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4 SEPTEMBER 2005: 20TH NIKE BUDAPEST INT'L HALF MARATHON, HUNGARY

The running season in Hungary reached another peak on the first weekend of September. After the summer break 6000 runners burst out of the City Park in the 20th Nike Budapest Half Marathon. Among them were 1350 foreign runners from 44 countries, including an astonishing 450 from the Netherlands. Over 200 Britons and 150 Germans ran. The course goes through the most beautiful and famous parts of Budapest, along the banks of the Danube and across two of its bridges. More than 5500 crossed the finish line. The 3.5km Fun Run attracted almost 1000 young runners.

A day before the big event, the Breakfast Run gave people further opportunity for a fun outing. All the Dutch runners came and transformed the City Park from its usual green into a sea of orange. One thousand runners ran the 4km route and had a delicious breakfast afterwards – including orange juice.

This year the race surpassed all previous entry records. The future is bright – orange?

MEN:
1  Andras JUHASZ              HUN  1:05:57
2  Jackton ODHIAMBO           KEN  1:05:59
3  Moses CHEPKWONY            KEN  1:06:09
4  Lajos BERECZ               HUN  1:06:10
5  Roland KEDVES              HUN  1:06:13
6  Tamas TOTH                 HUN  1:06:20
7  Imre BERKOVICS             HUN  1:06:32
8  Jozsef SZABO               HUN  1:06:42
9  Balazs OTT                 HUN  1:08:05
10 Sandor SERFOZO             HUN  1:08:27

WOMEN:
1  Eszter ERDELYI             HUN  1:16:10
2  Petra TEVELI               HUN  1:16:59
3  Ida KOVACS                 HUN  1:18:44
4  Zsuzsa VAJDA               HUN  1:20:30
5  Barbara ZUTT               NED  1:21:57
6  Katalin FARKAS             HUN  1:22:08
7  Noemi Eniko MATYAS         HUN  1:23:23
8  Barbara MOLNAR             HUN  1:23:46
9  Viktoria MADARASZ          HUN  1:25:04
10 Gabriella BENKO            HUN  1:25:53

4 SEPTEMBER 2005: GREAT SCOTTISH RUN, GREAT BRITAIN

MEN:
1  Jason MBOTE                KEN  1:03:03
2  Takanobu OTSUBO            JPN  1:03:27
3  Andrew LETHERBY            AUS  1:03:31
4  Peter KIPROTICH            KEN  1:04:12
5  Lewis MASUNDA              KEN  1:04:51
6  Phillip SLY                GBR  1:05:07
7  John ROTICH                KEN  1:06:24
8  Laroslav MUSINSCHI              1:06:47
9  Aleksey SOKOLOV            RUS  1:07:19
10 Wirimayi JUWAWO                 1:08:16

WOMEN:
1  Hiroko MUYAUCHI            JPN  1:13:13
2  Fumi MURATA                JPN  1:13:18
3  Irina PERMITINA            RUS  1:13:20
4  Hilda KIBET                KEN  1:13:43
5  Catherine MUTWA            KEN  1:13:53
6  Yoko MIYAUCHI              JPN  1:14:17
7  Lyn WILSON                 GBR  1:18:00
8  Shona CROMBIE HICKS        GBR  1:18:27
9  Rosalyn ALEXANDER          GBR  1:20:03
10 Fiona MATHESON             GBR  1:21:09

10 SEPTEMBER 2005: NOVOSIBIRSK HALF MARATHON, RUSSIA

MEN:
1  Evgeniy RYBAKOV                 1:04.01
2  Anatoliy RYBAKOV                1:04.04
3  Dmitriy BURMAKIN                1:04:34
4  Mihail HOBOTOV                  1:04:54
5  Andrey BRIZGALOV                1:05:18
6  Aleksander VASILIEV             1:05:27
7  Sergey LUKIN                    1:07:11
8  Sergey FEDOTOV                  1:07:18
9  Vadim CHEREPANOV                1:07:30
10 Valeriy PISAREV                 1:08:55

WOMEN:
1  Lidia GRIGORYEVA                1:11:02
2  Inga ABITOVA                    1:11:06
3  Liliya YAJAK                    1:
4  Larisa ZYUSHKO                  1:16:56
5  Evgenia DANILOVA                1:21:38
6  Aleksandra SHALGINA             1:23:15
7  Angela PLISOVA                  1:26:31
8  Tamara RYBACHENKO               1:31:50
9  Elena ANTIPOVA                  1:32:47 
10 Anna KUSANOVA                   1:34:22

