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.