European XC Champs and Inaugural Abu Dhabi Marathon

Ingebrigtsens Lead The Way for Norway at the Euro XC Championships

It was another proud day for Norwegian running, and once more it was the Ingebrigtsen brothers that lead the way. First out, younger brother Jakob won the individual gold in the U20 competition. This was the third consecutive win for Jakob, who had originally wanted to compete in the open class, but the 18-year-old was denied because of the 20 years minimum age limit. As if that was not enough, the results from compatriots Simen Halle Haugen and Håkon Stavik who placed 5th and 22nd respectively, were enough to secure Norwegian gold in the team competition as well.

Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal claimed her fourth consecutive bronze medal in the women’s open race. Her late charge for the win was not enough to upset Fabienne Schlumpf in second and Yasemin Can of Turkey, who took her third consecutive gold in the competition.

In the men’s open class, it was all about Filip Ingebrigtsen, who claimed an unexpected win ahead of Belgian Isaac Kimeli and Turkey’s Aras Kaya after edging out the competition in a sprint finish. Speaking to the domestic press after his win, Filip Ingebrigtsen spoke about how he had tried to work on his weaknesses over the past couple of years, and the last twelve months in particular. Having previously been the brother with the least pedigree in both cross country and longer distances, he told the press that he had worked on his base endurance, and felt fitter than ever. Seeing how much he had improved motivated him to make more of an effort in the long distances on the track in the future.

For full coverage of all the races at the Euro XC champs, head on over to the official European Athletics website.

Fast Times and Controversy at the Inaugural Abu Dhabi Marathon

Newly crowned half marathon world record holder, Abraham Kiptum, was the big favourite at the inaugural Abu Dhabi Marathon. The Kenyan had to settle for second, however, after finishing 2:04:16, which was twelve seconds behind his fellow countryman Marius Kipserem.

That said, the good folks over at Letsrun are not convinced that the course was accurately measured, and they have provided convincing arguments to back up their stance. It will be interesting to see if the fast finishing times are ratified and included in the IAAF yearly best lists.

Kipchoge Named World Athlete of The Year by IAAF

All-time marathon great Eliud Kipchoge was named the male athlete of the year by the IAAF earlier this week, after running 2:01:39 and obliterating the old marathon world record in Berlin a couple of months back.

Marathons, Marathons and More Marathons This Weekend

First Male Japanese Winner in Over a Decade at Fukuoka Marathon

Yuma Hattori became the first Japanese man to claim first place in the Fukuoka Marathon since 2004, as he won the race this morning in 2:07:27, a two-minute improvement of his old personal best. Ethiopian Yemane Tsegay (2:08:54) and Eritrea’s Amanuel Mesel (2:09:45) claimed the two other spots on the podium.

New Records in Valencia Marathon

In Spain, it was Ethiopian Ashete Dido who won the female race with a new course record finishing time of 2:21:14, after catching up to and passing runner-up Cheromei from Kenya just after the 37-kilometre mark. Weldegebril from Ethiopia took the last spot on the podium in the women’s race.

Ethiopia claimed top honours in the men’s race as well, with Leule Gebrselassie set a new record on Spanish soil with the time 2:04:30. Both second and third place came in under 2:05, with El Hassan El Abbassi of Bahrain with a setting a new Asian record finishing second with 2:04:43, and Matthew Kisorio of Kenya coming third with 2:04:53.

US Marathon Championships at CIM

For the better part of the race, Matt Llano was in total control of the California International Marathon, which doubled as the US Marathon Championships this year, and he looked capable of beating his 2:12:28 personal best. Towards the end, however, Llano started to struggle. Brogan Austin put down a magnificent end to the race, and surpassed Llano and claimed the US Championship Title with the finishing time 2:12:38, ahead of Llano (2:12:59) and John Izewski (2:13:14).

In the women’s race, there were no such upsets. Emma Bates took charge of the race from the start, and convincingly claimed the win with a time of 2:28:18. Steph Bruce claimed second place with a 15-second personal best, with an impressive finish time of 2:29:20 quite quickly after competing in the New York Marathon. Sam Roecker rounded out the podium with third place in 2:30:23.