10 SEPTEMBER 2005: JUNGFRAU MARATHON, SWITZERLAND

MEN:
1  Tesfaye  ETICHA            ETH  2:59:21
2  Grigory MURZIN             RUS  3:05:10
3  Billy BURNS                GBR  3:07:54
4  Toni JOHL                  SUI  3:10:25
5  Karl JOHL                  SUI  3:10:38
6  Pierre PERRITAZ            SUI  3:11:46
7  Valeriu VLAS               MDA  3:14:43
8  Fedaku BEKELE              ESP  3:15:26
9  Urs JENZER                 SUI  3:16:38
10 Jan BLAHA                  CZE  3:18:27

WOMEN:
1  Emebet ABOSA               ETH  3:29:15
2  Joanna Chmiel GRONT        POL  3:43:26
3  Vera Notz-UMBERG           SUI  3:47:02
4  Silke SCHMITZ              GER  3:48:39
5  Jasmin NUNIGE              SUI  3:42:47
6  Jacqueline RUEGGER         SUI  3:54:28
7  Ruth Gavin-SCHNEIDER       SUI  3:55:27
8  Maja PLISKA                SUI  3:56:30
9  Daria NAUER                SUI  3:57:22
10 Luzia SCHMID               SUI  3:57:45

10 SEPTEMBER 2005: MARATHON DU MEDOC, FRANCE

MEN:
1  David ANTOINE                   2:24:55
2  Philippe REMOND                 2:31:01
3  Stephane VAUTIER                2:35:20
4  Michael BOUCHEMIT               2:35:20
5  Denis BOULOT                    2:36:57
6  Lionel LAMY                     2:38:18
7  Christophe LEDOUX               2:43:06
8  Thierry GUIBAULT                2:43:55
9  Sebastien BEAUFORT              2:44:32
10 Said LARBI                      2:44:50

WOMEN:
1  Nathalie VASSEUR                2:52:48
2  Alice CUNIN                     3:05:45
3  Solange ROUE                    3:06:12
4  Lucile Peyre BELLOTTI           3:08:44
5  Takako OYAMADA                  3:10:04
6  Siv ROUGIER                     3:15:39
7  Vibeke HANSEN                   3:15:44
8  Caroline AISTRUP                3:17:29
9  Helene JALABERT                 3:21:55
10 Sophie LEROY                    3:22:47
11 Stephanie LEROY                 3:22:47

10 SEPTEMBER 2005: VILNIUS MARATHON, LITHUANIA

MEN:
1  Aleksandr LABUCHENKO       BLR  2:28:46
2  Tomas VENCKUNAS            LIT  2:30:47
3  Dainius SAUCIKOVAS         LIT  2:31:43
4  Arunas BALCIUNAS           LIT  2:34:58
5  Dainius GORSKIS            LIT  2:37:03
6  Slawomir SZTEJTER          POL  2:37:10
7  Armands BUSS               LAT  2:49:14
8  Darius GRUZDYS             LIT  2:49:28
9  Zenon HARTUNA              POL  2:50:13
10 Ivan BENDIK                BLR  2:51:02

WOMEN:
1  Alena VINITSKAJA           BLR  2:46:59
2  Modesta DRUNGILIENE        LIT  3:02:57
3  Ylia BUBENKO               BLR  3:07:43
4  Sonata MILUSAUSKAITE       LIT  3:07:59
5  Gailute KELIUOTIENE        LIT  3:20:53
6  Gyte NORGILIENE            LIT  3:24:24
7  Renata SILIUK              LIT  3:28:50
8  Sada BUKSNIENE             LIT  3:28:50
9  Stramm CARMEN              GER  3:34:07
10 Aiste TRAUBIENE            LIT  3:37:52

11 SEPTEMBER 2005: SYDNEY MARATHON, AUSTRALIA

MEN:
1  Julius MARATIM             KEN  2:21:47
2  Oswald REVELIAN            TAN  2:26:21
3  Seaton MEREDITH            NZL  2:26:27
4  Shaun CREIGHTON            AUS  2:28:25
5  Yukinobu YAMAMOTO          JPN  2:30:43
6  Martin CONSIDINE           AUS  2:34:08
7  Kaspar SOLLBERGER          AUS  2:37:42
8  Paul ARTHUR                AUS  2:38:42
9  Darren BENSON              AUS  2:41:33
10 Anthony FATTORINI          AUS  2:41:37

