nicholas KIPRONO               UGA  1:01:01
4  Dickson MARWA                  TAN  1:01:18
5  Joel KIMURER                   KEN  1:03:28
6  Rui Pedro SILVA                POR  1:03:33
7  Chema MARTINEZ                 ESP  1:03:39
8  Luís FEITEIRA                  POR  1:03:43
9  José RAMOS                     POR  1:04:06
10 Manuel DAMIAO                  POR  1:04:18

WOMEN:
1  Helena KIPROP                  KEN  1:10:26
2  Dulce FELIX                    POR  1:10:44
3  Marisa BARROS                  POR  1:11:07
4  Magdaline CHEMJOR              KEN  1:11:55
5  Florence CHE PSOI              KEN  1:13:20
6  Leonor CARNEIRO                POR  1:14:26
7  Berkinesh SHIFERAW             ETH  1:14:48
8  Mónica ROSA                    POR  1:16:00
9  Olga GLOK                      RUS  1:17:45
10 Elisabete LOPES                POR  1:21:08

4 OCTOBER 2009: FORD KOLN MARATHON, GERMANY

MEN:
1  Evans RUTO                     KEN  2:08:36
2  Samson BUNGEI                  KEN  2:08:36
3  Khamis ADAM                    BRN  2:09:09
4  Edwin KUTTO                    KEN  2:11:55
5  Albert MATEBOR                 KEN  2:12:17
6  Thomas CHEMITEI                KEN  2:12:40
7  Raymond KANDIE                 KEN  2:13:28
8  Rutto KIPKOECH                 KEN  2:14:56
9  David CHERONO                  KEN  2:16:25
10 Duncan KOECH                   KEN  2:17:05
 
WOMEN:
1  Sabrina MOCKENHAUPT            GER  2:30:12
2  Rose NYANGACHA                 KEN  2:38:07
3  Prisca KIPRONO                 KEN  2:46:21
4  Ira KORSTEN                    GER  2:50:50
5  Adela SALT                     GBR  2:55:13
6  Manuela MOLZ                   GER  3:01:50
7  Jeannine HAGEDORN              GER  3:02:58
8  Donna PALMER                   GBR  3:03:33
9  Anja VANTSCHIP                 NED  3:04:37
10 Penina Jepkosgei SAWE          KEN  3:04:41

4 OCTOBER 2009: BAXTERS LOCH NESS MARATHON, GREAT BRITAIN

MEN:
1  Simon TONUI                    KEN  2:20:13
2  David KIRKLAND                 GBR  2:23:54
3  Christopher WILSON             GBR  2:26:55
4  David LINDSAY                  GBR  2:35:44
5  Philip CHRITCHLOW              GBR  2:38:09
6  Stuart KERR                    GBR  2:39:17
7  Niku MILLOT                    GBR  2;39:30
8  David THOMPSON                 GBR  2:39:57
9  Russell WHITTINGTON            GBR  2:41:43
10 Scott KENNEDY                  GBR  2:43:01
 
WOMEN:
1  Joice KIRUI                    KEN  2:48:25
2  Bridget COOMBER                GBR  2:58:48
3  Pamela TOSH                    GBR  3:02:05
4  Erica CHRISTIE                 GBR  3:05:51
5  Morgan WINDRAM-GEDDES          GBR  3:05:51
6  Charlotte COLLYER              GBR  3:06:19 
7  Jane PURCHASE                  GBR  3:06:33
8  Rebecca JOHNSON                GBR  3:08:08
9  Paula ROSS                     GBR  3:10:38
10 Rona ANDERSON                  GBR  3:10:55
 
RIVER NESS 10km
MEN:
1  Lukas WAMBUA                   KEN  30:32
2  Robert TURNER                  GBR  33:14
3  Karl SIMPSON                   GBR  34:29
 
WOMEN:
1  Genet MEASSO                   ETH  34:51
2  Melissa WHYTE                  GBR  35:18
3  Jennie BANNERMAN               GBR  39:06

4 OCTOBER 2009: PORTLAND MARATHON, USA

Over 11,000 runners finished in all the related events of the 38th Portland Marathon, including 8,269 in the Marathon and over 1,000 military personnel in satellite half marathons held in Iraq, which were supported by the Portland Marathon.

Runners and walkers came from all 50 states and 21 countries to participate in one of America's "Greenest" events. 58% of all participants were women! The event was solar powered for the second year in a row, and all finishers received "super" seedling trees, a virtual forest that could include over 150,000 trees planted over the last 17 years.

National and local charities raised millions of dollars through the Portland Marathon. Next year's event will be held on the magical date of 10-10-10.

MEN:
1  Jason FINCH                    USA  2:24:13
2  Greg MITCHELL                  USA  2:26:02
3  Satoshi EMOTO                  JPN  2:26:35
4  Erick STANLEY                  USA  2:27:36
5  John RIAK                      USA  2:28:44
6  Joshua RICARDI                 USA  2:30:32
7  Jacob PUZEY                    USA  2:30:50
8  Jake STOUT                     USA  2:32:33
9  Phil OLSEN                     USA  2:33:10
10 Stephen COWIE                  USA  2:33:12
 
WOMEN:
1  Yuri YOSHIZUMI                 JPN  2:55:59
2  Danita ERICKSON                USA  2:56:08
3  Nickie RAFIE                   USA  2:56:47
4  Josi SUTER                     USA  2:58:22
5  Amanda RICE                    USA  2:58:30
6  Camille MOSELEY                USA  2:58:50
7  Keegan RICE                    USA  3:02:35
8  Kirsen LABUDDA                 USA  3:04:02
9  Heather MCLAUGHLIN             USA  3:07:01
10 Ulrike KROTSCHECK              USA  3:07:44

4 OCTOBER 2009: TWIN CITIES MARATHON, USA

MEN:
1  Jason HARTMANN                GER  2:12:09
2  Augustus K MBUSYA             KEN  2:13:03
3  John NJOROGE                  KEN  2:13:26
4  Joseph MUTINDA                KEN  2:13:47
5  Grigoriy ANDREEV                   2:13:59
6  Reuben CHESANG                KEN  2:15:24
7  Luke WATSON                        2:15:29
8  Antonio VEGA                       2:15:45
9  Tyler SIGL                         2:17:28
10 Mario MACLAS                       2:18:34
 
WOMEN:
1  Ilsa PAULSON                  USA  2:31:49
2  Colleen DE REUCK              USA  2:32:37
3  Kristen NICOLINI              USA  2:35:06
4  Nicole BLAESSER               USA  2:35:09
5  Sally MEYERHOFF               USA  2:35:49
6  Robyn FRIEDMAN                USA  2:36:44
7  Sheri PIERS                   USA  2:37:24
8  Camille HERRON                USA  2:38:23
9  Mary AKOR                     USA  2:38:51
10 Wendi RAY                     USA  2:38:58

4 OCTOBER 2009: 24TH SPAR BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL MARATHON, HUNGARY

More than 3000 marathon runners stood at the start line and there were 13,300 participants over all distances including 500 marathon relay and Ekiden runners. The shorter distances were very popular amongst families and less experienced runners.With over 2000 runners from 55 different countries, the majority came from France, Great Britain, Finland, Germany and Italy, but there were some participants from as far away as Columbia, Japan, Thailand, Argentina and South Africa.

Runners passed through the most beautiful parts of the Hungarian capital: across the Heroes' Square; down the famous Andrássy Street, past Buda Castle and the magnificent neo-gothic domed building of the Hungarian Parliament. While running, they could admire the breath-taking view of the city from the iconic Chain Bridge.

As the whole world celebrates the 2500th anniversary of the legend of the marathon next year, Budapest Marathon will hold its 25th anniversary marathon on 26 September 2010. Come and celebrate with us.

 

MEN:
1  Moses CHEPKWONY                KEN  2:25:16
2  Ferenc BIRI                    HUN  2:25:25
3  Tomas TOTH                     HUN  2:26:17
 
WOMEN:
1  Andrea SZEDERKENYI-TAKACS      HUN  2:44:32
2  Judit FOLDINGNE NAGY           HUN  2:46:51
3  Reka BATAI                     HUN  2:51:34
 
30km RACE
MEN:
1  Attila VARBIRO                 HUN  1:51:52
2  Ferenc OSTOROCZKI              HUN  1:53:58
3  Pal ILISZ                      HUN  1:55:54
 
WOMEN:
1  Lisa BORSANI                   ITA  2:10:19
2  Moira CAMPAGNARO               ITA  2:12:34
3  Geertruida STEUR               NED  2:18:08

4 OCTOBER 2009: BRUSSELS MARATHON, BELGIUM

Abraham Potongole won on his debut, beating last year's winner Rik Ceulemans into second in the final marathon of his career.

Brussels welcomed a record 2000 runners for the marathon, and in total there were no less than 8500 participants in all four races (including half marathon, 4km mini marathon and the Knack Weekend Ladies Run.

The marathon lead group comprised four contenders at 10km along with two pacemakers: William Suparimuk and Abraham Potongole from Kenya, the Moroccan Abdelhadi El Hachimi and the Belgian Lander Van Droogenbroeck. Ceulemans trailed by 50m and Gino Van Geyte by 100m.

