Welcome to the first instalment of the Run161 Road Running News Roundup. Once or twice per week, I’ll share a handful of headlines from the world of road running so that you don’t have to trawl the web to stay up to date on what is going on. If you have suggestions for headlines that should be included in future editions, hit me up on Twitter, or send me an email.
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.