WOMEN:
1  Ruth KINGSTON              NZL  2:54:04	
2  Elizabeth MILLER           AUS  2:56:29
3  Sally ANDERSON             AUS  3:05:04
4  Sue THOMPSON               AUS  3:06:23
5  Helen ANDERSON             AUS  3:07:05
6  Alison BOWMAKER            AUS  3:08:24
7  Suzanne KELLY              AUS  3:08:33
8  Michelle MITFORD           AUS  3:17:37
9  Rebecca GRAY               AUS  3:20:44
10 Verity TOLHURST            AUS  3:24:17

HALF MARATHON:
MEN:
1  Jan-Willem SCHARR          NED  1:09:10
2  Trent HARLOW               AUS  1:09:35
3  Matthew ROBBIE             AUS  1:10:21

WOMEN:
1  Kate SMYTH                 AUS  1:18:45
2  Alison OUTRAM              GBR  1:19:50
3  Eriko AKETA                JPN  1:21:24

BRIDGE RUN 9km:
MEN:
1  Mark TUCKER                AUS  26:54

WOMEN:
2  Belinda WILSLER            AUS  31:31

11 SEPTEMBER 2005: MEDIA MARATON DE MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA

MEN:
1  Romulo WAGNER              BRA  1:04:18
2  Herder VASQUEZ             COL  1:04:30
3  Philip BIWOTT              KEN  1:06:50
4  Julian BERRIO              COL  1:06:56
5  Giovanni AMADOR            COL  1:07:08
6  Alexander MORENO           COL  1:07:13
7  Juan Carlos CARDONA        COL  1:07:50
8  Julio GIDABUDAY            TAN  1:08:01
9  Florencio MACHACUAY        COL  1:08:10
10 William NARANJO            COL  1:08:44

WOMEN:
1  Bertha SANCHEZ             ESP  1:17:09
2  Marily DOS SANTOS          BRA  1:18:05
3  Lina ARIAS                 COL  1:19:10
4  Claudia TANGARIFE          COL  1:19:11
5  Yolanda CABALLERO          COL  1:20:35

11 SEPTEMBER 2005L: PILA INT'L HALF MARATHON, POLAND

The race incorporated the Polish Half Marathon Championships. Runners from 14 countries participated among the 857 finishers. The weather was very warm, from 27-30°C. This race remains the largest half marathon in Poland.

MEN:
1  Michael KARONEI            KEN  1:04:55
2  Adam DOBRZYNSKI            POL  1:05:14
3  Pawel OCHAL                POL  1:05:41
4  Dariusz KRUCZKOWSKI        POL  1:05:55
5  Mathew KOSGEI              KEN  1:06:11
6  Jan BIALK                  POL  1:06:42
7  Piotr DRWAL                POL  1:07:01
8  Jaros?aw CICHOCKI          POL  1:07:22
9  Rafal WOJCIK               POL  1:07:55
10 Pavel NOWAK                CZE  1:08:03

WOMEN:
1  Natalya  BERKUT            UKR  1:13:30
2  Grazyna SYREK              POL  1:14:56
3  Edyta LEWANDOWSKA          POL  1:15:17
4  Halina KARNALSEVICH        BLR  1:15:51
5  Renata PARADOWSKA          POL  1:16:31
6  Justyna BAK                POL  1:16:37
7  Janina MALSKA              POL  1:17:56
8  Krystyna KUTA              POL  1:19:16
9  Valentina DELION           MDA  1:19:31
10 Karolina RAKIEC            POL  1:20:25

11 SEPTEMBER 2005: MOSCOW INT'L PEACE MARATHON, RUSSIA

MEN:
1  Andrei NAUMOV              UKR  2:18:19
2  Aleksei RUBALENKO          UKR  2:19:13
3  Oleg KNYAGIN               RUS  2:19:35
4  Andrei YAROSLAVSHEV        RUS  2:20:23
5  Vladimir GLYKHOV           RUS  2:21:32
6  Viktor ROGOVOI             RUS  2:22:09
7  Igor THLIN                 RUS  2:23:48
8  Aleksei SOKOLOV            RUS  2:23:52
9  Dmitri RASKITA             RUS  2:24:15
10 Andrei IVANOV              RUS  2:24:17

WOMEN:
No information obtainable.

