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7 OCTOBER 2007: SAMSUNG MELBOURNE MARATHON, AUSTRALIA

MEN:
1  Rowan WALKER                 AUS  2:19:16
2  Josphet Gatiya MWANGI        KEN  2:20:55
3  Trent HARLOW                 AUS  2:21:58
4  Anthony RICKARDS             AUS  2:23:46
5  Scott RANTALL                AUS  2:26:18

WOMEN:
1  Hanny ALSTON                 AUS  2:40:34
2  Helen STANTON                AUS  2:41:51
3  Billinda SCIPP               AUS  2:42:22
4  Karen NATOLI                 AUS  2:45:15
5  Angela BATEUP                AUS  2:46:40

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Brett CARTRIGHT              AUS  1:03:02
2  Martin DENT                  AUS  1:03:44
3  Yoshihito SATO               JPN  1:04:22

WOMEN:
1  Lauren SHELLEY               AUS  1:14:57
2  Hisako KOGURO                JPN  1:15:11
3  Susan POWER                  AUS  1:18:14

7 OCTOBER 2007: KOSICE PEACE MARATHON, SLOVAKIA

It's been a long time coming, but Europe's oldest marathon finally went sub 2:10 as unheralded Kenyan William Biama won in a great solo effort writes Alfons Juck. The 84th edition of the race enjoyed favourable conditions (13°C, no wind) and the participation of more than 3000 runners from 40 countries in the marathon and various support races.

For 22-year-old Biama it was only his third marathon. Alongside the much more experienced Simon Bor, (2:07:55 from 2003) by 10km (30:25) they had already dropped the pacemakers. Through halfway in 1:03:50, it seemed inevitable that they would fade in the second half, but while Bor did so (after 30km) Biama was still running well.

Watched by Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic among the spectators Bima delivered in fine style. "I did not have any big crisis, only at the end when I was a little bit cold… next time I think I can run close to 2:07," he said. Bor, in his 21st marathon, also beat the old course record.

Natalya Kulesh defended her women's title and set a new personal best of 2:34:50, fourth fastest ever in Kosice. The 2005 race winner Edyta Lewandowska finished two minutes behind her.

Member of Parliament and former Slovak Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda finished his 21st marathon after leg surgery in very solid 3:35:13.

MEN:
1  William BIAMA                  KEN  2:09:53
2  Simon BOR                      KEN  2:12:01
3  Lenar KHUSNUTDINOV             RUS  2:15:29
4  Mathew KOSGEI                  KEN  2:16:50
5  Wilfred CHESEREK               KEN  2:17:32
6  Imrich PASTOR                  SVK  2:21:59
7  Taras SALO                     SVK  2:22:38
8  Ayelew MARE                    ETH  2:27:33
9  Marcel MATANIN                 SVK  2:28:17
10 Cristophe GUIBON               FRA  2:29:10

WOMEN:
1  Natcha KULESH                  BLR  2:34:50
2  Edyta LEWANDOWSKA              POL  2:36:58
3  Olga KOTOVSKA                  UKR  2:39:53
4  Valentina DELION               MDA  2:45:18
5  Laura MCINTYRE                 CAN  2:57:57
6  Karolina RAKIEC                POL  2:59:19
7  Andrea BERESOVA                SVK  2:59:52
8  Anna BALOSAKOVA                SVK  3:12:59
9  Stacy ZAHATNANSKY              USA  3:23:08
10 Erika BILLA                    SVK  3:24:19

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Anatoly MALYY                  SVK  1:09:55
2  Bernard DEMATTEIS              ITA  1:09:59
3  Orest BABJAK                   UKR  1:10:24

WOMEN:
1  Katarina BERESOVA              SVK  1:18:43
2  Zuzana NOVACKOVA               SVK  1:19:26
3  Ingrid PETNUCHOVA              SVK  1:21:32

7 OCTOBER 2007: MEDTRONIC TWIN CITIES MARATHON, USA

MEN:
1  Mykola ANTONENKO               UKR  2:13:54
2  Joseph MUTINDA                 KEN  2:20:12
3  Augustus KAVUTU                KEN  2:21:13
4  David CHEPKWONY                KEN  2:21:55
5  Stephen MUTURI                 KEN  2:22:16
6  Isaac ARUSEI                   KEN  2:25:58
7  Abebe YIMER                    ETH  2:26:39
8  Thomas OMWENGA                 KEN  2:27:52
9  Joshua EBERLY                  USA  2:28:17
10 Josh METCALF                   USA  2:28:26

