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NN Zevenheuvelenloop Road Race cancelled

World famous 15km Road race better known as the NN Zevenheuvelenloop (Seven Hills Run) in Nijmegen has been cancelled due to rising COVID-19 cases in the Netherlands.

The organizers of the race where the world best times for both men and women were set, were ready to make a triumphant return on Sunday 21 November in Netherlands after a two-year hiatus, but were forced to cancel the race only yesterday.

“We really did everything we could to set up a safe NN Zevenheuvelenloop,” said Alexander Vandevelde the director of the Zevenheuvelenloop Foundation in a statement. “Our gratitude goes out to the municipality of Nijmegen for all their efforts and of course also to everyone who supported us until the last moment in our search for a safe edition. We sympathize with the disappointed runners who were looking forward to our fall classic.”

The NN Zevenheuvelenloop was founded in 1984 and has consistently been one of the world’s most competitive road races. Past champions include Ethiopia’s Haile Gebreselasie, Tirunesh Dibaba and Sileshi Sihene (three victories each); Kenya’s Tegla Loroupe (3 wins), and Scotland’s Liz McColgan (1 win).

Chepetegei stepped his first foot at the Nijmegen in 2015, where he was still a relatively unknown athlete when he won the very stormy edition and he went on to set the record and becoming Mr. Zevenheuvelen  and the only athlete to win four times; the 2016, 2017 and the 2018 edition consecutively. He was scheduled to run this year’s race.

Peres Jepchirchir targets the New York City Marathon title

Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir has been in stellar form over the last two seasons, and will be hoping to wrap up the year on a high at the 50th edition of the New York City Marathon that will be held on Sunday (7) in New York.

The 27 year comes to the TCS New York Marathon off not only winning the Olympic gold in Tokyo but six straight road race wins in her last six races.

“2021 has already been a magical year, and I am excited that it is not yet over,” Jepchirchir said in a New York Road Runners press release. “The excitement in Kenya around my performance in the Olympic Games has been very high, and I know that a victory in New York will mean so much to the people of Kenya.”

She claimed Olympic gold in on the course at the Tokyo games, to add on to her two record World half marathon titles, the last of which she won in 2020. Tegla Loroupe, Paula Radcliffe, and Lornah Kiplagat are the only women to win more than one half marathon world title.

Jepchirchir comes to this race with a personal best of 2:17.16 that she got at the 2020 Valencia Marathon. She is the fastest athlete on paper and she will be joined by Nancy Kiprop also from Kenya who was fourth the last time the race was held in 2019, and Viola Lagat, the younger sister of five-time Olympian Bernard Lagat.

The Record-Breaking History of Berlin Marathon

With Eliud Kipchoge’s world-record race in Berlin in 2018, the course has now witnessed 11 world records.

Is Berlin the fastest marathon in the world? It certainly seems so, as 11 world records on one course is an unmatched credential.

Last year, Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) won Berlin in a blistering time of 2:01:39, a new world record by 1 minute 18 seconds. Kipchoge’s performance marked the first time anyone has broken the 2:02 barrier in the marathon; and it was one of several barrier-breaking performances seen in Berlin. The course also witnessed the first sub-2:05, 2:04, and 2:03 marathons.

Eliud Kipchoge breaks the marathon world record at the 2018 Berlin Marathon. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Berlin has had a lock on the men’s world record since 2003, as well as hosting three break-throughs by women since 1977. Why is this such a great spot for fast times? Cool conditions, flat well-maintained roads, and carefully selected elite fields are the Berlin formula. Add in a phalanx of well-drilled pace-makers who protect and guide each aspiring record-breaker with Germanic efficiency, and you have many elements for success.

The race was founded in 1974 by a Berlin baker, Horst Milde, who combined his passion for running with a family bread and cake business that had flourished just west of the Brandenburg Gate for 300 years. His first marathon had 244 finishers, only 10 of them were women. It was won in a modest 2:44:53 on the men’s side, and 3:22:01 for the women.

