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Hellen Obiri beats Peres Jepchirchir by a whisker in England

Double World 5000m champion, Hellen Obiri narrowly beat the Olympic marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir at the 41st edition of the Great North Run that will be held on Sunday (11) from Newcastle to South Shields in England.

Obiri who defeated Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion Eilish McColgan in last year’s edition was pushed to the tape by Jepchirchir who is the two-time world half marathon champion and also the women-only half marathon world record-holder of 1:05.16. This year ‘s victory was decided by just two seconds with the latter taking the honors in one of the bruising battle ever seen in Shields.

Obiri’s winning time of 1:07.05 was a minute and a half behind the Great North Run’s current women’s record holder Mary Keitany, also from Kenya.

Jepchirchir who came to this race as the second fastest runner after the winner settled in second in 1:07.07.

The former Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana from Ethiopia, who is making her come back after taking sabbatical leave, announced her return on the road with a third place finish in a time of 1:07.10

The 2012 World Junior women’s 3000m Champion, Hiwot Gebrekidan from Ethiopia came home in fourth place  in 1:07.22 with Four times European Cross Country Champion, Charlotte Purdue who also finished in third place last year, relegated to fifth in 1:10.11.



  1. Hellen Obiri             (KEN) 1:07.05
  2. Peres Jepchirchir     (KEN) 1:07.07
  3. Almaz Ayana            (ETH) 1:07.10
  4. Hiwot Gebrekidan   (ETH) 1:07.22
  5. Charlotte Purdue     (BRT) 1:10.11

Hellen Obiri to clash with Peres Jepchirchir at the Great North Run

Double world 5000m champion, Hellen Obiri will clash with the Tokyo Olympic marathon champion, Peres Jepchirchir at the 41st edition of the Great North Run that will be held on Sunday (11) from Newcastle to South Shields in England.

Obiri defeated Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion Eilish McColgan, who will be performing the role of official starter this weekend, will battle for honors with Jepchirchir who is the two-time world half marathon champion and also the women-only half marathon world record-holder of 1:05.16.

The 32 year-old who will be defending her title, comes to this race with a personal best of 1:04.51 which is fourteen seconds faster that Jepchirchir’s.

The two will face-off with former Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana from Ethiopia, who is making her come back after taking sabbatical leave and her fellow compatriot Hiwot Gebrekidan, who is the 2012 World Junior women’s 3000m Champion.

The home team will be led by with Jess Piasecki who comes to the race with a personal best of 1:07.20 that she got early this year at the 30a Mitja Marató Internacional Vila de Santa Pola, where she took the silver.

Four times European Cross Country Champion, Charlotte Purdue who also finished in third place last year has also been lined up to fight for the title as well as the European Indoor 3000m champion Amy Eloise Markovc who will be making her debut over the distance.

The race Organisers confirm half marathon showpiece will proceed on Sunday, with tributes planned to The Queen. Organisers of the Great North Run have confirmed that the half marathon showpiece will go ahead this coming Sunday (September 11), albeit with changes being made to the planned weekend of running in the North East of England. With alterations being made to the sporting calendar, in light of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, there had been doubts as to whether or not the event would proceed.

The Great North 5k, due to incorporate the inaugural UK Athletics 5km Championships and set to take place this evening (September 9), has been cancelled, while this year’s Mini and Junior Great North Run has been postponed.

Eilish McColgan to make marathon debut in London

British half marathon record holder to run 26.2 miles for the first time, at TCS London Marathon on October 2

Eilish McColgan will make her much anticipated marathon debut in London on October 2 as she takes on a world class field around the streets of the British capital.

The 31-year-old Scot broke Paula Radcliffe’s British half marathon record of 1:06:47 back on February 19, after clocking 1:06:26 at Ras Al Khaimah and now feels like it’s the right time to take on the marathon.

Since McColgan started competing on the roads she has broken the British 5km record, European 10km record and set a British best over 10 miles.

Given her natural progression through the higher distances on both track and field, it was always a question of not if but when McColgan took on 26.2 miles.

“It’s really just coming from a confidence side of things,” McColgan says. “I think I’ve known for like a very long time that like, this is where my career would go. I think my mum and my dad have known even longer than I have. From being a young kid they always said the marathon was the event I’d end up going to.

“The way I’ve progressed over the years now through the distances, taking on both the 5km and 10km, I remember thinking, I’ll never ever run a half marathon. And yet now, I’m excited. I couldn’t wait to get out and race it against some of those the top athletes in the world.

“It is my choice. I feel I’m going to do it when I’m ready to do it and I think that’s that time is coming now. I think there’s no better place to do that than the London Marathon.