As Van Droogenbroeck dropped back he supported Ceulemans in his chase: by 17km the pair were 20 seconds behind. By halfway (1:07:11) El Hachimi was dropped as Ceulemans came through. Pacemaking finished at 27km (1:26:08) after which Potongole started to push, and by 30km he was 32 seconds ahead of Suparimuk and 47 seconds ahead of Ceulemans. With 6km left Ceulemans had come back into second, 56 seconds behind an increasingly assured-looking Potongole. A tight endgame ended with Ceulemans seizing his chance to enter Brussels main square, the Grote Markt, as runner-up in his final marathon.

MEN:
1  Abraham POTONGOLE           KEN  2:15:20
2  Rik CEULEMANS               BEL  2:17:36
3  William SUPARIMUK           KEN  2:18:36
4  Joel LOKWIAMUK              KEN  2:20:52
5  Gino VAN GEYTE              BEL  2:21:16
 
WOMEN:
1  Virginie SOENEN             BEL  3:07:12
2  Kelly Willis                     3:13:20
3  Gabriele Rizzi                   3:17:28
 
HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Guy FAYS                    BEL  1:12:18
2  Francisco VELOSO                 1:12:25
3  Gaeton GUELTON                   1:13:58
 
WOMEN:
1  Catherine Lallemand              1:20:52
2  Sue HARRISON                     1:23:26
3  Mirjam BIJLSMA                   1:25:19

4 OCTOBER 2009: GUAYAQUIL MARATHON, ECUADOR

MEN:
1  Reuben KIPKEMOI           KEN  2:19:27
2  Edison GUERRA             ECU  2:21:58
3  Hugo JIMENEZ              ECU  2:24:54
4  Abel VILLANUEVA                2:25:24
5  Edgar CHANCUSIG           ECU  2:27:03
6  Marco ERAZO                    2:27:18
7  Rosvelino CHOCCA          ECU  2:27:20
8  Segundo CHALCO            ECU  2:27:47
9  Dimas QUINGALUISA         ECU  2:28:14
10 Petricio RECALDE          ECU  2:29:59
 
WOMEN:
1  Sandra RUALES             ECU  2:45:25
2  Claudia TANGARIFE         ECU  2:50:09
3  Carla VELASQUEZ                2:57:44
4  Olga TABLA                     2:59:15
5  Jakeline DELGADILLO            3:00:19
6  Guadalupe RIVERA               3:00:30
7  Maria PAREDES             ECU  3:07:13
8  Fanny VILACUNDO           ECU  3:12:48
9  Angela BRITO                   3:17:31
10 Narcisa TRUJILLO          ECU  3:18:43

4 OCTOBER 2009: TAICHUNG BOULEVARD INT'L MARATHON, CHINESE TAIPEI

MEN:
1  Pius Kibet ROTICH              KEN  2:27:37  
2  Matthew Kipkorit SEGEI         KEN  2:27:49
3  Benson Kiprotich CHERUIYOT     KEN  2:28:03
4  Philip Tarus ROTICH            KEN  2:30:42
5  Vincent Kipyego CHERUIYOT      KEN  2:37:35
 
WOMEN:
1  Emily Chepkemoi SAMOEI         KEN  2:51:15
2  Hsiao-Yu LI                         3:10:21
3  Yu-Fang HSU (II)                    3:27:31

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Chieh-Wen CHIANG                    1:10:32
2  Chin-Ping HO                        1:11:44
3  Chiu-Chun WANG                      1:14:23
 
WOMEN:
1  Yu-Fang HSU(I)                      1:18:38
2  Hsin-Lin YANG                       1:35:32

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11 OCTOBER 2009: ST GEORGE MELBOURNE MARATHON, AUSTRALIA

A record field of over 23,000 runners and walkers enjoyed perfect spring weather and raised almost $300,000 for event charity, the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre. Over 4,000 runners took part in the full marathon. Every finisher had a special story but some really captured the hearts of all. Jenny Gillard celebrated the life and sporting achievement of her late sister Kerryn McCann, who gave Australia one of its greatest ever sporting moments when she won the Commonwealth Games marathon at the MCG in 2006.

Kerryn's son Benton fired the start gun for the marathon. Gillard raced in memory of her sister to finish in eighth position, in what she said was a thrilling and emotional day. "I'm happy, emotional and proud to be a part of the Melbourne Marathon. It was a great feeling running in to the MCG," she said.

In the men's race, Ethiopia's Asnake Fekadu became the first international athlete in 25 years to successfully defend his Melbourne Marathon title, while Lisa Flint, a 24 year old from Newcastle, NSW, took line honours in the women's race.

As first Australian female and overall winner, Flint picked up the hat-trick of Melbourne Marathon champion, national marathon title and winner of the inaugural Kerryn McCann Memorial Trophy.

Remarkably, Flint only started running three years ago after watching Kerryn McCann win the Commonwealth Games marathon in 2006. "I remember watching Kerryn's face at the finish (of the marathon), and she's been an inspiration. It was a buzz just entering the stadium today."

Flint beat pre-race favourite, Japan's Satoko Uetani, by 46 seconds, smashed her personal best time by more than 13 minutes, and recorded a Commonwealth Games qualifying time.

Fekadu was led out for the first half of the marathon by compatriot Wondwosen Geleta, who also recorded a PB to finish second overall. Fekadu left Geleta at the 25km mark but faded over the final few kilometres to win in 2:17.32, just 14 seconds quicker than in last year's more challenging conditions.

MEN:
1  Asnake FEKADU              ETH  2:17:32
2  Deresse WONWOSEN           ETH  2:23:05
3  Dale ENGLER                RSA  2:24:42
4  Jay PHILPOTTS              AUS  2:25:15
5  Richard GLEISNER           AUS  2:25:21

WOMEN:
1  Lisa FLINT                 AUS  2:34:08
2  Satoko UETANI              JPN  2:34:54
3  Magda KARIMALI-POULOS      AUS  2:40:54
4  Michelle BLEAKLEY          AUS  2:41:21
5  Anita KEEM                 AUS  2:45:10

11 OCTOBER 2009: WORLD HALF MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS, ENGLAND

Photos: Getty Images

2007 silver medallist Mary Keitany dominated with the second fastest time ever, and led Kenya to an emphatic team win in the women's race, while Zersenay Tadesse won the men's race for the fourth consecutive time.

Keitany broke away from Ethiopia's Aberu Kebebe just before 10km and pulled inexorably away to record a time bettered only by Lornah Kiplagat's world record won in Udine two years ago - a race in which Keitany broke through to finish second. Just over a minute behind Keitany came compatriot Philes Ongori (1:07:38) who in a sprint finish with Kebebe took over silver medal position for the first time just metres before the tape. The Ethiopian, who ever since being dropped by Keitany, had been running alone finished one second behind to take bronze.

It had been a frustrating 24 hours for the diminutive Keitany. The day before she had found herself trapped in a lift for nearly an hour, and in the first half of the race she found herself having to set the pace without assistance. Kebede had been running right on her heels but declined to take over the lead when Keitany slowed in invitation. Keitany answered such non-cooperation with a decisive break, taking her through 10km in 31:04 and to a 15km split of 46:51, four seconds better than the World record, but "assisted" by excessive drop in the course to that point.

Back down the field the Kenyan team victory was already secure despite the fact that Peninah Arusei had taken a nasty fall with 40 minutes of the race gone, as Caroline Kilel and Philes Ongori who had been running with her when the accident occurred were securely in third and fourth positions, nearly a minute ahead of the next athlete, Ethiopia's Mestawet Tufa. Ongori's late drive made up ground on Kebebe and dropped Kilel in the process. Ethiopia came in behind Kenya in the team standings Russia taking team bronze.

Tadese lived up to his billing by taking his fourth successive World title thanks to a sustained attack which began 10km into the race. Tadese had moved ahead at 5km last year in Rio de Janeiro, but waited longer in the cooler (11°C), and rainy conditions in Birmingham. Kenyans Kiplimo Kimutai and Sammy Kitwara, and USA's Dathan Ritzenhein all took turns at the front before Tadese edged ahead, passing 10km in 28:30. Kitwara, the second fastest man in the world this year had been one of three athletes trapped in the lift the day before, along with Mary Keitany and Ritzenheim. While it took its toll on Kitwara the American, like Keitany before them, was running the race of his life (his previous best was 1:01:35). With 15km (42:20) gone the reigning champion held an eight second advantage on his nearest pursuers. Ritzenhein was strongly contesting second place and for a couple of kilometres was 5-10m clear of Tsegay and the Kenyans. These four played out some intensely competitive final kilometres with Ritzenheim seizing the advantage in the final kilometre, only to be overhauled by Kipyego in the final straight.

Packing well as always Kenya took the team title with Eritrea in silver and Ethiopia with the bronze. The USA was fourth just eight seconds adrift of bronze.