Milde patiently kneaded the race like dough until it rose to become this year’s gourmet mega-dollar global-audience marathon with 44,000 sought-after starters. With Milde still a watchful presence, the race remains under the auspices of his Charlottenburg sports club, with his non-baker son Mark Milde as race director.

When Germany achieved reunification in October 1990 after 45 years of division and military occupation, the Berlin Marathon went through the previous Eastern Zone for the first time and gained a world profile as symbol of the new sense of free and open access that swept Europe.

Here, we’re looking into the stories behind the course’s 11 world records.


Christa Vahlensieck (West Germany) ran a world record 2:34:47 at Berlin at a time when female runners were beginning to discover the new opportunity of the marathon, building the pressure that led to its inclusion for the 1984 Olympics. Vahlensieck was a protegée of Dr. Ernst Van Aaken, a visionary advocate for the health benefits of exercise and the endurance abilities of women.

For three years the world record had been swapped between Vahlensieck, France’s Chantal Langlacé and USA’s Jacqueline Hansen. When Vahlensieck took back the record on German soil, it was consolation for Van Aaken, who had lost both legs in an automobile accident.



Ronaldo da Costa, a Brazilian, youngest of a poor family of 11, had only rarely competed outside his home country. At the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, he finished a modest 16th in the 10,000 meters. In his first visit to Berlin in 1997, he placed fifth (2:09:07), but the next year he astonishingly improved by three minutes and broke a world record that had stood for 10 years. Da Costa is the only South American, male or female, to hold the world marathon record. He became a national hero.


The world began to look for the first women’s sub-2:20 marathon after Joan Benoit Samuelson slashed the world best mark down to 2:22:43 at Boston in 1983. But the barrier eluded the first generation of great Africans, even Fatuma Roba (Ethiopia), first African woman to win the Olympic marathon in 1996, and Tegla Loroupe (Kenya), first to win a big-city marathon, New York in 1994. Berlin wanted the sub-2:20 notch on its belt, and Loroupe came close there with 2:20:43 in 1999. After almost 20 years, sub-2:20 began to look like the four-minute mile before Roger Bannister.

Source: runnersworld.com

Estonian president runs 10KM Road Race at Karura Forest

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid participated in 10KM marathon race that was held on Saturday (11) at Karura Forest in Nairobi, Kenya.

The President was led by 1988 Summer Olympics silver medallist Douglas Wakiihuri, 1999 World bronze medallist in 10,00m Tegla Loroupe, and 2008 Olympic Games silver medallist Catherine Ndereba.

Estonian President being taking through the warm down session. PHOTO: Foreign Affairs Kenya

Wakiihuri who is also the 1987 World Champion was delighted to have had an opportunity of taking the President through the warm-up and warm down, ” I feel happy to have had this opportunity to take part in such a race, It feels great.”

The race was flagged off by Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Heritage and Culture Amb Amina Mohamed.

The 10KM race being flagged off by Sports CS Amb Amina Mohamed. PHOTO: Foreign Affairs Kenya

Tegla Loroupe on the dreams of the Olympic refugees at Tokyo 2020

A solitary leg kick separated the IOC Refugee team at the Olympics from an historic first medal. But Kimia Alizadeh, who had earlier knocked out gold-medal favourite Jade Jones in the taekwondo, just missed out.

A bronze medallist at the last Games, she fled Iran and sought asylum in Germany. Each of her 28 teammates have their own story of being displaced from the land of their birth and remarkably finding their way to Tokyo.

Chef de mission Tegla Loroupe is herself no stranger to conflict. In West Pokot from where she hails, it is not uncommon to see men laden with AK-47s across their shoulders.

Conflict in the far west of Kenya has long been an issue, with cattle rustling a way of life for many and tribal wars bubbling over.

For as long as Tegla Loroupe can remember, she has known such adversity. As a young woman, opportunities were limited, to the extent her father told her she was useless and would amount to being a babysitter at best for her 24 siblings.


Tegla Loroupe, Humphrey Kayange Appointed In the Sports Academy Board

Sports cabinet secretary Rashid Echesa has appointed two time New York marathon champion Tegla Loroupe and Humphrey Kayanage into the the Board of the Kenya Academy Of Sports Council.