11 SEPTEMBER 2005: BUENOS AIRES CITY HALF MARATHON, ARGENTINA

No information obtainable

18 SEPTEMBER 2005: HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN MARATHON, DENMARK

MEN:
1  Josephat KIPCHOGE ROB      KEN  2:14:49
2  Daniel Kirwa TOO           KEN  2:17:55
3  Eduard TUKHBATULLIN        RUS  2:18:35
4  Erick KIPLAGAT             KEN  2:21:38
5  Alexey RODIONOV            RUS  2:22:37
6  Soren PALSHOJ              DEN  2:23:53
7  Marcin FEHLAU              POL  2:24:22
8  Vitaly MALZEEV             UKR  2:24:59
9  Lenar KHUSMUTDINOV         RUS  2:25:14
10 Peder TROLDBORG            DEN  2:25:32

WOMEN:
1  Irina SONGERLAYEN          RUS  2:41:25
2  Gitte KARLSHOJ             DEN  2:42:12
3  Lene DUUS                  DEN  2:43:02
4  Janina MALSKA              POL  2:44:58
5  Birgitte JORGENSEN         DEN  2:55:27
6  Tiina TROOS                EST  2:56:43
7  Sigrid VALDRE              EST  2:58:04
8  Caroline AISTRUP           DEN  3:01:24
9  Stine REX                  DEN  3:03:59
10 Jeanne MESANGE             DEN  3:05:49

18 SEPTEMBER 2005: 4th INTERNATIONAL GHAZI RUN 9km, TURKEY

The race is run in Istanbul, organised by the War Veterans Association of Turkey and sponsored by the Turkish National Olympic Committee and the Bakirkoy Municipality writes Osman Tekin. On a hot and sunny day 279 men and 52 women from five foreign countries finished the race. William Kimutai Kurgat led until 5km after which Ali Topkara of the Fenerbahce Sports Club took over and crossed the finish line first.

The women's race looked set to host three elite Ethiopian athletes, Adanech Zekiros Adane, Letay Negashe Hadish and Trhas Kiros, but their selection for the World Half Marathon Championships prevented their participation in the Ghazi race. The fight for gold medal was among the Turkish runners. Binnaz Uslu, European and Balkan Junior Champion, took first place and prize money of US$2000.

MEN:
1  Ali TOPKARA                TUR  27:57
2  William Kimutai KURGAT     KEN  28:38
3  Satilmis ATMACA            TUR  28:51
4  Murat YILDIZOGLU           TUR  29:16
5  Aytekin SANIN              TUR  29:18
6  Aytaç OZBAKIR              TUR  29:54
7  Ali SARIBEY                TUR  31:27
8  Mehmet GUNDEM              TUR  31:36
9  Murat KAYA                 TUR  32:17
10 Alper ASLAN                TUR  32:20
 
WOMEN:
1  Binnaz USLU                TUR  33:42
2  Yeliz AY                   TUR  34:18
3  Gülsen ASIKOGLU            TUR  34:33
4  Bakiye DURAN               TUR  34:59
5  Merve DEMIR                TUR  37:00
6  Arzu YURTSEVEN             TUR  37:33
7  Lütfiye KAYA               TUR  40:28
8  Miray GUR                  TUR  40:45
9  Esen Gül OYAR              TUR  41:55
10 Seray YAMAN                TUR  42:22

18 SEPTEMBER 2005: TURIN HALF MARATHON, ITALY

Qatar's Nicholas Kemboi missed the course record (1:02:04) by only six seconds. Despite heavy rain on race day, the men's race was a great example of athletics.

There were great expectations of Kemboi's performance after the incident during the World Championships 10,000m in Helsinki. He managed to prepare himself for this race with only two specific training sessions.

After 5km there was a gap of 100m from the lead runners, Joseph Keino, Joseph Ngeny and Elijah Nyabuti, but by 9km Qatar's adopted runner had bridged that gap. After 13km Ngeny tried to attack Kemboi, without success. At the same time, Nyabuti suffered a stomach ache and Keino a pain in the right foot. Both conceded the race.

Entering Valentino Park at 17km, Kemboi delivered his knockout blow: 2km covered in 2:40-2:45. Ngeny had to accept second place.

In the women's race the young Tanzanian, Nkoki Zaitun, in Europe for the first time, beat the last year's winner Anne Jelagat.

Behind the front runners there were many enthusiasts who, despite the bad weather, ran along Turin's streets to create a wonderful day of sport. This is the third largest half marathon in Italy, but with course, the organisation and the potential to become much bigger. This year 20% of all runners were women, and increasing this figure may be the key to future growth of the event.