MEN:
1  Zersenay TADESE                ERI    59:35
2  Bernard KIPYEGO                KEN    59:50
3  Dathan RITZENHEIM              USA  1:00:00
4  Wilson KIPROTICH               KEN  1:00:08
5  Samuel TSEGAY                  ERI  1:00:17
6  Wilson CHEBET                  KEN  1:00:59
7  Kiplimo KIMUTAI                KEN  1:01:31
8  Stephen MOKOKA                 RSA  1:01:36
9  Juan Carlos ROMERO             MEX  1:01:48
10 Sammy Kiprop KITWARA           KEN  1:01:59 

WOMEN:
1  Mary KEITANY                   KEN  1:06:36
2  Philes ONGORI                  KEN  1:07:38
3  Aberu KEBEDE                   ETH  1:07:39
4  Caroline KILEL                 KEN  1:08:16
5  Mestawet TUFA                  ETH  1:09:11
6  Tirfi TSEGAYE                  ETH  1:09:24
7  Kimberley SMITH                NZL  1:09:35
8  Flomena Cheyech DANIEL         KEN  1:09:44
9  Inge ABITOVA                   RUS  1:09:53
10 Silvia SKVORTSOVA              RUS  1:09:56

11 OCTOBER 2009: ROYAL VICTORIA MARATHON, CANADA

Photos: Tony Austin

Brilliant sunny skies greeted the record 12,492 participants in the 30th anniversary edition. The Half Marathon and the 8km race sold out prior to race day, and registration numbers showed a dramatic increase over previous years: 3887 in the Marathon, 5571 in the Half Marathon, 2609 in the 8km and 1025 in the Thrifty Foods Kids Marathon. Marilyn Arsenault set a new course record in the Women's Half Marathon.

The event featured a strong elite field in all the races, and also saw three-time Marathon winner and course record holder Steve Osaduik beaten into second place. He had trailed three Kenyans, Hillary Cheruiyot, Lameth Mosoti and Philip Samoei, in the first half but although he ran a negative split was unable to catch eventual winner Cheruiyot. Cheruiyot – who trains in Calgary – was delighted with his result. He told the large finish-line crowd that he liked the course and thought the conditions were ideal. "I will be back next year to break the course record," he said.

The much anticipated women's marathon race was won by the 2008 local winner Cheryl Murphy, who put in a strong performance just shy of the 20-year course record of 2:42:32. Vancouver's Katherine Moore bettered her third place finish of last year, overcoming the challenge of three-time winner Suzanne Evans. Murphy also captured the Masters title.

Victoria's Marilyn Arsenault broke the 2007 course record for the half martathon with a time of 1:15:39. The 41-year-old opera singer, who also won the Masters title, dominated the race coming in six minutes ahead of last year's winner Lindsay McLaren.

Local runners swept the podium in the men's half marathon, with Jon Brown taking an isolated win in 1:04:57.

The event saw the highest number of finishers in the Half Marathon and the 8K Road Race – 4,602 and 2,150 respectively. The 2568 finishers in the Marathon was a 25% increase over last year, and the overall total of 10,352 finishers was another record for the event.

MEN:
1  Hilary CHERUIYOT               KEN  2:19:26
2  Steve OSADUIK                  CAN  2:22:42
3  Lameth MOSOTI                  KEN  2:24:43
4  Philip SAMOEI                  KEN  2:25:32
5  Graeme WILSON                  CAN  2:27:58
6  Dale HUNTER                    USA  2:29:16
7  Andrew HEATH                   USA  2:31:31
8  Jason EFFMANN                  USA  2:32:06
9  Danny GONZALEZ                 USA  2:33:43
10 Jonathan WITHEY                CAN  2:34:24
 
WOMEN:
1  Cheryl MURPHY                  CAN  2:44:01
2  Katherine MOORE                CAN  2:47:29
3  Suzanne EVANS                  CAN  2:48:20
4  Gillian MOODY                  CAN  2:51:45
5  Anne-Marie MADDEN              CAN  2:52:03
6  Christina GOMES                GBR  2:54:39
7  Sharleen JACKSON               CAN  2:54:59 
8  Lucy SMITH                     CAN  2:56:08
9  Rebecca GALLAGHER              USA  2:59:14
10 Katrina TUCKER                 AUS  3:01:32
 
HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Jon BROWN                      CAN  1:04:57
2  Jim FINLAYSON                  CAN  1:07:57
3  Kristopher SWANSON             CAN  1:09:11
 
WOMEN:
1  Marilyn ARSENAULT              CAN  1:15:39
2  Lindsay MCLAREN                CAN  1:21:59
3  Stephanie HAMILTON             CAN  1:22:06

11 OCTOBER 2009: EINDHOVEN MARATHON, NETHERLANDS

Geoffrey Mutai defended his title with a personal best and course record in the 26th edition writes Wim Van Hemert. His very fast final stage, when he ran solo from 35-40km in 14:24, sealed the victory. Namibian Beata Naigambo also set a personal best in winning the women's race, despite strong winds in several places.

From the start of the men's race there was a leading pack of more than 20 runners led by six pacemakers. They went through 10km in 30:13, and with most of them still in contention, through halfway in 1:03:56.. At 25 km (1:16:09) the lead group began to splinter. Mutai was running behind the pace makers at the front of the lead group which was reduced to 10. The next 10km produced only a little change, but with all pacemaking completed by 35km Mutai then accelerated and within a few hundred metres had opened a huge gap.

The following group broke up rapidly and at 40km, which Mutai passed in 2:00:56, his nearest opponents Joseph Ngeny (2:01:41) and Phillip Sanga (2:01:45) were well back. Mutai continued to push and ran 6:05 for the final 2195m to finish with 2:07:01. Sanga and Ngeny, who eventually finally finished second and third, both set huge personal best times, and nine runners broke 2:10:00.

The top four women set personal bests, but Namibian Beata Naigambo overcame the challenge of the previous year's winner Lydia Kurgat to clinch the title.

MEN:
1  Geoffrey MUTAI                 KEN  2:07:01
2  Philip Kimutai SANGA           KEN  2:08:17
3  Josephy NGENY                  KEN  2:08:10
4  Samson BARMAO                  KEN  2:09:20  
5  Jonathan Kosgei KIPKORIR       KEN  2:09:22  
6  David Tarus KIPTUI             KEN  2:09:24
7  James ROTICH                   KEN  2:09:33 
8  Kenai Kiprotich KENEI          KEN  2:09:34
9  Tsegay GEBRSELASSIE            ETH  2:09:44
10 Jacob KITUR                    KEN  2:11:40

WOMEN:
1  Beata NAIGAMBO                 NAM  2:31:01
2  Lydia KURGAT                   KEN  2:31:26
3  Virginie Van DROOGENBROECK     BEL  2:43:48
4  Inge VAN BERGEN                NED  2:44:07
5  Ingrid PRIGGE                  NED  2:44:19
6  Mounia ABOULAHCEN              BEL  2:44:40
7  Veerle d'HAESE                 BEL  2:48:20
8  Ann PARMENTIER                 BEL  2:50:06

11 OCTOBER 2009: MARATONA D'ITALIA MEMORIAL ENZO FERRARI, ITALY

Men's winner Vasyl Matvichuk, who is based in Northern Italy for most of the year, took his first Marathon title writes Diego Sampoalo. As runners passed through the four towns of Maranello, Formigine, Modena and Soliera, the temperature rose to above 20°C at the finish in the historic Central Square Piazza Martiri in Carpi. Anne Cheptanui Bererwe took an unchallenged win in the women's race in her debut at the distance.

Six men were running at a 2:10 pace until 15km and although the pace slowed Lee Troop was then dropped as the lead pack went through halfway in 1:05:27. As the pacemakers dropped out at halfway and then 30km Matvichuk was left alone in the lead, 13 seconds ahead of Willy Korir. Matvichuk carved out a gap of 34 seconds and continued to increase his lead to 1:13 at 35km, but then began to suffer cramps. He nonetheless increased his lead to 2:57 at 40km.

A leading pack of Bererwe, Russians Natalia Sergeva and Valentina Galimova and Marcella Mancini went through 10km in 35:52, halfway in 1:16:07 and 25km in 1:30:48, Cheptanui began pushing the pace at 26km. She led Mancini by 46 seconds at 30km and thereafter continued to pull away. "I am happy because it was my first marathon race," she said. "I plan to run another marathon next spring."

Over 4000 runners finished, with over a thousand of them coming from outside Italy to enjoy sunny and warm conditions (14°C at the race start).