In a gazette notice signed by Echesa, the effect starts on Thursday for a period of three years.

The Kenya Academy of Sports is a state corporation established under the Sports Act to develop sports talents through formation and management of academies, training and research for global competitiveness and sustainable socio-economic growth in Kenya.

Following their exploits in athletics and Rugby, Loroupe and Kayange have competed for the country in various competitions.

The former Boston marathon champion Loroupe is a three-time World Half-Marathon champion and first African woman to win New York City Marathon.

Kayange on the other hand has aided the Kenya Sevens achieve in the HSBC Sevens World Series before retiring early this year.

He is a member in the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK).

Source: dailysport.co.ke

World Half Icons – Lornah Kiplagat

Dutch distance runner Lornah Kiplagat was a master of the 21.1km distance, securing a hat-trick of world half marathon titles between 2006 and 2008.

No distance defines Lornah Kiplagat quite like the half marathon.

During a long and glittering endurance running career, which included winning the world cross-country title plus success over the marathon and on the track, it was her hat-trick of world half marathon titles scooped from 2006 to 2008 – the former two courtesy of world best marks – with which she is best associated.

Born in Kenya, Kiplagat quickly developed an impressive road-running reputation with several international half marathon victories before making her IAAF World Half Marathon Championships debut in 1998 in Uster, Switzerland aged just 24.

Competing against an experienced field, which included defending champion Tegla Loroupe and South Africa’s Elana Meyer, she finished more than three-and-a-half minutes behind Loroupe, the race winner, in 21st.

“It was only my second World Championships after competing at the World Cross in 1996 but my run in Uster encouraged me and motivated me that the future will be better,” she says.

By the time Kiplagat returned to the World Half Marathon Championships some seven years later, she was a different athlete. Having learned to conquer her nerves, which had plagued her during the early phase of her career, she went into the 2005 edition in Edmonton as a mentally stronger athlete. She was also among the favourites, having triumphed at the Rotterdam Marathon earlier that year.

Yet in torrid wet conditions in Alberta, she suffered a nagging hamstring cramp, which made the race a hard slog.

“I didn’t have a lot of fun,” she recalls of the 2005 edition. “It was raining for most of the race, I couldn’t get warm and I felt cold for the entire run. My hamstring cramped very early in the race but I didn’t want to drop out; I hoped to manage the problem.”

Susan Chepkemei and Lornah Kiplagat in action at the 2005 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Edmonton. Photo: Getty Images

To that end, Kiplagat was successful. She took the silver medal in a tight battle from Kenyan Susan Chepkemei – just over a minute behind the race winner Constantina Dita of Romania – but was encouraged by her performance in challenging circumstances.

“The fact I was able to manage my hamstring during the race and could still sprint to silver in the later stages was a good sign for me,” she says.

Returning the following year for the temporarily renamed IAAF World Road Running Championships in Debrecen – where the competitors would tackle the slightly shorter 20km distance – Kiplagat had a new-found confidence after taking silver at the World Cross Country Championships earlier that year.

Her self-belief was justified. With a blistering pace from the outset, at 10km the leaders – including Kiplagat – were some 49 seconds under Paula Radcliffe’s 20km world record pace.

Lornah Kiplagat wins the women’s race at the 2006 IAAF World Road Running Championships in Debrecen. Photo: Getty Images

The pace, perhaps understandably, slowed during the second half of the race but Kiplagat proved too strong for Dita in the latter stages to stop the clock in 1:03:21, taking five seconds from Radcliffe’s world record mark.

“I felt very strong throughout the race and I was determined to win gold this time and not silver again,” recalls Kiplagat. “I felt very happy to be become a world champion and this motivated me to achieve more. It was incredible to attain a world record at a World Championship.”

