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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.

Joyciline Jepkosgei eyes New Delhi Half Marathon title

After clinching Family Bank Half marathon title in Eldoret, reigning world half marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei will be eyeing for another title at the New Delhi half marathon that will be held in New Delhi, India.

This race has been dominated by Kenyan athletes, will be good for Valencia half marathon champion as she prepares to hit marathon in New Year.

The Iten based run will be in action on 21st October as she faces 2017 Chicago marathon winner Tirunesh Dibaba.

Dibaba is a three time Olympic champion and the same scriot will be written since they met first at the Ras al Khaimah (RAK) Hal Marathon when Jepkosgei finished third and the Ethiopian legend was fifth; secondly in May this year at the Manchester 10km in Great Britain when Dibaba won in 31:08 to 31:57.

The 25 year-old won the 2017 Prague half marathon with a world record of 1:04:52 before bringing her record down to 1:04:51 at Valencia half marathon.

The world half marathon silver medalist will be chasing to lower the course record of 1:06.54 that was set by Mary Keitany in 2009.

Amane Beriso targetsToronto Marathon course record

Ethiopia’s representation at this year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon just got stronger with the addition of Amane Beriso to the elite women’s field.

With a personal best of 2:20:48, recorded when finishing second at the 2016 Dubai Marathon, the Ethiopian has the fastest personal best of any woman who has ever lined up at this IAAF Gold Label road race. And it is apparent she also possesses the mindset to challenge her compatriot and defending champion, Marta Megra.

Victory is her primary objective, though she warns her rivals that the Toronto course record of 2:22:43, held jointly by Kenyan Sharon Cherop and Koren Jelala Yal of Ethiopia, could also be in jeopardy when the race goes off on 21 October 21.

“Absolutely, nothing is impossible, I believe,” says Beriso, who celebrates her 27th birthday on 13 October. “I think with Marta Megra it’s going to be a little difficult, but it is possible and I am in it to win it.”

“We have one month of training remaining, so I am willing to take on any challenge in front of me and I will try to improve the course record.”

This is no idle boast. Besides her brilliant run in Dubai a year ago, Beriso ran 2:22:15 in Prague in May 2017 which earned her second place in that IAAF Gold Label event. It was another eye-catching performance and if it wasn’t for an ankle injury which plagued her over the past year, she may have piled up additional credentials. Now healthy and fully fit after seeking treatment in Germany, she looks ahead to the battle for glory and an $80,000 pay day.

Despite having twice run well under the Toronto Waterfront course record, she is a novice at the distance. Dubai, in fact, was her debut.

“Yes I am new to the marathon and like any other athlete I get advice from my coach Gemedu Dedefo and my management (Gianni Demadonna) and also other athletes on how they see the race being won,” she admits. “They give me advice on how to beat my opponents.”

Beriso grew up in the Arsi region of Ethiopia about three hours southeast of Addis Ababa. This area has produced many of the country’s Olympic champions including Derartu Tulu, Tirunesh Dibaba, Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele. Their tremendous accomplishments were well touted to youngsters like Beriso. But it is after she moved to the capital that she truly believed she could become a professional distance runner.

Coach Gemedu’s group meets up anywhere from three to five times a week to train usually in places like Sendafa and Sululta, a short drive outside Addis. The altitude (2800m+) and virtually traffic-free dirt roads allow them to follow his program precisely. Two-time Toronto champion (2015 and 2016), Shure Demise, is among those whom Beriso counts as training partners. The preparation for Toronto is going according to plan.

“I feel I get better and better each time when I am training,” Beriso says. “I feel that mentally and physically I am capable of running good times. I feel great about myself and my fitness is better than last year. So, I am ready to take on any challenge that comes my way in the competition.”

Although training and the necessary recovery eats up much of her day, Beriso finds time to relax and escape the grind of athletics.

“I am not married but, I am engaged,” she reveals, “I have a fiance and we are thinking of getting married. We haven’t set a date but sometime in the future I hope to have a family of my own.

“I spend my spare time hanging out with friends, watching a movie, seeing my family and going to places just to relax.”

Beriso joins the aforementioned defending champion Megra, Kenya’s Ruth Chebitok, two-time Commonwealth medalist Jessica Trengove and Canada’s own Krista DuChene, who earned a spectacular third place finish at the 2018 Boston Marathon as some of the leading names for this year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon women’s field.

