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Tsehay Gemechu sets ADHM course record

Delhi, India – 20 October 2019 – Ethiopia’s Tsehay Gemechu retained her Airtel Delhi Half Marathon title but added lustre to her triumph by smashing the course record she had set 12 months ago in the Indian capital when she ran 66:00 on Sunday. Gemechu, still just 21, took 50 seconds off the time she ran in 2018 to win the $27,000 first prize at the IAAF Gold Label road race and also pocketed a course record bonus of $10,000. [Read more…]

SuperHalfs – 5 international cities series created

Five of the world’s leading half marathons have partnered to create the new SuperHalfs international running series. [Read more…]

Sifan Hassan course record at Berlin Half

sifan hassan - berlin half marathon

Germany – Sifan Hassan produced the highlight of the 39th edition of the GENERALI BERLIN HALF MARATHON with a world-class time and a course record of 65:45. While the Dutch was more than three minutes ahead the top three men all finished inside three seconds. Kenya’s William Wanjiku won with 61:00. [Read more…]

Kiptum, new world half marathon record in Valencia

Abraham Kiptum - Valencia Half

Valencia, Spain – One year after his compatriot Joyciline Jepkosgei broke the women’s world record at the Medio Maratón de Valencia Trinidad Alfonso, Kenya’s Abraham Kiptum broke the men’s world record* at the IAAF Gold Label road race, clocking 58:18 to take five seconds off the mark set by Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese in 2010. [Read more…]

Tsehay Gemechu surprise Delhi Half Marathon winner

Tsehay Gemechu - Delhi Half Marathon

Delhi, 21 October 2018: The pre-race publicity for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018 focussed on a duel between Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba and Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgogei, quite rightly considering their careers and 2018 racing records, but Dibaba’s compatriot Tsehay Gemechu hadn’t read the script and flew to a course record of 1:06:50 on Sunday. [Read more…]

Minsk Half Marathon 2018 proves successful again

Minsk Half Marathon 2018

Nearly 35,000 runners took part in this year’s edition of the Minsk Half Marathon on 9 September, an event which is expanding in participation and reputation with every passing year. [Read more…]

Erick Kiptanui wins Berlin Half Marathon 2018

Erick Kiptanui - Berlin Half 2018

Berlin, Germany – Kenya’s newcomer Erick Kiptanui clocked a sensational course record of 58:42 and tied the world lead in the Berlin Half Marathon. Running only his third race in Europe and winning for the third time Kiptanui achieved the joint fifth fastest half marathon time ever. He missed the world record by just 19 seconds on the fast Berlin course. [Read more…]

Gudeta sets record in Valencia

Netsanet Gudeta - Valencia Half Marathon

Spain, 24th March – Netsanet Gudeta Kebede of Ethiopia broke the women’s-only race world record* in the half marathon today, clocking 1:06:11 at the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018. [Read more…]

Japan Rules Phukethon 2017

 Azusa Nojiri - Pukethon 2017

Thailand – Japanese athletes dominated the inaugural Phukethon, the first annual running festival on the Thai holiday island of Phuket. Clubmates, Hiroki Kai and Azusa Nojiri won their respective marathons with Nojiri finishing sixth overall; while Kansuke Morihashi won the men’s half-marathon, with Thai Olympian in Rio last year, Natthaya Thanaronnwat winning the women’s ‘half’. [Read more…]

Phukethon – Sea Sand and Sweat

soh - singapore

Phuket: Phuketon – It takes a lot to stop a long distance runner even before they have launched into their half or full marathon or even (much) longer. Ever since the introduction of the big-city marathons in the early 1970s, so successful has been the notion of travelling the world to run a race that marathons in such disparate locations as the South Pole, Siberia, and various deserts have been augmented by longer runs like the Great Wall event in China, the Comrades 89k race in South Africa, and even in locations where lesser mortals fear to tread, such as Pyongyang in North Korea and last month’s temples race in Myanmar; which is doubtless why the infinitely more attractive location of the Thai holiday island of Phuket has attracted 9000 people to a new event this weekend. [Read more…]