MEN:
1  Nicholas KEMBOI            QAT  1:02:10
2  Joseph NGENY               KEN  1:03:39
3  Elijah NYABUTI             KEN  1:04:21
4  Joseph KEINO               KEN  1:05:32
5  Sultan ZHAMAN KHAMIS       QAT  1:06:33
6  Luca CERVA                 ITA  1:09:51
7  Simone MAROCCO             ITA  1:10:04
8  Sergio CURRELI             ITA  1:11:11
9  Bruno SANTACHIARA          ITA  1:11:11
10 Salvatore CALDERONE        ITA  1:12:04

WOMEN:
1  Zaituni NKOKI              TAN  1:13:25
2  Anne JELAGAT               KEN  1:13:41
3  Tiziana DI SESSA           ITA  1:17:34
4  Shebire FISSEHA            ETH  1:19:49
5  Elena NAVONE               ITA  1:24:21
6  Kaeti Anne MACKENZIE       GBR  1:25:03
7  Luigia DEFINIS             ITA  1:26:15
8  Antonella GRAVINO          ITA  1:26:48
9  Tiziana SEMERARO           ITA  1:26:56
10 Alice BERTERO              ITA  1:27:21

18 SEPTEMBER 2005: MAUI MARATHON AND HALF, USA

Jacob Rotich won his second Maui Marathon in a row, 16 seconds faster than he managed last year writes Patrice Malloy. Sayuri Kusutani, 46 years old, won her first marathon in 20 starts.

Three men stuck together until 15 miles, when Rotich and Kevin Collins dropped Katushi Fuchiwaki. Collins, with a pb of 2:15 set in the 2005 world Championships later suffered. He dropped back from 19 miles, slowed to a walk by 23 miles and then dropped out. Last year's half marathon winner, Matthew Holden, came through to take third. The bespectacled Rotich, an MBA graduate, appreciated sharing the pace in the early stages but said that his favourite part of the race were the hula dancers. "I definitely want to come back next year."

Kusutani was never challenged. "The wind was at my back and it was fun to win" she said. Last year's winner Jeannie Wokasch finished fifth.

One of the most scenic marathons in the world, the Maui Marathon runs along the Pacific Ocean through the historic village of Lahaina to finish in Whalers Village in Kaanapaili. Over 3200 runners from 14 countries and 48 states participated in this year's races.

MEN:
1  Jacob ROTICH               USA  2:27:58
2  Katushi FUCHIWAKI          JPN  2:29:56
3  Matthew HOLTON             USA  2:48:29
4  Kazuhiko YOSHIMURA         JPN  2:49:32
5  Chafik AZERKI              USA  2:52:15
6  Mitsuaki KANEKO            JPN  2:53:43
7  Makoto YAMAMOTO            JPN  2:54:22
8  Keish DOI                  USA  2:55:02
9  Michihito MUROI            AUS  2:59:59
10 Takayoshi INOME            JPN  3:02:53

WOMEN:
1  Sayuri KUSUTANI            JPN  2:55:01
2  Yoko YAMAZAWA              JPN  3:06:41
3  Miyuki KANEKO              JPN  3:11:58
4  Ayako KANEKO               JPN  3:13:43
5  Jeannie Wokasch YOUNG      USA  3:17:38
6  Tina-Louise HARRIS         CAN  3:17:44
7  Jyunko UKISU               USA  3:19:52
8  Tomoko HAYASHI             JPN  3:21:11
9  Yukari MATUO               JPN  3:21:54
10 Atsuko SATO                JPN  3:22:03

HALF MARATHON:
MEN:
1  Roger BUSCH                USA  1:14:49
2  Michael MATTHEWS           USA  1:16:14
3  Dave SCHUMACHER            USA  1:19:00

WOMEN:
1  Kelly BASSETT              USA  1:23:30
2  Rani TANIMOTO              USA  1:24:41
3  Michie ITO                 JPN  1:24:47

18 SEPTEMBER 2005: ARKADIA WARSAW MARATHON, POLAND

MEN:
1  Grzegorz GAJDUS            POL  2:14:50
2  Richard ROTICH             KEN  2:15:17
3  Reuben TOROITICH           KEN  2:15:57
4  Radoslaw DUDYCZ            POL  2:18:06
5  Igor ZHAVORONOK            BLR  2:18:36
6  Przemyslaw ROJEWSKI        POL  2:21:20
7  Marcin KUFEL               POL  2:23:28
8  Sergiy REDKO               POL  2:24:22
9  Yury PETUKH                BLR  2:26:09
10 Lukasz PANFIL              POL  2:29:08