Kiplagat entered the defence of her title the following year in Udine (reverting back to the traditional half-marathon distance) lacking in confidence. Earlier that year she was elated to defeat the track and cross-country specialists in Mombasa to take add the world cross-country title to her growing CV. But a calf injury later in the year forced her to abandon attempts to run at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka and the injury had created nagging doubts leading into Udine.

“I was worried because I knew I hadn’t trained much in the weeks leading into the competition,” she explains. “I never expected to win because my injury had not completely cleared and I didn’t know how it would act.”

Lornah Kiplagat leads the field at the 2007 IAAF World Road Running Championships in Udine. Photo: Getty Images

Instead, the enforced training break worked wonders as she encountered no injury issues in Udine and sped to the gold medal courtesy of a world record time of 1:06:25, as well as lowering her 20km best.

After 10km – reached in 31:10 – only Kenyan Mary Keitany could live the pace before Kiplagat maintained her relentless speed to burst free from her rivals and lower Meyer’s eight-year-old world record.

“I was surprised by the speed at 5km, 10km and 15km,” she says. “I felt comfortable and my injury did not cause me any problems. I couldn’t believe I could run away from the group. I remember the cheering at the finish line. I had goose bumps all over. It felt great.

“Alongside the World Cross Country Championships, it will remain my best race,” she added. “To win and break a long-standing record in a World Championship when not expected to because of a calf injury was incredible.”

She returned in 2008 in an effort to secure a hat-trick of titles in Rio and would not be denied.

Hampered by a knee problem in the countdown to the event, she once again managed to overcome injury to deliver the golden ticket as she romped to a resounding win in 1:08:37, finishing 80 seconds ahead of silver medallist Aselefech Mergia of Ethiopia.

Lornah Kiplagat on her way to winning the women’s race at the 2008 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Rio. Photo: Getty Images

“I vividly remember running alone along the beautiful beach of Copacabana and Sugarloaf Mountain,” said Kiplagat, who broke clear of the field after just seven kilometres. “Those memories will stay with me forever.

“To win gold three times in a row at my favourite distance, I couldn’t ask for more and I’m honoured to be part of history.

“My three world half marathon wins have made me the person I am today, and it continues to motivate me every day to promote running as either a professional or recreational activity.”

Kiplagat insists the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships are special because of the standalone attention the athletes receive, coupled with the mass participation element to the race.

Yet one question remains: why does she feel she was suited to the half-marathon distance?

“Throughout my career,” she says, “I felt the half marathon was the distance I could manage and give my all comfortably without damaging my body.”


5 – The number of IAAF World Half Marathon Championships she contested, which included three gold medals and one silver medal

19 – The number of seconds she cut from Elana Meyer’s eight-year world record when winning the 2007 World Half Marathon Championships

34 – Kiplagat’s age when she secured her third and last world half marathon crown

80 – The number of seconds Kiplagat defeated silver medallist Aselefech Mergia by at the 2008 edition in Rio

These Are the World’s Fastest Marathoners, and Marathon Courses

Below you’ll find tables detailing several marathon superlatives:

  • the 10 fastest marathoners in history on record-eligible courses;
  • the 10 fastest American marathoners in history on record-eligible courses;
  • the 10 fastest performances on record-eligible courses;
  • the fastest courses for men and women;
  • the progression of the world records since 1988.

Note that we said “on record-eligible courses.” That’s why Eliud Kipchoge is listed as the third-fastest man in history, despite his 2:00:25 run at Nike’s Breaking2 marathon in May 2017. That time doesn’t count for record purposes because standard competition rules for pacing and fluids weren’t followed. Similarly, Boston Marathon course record holder Geoffrey Mutai is listed as the tenth-fastest man in history, even though his 2:03:03 at Boston in 2011 is equal to the third-fastest time in history. Because of its point-to-point layout and too-great net elevation drop, Boston’s course doesn’t count for record purposes. (Times from it are included in the fastest-courses tables.)

Each marathoner appears on the first list, for the fastest performers in history, only once. The third set of tables, for fastest performances in history, allows for a runner to appear more than once. For example, world record-holder Paula Radcliffe appears four times in the fastest-performances list.

The tables are current as of February 26, 2018.