MEN:
1  Vasyl MATVICHUK                UKR  2:11:44
2  Willy Korir KIMUTAI            KEN  2:15:18
3  Lee TROOP                      AUS  2:16:13
4  Oleg GUR                       BLR  2:20:31
5  Abdelhadi El Hachimi           MAR  2:20:52
6  Hannes RUNGGER                 ITA  2:21:02
7  Filippo LO PICCOLO             ITA  2:22:41
8  Andrea SICILIANI               ITA  2:26:01
9  Marcello CAPOTOSTI             ITA  2:26:41
10 Francesco DUCA                 ITA  2:28:42

WOMEN:
1  Anne Cheptanui BERERWE         KEN  2:32:03
2  Marcella MANCINI               ITA  2:36:53
3  Natalia SERGEVA                RUS  2:38:55
4  Valeria STRANEO                ITA  2:41:15
5  Renate RUNGGER                 ITA  2:44:26
6  Eliana PATELLI                 ITA  2:44:39
7  Sofia BIANCAROSA               ITA  2:48:42
8  Monica CARLIN                  ITA  2:52:13
9  Krijstina LOONEN               NED  2:55:06
10 Roberta NAGNI                  ITA  2:56:51

11 OCTOBER 2009: ZAGREB MARATHON, CROATIA

MEN:
1  Andrey BRYZGALOV               RUS  2:18:35
2  Ashenafi ERKOLO                ETH  2:20:13
3  ?uro KIDZO                     BIH  2:24:42
4  Sergiej FISIKOVICZ             UKR  2:26:17
5  Ferenc BIRI                    HUN  2:29:43
6  Saša STO LIC                   SRB  2:33:03
7  Dražen DINJAR                  CRO  2:36:27
8  Robert VEGSE                   CRO  2:39:06
9  Nikolay MERZLYAKOV             RUS  2:40:00
10 Péter TÖRÖK                    HUN  2:40:57
 
WOMEN:
1  Irina MASHKANTSEVA             RUS  2:38:58
2  Nadezda SEMILETOVA             RUS  2:40:05 
3  Veronika LOPATINA              RUS  2:42:28
4  Ida KOVACS                     HUN  2:47:51
5  Nina MAXIMOVA                  RUS  2:49:20
6  Ida ŠURBEK                     SLO  2:51:04
7  Marija VTAJIC                  CRO  2:53:22
8  Ksenija BODLOVIC               CRO  3:03:24
9  Barbara BELUSIC                CRO  3:04:50
10 Irina VISHNEVSKAYA             RUS  3:06:48

11 OCTOBER 2009: POZNAN MARATHON, POLAND

MEN:
1  Samson Kimeli CHEBII           KEN  2:19:14
2  Abraham YILMA BELETE           ETH  2:21:59
3  Frimin Kiplagat KIPCHOGE       KEN  2:22:56
4  Elisha Kiprotich SAWE          KEN  2:22:58
5  Piotr POB?OCKI                 POL  2:27:15
6  Damian ZAWIERUCHA              POL  2:28:05
7  Michael TLUWAY                 TAN  2:29:47
8  Robert CELI?SKI                POL  2:30:57
9  Kamil POCZWARDOWSKI            POL  2:31:42
10 Vitalij JASZUK                 UKR  2:31:54
 
WOMEN:
1  Agnieszka GORTEL               POL  2:37:08
2  Agnieszka JANASIAK             POL  2:37:33
3  Areleta MELOCH                 POL  2:38:13
4  Wioletta URYGA                 POL  2:46:32
5  Katarzyna CZYZ                 POL  2:53:59
6  Magdalema STANNY               POL  3:10:17  
7  Magda BARTOSZEWICZ             POL  3:11:49
8  Ireneusz BOROWIECKI            POL  3:12:01
9  Grazyna POPIEL                 POL  3:15:28
10 Monica STRANC                  POL  3:19:03

11 OCTOBER 2009: OKANAGAN MARATHON, CANADA

MEN:
1  Brent PICKERL                  CAN  2:51:54
2  Steve RUSSELL                  CAN  2:54:08
3  Colin MILLER                   CAN  2:56:13
4  Justin BIRKS                   CAN  2:59:21
5  Phil BRUCH                     CAN  2:59:43
6  Tim WIWCHAR                    CAN  3:03:29
7  Joshua BASHOW                  CAN  3:04:35
8  Christopher POOLI              CAN  3:04:49
9  Rod FRANZEN                    CAN  3:07:04
10 Paddy BROGAN                   CAN  3:07:52
 
WOMEN:
1  Kellie YOUNG                   CAN  3:07:52
2  Paige HOWAT                    CAN  3:11:50
3  Deb RUSELL                     CAN  3:12:10
4  Jen PANTELUK                   CAN  3:14:47
5  Caila PATTERSON                CAN  3:15:50
6  Catherine BROWN                CAN  3:21:23
7  Sheila MCPHERSON               CAN  3:23:57
8  Joanne RICHARDSON              CAN  3:24:28
9  Mandy SELLARS                  CAN  3:25:11
10 Kendra BLACKFORD               CAN  3:26:41

11 OCTOBER 2009: NOVI SAD NIS MARATHON, SERBIA

Serbia's second largest city, the capital of Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, hosted the 17th edition this year with the start and finish right in the centre of town in front of City Hall. The course runs mostly along the Danube, beside newly constructed bridges and city districts, past the University campus and the old palace of the Assembly and Government of Vojvodina, and along the left bank of the river, across from the famous Petrovaradin Fortress.

The weather was sunny (12°C) for the 200 participants in the Marathon, coming from 13 countries, which also included a relay race. Additionally, there were 1000 pupils from primary and secondary schools, and more than 150 children of pre-school age who took part in the Joy Race, together with their teachers and parents.

MEN:
1  Goran CEGAR                    SRB  2:47:21
2  Nebosja MILENKOVIC             SRB  2:50:33
3  Ivan OGNJANOVIC                SRB  2:51:07
4  Attila HILEP                   SRB  2:51:12
5  Nemanja NIKOLIC                SRB  2:51:53
5  Milos KESIC                    SRB  2:58:16 
6  Haina WANG                     CHN  2:58:31
7  Veljko POPOVIC                 SRB  2:59:43
8  Ugljesa NIKOLIC                SRB  3:06:47
9  Goran STOJANOV                 SRB  3:08:58
10 Slobodan MILADINOVIC           SRB  3:09:59
 
WOMEN:
1  Haina WANG                     CHN  2:58:31
2  Tanja FADUMILO                 SRB  3:39:08

11 OCTOBER 2009: TIMISAORA MARATHON, ROMANIA

MEN:
1  Zsombor DEAL                  ROM  2:43:26
2  Laurentiu BOGDANESCU          ROM  2:43:35
3  Danut CERNAT                  ROM  2:51:06
4  Catalin MICLAUS               ROM  2:58:00
5  Maurizio MANDOLA              ITA  2:58:22
6  Lulian ZAHARIA                ROM  3:05:20
7  Daniel SUMALAN                     3:16:06
8  Anthony ETIEN                 FRA  3:21:00
9  Cosmin MUTEL                  ROM  3:21:26
10 Razvan FARKAS                 ROM  3:24:44
 
WOMEN:
1  Silva BANDA                   ROM  3:44:59
 
HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Marius RAGOBETE               ROM  1:17:48  
2  Marius DORLE                  ROM  1:18:38
3  Karsten LABORN                GER  1:19:46
 
WOMEN:
1  Hiroko OGAWA                  JPN  1:24:54
2  Lidia DOBRE                   ROM  1:32:57
3  Daniela POPESCU               ROM  1:34:27

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17 OCTOBER 2009: AMMAN INTERNATIONAL MARATHON, JORDAN

MEN:
1  David KIPTUM                   KEN  2:20:48
2  Girma BEYENE                   ETH  2:21:39
3  Said BOUDALIA                  ITA  2:21:58
4  Joseph KEINO                   KEN  2:23:00
5  Mohamed TEMAN                  ETH  2:26:36
6  Methgal Abu DREES              JOR  2:27:18
7  Isaac Kupkemboi BIWOTT         KEN  2:31:42
8  Michael CHELIMO                KEN  2:31:57
 
WOMEN:
1  Tadelech TELILA                ETH  2:51:39
2  Etaferahu GETAHUN              ETH  2:54:19
3  Lilian CHELIMO                 KEN  2:57:53
4  Habtamnesh Gashaw MENCHO       ETH  3:20:33
5  Joyce Chepngeno KIRUI          KEN  3:20:57

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18 OCTOBER 2009: HYX BEIJING MARATHON, CHINA

World Champion Bai Xue of China defended her Beijing title in a time eight minutes slower than last year while Kenyan Samuel Mugo won the men's race with a personal best writes Jean Yung. Conditons at race start were good (8°C), but it turned windy in the second half.

Pacemaker Nicholas Manza set a fierce pace, towing a group of six Kenyans through 10km in 30:00. By halfway this had split into two groups with Manza leading Mugo, Benson Barus and Rachid Kisri of Morocco. They reached 30km still on 3mins/km pace but Kisri started to fase soon afterwards. At 32km Barus and Mugo took over the lead, although Manza kept up. Mugo continued to press on and sprinted more than 10m ahead of Manza as the two ran past the iconic Bird's Nest stadium on Olympic Boulevard. Mugo glanced back several times but claimed victory with a personal best of 2:08:20.

In the absence of current world leaders, Chinese women swept the podium for the second year. Bai Xue, 20, the youngest ever World marathon champion, took the win followed by newcomers Zhang Xin and Zhu Xiaoling. At halfway Zhu was in the lead, chased by Ethiopia's Hayato Hasso and Bai. By 30km Alice Timbilili was only non-Chinese remaining in the five-strong leading group. She hung in tenaciously until, approaching 40km, Bai made her move and sprinted ahead for an unassailable lead.