WOMEN:
1  Svetlana PONOMARENKO           RUS  2:34:09
2  Alena VINITSKAYA               RUS  2:38:23
3  Sharon CHEROP                  KEN  2:38:45
4  Robyn FRIEDMAN                 USA  2:42:15
5  Caroline CRETTI                     2:43:13
6  Lillian CHELIMO                KEN  2:47:02
7  Susan LOKEN                         2:48:36
8  Doreen MCCOUBRIE                    2:54:39
9  Zinaida SEMENOVA                    2:57:11
10 Meghan ARBOGAST                     2:57:47

7 OCTOBER 2007: BAXTER'S LOCH NESS MARATHON, GREAT BRITAIN

Over 5600 runners lined up for Baxters Festival of Running, with thousands lining the final few miles along the route in the autumn sunshine to support the runners as they came into the Queens Park Stadium in Inverness, the finish venue of all three races. Runners, together with their families and friends, enjoyed a carnival atmosphere, with entertainment including pipes and drums and ceilidh bands. For the kids there was a bouncy castle, Baxter's Soup and face painting.

The event attracts elite Scottish and international athletes and club runners, but is also hugely popular with amateurs, joggers and those running to raise money for charity. Last year's event raised £408,311. Fifty different nationalities were represented, with athletes from as far afield as Australia, Brazil, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand and Trinidad.

The Festival of Running has a tremendous impact on the local economy as runners, their supporters and locals alike soak up the race weekend atmosphere; almost $2 million was spent on accommodation, food and activities in 2006, and certainly more this year.

MEN:
1  Zakary KIHARA                  KEN  2:23:17
2  Moray ANDERSON                 GBR  2:30:56
3  Andrew FARQUHARSON             GBR  2:35:10
 
WOMEN:
1  Banuelia KATESIGWA             TAN  2:55:04
2  Shona MCINTOSH                 GBR  3:04:29
3  Lydia SCHUMACHER               USA  3:06:35
 
RIVER NESS 10km
MEN:
1  Jean NDAYASENGA                BDI  30:36
2  Barney PHILLIPS                GBR  31:57
3  Andrew DOUGLAS                 GBR  32:08

WOMEN:
1  Bridget COOMBER                GBR  37:43
2  Morag ROSS                     GBR  38.25
3  Julia HENDERSON                GBR  38:45

7 OCTOBER 2007: ROYAL VICTORIA MARATHON, CANADA

The 28th edition was a showcase for Victoria-based athletes as well as proving that the Masters field is one of the fastest in the country. Steve Osaduik couldn't match his record-breaking 2006 time, but still strode away to finish nine minutes clear. Men's 40+ and 50+ masters winners finished in third and fourth places.

In the women's marathon Suzanne Evans made it three wins in a row, with a personal best of 2:45:38. She and American Wendy Terris jockeyed together for most of the race but the diminutive Canadian proved to be the stronger.

In the Half Marathon Victoria's Lucy Smith achieved her goal by breaking her own 2003 race record by a single second. Another local favourite and past Marathon winner, Bruce Deacon, set a new course Masters record of 1:08:02. Sydney Olympic Triathlon Champion Simon Whitfield won the 8km race in 24:23.

MEN:
1  Steve OSADUIK                  CAN  2:20:14
2  Graeme WILSON                  CAN  2:29:41
3  Anthony SKUCE                  CAN  2:32:40
4  Colin DIGNUM                   CAN  2:35:33
5  Kevin TITUS                    CAN  2:37:59
6  Brett WINEGAR                  USA  2:40:46
7  David TERRIS                   USA  2:41:39
8  Geoff REID                     CAN  2:42:08
9  James RICHARDSON               CAN  2:42:19
10 Cormac HIKISCH                 CAN  2:43:10

WOMEN:
1  Suzanne EVANS                  CAN  2:45:39
2  Wendy TORRIS                   USA  2:49:59
3  Constance HUI                  CAN  3:02:34
4  Sarah PETERS                   CAN  3:05:15
5  Kelly MCKEAN                   USA  3:06:36
6  Shannon JAMES                  CAN  3:07:02
7  Erin PERKIN                    USA  3:07:21
8  Catrin JONES                   CAN  3:08:12
9  Jenny SANDERS                  CAN  3:11:20
10 Karin THIBODEAU                CAN  3:11:39

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Bruce DEACON                   CAN  1:08:02
2  Mark BOMBA                     CAN  1:10:20
3  Steven MURENBEELD              CAN  1:10:55

WOMEN:
1  Lucy SMITH                     CAN  1:16:11
2  Judith LEROY                   CAN  1:19:52
3  Rachel RUUS                    CAN  1:23:12