WOMEN:
1  Nina KOLYASEVA             RUS  2:34:53
2  Elena MAZOVKA              BLR  2:37:49
3  Malgorzata JAMROZ          POL  2:38:28
4  Tatiana BIELKINA           BLR  2:41:08
5  Agnieszka GORTEL           POL  2:44:04
6  Ewa DEDERKO                POL  2:52:38
7  Katerina STETSENKO         UKR  2:56:40
8  Agnieszka SYPEK            POL  3:02:41
9  Elena CUCHLO               BLR  3:06:20
10 Emilia RYBI                POL  3:06:43

23 SEPTEMBER 2005: AFRICA UNIVERSITY INT'L PEACE MARATHON, ZIMBABWE

MEN:
1  Marko MAMBO                ZIM  2:23:33
2  Collen MAKAZA              ZIM  2:26:15
3  Felix MUSHURWA             ZIM  2:29:49

WOMEN:
1  Margaret MAHOHOMA          ZIM  3:05:26
2  Tawapo BIRI                ZIM  3:06:02
3  Munyaradzi CHADAMBUKA      ZIM  3:59:06

25 SEPTEMBER 2005: RTP HALF MARATHON OF PORTUGAL

Starting in the middle of the flat, causeway section of the 12-km long Vasco da Gama Bridge thousands of runners swarmed up the long slope designed to allow seagoing vessels access to the upper Tagus estuary. This slowed the runners to start with, and not all could be made up on the downward slope to the Lisbon side of the estuary. The winners nonetheless recorded fast times. The second half of the course is on flat, broad roads that surround the Expo 98 site.

MEN:
1  Martin LEL                 KEN  1:01:37
2  Robert CHERUIYOT           KEN  1:01:45
3  Gezehagne Mamo ESHETU      ETH  1:03:42
4  Festus LANGAT              KEN  1:04:02
5  Jouad GHARIB               MAR  1:04:14
6  Tesfaye JIFAR              ETH  1:04:19
7  David TUWEI                KEN  1:04:21
8  Eduardo HENRIQUES          POR  1:04:25
9  Wilberforce TALEL          KEN  1:04:43
10 Naftali DAKHO              TAN  1:05:12

WOMEN:
1  Rose CHERUIYOT             KEN  1:12:49
2  Restituta JOSEPH           TAN  1:14:23
3  Asha GIGI                  ETH  1:14:44
4  Margaret OKAYO             KEN  1:15:42
5  Leonor CARNEIRO            POR  1:16:09
6  Ines MONTEIRO              POR  1:16:34
7  Natalia PINHO              POR  1:25:11
8  Lucilia SOARES             POR  1:28:39
9  Vanda RIBEIRO              POR  1:29:50
10 Analidia TORRE             POR  1:30:53

25 SEPTEMBER 2005: real,-BERLIN MARATHON, GERMANY

Mizuki Noguchi set a new course record, Japanese record and Asian record in a steady run under brilliant blue Berlin sky writes Pat Butcher. She was always on course to break the national record of 2.19.41, set by Yoko Shibui in Berlin last year, and the Asian record which stood to Sun Yingjie at 2:19:39.

This was Noguchi's first mixed race and she took full advantage of a group of male pacemakers who accompanied her and the other leading women. It was the sixth successive win for Japan in the women's race. Home favourite Luminita Zaituc steadily lost ground – more than a minute every 10km - before having to briefly stop with cramp just a kilometre from the finish. She finished eight minutes behind Noguchi, but managed to keep ahead of Asale Tafa who had been with her to halfway but then dropped back. The race was relayed live to Japan, for late-afternoon prime-time sports viewing.

The men's race extended the Kenyan sequence of victories to seven, with Philip Manyim powering away from the more fancied trio of Peter Chebet, Jackson Koech and Joshua Chelanga at 28km. The former 8:20 steeplechaser covered the next 3km in 8:30, so it was little surprise that he slowed drastically towards the end, although he still improved his personal best. Behind him, drama played out in the finishing straight as Koech after looking strong only a kilometre before, lost his co-ordination. Chebet passed him 200m from the finish, to snatch second, and Koech only just held on for third.