Above, watch Eliud Kipchoge run a 2:00.25 in the Breaking2 attempt held in Monza, Italy.

Looking for 13.1 miles? We also have a list of the world’s fastest half marathoners.

10 Fastest Marathoners on Record-Eligible Course: Men

Runner Time Pace Per Mile Marathon
Dennis Kimetto (Kenya) 2:02:57 4:41.4 Berlin, 2014
Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) 2:03:03 4:41.6 Berlin, 2016
Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) 2:03:05 4:41.7 London, 2016
Emmanuel Mutai (Kenya) 2:03:13 4:42.0 Berlin, 2014
Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) 2:03:13 4:42.0 Berlin, 2016
Patrick Makau (Kenya) 2:03:38 4:43.0 Berlin, 2011
Guye Adola (Ethiopia) 2:03:46 4:43.3 Berlin, 2017
Stanley Biwott (Kenya) 2:03:51 4:43.4 London, 2016
Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia) 2:03:59 4:43.7 Berlin, 2008
Mosinet Geremew (Ethiopia) 2:04:00 4:43.7 Dubai, 2018

10 Fastest Marathoners on Record-Eligible Course: Women

Runner Time Pace Per Mile Marathon
Paula Radcliffe (Great Britain) 2:15:25 5:09.9 London, 2003
Mary Keitany (Kenya) 2:17:01 5:13.6 London, 2017
Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) 2:17:56 5:15.7 London, 2017
Catherine Ndereba (Kenya) 2:18:47 5:17.6 Chicago, 2001
Tiki Gelana (Ethiopia) 2:18:58 5:18.0 Rotterdam, 2012
Mizuki Noguchi (Japan) 2:19:12 5:18.6 Berlin, 2005
Roza Dereje (Ethiopia) 2:19:17 5:18.8 Dubai, 2018
Irina Mikitenko (Germany) 2:19:19 5:18.8 Berlin, 2008
Gladys Cherono (Kenya) 2:19:25 5:19.0 Berlin, 2015
Faysa Tadese (Ethiopia) 2:19:30 5:19.3 Dubai, 2018

10 Fastest American Marathoners on Record-Eligible Course: Men

Runner Time Pace Per Mile Marathon
Khalid Khannouchi 2:05:38 4:47.5 London, 2002
Ryan Hall 2:06:17 4:49.0 London, 2008
Dathan Ritzenhein 2:07:47 4:52.4 Chicago, 2012
Abdi Abdirahman 2:08:56 4:55.0 Chicago, 2006
Meb Keflezighi 2:09:08 4:55.5 Olympic Marathon Trials, 2012
Galen Rupp 2:09:20 4:56.0 Chicago, 2017
Alberto Salazar 2:09:21 4:56.0 Fukuoka, 1983
David Morris 2:09:32 4:56.4 Chicago, 1999
Jerry Lawson 2:09:35 4:56.5 Chicago, 1997
Dick Beardsley 2:09:37 4:56.6 Grandma’s, 1981

10 Fastest American Marathoners on Record-Eligible Course: Women

Runner Time Pace Per Mile Marathon
Deena Kastor 2:19:36 5:19.5 London, 2006
Jordan Hasay 2:20:57 5:22.7 Chicago, 2017
Shalane Flanagan 2:21:14 5:23.2 Berlin, 2014
Joan Samuelson 2:21:21 5:23.5 Chicago, 1985
Amy Cragg 2:21:42 5:24.3 Tokyo, 2018
Laura Thweatt 2:25:38 5:33.3 London, 2017
Kara Goucher 2:25:53 5:33.9 New York City, 2008
Desiree Linden 2:25:55 5:33.9 Olympic Marathon Trials, 2012
Magdalena Lewy Boulet 2:26:22 5:35.0 Rotterdam, 2010
Serena Burla 2:26:53 5:36.1 Osaka, 2017