MEN:
1  Samuel MUGO                    KEN  2:08:20
2  Nicholas MANZA                 KEN  2:08:42
3  Benson BARUS                   KEN  2:08:51
4  Rachid KISRI                   MAR  2:09:36
5  Berga Bekele BERGA             ETH  2:09:41
6  David KEMBOI                   KEN  2:11:49
7  Gang LIU                       CHN  2:12:36
8  Masashi HAYASHI                JPN  2:12:39
9  Edwin KOMEN                    KEN  2:12:49
10 Ping HE                        CHN  2:12:53
 
WOMEN:
1  Xue BAI                        CHN  2:34:44
2  Xin ZHANG                      CHN  2:34:49
3  Xiaoling ZHU                   CHN  2:34:55
4  Chunxiu ZHOU                   CHN  2:34:57
5  Alice TIMBILILI                KEN  2:35:48
6  Weiwei SUN                     CHN  2:35:51
7  Fengmei WANG                   CHN  2:36:16
8  Jie TANG                       CHN  2:36:28
9  Yanan WEI                      CHN  2:36:40
10 Junmei ZHANG                   CHN  2:36:44

18 OCTOBER 2009: TORONTO MARATHON, CANADA

MEN:
1  Paul RUGUT                    KEN  2:26:09
2  Joel KIMARU                   KEN  2:33:40
3  John REULAND                       2:35:10
4  Louis Philippe GARNEAU        CAN  2:36:56
5  Michael LAVOIE                CAN  2:37:43
6  Predrag MLADENOVIC            CAN  2:40:14
7  Dennis COLBURN                CAN  2:43:07
8  Kyle AITKEN                   CAN  2:45:18
9  Jason MATTHEWS                CAN  2:46:07
10 Porter PATRICK                CAN  2:49:44
 
WOMEN:
1  Elizabeth RANDELL             USA  2:57:54
2  Joanne BINK                   CAN  2:58:57
3  Vanessa MORRIS                CAN  3:01:35
4  Lyne BESSETTE                 CAN  3:02:31
5  Adrienne MOORE                CAN  3:08:26
6  Miranda TOMENSON              CAN  3:11:11
7  Angela BATSFORD               CAN  3:11:30
8  Verity MACKELLAR              CAN  3:12:52
9  Kinue TAGA                    CAN  3:14:18
10 Heather PERLMUTTE             CAN  3:14:23

18 OCTOBER 2009: MEDITERRANEAN MARATHON, SPAIN

MEN:
1  Otmane BTAINI                      2:19:40
2  Rober G GORRIS                     2:40:27
3  Enrique P DEL REY                  2:41:21
4  Antonio SEVILLANO                  2:42:46
5  Abdelali AFIA                      2:47:37
6  Josep MORENO                       2:49:12
7  Pablo V TORRES                     2:49:50
8  Jordi A VAZQUEZ                    2:50:06
9  Jose PORTILLO                      2:50:34
10 Marc GRIERSON                      2:52:39
 
WOMEN:
1  Olga G MONDET                      3:09:02
2  Maria DE MONTAN C BERTRAN          3:50:12
3  Raquel S CEPEDA                    3:50:32
4  Rebecca WALTER                     4:08:19
5  Purificacion S CEUVAS              4:58:42
 
HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Victor MARTINEZ                    1:09:30
2  Marco Antonio CEPEDA               1:09:51
3  Josep SANSA                        1:11:18
 
WOMEN:
1  Susana LOREZ SANTOS                1:26:59
2  Mireia PRAT CASIMIRO               1:32:19
3  Maria MIETTINEN                    1:32:40

18 OCTOBER 2009: AMSTERDAM MARATHON, NETHERLANDS

Photos: Tom Metiary

In his Marathon debut Gilbert Yegon won the 34th edition and broke Haile Gebrselassie's 2005 course record by two seconds writes Wim Van Hemert. The 21-year-old Kenyan was an impressive winner ahead of compatriots Elijah Keitany and Paul Biwott, who also both set personal best times.

In nearly ideal weather (11°C, light wind and sunny) a large group of 26 set out on a fast pace (5km in 14:48). The pace stayed sharp and 12 men passed the half way mark in 1:02:57. That group stayed together until 30km (1:29:38) but the pace told in the next 5km with only four runners together at 35km (1:44:22) Yegon, Keitany, Biwott and Nicolas Chelimo. Yegon broke away soon after and was never in danger. He covered 35-40km in 14:48. "In the last stretch to the Olympic Stadium I was hindered by cramps in my legs." he said. "Had I not had this problem I could have gone under 2:06:00."

Eyerusalem Kuma won the women's race ahead of compatriot Woinshet Girma. Hilda Kibet, Dutch by marriage, took the national title in third place. Kuma and Kibet led from the start with another another Ethiopian, Etalemahu Kidane. Only after 35km did Kuma break away, as Girma finished strongly to take the runner-up spot.

MEN:
1  Gilbert YEGON               KEN  2:06:18
2  Elijah KEITANY              KEN  2:06:41
3  Paul BIWOTT                 KEN  2:07:02
4  Teferi WODAJO               ETH  2:07:45
5  Nicholas CHELIMO            KEN  2:07:46
6  Daniel YEGO                 KEN  2:08:20  
7  Daniel KOSGEI               KEN  2:08:58
8  Getu FELEKE                 ETH  2:09:32
9  Tesfaye TOLA                ETH  2:10:22
10 Evans KIPLAGAT              KEN  2:10:46

WOMEN:
1  Eyerusalem KUMA             ETH  2:27:43
2  Woinshet GIRMA              ETH  2:29:50
3  Hilda KIBET                 NED  2:30:33
4  Etalemahu KIDANE            ETH  2:31:11
5  Teresa PULIDO               ESP  2:32:53
6  Meseret LEGESSE             ETH  2:33:18  
7  Mram VAN REIJEN             NED  2:44:02
8  Colette FAGAN               GBR  2:45:11 
9  Cicilia FAGER               SWE  2:45:46
10 Gladys Ganielo ONEILL       GBR  2:46:46

18 OCTOBER 2009: ISTANBUL MARATHON, TURKEY

Kasime Roba defended his title in the 31st edition, with fellow Ethiopian and debutante Bizunesh Urgesa taking the women's race.

A big men's group thinned out slowly, with no significant move from Roba as Daniel Gatheru did most of the leading. It was only after 35km, as Gatheru faded, that Roba started to take control, gradually outpacing his closest rivals to win in a time a minute slower than he recorded the previous year.

Ashu Kasim was the longtime leader of the women's race, passing halfway in 1:13:55 and staying ahead until 38km. She then faded, allowing the 20-year old Urgesea to come through for her debut victory.

MEN:
1  Kasime Adilo ROBA              ETH  2:12:14
2  Faisal Bader SHEBTO            QAT  2:12:54
3  Joseph KAHUGU                  KEN  2:13:32
4  Dennis Musembi NDISO           KEN  2:13:51
5  Daniel Nderitu GATHERU         KEN  2:14:02
6  Jafred CHIRCHIR                KEN  2:14:04
7  Gudeta Gemechu BIRATU          ETH  2:16:55
8  Michael Njoroge KIMANI         KEN  2:17:05
     
WOMEN:
1  Bizunesh URGESA                ETH  2:32:45
2  Ashu KASIM                     ETH  2:34:54
3  Svetlana SEMOVA                RUS  2:37:04
4  Margaret ATODONYANG            KEN  2:38:25
5  Bahar DODAN                    TUR  2:38:54
6  Almaz ALEMU                    ETH  2:39:47
7  Alemitu Abera BEGNA            ETH  2:40:43
8  Wayinshet Abebe HAILU          ETH  2:42:57

18 OCTOBER 2009: DONG-A ILBO GYEONGJU INT'L MARATHON, KOREA

MEN:
1  Yemane ADHANE                  ETH  2:08:52
2  Abraham TADESSE                ETH  2:11:11
3  Tesfaye ETICHA                 ETH  2:12:02
4  Moses ARUSEI                   KEN  2:12:50
5  Henry KAPKIAI                  KEN  2:13:03
6  James CHEBOI                   KEN  2:13:37
7  Larbi ESSAADI                  ALG  2:14:33
8  Girma Berhanu BEKELE           ETH  2:18:56
9  Ju-Young PARK                  KOR  2:18:57
10 Pavel TEPLYCH                  RUS  2:19:06
 
WOMEN:
1  Young-Jin KIM                  KOR  2:46:42

18 OCTOBER 2009: BUCHAREST CITY MARATHON, ROMANIA

MEN:
1  Chemboi Erik YATOR            KEN  2:20:35
2  Musila J KIOKO                KEN  2:21:04
3  Kiprop J MIBEI                KEN  2:21:29
4  Oloisa D KELLUM               KEN  2:25:03
5  Kamau M MACHARIA              KEN  2:25:19
6  Petrea HRISTEA                ROM  2:27:55
7  Monel Virgil SABOU            ROM  2:28:14
8  Beniamin RASADEA              ROM  2:28:21
9  Maricel GARMAN                ROM  2:37:41
10 Ianos A MIKLOS                ROM  2:38:08