MEN:
1  Philip MANYIM              KEN  2:07:41
2  Peter CHEBET               KEN  2:08:58
3  Jackson KOECH              KEN  2:09:07
4  Joshua CHELANGA            KEN  2:09:10
5  Joseph NGOLEPUS            KEN  2:10:10
6  Shimeles MOLA              ETH  2:10:11
7  Michael ROTICH             KEN  2:10:53
8  Andrew LETHERBY            AUS  2:11:42
9  Romulo DA SILVA            BRA  2:12:03
10 Terefe YAE                 ETH  2:12:07

WOMEN:
1  Mizuki NOGUCHI             JPN  2:19:12
2  Lumita ZAITUC              GER  2:27:34
3  Asale TAFA                 ETH  2:28:27
4  Melanie KRAUS              GER  2:34:23
5  Worknesh TOLA              ETH  2:35:31
6  Shona CROMBIE-HICKS        GBR  2:38:42
7  Anne-Mette AAGARD          DEN  2:38:44
8  Anna RAHM                  SWE  2:39:31
9  Eva-Maria GRADWOHL         AUT  2:39:51
10 Jess DRASKAU-PETERSSON     GBR  2:42:00 

25 SEPTEMBER 2005: SCOTIABANK TORONTO WATERFRONT MARATHON & HALF, CANADA

Despite humid conditions Simon Bor ran 2:11:57 to take three minutes off the course record set last year in one of North America's fastest-growing marathons. Anastasia Ndereba took the women's race ahead of Britain's Lucy Hasell. Almost 10,000 runners from 30 countries and 40 US states took part in the three events (Marathon, Half and 5km). Of the 2,500 who ran the marathon, nearly a quarter were international runners.

Kenyans won both marathon races, and took the top five men's places. A pack of nine Kenyans and two Ethiopians passed through 10km in a speedy 30:45 and reached halfway in 65:15. When the last pacemakers pulled aside at 27km there were still seven in contention. By 30km (1:32:48) Bor, Nelson Lebo and Nicholas Murei has spread the rest out in their wake. Just past 34km, at the final turn for home on the flat lakeshore course, Bor moved decisively ahead. Lebo looked like he might come back, but Bor finished strongly. Wesley Ngetich, one of those left behind before 30km, came through to take third.

Anastasia Ndereba had an easier win in the women's race, despite a strong and injudicious surge to the front by the youthful Victoria Zueva at 15km. Lucy Hasell ran strongly for a personal best and possible selection for the Commonwealth Games Marathon. A cautious approach by Tania Jones allowed her to come through to take third place.

In the battle of the ageless titans Canadian phenomenon Ed Whitlock trounced his Dutch rival Joop Ruter, but could not quite manage to register his fourth sub-3 hour age 70+ marathon, finishing in 3:02:37.

MEN:
1  Simon BOR                  KEN  2:11:57
2  Nelson LEBO                KEN  2:12:18
3  Wesley NGETICH             KEN  2:14:31
4  Nicholas MUREI             KEN  2:15:29
5  Augustus KAVUTU            KEN  2:18:16
6  Eshetu BEKELE              ETH  2:18:31
7  Uli STEIDL                 GER  2:18:45
8  Danny KASSAP               CAN  2:20:57
9  Robert MANGUSHO            KEN  2:23:34
10 Paul ATUDIONDANG           KEN  2:24:32	

WOMEN:
1  Anastasia NDEREBA          KEN  2:36:31
2  Lucy HASELL                GBR  2:38:09
3  Tania JONES                CAN  2:41:52
4  Amy STILES                 GBR  2:43:13
5  Victoria ZUEVA             RUS  2:48:21
6  Sandy JACOBSON             CAN  3:01:21
7  Liz MAGUIRE                CAN  3:02:58
8  Nadiya SYTARCHUK           CAN  3:03:26
9  Michelle SCHULER           CAN  3:06:16
10 Jenn CURRIER               CAN  3:13:17

HALF MARATHON:
MEN:
1  Giitah MACHARIA            CAN  1:04:34
2  Abbel ONDEYO               KEN  1:04:36
3  Joseph KAMAU               KEN  1:04:47

WOMEN:
1  Lyubov DENISOVA            RUS  1:15:08
2  Shari BOYLE                CAN  1:18:56
3  Isabelle LEDROIT           CAN  1:22:56