McColgan takes to the streets of the British capital 26 years after her mum, Liz McColgan won the race. Like Eilish, Liz started out on the track and gradually progressed to the marathon, winning on debut in New York in 1991 before her triumph in London five years later.

“It’s amazing and it’s a bit surreal,” McColgan adds. “The more iconic images I’ve got in my head as a youngster were my mum running the London Marathon with Buckingham Palace in the background. It’s just incredible that so many years later I’m following in her footsteps and I think she’s excited to see that finally come into action.

“It’s always the iconic event. It was the one where I always watched my mum run as a kid when I sat in the hospitality area and ate all the free food! There’s not a London Marathon that my mum and dad have ever missed. It’s just got a buzz and everyone speaks about it, even those who don’t know much about athletics.”

Although this is McColgan’s debut marathon she does have experience of the London circuit though, having been the pacemaker for Charlotte Purdue last year.

Purdue is also part of the line-up which includes world marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei, defending champion Joyciline Jepkosgei and the fastest-ever female marathon debutant Yalemzerf Yehualaw.

Ethiopian duo Degitu Azimeraw and Ashete Bekere, who finished second and third last year, also return. Bekere finished second behind Kosgei at this year’s Tokyo Marathon.

In total, the field contains an astonishing nine women who have run inside 2:20.

So, how fast can McColgan run?

“I think to be competitive against the other British girls, I think we’re definitely capable of running 2:20 or under,” she says. “That’s certainly something that over from between now to Paris, I’ll have a big goal of trying to get down to those sort of times.

“Is 2:15 [Paula Radcliffe’s British and European record] unrealistic? Right now, I’d say so but if you ask me in a year’s time, who knows? I feel like I’m definitely growing with confidence. The more that I get these races behind me and certainly on the roads as well, as I said, it’s totally new to me.

“So I don’t want to completely limit myself because that’s certainly what I’ve done in the past. I just had no belief at all that I would ever achieve any of these times but I’m a different person now.”

Source: athleticsweekly.com

Hellen Obiri to battle Ruth Chepngetich and Eilish McColgan in Manchester

Double World 5000m champion, Hellen Obiri will be the star to watch at the Great Manchester Run 10km Road Race that will be held on Sunday (22) in Manchester.

The 31 year-old will have an uphill task as she will face a deep elite field that has ever been assembled in Manchester.

The rich elite field includes former world half marathon record holder, Ruth Chepngetich who clocked 1:04.02 but the time was lowered by Letesenbet Gidey last year when she blazed off with an astonishing time of 1:02.52 at the Valencia Half marathon. Chepngetich is also fresh from taking the 10,000m race at the recently Athletics Kenya National Championships.

The reigning Commonwealth Games 5000m champion and the world cross-country gold medallist, will also renew her rivalry with the European Championships Silver medallist, Eilish McColgan, whom she beat by six seconds last year at the Great North Run.

McColgan has been in great form in recent time setting a UK 5km record early this month and followed it with a victory in the Vitality London 10k where she ran a personal best of 30:26, missing Paula Radcliffe’s British record by six seconds.

The 2011 Pan American Games champion, Sara Hall is another title contender as she comes with the third fastest time on paper of 31:33 that she got last year at the Mastercard NY Mini 10K where she took the honors.

South African ultra-marathon specialist, Gerda Steyn, will also test her speed over 10km as she also carries a time of 32:24 that she got at the 2020 Dubai 10k where she took the honors.

Three times European junior Cross Country Champion, Charlotte Purdue leads the British contingent that include Jess Piasecki, Steph Twell, Lauren Heyes, Lily Partridge and Calli Thackery.

Joyciline Jepkosgei to face Peres Jepchirchir at Boston Marathon

Tokyo Olympic Marathon champion, Peres Jepchirchir will lead a power-packed women’s elite fiend for the 26th edition of the Boston Marathon title that will be held on Monday April 18, 2022.

Jepchirchir, who won both the Olympic and New York City Marathons last year is the fastest women in the field that was announced by the race organisers.

“We are delighted to welcome the fastest and most accomplished women’s field in the history of the Boston Marathon,” said Boston Athletic Association president and CEO Tom Grilk through a statement. “Though there have been many milestones in the five decades since the women’s division was established in Boston, this field of Olympic and Paralympic medalists, Boston champions, and global stars will make this a race to remember on Patriots’ Day.”

The adidas-sponsored athlete has a personal best of 2:17.16 that she set in Valencia in 2020

There’s something uniquely special about the Boston Marathon, and I absolutely can’t wait to line up in Hopkinton this April for the race!” Jepchirchir will face off with the London Marathon winner Joyciline Jepkosgei who holds a personal best of 2:17.43.