WOMEN:
1  Daniela E CIRLAN              ROM  2:44:49
2  Valentina DELION              ROM  2:48:44
3  Claudia P TODORAN             ROM  2:51:32
4  Alina N PETRESCU              ROM  2:52:31
5  Raula S MAXIM                 ROM  2:55:00
6  Ana HECICO                    ROM  2:56:45
7  Viorica HASNA                 ROM  2:59:26
8  Alexandra ZUBER               AUS  3:21:38
9                                ROM  3:25:35
10 Mostrey GENEVIEVE             ROM  3:48:05

18 OCTOBER 2009: MARATON INT'L DE GUADALAJARA, MEXICO

MEN:
1  Philip K METTO                KEN  2:16:39
2  Franco H PROCOPIO             KEN  2:17:23
3  Christopher K TOROITICH       KEN  2:19:00
4  Fidel G QUINTANA                   2:19:06
5  Cornelius L KIRWA                  2:19:21
6  Francisco B CUAMATZI               2:19:40
7  Arturo M DELGADO                   2:22:13
8  Jose A ARREDONDO              MEX  2:22:51
9  Jared N OTWORI                KEN  2:22:57
10 Ramos H ZAVALETA              MEX  2:24:26
 
WOMEN:
1  Adriana F MIRANDA                  2:35:55
2  Karina P DELGADO              MEX  2:38:35
3  Monica MUTHONI                     2:43:47
4  Paula A JUAREZ                     2:44:27
5  Patricia R GUTIERREZ          MEX  2:45:14
6  Emma M CARMONA                     2:51:12
7  Misha Elena R FERNANDEZ       MEX  2:54:38
8  Hassel M BARRERA                   2:54:41
9  Alice N WARUGURU              KEN  2:55:41
10 Liliana M FERNANDEZ           MEX  3:03:30

18 OCTOBER 2009: ST DENIS HALF MARATHON, FRANCE

MEN:
1  Hermano FERREIRA              POR  1:02:53
2  Helder ORNELAS                POR  1:02:57
3  Fernando SILVA                POR  1:02:58
4  Pascal M SARWAT               CZE  1:03:00
5  Youssef EL KALAI              POR  1:03:07
6  Jose ROCHA                    POR  1:03:19
7  Luis FEITEIRA                 POR  1:03:54
8  Alberto CHAICA                POR  1:04:19
9  Manuel DAMIAO                 POR  1:04:54
10 Jan KREISINGER                CZE  1:06:06
 
WOMEN:
1  Oleksandra AZAROVA            UKR  1:17:06  
2  Olena BURKOVSKA               UKR  1:20:12
3  Heidi WILD                         1:29:50
4  Kerstin KOCH                       1:43:49
5  Maud DELAUNAY                 FRA  1:44:41
6  Virginie PATOUX               FRA  1:46:04 
7  Angelina LEPOITTEVIN          FRA  1:46:25
8  Fabienne SACCHOLLI            FRA  1:46:39
9  Benedicte CORLOSQUET          FRA  1:46:50
10 Anais TABELING                FRA  1:49:39

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25 OCTOBER 2009: COMMERZBANK FRANKFURT MARATHON, GERMANY

Photos: Victah Sailer, PhotoRun

Gilbert Kirwa of Kenya broke both the defending champion and the course record writes Pat Butcher. When defending champion Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot took the lead shortly after 25km, it looked as if he was on his way to victory, but Kirwa pegged him back within 5km. They ran together until 38km when Kirwa gradually moved ahead to win by over 50m with Cheruiyot improving his winning time of last year by almost a minute.

Cheruiyot blamed an ongoing hamstring problem, for causing him to slow down, and let Kirwa take the advantage. He said, "It's the same problem I had in Boston," where he finished fifth in April. Although he was on paper the fastest man in the field, with his 2:06:50 from ten years ago, William Kiplagat, 37, claimed beforehand that he is more of coach nowadays, principally to Cheruiyot. Yet he showed many of his young compatriots how to do it, by finishing third, also inside the previous record.

Guenther Weidlinger, tenth, broke the 23-year old national record of Gerhard Hartmann by almost two minutes.

After overnight rain and a misty early morning, the temperature for the 10:00 start was perfect at 12°C, with the sun breaking through. A group of 20 went through halfway in 63:35, half a minute slower than anticipated, but it gave the leaders the oportunity to run a faster second half, infinitely preferable to hanging on for grim death at the end.

Kirwa recorded the 17th equal fastest marathon time on record and earnings of well over $100,000.

MEN:
1  Gilbert KIRWA                  KEN  2:06:14
2  Robert K CHERUIYOT             KEN  2:06:23
3  William KIPLAGAT               KEN  2:07:05
4  Elias KEMBOI                   KEN  2:08:15
5  Alemayehu TAFERE               ETH  2:08:46
6  Sammy KURGAT                   KEN  2:09:34
7  Benjamin KIPTOO                KEN  2:10:07
8  Laban KIPKEMBOI                KEN  2:10:40
9  Siraj Amda GENA                ETH  2:10:41
10 Guenther WEIDLINGER            AUT  2:10:47
 
WOMEN:
1  Agnes KIPROP                   KEN  2:26:57
2  Hellen KIMUTAI                 KEN  2:27:50
3  Karolina JARZYNSKA             POL  2:29:10
4  Firehiwot DADO                 ETH  2:29:20
5  Rasa DRAZDAUSKAITE             LTU  2:30:29
6  Georgina RONO                  KEN  2:31:49
7  Atsede BAYISA                  ETH  2:32:05
8  Rose CHERUIYOT                 KEN  2:32:05

25 OCTOBER 2009: VENICE MARATHON, ITALY

Photos: Lorenzo Sampaolo

John Komen broke the course record with 2:08:13, thanks to a faster second half on a very difficult section of the course writes Diego Sampaolo. Anne Kosgei won the women's race in a new personal best time.

Two Kenyan pacemakers led an eleven-man group through halfway in 1:04:32. By 30km there were only six left. At the start of the famous Ponte della Libertŕ (Bridge of Freedom) at 34km which links Mestre with Venice, Komen and Paul Samoei broke away from Benson Cherono and Alexander Kuzin. After 35km Komen injected a fierce change of pace which proved to be decisive. He still looked fresh in the final 3km when he entered Venice to face the famous 14 bridges which have made the Venice Marathon famous all over the world. Komen's winning time of 2:08:13 is very good considering that the leading pack was keeping a 2:09-2:10 pace until Komen changed gear in the final 12km. Paul Samoei in second lowered his lifetime best by 1:28.

The women's race started a few minutes before the men's from Strŕ on the banks of the Brenta River. After a conservative start Bruna Genovese paced the leading group The leaders went through halfway in 1:13:46 but at 25km pacing finished and Kosgei took the initiative. Only the two Ethiopians Yal Koren and Haji Makda managed to keep up with her to start with, and at 30km (1:44:39) the race developed into a contest between Kosgei and Koren, with a neck and neck battle on the Bridge of Freedom as they went through 35km in 2:01:58. Kosgei was the stronger and carved out a winning margin of 40 seconds, improving her previous best from her second-placed finish in Venice 2007. It was her first career win, after three second places here. It was Koren's first ever marathon and four women dipped under the 2:30 barrier.

MEN: 
1  John KOMEN                     KEN  2:08:13
2  Paul SAMOEI                    KEN  2:10:09
3  Benson CHERONO                 KEN  2:10:19
4  Alexander KUZIN                UKR  2:10:54
5  Joseph LOMALA                  KEN  2:11:44
6  Jonathan KIBET                 KEN  2:12:09
7  Mikhail KULKOV                 RUS  2:17:31
8  Silas RUTTO                    KEN  2:19:32
9  Pasquale RUTIGLIANO            ITA  2:20:18
10 Tommaso VACCINA                ITA  2:21:19
 
WOMEN: 
1  Anne KOSGEI                    KEN  2:27:46
2  Jelena Yal KOREN               ETH  2:28:41
3  Alena SAMOKHYALOVA             RUS  2:28:47
4  Makda Haji HARUN               ETH  2:29:56
5  Ana DIAS                       POR  2:30:12
6  Yelena SOKOLOVA                RUS  2:31:54
7  Margaret TOROITICH             KEN  2:32:12
8  Giovanna VOLPATO               ITA  2:32:15
9  Diana LOBACEVSKE               LIT  2:35:06
10 Tadese Boru FEYSE              ETH  2:36:57

25 OCTOBER 2009: NIAGARA FALLS INT'L MARATHON, CANADA

Married Marathoners Andrew Smith and Tara Quinn-Smith from Toronto took the top places on their respective races. Andrew broke away from the pack in the first kilometres of the race. Trailing behind him were Janusz Sarnicki (Poland), Niklas Kroehn (Austria), and Brian Grudowski (USA). Andrew finished seven minutes ahead of his nearest rival. Tara Quinn-Smith followed up at 2:46:20, seven minutes ahead of female runner-up Emily Tallen. Husband and wife hope to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

The event attracted over 5000 participants. They came out to run in the Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10km and 5km. 1000 students also came to run in the Schools Marathon Challenge bring the number of participants to over 6000. The day offered perfect running conditions. Next year's Niagara Falls International Marathon will be held on 24 October 2010.