25 SEPTEMBER 2005: TALLINN HALF MARATHON, ESTONIA

MEN:
1  Francis KIRWA              KEN  1:04:16
2  Vjatseslav KOSELEV         EST  1:05:24
3  Toomas TARM                EST  1:08:46
4  Aleksei SAVELJEV           EST  1:09:56
5  Armands BUSS               LAT  1:10:19
6  Arunas BALCIUNAS           LIT  1:10:35
7  Taavi TAMBUR               EST  1:12:42
8  Tarmo MANDLA               EST  1:13:01
9  Tilt REMMELG               EST  1:14:25
10 Jaanus PEDAK               EST  1:14:42

WOMEN:
1  Olga ANDREJEVA             EST  1:23:06
2  Katrin KUUSK               EST  1:27:13
3  Aljona MARKELOVA           EST  1:28:39
4  Galina BERNAT              EST  1:29:07
5  Justina JACKUTE            LIT  1:31:32
6  Kaja VALS                  EST  1:32:19
7  Ulle KUMMER-LEMAN          EST  1:34:29
8  Maris JAAMA                EST  1:34:47
9  Anna BEATTIE               AUS  1:35:19
10 Tarja HYTTINEN             FIN  1:43:59

10km:
MEN:
1  Pavel  LOSKUTOV            EST  29:23
2  Juha HELLSTEN              FIN  30:07
3  Valery HOLNEROVICH         LAT  30:25

WOMEN:
1  Daniela FETCERE            LAT  34:18
2  Jekaterina PATJUK          EST  36:16
3  Miina LILLEPRUUN           EST  39:07

25 SEPTEMBER 2005: MARATONINA DI UDINE, ITALY

MEN:
1  Robert KIPCHUMBA           KEN  1:01:13
2  Mathew Kipkorir SIGEI      KEN  1:01:23
3  Francis KIPROP             KEN  1:01:32
4  Wilson Kiprono KENEI       KEN  1:01:38
5  Benson  Kipchumba BARUS    KEN  1:01:52
6  Yusuf SONGONKA             KEN  1:01:57
7  John NGENO                 KEN  1:02:20
8  Paul Kogo KIPKEMEI         KEN  1:03:17
9  Abyote GUTA                ETH  1:04:10
10 Denis CURZI                ITA  1:04:12

WOMEN:
1  Pamela CHEPCHUMBA          KEN  1:09:09
2  Rose JEPCHUMBA             KEN  1:10:15
3  Aniko KALOVICS             HUN  1:11:01
4  Helena JAVORNIK            SLO  1:12:59
5  Renate RUNNGER             ITA  1:15:06
6  Silvia SOMMAGGIO           ITA  1:15:43
7  Michela ZANATTA            ITA  1:15:49
8  Gegia GUALTIERI            ITA  1:16:20
9  Oksana SKLYARENKO          UKR  1:17:05
10 Petra TEVELLI              HUN  1:17:28

25 SEPTEMBER 2005: 44TH DEXIA BIL ROUTE DU VIN HALF MARATHON, LUXEMBOURG

Kenyans swept the top 10 places in the men's race and also provided the women's winner. Course records were safe due to the summer-like temperatures of around 25°C. The National Championships incorporated into the race were won by Vincent Nothum and Pascale Schmoetten.

In this largest road race in Luxembourg 1486 finishers came from more than 30 countries.

MEN:
1  Wilson CHEBET              KEN  1:02:19	 
2  Vincent KROP               KEN  1:02:23
3  Moses Kipkosgey KIGEN      KEN  1:02:38
4  George OKWORO              KEN  1:02:42
5  Barnabas KENDUIYWO         KEN  1:02:51
6  Andrew LIMO                KEN  1:03:20
7  Mariko KIPCHUMBA           KEN  1:03:37
8  Stanley Kipkosgey SALIL    KEN  1:03:50
9  Mathew Kipchirchir KOECH   KEN  1:04:07
10 Abraham TANDOI             KEN  1:05:22

WOMEN:
1  Joan AYAIBEI               KEN  1:12:36
2  Susanne RITTER             GER  1:14:04
3  Mary PTIKANY               KEN  1:14:43
4  Emily KIMURIA              KEN  1:14:59
5  Susan J KIRUI              KEN  1:15:05
6  Viola BOR                  KEN  1:15:13
7  Monica MUTHONI             KEN  1:15:55
8  Tanja SCHMIDT              LUX  1:21:57
9  Marion JAKOBS              LUX  1:23:00
10 Ira KORSTEN                DEN  1:23:03

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