“As I said, the Toronto race is a big deal for me because I feel that would be a big win for me,” Beriso declares. “So, my first goal is winning the race and to show myself that I am capable.”

Gladys Cherono welcomed home with Songs and Dance

The 2018 Berlin Marathon course record holder, Gladys Cherono returned home on Wednesday morning following her exploits in Berlin Sunday.

Songs and dance rant the air as the two time Africa athletics champion arrived at the Eldoret International Airport with her husband Joseph Mbambok leading other family members ready to receive her.

The family waited patiently in the chilly morning weather, as they broke into song and dance as they welcomed the queen of Berlin marathon after she won her third title and defending her 2017 title, winning with a course record of 2:18.11.

The dance attracted other travellers, who, without asking joined the dance before boarding the planes, as traditional Kalenjin sour milk (Mursik) was served diligently.

Cherono said her purpose was to defend her title and not the world record while competing at Berlin marathon.

My success story was to defend my title not breaking the world record. I have achieved my goal of both winning the race and breaking the course record that had stood for long,” said Cherono.

World record was not in my mind because I wanted to defend my title,” she added.

She said that the main challenge was that she was the defending champion and everybody was looking at her performance and running skills.

As a defending champion, it was challenging because I needed to continue with my winning formula which I made it true,” said Cherono.

Cherono beat the race favourite Tirunesh Dibaba from Ethiopia who finished in third place in 2:18.55 with Ruti Aga coming home second in 2:18.34. The former world half marathon champion broke the course record of 2:19.22 that was set in 2005 by Japanese Mizuki Noguchi.

Edna Kiplagat and Gladys Cherono Rule out World Record

Berlin Marathon defending champion Gladys Cherono and Edna Kiplagat unlike their male compatriots have ruled out breaking the world record when they line up for the Berlin marathon on Sunday.

Whereas their fellow Kenyan male counterparts Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge and New York City marathon silver medalist, the two have expressed their doubts in tackling the world record of 2:15:25, set by Britain’s Paula Radcliffe 15 years ago.

Instead, the Kenyan duo of Cherono and Kiplagat are focused on setting a new course record in Berlin.

The current course record was set in 2005 by Japan’s the 2004 Athens Olympic marathon champion Mizuki Noguchi, who ran 2:19:12, which also stands as the Asian record to this day.

However, Berlin race director Mark Milde has a feeling the world record will be under threat, especially from Chicago Marathon champion Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba.

The 32-year-old Ethiopian has won three gold medals at consecutive Olympic Games (2008 and 2012) and five World Championships from 2003 to 2013. Dibaba has also four World Cross Country titles to her credit.

Dibaba’s personal best is 2:17:56, set in finishing second at the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon which makes her the third fastest woman in the history of the marathon.

Cherono, who won the title last year, by posting a time of 2:20:23, holds her best time at 2:19:25 set in winning the first of her two Berlin titles in 2015 is eyeing the third crown.

“I want to improve on my personal best on Sunday,” said Cherono on Thursday.

Edna Kiplagat who began her World Marathon Majors (WMM) odyssey with victory in 2010 at the New York marathon said:“Berlin is a fast course and hopefully, I will improve my best time. After a few days of recovery from the tough race I had in Boston, I feel better and ready for action.”


Tirunesh Dibaba goes hunting for Personal Best in Berlin Marathon

The strongest women’s field in the history of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON will line up for the 45th edition on Sunday, including perhaps the greatest female long distance runner of all time, Tirunesh Dibaba.

Among the Ethiopian’s rivals will be last year’s winner, Kenya’s Gladys Cherono and her compatriot Edna Kiplagat, a double World champion. Four women will be competing who have run under 2:20 which remains the major yardstick of excellence for the women’s marathon. It is clearly the strongest women’s field ever assembled in the German-speaking world.

As a reflection of the race’s international attraction, 133 countries will be represented among the 44,389 participants. This is a record entry figure. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race and part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series (AWMM) which also comprises Tokyo, Boston, London, Chicago and New York.

The new series, the 12th edition, of the AWMM begins in Berlin on Sunday and will also conclude with the 46th edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON next September.

