Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medallist, Sheila Chepkirui smashed the women course record at the Brasov Running Festival 10km Run held on Sunday in Brasov, Romania.
The 31 year-old who came to this race with the fastest time on paper of 29:46 that she got in 2020 at 10K Valencia Ibercaja where she took the honors, scared the women only world record as she missed it with six seconds.
Chepkirui erased the old record of 32:11 that was set last year by Nelly Jepchumba with a new course record of 30:07.
Chepkirui who led a 1-2 Kenyan podium finish was followed by Agnes Ngetich who crossed the line in second in 30:30 with Uganda’s 5000m National Record holder, Sarah Chelangat coming home in third in 30:31. The two also came home under the old course record.
Kenyan born –Romanian athlete Stella Rutto failed in her bid to lower the National Record as she crossed the line four seconds shy of the record with a time of 32:04. She finished in seventh place.
The race was graced by World Women record holder and seven-time World Marathon Majors winner Mary Keitany, who raced in the kids events and was also given the opportunity to reward medals to the winners.
”I really enjoy the city, the weather, the atmosphere, the race, a great course and the excellent conditions for world-class running,” said Keitany,
Kenya’s Winfridah Moraa Moseti smashed the course record at the 21st edition of the Madrid Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (4) in Madrid, Spain.
The 25 year-old who came to this race with a lifetime best of 1:08.22 that she got at last year’s edition where she finished in fourth place.
Moseti faced a deep field that included Rio Olympic 10,00m champion Almaz Ayana from Ethiopia, Dorcas Jepchumba Kimeli and Sharon Kemboi.
Moseti who knew the course so well that it motivated her to forge ahead and thrash the deep field and also erase the old course record of 1:07.46 that was set by Nelly Jepchumba last year and setting a new course record and a personal best of1:07.22.
Moseti was followed by Kemboi who also ran under the old course record as she crossed the line in second place in a time of 1:07.28.
Ethiopia’s Betelihem Afenigus Yemer closed the podium first three finishes in a time of 1:07.47.
The Nakuru City Half Marathon champion, Catherine Reline and double world champion Ayana finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 1:08.07 and 1:08.22 respectively.
Kenya’s Nelly Jepchumba smashed the course record of the 20th Edition of the Madrid Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (14) in Madrid. Spain.
Jpechumba battled two Ethiopians, Alemitu Tariku Olana and Ayinadis Teshome Birle but she overpowered them to run a new personal best and course record of 1:07.47 breaking the previous course record of 1:09.40 that had been set in 2014 by Cynthia Jerotich from Kenya.
She was followed closely by Olana who crossed the line in second place eleven seconds later. Birle closed the first three podium finishes in 1:08.18.
The top five runners all ran under the old course record.
Winfridah Moraa Moseti and Sandrafelis Chebet Tuei both from Kenya came home in fourth and fifth place in 1:08.22 and 1:09.01 respectively.
Kenya’s Nelly Jepchumba won the fifth edition of the Bucharest International Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (19) at the King Mihai I Park (Herastrau Park) in Bucharest, Romania.
Jpechumba led a 1-2 Kenya podium finish as she crossed the line 1:08.56 with Stella Jepkosgei Rutto settling in second a minute later. The 2019 Amsterdam Marathon winner, Alemu Worknesh from Ethiopia finished in third place in 1:11.56