Turkey Trots and National Records Grab the Headlines

King Ches is Back and Breaking Records

Ed Cheserek, the Kenyan currently residing in Flagstaff, Arizona, US, broke both Paul Chelimo and the Course Record when he ran the Manchester Road Race earlier this week. The new course record for the 7.65 kilometres (4.75 miles) long course is 21:16, and Letsrun reports that the winning margin of 28 seconds is the biggest in the 82-year history of the race. Another Kenyan, 19-year old Celliphine Chespol, won the women’s race in 24:33.

Mo Farah to run the 2019 London Marathon

The least surprising news of the week came when it was confirmed that Mo Farah will be returning to run the London marathon in 2019. Farah came third in this year’s edition back in April, before he took his first World Majors’ Marathon win at Chicago this fall. He isn’t looking for a free run at the win in his hometown, however, and wants reigning champion and all-time marathon great Eliud Kipchoge to return to London in 2019 as well.

New National Record in Florence Marathon

Lonah Chemtai Salpeter won the women’s race in Florence this afternoon, with the time 2:24:17, which was a new Israeli national record with a cool 11 minutes. The Kenyan born runner now holds the Israeli records in every mainstream distance on the track and roads, from 1500 meters to the marathon. In the men’s race, Ali Abdu Gelelchi of Bahrain took the win in what was his marathon debut, with a finishing time of 2:11:32.

History of the Turkey Trot

It seems like everyone and their dog in the US has been running a race this weekend. If you’re a foreigner, like me, and find yourself wondering about the story behind the “Turkey Trot” Runner’s World has an interesting article detailing how Thanksgiving weekend became the most popular weekend for running road races in the US.

Joshua Cheptegei Breaks 15k World Best and More Road Racing News

Cheptegei Sets New 15km World Best

22-year-old Joshua Cheptegei from Uganda set a new world best time in the 15 km (not an “official world record distance”) this morning when he ran 41:05 in Nijmegen in Holland. The Ugandan, who represents The NN Running Team, dropped his pacers in the first 5k and closed the race with kilometre splits of 2:35, 2:34 and 2:37. Phew!

Ethiopians Take Center Stage in Shanghai

Yebrgual Melese Arage of Ethiopia won the women’s race of Shanghai Marathon and set a new course record with her 2:20:37 finish. In the men’s race, it was Seifu Tura Abdiwak who claimed the first spot as he finished the race in 2:09:20. Other notable finishers included former World Record holder Denis Kimetto, who came in 10th with the time 2:14:55. That’s a cool 12 minutes slower than his old 2:02:57 WR, which was bested by Eliud Kipchoge (2:01:39) in Berlin a couple of months back.

New Course Record in “World’s Greatest Half Marathon”

It was an epic race in what has been claimed to be the “world’s greatest half marathon” which saw Vincent Lamoi break the Ageo City Half Marathon course record and set a new PR in 1:01:19. The race included notable runners such as Japan’s new national record holder in the marathon, Yuta Shitara, and reigning champion of the Boston Marathon, Yuki Kawauchi. Read the full recap from the race over at Japan Running News.

New York Marathon, Flanagan Talks Retirement and Centro Leaves NOP

Keitany and Desisa Take the Top Honours in New York Marathon

It was a perfect day for running fast in New York this morning, and Mary Keitany won the women’s race by obliterating the rest of the field and closing the race with a 66:58 second half. Finishing in 2:22:48, she just missed out on Margaret Okayo’s 15-year-old course record which stands at 2:22:31. Another Kenyan, Vivian Cheruiyot, came second, while last year’s champion Shalane Flanagan took third place.

In the men’s race, Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa won in 2:05:59 after breaking away from compatriot Shura Kitata, who finished two seconds behind, just before the finish line. Reigning champion Geoffrey Kamworor came third in 2:06:26, bettering his winning time from last year with more than four minutes. Desisa’s winning time was the second faster ever run in New York, just 54 seconds slower than Geoffrey Mutai’s course record from 2011.

Shalane Flanagan Retiring from Competitive Running?

Speaking to the press after finishing third in the New York Marathon, Shalane Flanagan indicated that she’s thinking about stepping down from competitive running. She says she will take some time to make a decision but said that “it’s more getting toward the time to serve others.”