“I’ve heard a lot about the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON and did my research. I know very well that the course is very fast,” said Tirunesh Dibaba, whose illustrious career includes three Olympic titles for 5 and 10,000m, nine world titles in all. And she still holds the world record for 5,000m on the track. “Switching to the marathon wasn’t a problem for me,” said the 33-year-old, whose best of 2:17:56 is the third fastest marathon ever by a woman. “I improved my training in preparation for Berlin and did more volume.

I am very well prepared and want to beat my best time on Sunday,” explained the Ethiopian, while some believe she is capable of getting close to the world record of 2:15:25, set by Britain’s Paula Radcliffe 15 years ago.

Berlin will mark the fourth marathon of Tirunesh Dibaba’s career. None of her previous races had pacemakers specifically for her benefit but this will not be the case on Sunday. “Pacemakers are very important for a fast time,” said Dibaba who appeared at the press conference with fingernails painted silver.

Asked if silver wasn’t the colour for the runner-up, Dibaba laughed and replied: “Not on Sunday, then silver will be the winning colour!”

The course record, which has stood for 13 years, is likely to fall on Sunday, given good weather conditions. In 2005 Japan’s Olympic champion Mizuki Noguchi ran 2:19:12 in Berlin which not only broke the course record but set an Asian record and remains so to this day. “I expect that one woman will take the lead from the start and behind her a group will form which would be on course to break 2:20,” said the race director Mark Milde. There was no mistake the runner he was referring to: Tirunesh Dibaba.

Dibaba’s strongest rivals are from Kenya. Gladys Cherono won the title last year, running 2:20:23 and her best is the 2:19:25 set in winning the first of her two Berlin titles in 2015. “I want to break my personal best on Sunday,” said Cherono. Her compatriot Edna Kiplagat has been one of the marathon elite for many years.

“It has always been my goal to run in Berlin. I know the course is fast and shall try to run my best ever time,” said Kiplagat, whose lifetime best is 2:19:50 and has twice won the World title (2011 and 2013).

The fourth runner with a sub-2:20 time is Dibaba’s fellow Ethiopian is Aselefech Mergia (2:19:31). While Mergia could not match these sorts of results in her recent races two other runners could do very well on Sunday: Ethiopia’s Ruti Aga was last year’s runner up, when she clocked a PB or 2:20:41. Japan’s Mizuki Matsuda ran a brilliant marathon debut in January, winning in Osaka with 2:22:44.

Elite runners with personal bests

  1. Tirunesh Dibaba    (ETH)  2:17:56
  2. Gladys Cherono     (KEN)  2:19:25
  3. Aselefech Mergia   (ETH)  2:19:31
  4. Edna Kiplagat         (KEN) 2:19:50
  5. Ruti Aga                  (ETH)  2:20:41
  6. Mizuki Matsuda     (JPN)  2:22:44
  7. Rei Ohara                (JPN)  2:23:20
  8. Honami Maeda      (JPN)  2:23:48
  9. Andrea Deelstra    (NED) 2:26:46
  10. Inés Melchor         (PER)  2:26:48
  11. Carla Rocha          (POR)  2:27:08
  12. Caterina Ribeiro  (POR)  2:30:10
  13. Ines Montero       (POR)  2:30:36
  14. Rachel Hannah    (CAN) 2:32:09
  15. Anke Esser           (GER)  2:43:14
  16. Miyuki Uehara    (JPN)   Debüt

Source: runnersweb.com

Agnes Tirop wins Tilburg 10 Miles Race

World  women 10,00m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop kept alive her winning streak when she took the top honors at the 26th edition of the Tilburg 10 miles race that was held on Sunday (2) in Tilburg, Netherlands.

Tirop who surprised many when she broke the TCS World 10K course record in 31:19 continued with her brilliance performance as she led her fellow runners passing the 5km mark in 15:29. She was followed closely by Ethiopian Tsehay Gemechu and Stella Chesang from Uganda.

Tirop held on to cut the tape in 30:50 short of 20 seconds of the course record of 30:30 that was set by Tirunesh Dibaba in 2013.

Gemechu took second place in 31:07 with Chesang closing the first three podium finishes in 31:44.

Eva Cherono and Alice Aprot both from Kenya took fourth and fifth place in 32:05 and 32:42 respectively.