Seven women have broken the 2:20 barrier with a dozen running under 2:23 mark, including reigning, the 2021 London runner-up Degitu Azimeraw of Ethiopia who holds a personal best of 2:17.58 and 2021 Olympic fourth-placed Roza Dereje of Ethiopia of pb 2:18.30.

In addition to Molly Seidel, the Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist will lead other top Americans like Sara Hall of 2:20.32, Des Linden (2:22.38), and Kellyn Taylor (2:24.28).



  1. Peres Jepchirchir,           KEN, 2:17.16   (Valencia, 2020)
  2. Joyciline Jepkosgei,        KEN, 2:17.43   (London, 2021)
  3. Degitu Azimeraw,           ETH, 2:17.58   (London, 2021)
  4. Roza Dereje,                     ETH, 2:18.30   (Valencia, 2019)
  5. Zeineba Yimer,                ETH, 2:19.28   (Valencia, 2019)
  6. Edna Kiplagat                  KEN, 2:19.50   (London, 2012)
  7. Tigist Girma,                    ETH, 2:19.52   (Amsterdam, 2019)
  8. Maurine Chepkemoi,      KEN, 2:20.18   (Amsterdam, 2021)
  9. Sara Hall,                          USA, 2:20.32  (Chandler, 2020)
  10. Desiree Linden,               USA, 2:22.38 (Boston, 2011)
  11. Viola Cheptoo,                KEN, 2:22.44  (New York City, 2021)
  12. Purity Changwony,         KEN, 2:22.46   (Ampugnano, 2021)
  13. Charlotte Purdue,           GBR, 2:23.26   (London, 2021)
  14. Kellyn Taylor,                   USA, 2:24.28   (Duluth, 2018)
  15. Molly Seidel,                    USA, 2:24.42   (New York City, 2021)
  16. Malindi Elmore               CAN, 2:24.50  (Houston, 2020)
  17. Mary Ngugi,                     KEN, 2:25.20  (Boston, 2021)
  18. Monicah Ngige,               KEN, 2:25.32  (Boston, 2021)

Hellen Obiri wins the Great North Run half marathon

Olympic 5000m silver medalist Hellen Obiri won the 40th edition of the Great North Run half marathon that was held on Sunday (12) from Newcastle to South Shields in England.

The 31 year-old made her half marathon debut at the Istanbul Half Marathon last April where she ran an exceptional 1:04.51 making her the fourth-fastest Kenyan of all-time.

Obiri has been defeated three times recently on the track by Burudi’s Francine Niyonsaba including the recent race in Zuric Meet where she finished second and called it a day on the track events as she now puts her energy on road races which has paid off as she fought off to claim the GNR title in a time of 1:07.42.

Obiri was followed closely by European Indoor bronze medallist Champion Eilish McColgan from United Kingdom, who crossed the line six seconds later.

Eilish McColgan (L) Hellen Obiri (C) and Charlotte Purdue from UK pose for a photo after the race. PHOTO: GNR

The third place went to the 2013 European Cross Country bronze medallist Champion, Charlotte Purdue from Britain who pulled 1:08.49.

Galen Rupp to battle Bashir Abdi at Great North Run

The 2012 Olympic Games gold medallist in 10,000m Galen Rupp will be the star to watch at the 40th edition of the Great North Run that will be held on Sunday (12) from Newcastle to South Shields in England.

The 2016 Rio marathon bronze medallist is coming off of an eighth place finish in the Olympic Marathon in Sapporo last month.  A veteran of seven half-marathons, the former Oregon Duck carries on his shoulder a personal best of 59:47 that he got at the 2018 Roma-Ostia half-marathon in Italy.

The 35 year-old American will battle for the top honors as he faces off with the recently crowned bronze medallist in the marathon at the 2020 Summer Olympics,  Somali-born Belgian Bashir Abdi who knows this streets well having participated in this race in 2018 where he finished in third place in 1:01.42. The 32 year-old has a personal best of 1:01.50 that he got in 2017 at the Lille Half Marathon in France.

Other established athletes slated to run are Britain’s Marc Scott who has a personal best of 1:00.35 and Jake Smith of 1:00.31 and Belgium’s Soufiane Bouchikhi of 1:02.59 are also competing on the men’s side, as is Britain’s Charlotte Purdue (1:08:23).

This year’s race has the inclusion of several track athletes making their half-marathon debuts. Those include Stewart McSweyn, the Australian record holder for both the mile (3:48.37) and 10,000m (27:23.80); Eilish McColgan, the British record holder for 5000m (14:28.55); Edward Cheserek, the Kenyan record holder for the indoor mile (3:49.44); and Dominique Scott, the South African record holder for 3000m indoors (8:41.18).

The assembled elite athletes will be fighting to try and lower the race course record of 58:56 that was set in 2011Kenya’s Martin Mathathi.