MEN:
1  Andrew SMITH                  CAN  2:27:54
2  Janusz SARNICKI               POL  2:34:57
3  Niklas KROEHN                 AUS  2:35:26
4  Brian GRUDOWSKI               USA  2:39:56
5  Daniel FELEKE                 CAN  2:43:27
6  Aj KELLY                      USA  2:44:35
7  Jon FRENCH                    USA  2:45:10
8  Rejean BOURGOUIN              CAN  2:50:50
9  Terry GEHL                    CAN  2:53:16
10 James BRADY                   USA  2:53:33
 
WOMEN:
1  Tara QUINN-SMITH              CAN  2:46:21
2  Emily TALLEN                  CAN  2:53:56
3  Myriam GRENON                 CAN  2:54:27
4  Nathalie GOYER                CAN  2:56:06
5  Colleen BERRY                 CAN  3:09:15
6  Agathe NICHOLSON              CAN  3:10:37
7  Peggy LABONTE                 CAN  3:10:55
8  Louise VOGHEL                 CAN  3:16:34
9  Lisa SCHAFFER                 USA  3:23:35
10 Lesley RASMUSSEN              CAN  3:26:07

25 OCTOBER 2009: MARINE CORPS MARATHON, USA

MEN:
1  John MENTZER                   USA  2:21:47
2  Jacob JOHNSON                  USA  2:25:02
3  Salvador MIRANDA               MEX  2:25:24
 
WOMEN:
1  Muliye GURMU                   ETH  2:49:48
2  Jaymee MARTY                   USA  2:50:15
3  Kyla BARBOUR                   USA  2:50:47

25 OCTOBER 2009: LJUBLJANA MARATHON, SLOVENIA

Just two weeks after her fourth place in the World Half Marathon Championships in Birmingham Caroline Cheptanui Kilel smashed her marathon best by five minutes in winning the 14th Ljubljana Marathon writes Bob Ramsak. She had set a best half marathon time of 1:08:16 in Birmingham. In between times "I just mostly relaxed" said Kilel, whose modest pre-race ambition was to break 2:30. She was in the lead group of four which passed halfway in 1:12:45, led by her husband, Vincent Kipkemboi, who continued to pace to 30km. By 35km she had dropped the 2007 champion Tetyana Filonyuk of Ukraine and gave it her all over the final stages. Filonyuk held on for second and improved her personal best by almsoit a minute. The previous course record was Slovenian record holder Helena Javornik's 2:32:33 from 1998.

In the men's race solid pace-setting kept the tempo on sub-2:10 target through to 35km with five men remaining in contention. William Biama was clearly the strongest, dropping William Kwambai Kipchumba by 40km. But Iaroslav Musinschi of Moldova came through strongly in the final stages, running almost stride-for-stride with Biama with 400m to go. Biama had enough left to dispose of the challenge and won in a time just 19 seconds shy of his career best. Musinschi, three seconds behind, improved his best by a minute-and-a-half. The first six finishers all dipped under the 2:12:49 event record set by Ukrainian Oleksandr Sitkovskiyy in 2007.

The race, run in ideal conditions on a new more picturesque course, was also the farewell marathon for Slovenian record holder (2:11:50, 2000) Roman Kejžar. The 42-year-old, a three-time Olympian, was 12th overall in 2:19:24.

Including Saturday's children's races and Sunday's marathon, half-marathon and 9.2km fun run, just under 20,000 people participated, approximately eight percent of the Slovenian capital's population.

MEN:
1  William BIAMA                 KEN  2:10:12
2  Musinschi IAROSLAV            MDA  2:10:15
3  Kipchumba W KWAMBAI           KEN  2:10:52
4  Chumba S KIPKOSGEI            KEN  2:11:08
5  Kwaila P NEIBEI               KEN  2:12:07
6  Yator B MINIGWO               KEN  2:12:43
7  Kipchirchir K JUSTUS          KEN  2:13:06
8  Mesfin TESFAYOHANNES          ERI  2:16:24
9  Lemma FEKADU                  ETH  2:17:41
10 Ndiwa A MASAI                 KEN  2:19:02
 
WOMEN:
1  Caroline CHEPTANUI KILEL      KEN  2:25:24
2  Teytyana FILONYUK             UKR  2:26:55
3  Selomie K GETNET              ETH  2:31:15
4  Fate G TOLA                   ETH  2:35:22
5  Nadezda TRILINSKAYA           RUS  2:36:55
6  Olga ROSSEEVA                 RUS  2:37:54
7  Julia RUBAN                   UKR  2:39:07
8  Tiruwork MEKONNEN             ETH  2:42:19
9  Chemunge S CHELIMO            KEN  2:44:58
10 Nataliya LEHONKOVA            UKR  2:48:30
 
HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Mitja KOSOVELJ                SLO  1:07:33
2  Robert KOTNIK                 SLO  1:11:20
3  Tomaz FERJANCIC               SLO  1:13:09
 
WOMEN:
1  Lucija KRKOC                  SLO  1:18:29
2  Tanja ZAKELJ                  SLO  1:21:15
3  Petra SINK                    SLO  1:22:44
 
10KM RUN
MEN:
1  Bostjan BUC                   SLO  29:03
2  Peter LETNAR                  SLO  30:27
3  David VALENTI                 SLO  30:44
 
WOMEN:
1  Irena VIZINTIN                SLO  34:46
2  Katja RAKUSCEK                SLO  36:37
3  Tina BERCIC                   SLO  36:47

25 OCTOBER 2009: LAUSANNE MARATHON, SWITZERLAND

MEN:
1  Urgessa WEYESSA               ETH  2:21:01
2  Girma WOYASA                  ETH  2:22:10
3  Lucien EPINEY                 SUI  2:33:15
4  Laurent CHAMBRON              SUI  2:35:47
5  Bruno PHILIPONA               SUI  2:37:20
6  Guy SIMPSON                   SUI  2:37:32
7  Rolf THALLINGER               SUI  2:42:14
8  Andreas THODE                 SUI  2:42:38
9  Nicolas BULLIARD              SUI  2:42:56
10 Pierre-Alain PEYREFITTE       SUI  2:45:31
 
WOMEN:
1  Joanna CHMIEL-GRONT           POL  2:54:59
2  Laurence YERLY-CATTIN         SUI  2:55:56
3  Lucilia DELPEDRO              SUI  2:59:58
4  Fabiola O RUEDA               SUI  3:05:37
5  Simone SCHWARZ                SUI  3:07:27
6  Janet SELLSPERGER             SUI  3:09:15
7  Rachel WHITTAKER              SUI  3:09:41
8  Nicole GEORGEOT               SUI  3:11:10
9  Jaqueline KELLER              SUI  3:12:13
10 Elisabeth GUILLEMAUT          SUI  3:13:15

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Hailu BEGASHEWE               ETH  1:05:59
2  Girma TISGE                   ETH  1:06:04
3  Zeremariam BERHE              ETH  1:06:19
 
WOMEN:
1  Tsige WORKU                   ETH  1:14:37
2  Laura HREBEC                  SUI  1:15:48
3  Askaleshe MERACHE             ETH  1:17:27

25 OCTOBER 2009:GRAND MARATHON INT'L DE CASABLANCA, MOROCCO

Kenyans and Ethiopians dominated at the front of the 15,000 strong field for the second edition of the race, writes Mohammed Benchrif. Kenyan Hillary Kipchumba, fourth the last year, won the men's race ahead of his compatriots Sammy Rotich and Amos Matei Tirop. The first Moroccan to cross the line was Abdelkarim Boubker in 12th in 2:21:59.

Ethiopian Amane Chawo was a clear in front of compatriots Yeshi Esayais, who was third in 2008, and Tgist Abdi. Morroco's Samira Raif ended up fourth in 2:41:00, the same finishing position as last year when she clocked 2:38:19.

The race was held under difficult conditions, with temperatures reaching 28°C and 70% humidity. Consequently the record ambitions of the organisers for second edition of this the pleasant urban course were thwarted.

MEN:
1  Hillary KIPCHUMBA             KEN  2:12:37
2  Sammy ROTICH                  KEN  2:13:36
3  Amos M TIROP                  KEN  2:13:57
4  Samson RAMADHANI              TAN  2:15:25
5  Berhanu GIRMA                 ETH  2:15:57
6  Onesmus KILONZO               KEN  2:17:42
7  Julius KILIMO                 KEN  2:17:48
8  Techmedhin SEMBETA            ETH  2:18:17
9  Terer KILAGAT                 KEN  2:19:46
10 Joseph MUTISO                 KEN  2:19:47
 
WOMEN:
1  Amane CHAWO                   ETH  2:34:32
2  Yeshi ESAYAIS                 ETH  2:36:09
3  Tigist ABDI                   ETH  2:39:38
4  Samira RAAIF                  MAR  2:41:04
5  Eva Maria GRADWOHL                 2:42:22

25 OCTOBER 2009: CHOSUNILBO CHUNCHEON INT'L MARATHON, KOREA

The 63rd edition attracted some 20,000 runners representing 20 countries. The lakeside loop course has great scenic beauty with autumnal colours on one side and crystal waters on the other. Both races were dominated by East African runners who occupied all the top placings.