  1. Agnes Tirop         (KEN) 30:50
  2. Tsehay Gemechu (ETH) 31:07
  3. Stella Chesang     (UG) 31:44
  4. Eva Cherono         (KEN) 32:05
  5. Alice Aprot            (KEN) 32:42

Tirop Renews Rivalry with Teferi in Netherlands

The World women’s 10,000m bronze medalist Kenya’s Agnes Tirop will renew her rivalry with perennial rival defending champion Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi in the  in Netherlands on September 2nd.

Tirop has beaten Senbere twice and lost to the Ethiopian who is the 2015 World 5000m bronze medalist to the tape in all their encounters.

Their latest encounter was in India on May 27 at the TCS World 10K in Bengaluru where Tirop won to set a new course record as Senbere finished second as the first three runners home went under the former course record of 31:46 by the 2006 Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion Kenya’s Lucy Kabuu in 2014.

At the World Cross Country championships Tirop edged Senbere for the senior women’s gold to subject the Ethiopian to secure silver to emerge as the second-youngest ever World Cross gold medallist in the women’s race after three times  champ South Africa’s Zola Budd in 1985.

Last year, Teferi returned 30:38 to beat Tirop who clocked 31:00 to be placed in second spot.

With a winning time 30:38, Teferi missed the course record in Tilburg set by compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba at 30:30 in 2012 but at least they ran the fourth fastest time of 2017 over this distance.

With that time, Tefere was even faster than her best times on the track; Last year, she ran in Hengele 30: 40.49, this year at the same place 30: 41.68 and also posting the second best ever time on that course.

Cherono to battle Dibaba at Berlin Marathon

Kenya’s Gladys Cherono will defend her title at the 45th edition of the Berlin Marathon that will be held on 16 September, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

The 35-year-old is keen on writing history as she chases for the third title at Berlin, with her main focus on Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba, winner of the Chicago Marathon.

Organizers have assembled a fast elite team, featuring three other women who have all run two hours and 20 minutes.

The Kericho born athlete won the Berlin marathon in 2015 and 2017, and her best time of 2:19.25, with 13 seconds short of the course record of 2:19.12 that was set in 2005 by Mizuki Noguchi from Japan. “There is no shortcut at this level of competition. You don’t expect an easy challenge because everyone coming in is a star and has a big record behind them. I have to focus on my own strength and train harder to attain my goal and win the race,” she told the press.

The elite women’s field in Berlin is the strongest for many years. At the top of the pile is Ethiopia’s Dibaba.

The 32-year-old has won three Olympic gold medals and five World Championship golds between 2003 and 2013.

The Ethiopian has a personal best time is 2:17.56, that she got when finished second in the 2017 London Marathon, making her the third fastest woman in the history of the marathon.

Dibaba is keen to lower this record in Berlin, and given ideal weather conditions, might even have a chance of attacking Paula Radcliffe’s world record of 2:15:25, that she set in 2003.

However, Cherono, with her best time of 2:19:25, will want to claim her own third title in the German capital.

The Kenyan will first tackle the human challenge and make sure she has the title secured before channeling her energies into running a fast time.

“The important thing is to win the race,” she said.

Edna Kiplagat from Kenya will also be on the start line up. The 2017 Boston Marathon winner shows no signs of retiring, and with two world marathon titles to her credit and a silver at the London 2017 World Championships, the 38 year-old will be hard to beat putting in mind the road experience she carries.

Other notable entrants include Ethiopia’s Yebrugal Melese, who has run 14 marathons, Ruti Aga and Aselefech Mergia.

Kosgei targets women’s gold at Chicago Marathon

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei has shaken off the bruises she picked up when she took a tumble and fell to the ground injuring her knee at the Bogota Half Marathon in Colombia in June.

She lines up at the Chicago Marathon on Oct 7 to try and improve her silver medal to gold.

“I have been in good form since last year. I hope [it will] continue in my return to Chicago, where a win will be good for my career,” said Kosgei on Friday in Nairobi. “The world championships are not up to me, but the selectors will have a chance to review my performances and make their decision. That is why I need to run well in Chicago,” she added.

Last year, Kosgei ran spectacularly in Chicago finishing second to Tirunesh Dibaba, arguably one of the greatest runners in history.

En route to her second place finish in Chicago, she smashed her then personal best, running 2:20:22. Nine weeks later, she won the Honolulu Marathon in 2:22:15, breaking the course record by five minutes.

This year, she started out an unknown in London and timed her strides well to finish second to Vivian Cheruiyot at the London marathon, improving her personal best time to 2:20:13.