10 Fastest Marathons on Record-Eligible Course: Men

Runner Time Pace Per Mile Marathon
Dennis Kimetto (Kenya) 2:02:57 4:41.4 Berlin, 2014
Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) 2:03:03 4:41.6 Berlin, 2016
Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) 2:03:05 4:41.7 London, 2016
Emmanuel Mutai (Kenya) 2:03:13 4:42.0 Berlin, 2014
Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) 2:03:13 4:42.0 Berlin, 2016
Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) 2:03:23 4:42.4 Berlin, 2013
Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) 2:03:32 4:42.7 Berlin, 2017
Patrick Makau (Kenya) 2:03:38 4:43.0 Berlin, 2011
Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) 2:03:42 4:43.0 Frankfurt, 2011
Dennis Kimetto (Kenya) 2:03:45 4:43.2 Chicago, 2013

10 Fastest Marathons on Record-Eligible Course: Women

Runner Time Pace Per Mile Marathon
Paula Radcliffe (Great Britain) 2:15:25 5:09.9 London, 2003
Mary Keitany (Kenya) 2:17:01 5:13.6 London, 2017
Paula Radcliffe (Great Britain) 2:17:18 5:14.2 Chicago, 2002
Paula Radcliffe (Great Britain) 2:17:42 5:15.1 London, 2005
Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) 2:17:56 5:15.7 London, 2017
Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) 2:18:31 5:17.1 Chicago, 2017
Mary Keitany (Kenya) 2:18:37 5:17.2 London, 2012
Catherine Ndereba (Kenya) 2:18:47 5:17.6 Chicago, 2001
Paula Radcliffe (Great Britain) 2:18:56 5:17.9 London, 2002
Tiki Gelana (Ethiopia) 2:18:58 5:18.0 Rotterdam, 2012

Progression of World Record Since 1988: Men

Runner Time Pace Per Mile Marathon
Belayneh Densamo (Ethiopia) 2:06:50 4:50.3 Rotterdam, 1988
Ronaldo da Costa (Brazil) 2:06:06 4:48.6 Berlin, 1998
Khalid Khannouchi (Morocco) 2:05:42 4:47.7 Chicago, 1999
Khalid Khannouchi (United States) 2:05:38 4:47.5 London, 2002
Paul Tergat (Kenya) 2:04:55 4:45.9 Berlin, 2003
Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia) 2:04:26 4:44.8 Berlin, 2007
Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia) 2:03:59 4:43.7 Berlin, 2008
Patrick Makau (Kenya) 2:03:38 4:43.0 Berlin, 2011
Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) 2:03:23 4:42.4 Berlin, 2013
Dennis Kimetto (Kenya) 2:02:57 4:41.4 Berlin, 2014

Progression of World Record Since 1988: Women

Runner Time Pace Per Mile Marathon
Tegla Loroupe (Kenya) 2:20:47 5:22.2 Rotterdam, 1998
Tegla Loroupe (Kenya) 2:20:43 5:22.0 Berlin, 1999
Naoko Takahashi (Japan) 2:19:46 5:19.8 Berlin, 2001
Catherine Ndereba (Kenya) 2:18:47 5:17.6 Chicago, 2001
Paula Radcliffe (Great Britain) 2:17:18 5:14.2 Chicago, 2002
Paula Radcliffe (Great Britain) 2:15:25 5:09.9 London, 2003

Average of Top 10 Performances in Race History: Men

Average of Top 10 Performances Marathon
1 2:03:28 Berlin
2 2:04:13 Dubai
3 2:04:34 London
4 2:04:40 Chicago
5 2:04:52 Rotterdam
6 2:05:39 Boston
7 2:05:40 Frankfurt
8 2:05:47 Amsterdam
9 2:05:57 Paris
10 2:06:05 Seoul

Average of Top 10 Performances in Race History: Women

Average of Top 10 Performances Marathon
1 2:18:26 London
2 2:19:42 Dubai
3 2:19:45 Chicago
4 2:19:52 Berlin
5 2:20:53 Boston
6 2:22:32 Frankfurt
7 2:22:36 Osaka
8 2:22:36 Beijing
9 2:22:50 Rotterdam
10 2:22:50 Paris

Source: runnersworld.com