Matt Centrowitz Leaves Nike Oregon Project

Another Olympic Champion has packed his bags and said “toodeloo” to the Nike Oregon Project and coach Alberto Salazar. Matt Centrowitz confirmed to Letsrun this week that he has followed Mo Farah’s lead and stepped away from NOP. “Centro” currently serves as assistant coach at the University of Washington.

New Half Marathon World Record, Frankfurt Marathon and More News From the Road Running World

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Abraham Kiptum Sets a New Half Marathon World Record at Valencia

Step aside Zersenay Tadese, because Abraham Kiptum from Kenya has usurped the half marathon World Record earlier today in Valencia. The new record 58:18, five seconds faster than Tadese’s old record which had stood since 2010. Kiptum, whose marathon best is 2:05:26 from Amsterdam a year back, closed out the final 10k in 27:16 and bettered his own personal best by nearly 30 seconds en route to the new World Record.

The fact that four runners went under 59 minutes says it all about the conditions in Valencia today. Ethiopians Jamal Yimer (58:33) and Abadi Hamis (58:44) took the remaining two spots on the podium. The two African countries grabbed all the top 10 spots, with a total of six Kenyan runners in the top 10 to Ethiopia’s four.

Cold and Windy at The Frankfurt Marathon

Kelkile Woldaregay from Ethiopia took first place in the Frankfurt Marathon today with a winning time of 2:06:37. Martin Kosgei, Kenya, crossed the line only three seconds later to claim second place, while his compatriot Alex Kibet came third in 2:07:09. German Arne Gabius came in as the top European in 2:11:45, while my countryman Andreas Myhre Sjurseth gets an honourable mention after finishing 17th with the time 2:17:12.

It was a joyous day for Ethiopia, as three of their runners took all the podium spots in the women’s race. Meskerem Wondimagegn claimed the win in 2:20:36, and she was followed by Haftamnesh Haylu and Bedatu Badane who finished in 2:20:47 and 2:21:32 respectively.

Middle Distance Runners Rock the Roads

Australia’s Stewy McSweyn isn’t resting on his laurels during the break track season break. He set a new home soil record for an Australian in the 10k, and a new course record, as he took first place in the Burnie Ten with a finish time of 28:03.

The Ingebrigtsen family also ran a 10k on the roads, as they joined Norwegian road race Hytteplanmila as a pit stop on their way to Flagstaff from a training block in the highlands. Henrik and Filip duked it out for the victory, with the former grabbing the win with a late surge. Henrik came in at 28:41, while Filip finished in 28:47, and both beat Sondre Nordstad Moen’s old course record 28:50. Youngest brother Jakob had to sit out the race with a cold.

Gjert Ingebrigtsen Discusses Family Dynamics in New Book

Speaking of the Ingebrigtsen family, Gjert has released a new book this week in which he reveals details about dynamics within the runners of the group. Writing about the lead up to important championships, Henrik is described as emotional, Filip the quiet stoic, while Jakob doesn’t get a word in edgewise.

The book also discusses a key workout just days ahead of the European Championship, a 10 x 300-metre repeat session, where Henrik went out guns blazing and couldn’t finish the session as prescribed. This caused a lot of frustration among the brothers, and the older brother lashed out at their father and coach for tailoring their training to the two younger brothers while overlooking Henrik’s needs as he was returning from injuries which saw him sidelined for almost two full seasons.

It all ended well, though, as they adjusted the session on the fly, and Henrik impressed his father by finishing the workout in a strong fashion. The workout obviously did the trick, as Henrik became the first person to medal in four consecutive European Track and Field Championships when he finished second behind younger brother Jakob in the 5000 metres event. Jakob, of course, took a historic double as he became the youngest ever gold winner in both the 1500 and 5000, while Filip was injured after he took a tumble in his 1500 qualification heat.

Galen Rupp has Surgery, Won’t Run 2019 Spring Marathon

The biggest star on the US marathon scene, Galen Rupp, misses out on the 2019 spring marathon season after having surgery on a troublesome foot. It was the left Achilles that caused the problems, and hobby joggers everywhere are speculating that the Vaporfly shoes are to blame.