Mulugeta Wami, younger brother of Ethiopian legend Gete Wami, ran a personal best to win the men's race, beating a bevy of Kenyan runners. Running shoulder to shoulder, Wami broke away from second-placed Nelson Rotich at the kilometre-long hill starting 41km and ran through to the finish. The first Korean to cross the line was Shin Chul-woo in 12th with 2:18:18.

In the women's race Korean Kim Seon-jeong was a clear winner ahead of her compatriot Noh Hyun-jin, who debuted at the distance.

MEN:
1  Mulugeta WAMI                  ETH  2:09:50
2  Nelson Kirwa ROTICH            KEN  2:10:13
3  Kiplagat Shadrack KIPCHUMBA    KEN  2:10:25
4  Jackson KOECH                  KEN  2:10:35
5  Slyvester Kimeli TEIMET        KEN  2:11:24
6  Abraham CHELANGA               KEN  2:11:46
7  Kemei Armon KIPCHIRCHIR        KEN  2:13:07
8  Yared Dagnaw SHAREW            ETH  2:14:13
9  Julius Ndiritu KARINGA         KEN  2:15:17
10 Al Mustafa RIYADH              BRN  2:16:21

WOMEN:
1  Seon-jeong KIM                 KOR  2:49:35
2  Hyun-jin NOH                   KOR  2:52:35

25 OCTOBER 2009: MEDIO MARATON TURISTICO NUEVO VALLARTA, MEXICO

MEN:
1  Carlos J RAZO                      1:15:46
2  Arnulfo V SALDIVAR                 1:18:39
3  Silviano V DE LA CRUZ              1:22:43
4  Manuel H R GUTIERREZ               1:23:22
5  Adan V MIRANDA                     1:26:26
6  Alejandro M C QUEVEDO              1:28:06
7  Jose R DE LEON                     1:28:44
8  Pontus S WALLENBORG                1:31:12
9  Anuar C H GOMEZ                    1:34:54
10 Jorge R ALVARADO                   1:35:31
 
WOMEN:
1  Leticia E E JOYA                   1:29:15
2  Patricia L B FAMOSO                1:40:08
3  Hortencia PICHARDO                 1:42:16
4  Angelica M M ALVAREZ               1:44:10
5  Laura C DIAZ                       1:47:31
6  Elena M A GOMEZ                    1:51:35
7  Cecilia L C ALVAREZ                1:52:22
8  Magdalena M P URIBE                1:52:47
9  Lucia S ARANDA                     1:53:33
10 Rocio A M CALDERON                 1:53:57

25 OCTOBER 2009: ALAND MARATHON & HALF, FINLAND

MEN:
1  Olof THUNEGAARD               FIN  2:44:20
2  Stefan SUNDSTROM                   2:47:36
3  Marcus HULTGREN                    2:54:12
4  Jiri VILPPOLA                      2:54:45
5  Fritjof FAGERLUND                  2:55:02
6  Mats LISS                          2:57:01
7  Teemu VIRTANEN                     2:59:52
8  Markus KARLSSON                    3:00:31
9  Timo MIEKKA                        3:01:51
10 Anders BRUNANDER                   3:02:42
 
WOMEN:
1  Anna STOCKHAMMER                   3:20:56
2  Asa KARLSSON                       3:21:33
3  Susanne REIMAN                     3:23:13
4  Anu OSSBERG                        3:24:00
5  Kaisa TIITINEN                     3:28:13
6  Emma LINDWALL                      3:29:52
7  Ing-Britt HULTEN                   3:30:51
8  Agneta JONSSON                     3:37:01
9  Marika HACKSELL                    3:38:56
10 Elina JUNNILA                      3:41:57
 
HALF MARATHON 
MEN:
1  Olle NORBERG                       1:17:05
2  Jussi KUMPULA                      1:17:39
3  Mats LINDHOLM                      1:21:31
 
WOMEN:
1  Johanna KAHLROTH                   1:31:55
2  Carita SODERGARD                   1:34:50
3  Satu PALMROTH                      1:35:30

25 OCTOBER 2009: STANDARD CHARTERED NAIROBI MARATHON, KENYA

MEN:
1  Moses KIGEN                    KEN  2:10:12
2  Nathan NABEI                   KEN  2:11:16
3  Peter Kiplagat SITIENI         KEN  2:11:32
4  Simon MUKUM                    KEN  2:11:39
5  Meshack KOSGEI                 KEN  2:11:45
6  Joseph Kimeli LAGAT            KEN  2:13:15
7  Samuel K KEMBOI                KEN  2:13:28
8  Daniel Kirwa LEL               KEN  2:13:52
9  David Mosop KIPKOECH           KEN  2:13;56
10 Francis Kiptoo KIBII           KEN  2:14:03
 
WOMEN:
1  Irene JEROTICH                 KEN  2:28:57
2  Alice Cheplangat NYERECHI      KEN  2:30:38
3  Sharon Jemutai CHEROP          KEN  2:33:53
4  Irene Mogaka KEMUNTU           KEN  2:35:51
5  Rebby Cherono KOECH            KEN  2:38:23
6  Zeddy CHEPKOECH                KEN  2:39:37
7  Caroline Komen CHEMUTAI        KEN  2:40:29
8  Kemunto Jackline NYANGERI      KEN  2:40:44
9  Peris Jepkorir KIPRONO         KEN  2:42:08
10 Eunice JEPTOO                  KEN  2:44:12
 
HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Ernest Kiprugut KEBEMEI        KEN  1:01:54
2  Barnabas Kiplagat KOSGEI       KEN  1:02:12
3  Ngugi Geoffrey KANYANJUI       KEN  1:02:18
 
WOMEN:
1  Magdalene Jepkorir CHEMJOR     KEN  1:12:18
2  Consalater YADAA               KEN  1:12:47
3  Pamela Chepkoech BUNDOTICH     KEN  1:12:50

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26 OCTOBER 2009: LIFESTYLE SPORTS DUBLIN CITY MARATHON, IRELAND

MEN:
1  Feyisa LILESA                 ETH  2:09:12
2  Aleksey SOKOLOV               RUS  2:10:38
3  Serem NOAH                    KEN  2:11:14
4  Aleksey SOKOLOV               RUS  2:12:35
5  Ruben INDONGO                 NAM  2:12:38
6  Andrej TOPTUN                 UKR  2:12:41
7  Thomas OMWENGA                KEN  2:12:50
8  Andriy NAUMOV                 UKR  2:13:37
9  Peter K BIWOTT                KEN  2:14:34
 
WOMEN:
1  Kateryna STETSENKO            UKR  2:32:45
2  Helalia JOHANNES              NAM  2:33:26
3  Tiki GELANA                   ETH  2:33:49
4  Hadish L NAGASH               ETH  2:34:50
5  Larissa ZOUSKO                RUS  2:35:46
6  Tatiana MEZENTSEVA            UKR  2:38:57
7  Ayelu Lemma GEDA              ETH  2:45:29
8  Annette KEALY                 IRL  2:45:43
9  Pauline CURLEY                IRL  2:46:13
10 Claire MC CARTHY              IRL  2:48:58

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31 OCTOBER 2009: 100.GI, GIBRALTAR

Men's winner photo: Nadeem Khan
Women's winner photo: Hilary Walker

Gibraltar, a nation of close to 30,000 people, is one of IAU's newest members writes Nadeem Khan. It was the venue chosen for the IAU 50km Trophy Final in which selected runners were invited to compete on the basis of their times in 50km races around the world. Slightly misty and with temperatures in the mid-20s, the race was run over a 2km start section and six 8km laps.

Lucas Nonyana won the men's race after a fierce competition with Michael Wardian (USA). Only in the last 8km did Nonyana move ahead Briton Paul Molineux, who had run very conservative race then came past Wardian to take second.

Kami Semick took the lead in the early stages of the women's race and never relinquished it, although she slowed to finish outside her 3:20 target. Monica Carlin had started fast but faded in the middle stages before rallying at the end to regain silver medal position.

MEN:
1  Lucas NONYANA                      2:58:03
2  Paul MOLINEUX                      3:00:15
3  Michael WARDIAN                    3:00:58
4  David KIRKLAND                     3:03:10
5  Julian RENDALL                     3:12:35
6  Pieter VERMEESCH                   3:13:40
7  Hermans MOKGODI                    3:13:52
8  Daniel ORALEK                      3:14:16
9  Justin FYFFE                       3:15:02
10 Andrea BERNABEI                    3:15:10
 
WOMEN:
1  Kami SEMICK                        3:29:48
2  Monica CARLIN                      3:37:10
3  Lesley TRAIN                       3:38:23
4  June PETRIE                        3:44:35
5  Amanda STICKEL                     3:52:38
6  Heather FOUNDLING-HUWKER           3:58:58
7  Verity TOLHURSI                    4:06:54

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