7 OCTOBER 2007: PORTLAND MARATHON, USA

MEN:
1  Carlos SIQUEIROS               USA  2:25:25
2  Scott NICHOLAS                 USA  2:28:23
3  Nobuhito HORIKI                JPN  2:29:10
4  Andy MARTIN                    USA  2:30:36
5  Daniel FELDMAN                 USA  2:31:16
6  Dan MCLEAN                     USA  2:31:52
7  Jesse STEVICK                  USA  2:32:03
8  David HARKIN                   USA  2:34:03
9  Anthony RINCK                  USA  2:35:41
10 Damian BALDOVINO               USA  2:37:54

WOMEN:
1  Mayu HORIKI                    JPN  2:53:44
2  Laurie PORTER                  USA  2:53:47
3  Angie RADOSEVICH               USA  2:57:01
4  Ashlee VINCENT                 USA  2:57:06
5  Sally BERGESEN                 USA  2:59:21
6  Angela BESTWICK                USA  3:02:10
7  Danita ERICKSEN                USA  3:02:33
8  Stephanie SNYDER               USA  3:03:08
9  Jill PETTIBONE                 USA  3:03:49
10 Jasmine ZAMORA                 USA  3:03:58

7 OCTOBER 2007: OKANAGAN MARATHON, CANADA

MEN:
1  Scott TREMBLAY                 CAN  2:38:27
2  Trevor HAAHEIM                 CAN  2:39:40
3  Brendan LUNTY                  CAN  2:50:05
4  Martin MCMAHON                 CAN  2:57:58
5  Adam TEASDALE                  CAN  2:58:33
6  Mark OLSEN                     CAN  2:59:26
7  Scott MERCER                   CAN  3:02:09
8  Matthew BRASSARD               CAN  3:02:27
9  Lee PRATT                      CAN  3:04:25
10 Tim WIWCHAR                    CAN  3:04:27

WOMEN:
1  Christy LOVIG                  CAN  3:14:23
2  Nicky REHN                     CAN  3:16:47
3  Paige HOWAT                    CAN  3:17:45
4  Wendi CAMPBELL                 CAN  3:18:44
5  Leah ANAKA                     CAN  3:20:47
6  Tara MORAN                     CAN  3:22:30
7  Suzanne BEDFORD                CAN  3:23:53
8  Mirabelle TINIO                CAN  3:26:49
9  Kimberly SELDER                CAN  3:27:18
10 Jaclyn YANKE                   CAN  3:27:27

7 OCTOBER 2007: GUAYAQUIL MARATHON, ECUADOR

MEN:
1  Byron PIEDRA               ECU  2:20:50
2  Miguel MALLQUI                  2:21:14
3  Larryn SANCHEZ                  2:22:01
4  William BARROS                  2:23:51
5  Stalin BARROS                   2:25:14
6  Jose CARDONA                    2:25:54
7  Dimas QUINGALUISA               2:26:47
8  Claudio RAMOS                   2:27:55
9  Cesar GUALOTUNA                 2:28:14
10 Eduardo QUISPE                  2:28:44
 
WOMEN:
1  Nancy ROSERO                    2:49:30
2  Sandra RUALES                   2:50:24
3  Mary L MAMANI                   2:59:31
4  Olga TABLA                      3:03:10
5  Angelina GUALOTUNA              3:10:12
6  Myriam BARBARON                 3:11:37
7  Narcisa CALDERON                3:12:11
8  Maria V CHASIPANTA              3:16:09
9  Maribel MERA                    3:18:21
10 Narcisa TRUJILLO                3:21:14

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14 OCTOBER 2007: TORONTO MARATHON AND HALF, CANADA

MEN:
1  Charles BEDLEY              CAN  2:21:59
2  Matthew NORMINTON           CAN  2:23:56
3  Gavin STEVENS               NZL  2:34:29
4  Martinez ANGEL              MEX  2:36:12
5  Zeljko SABOL                CAN  2:38:00
6  Dean ALYWARD                CAN  2:40:23
7  Orona C FELIPE DE JESUS     MEX  2:41:57
8  Kyle AITKEN                 CAN  2:42:27
9  Matt WILSON                 USA  2:44:00
10 Matt SETLACK                CAN  2:44:51
 
WOMEN:
1  Leslie BLACK                CAN  2:58:47
2  Angela BATSFORD             CAN  3:06:20
3  Gretchen GEHRKE             USA  3:08:27
4  Katie SNOWDEN               CAN  3:10:30
5  Christine ROSS              CAN  3:10:36
6  Kelly RUPOLI                CAN  3:12:05
7  Amanda MILES-BERRY          CAN  3:13:01
8  Angela MILES-BERRY          CAN  3:15:33 
9  Daniela FIUMARA             CAN  3:19:00
10 Christine COULTER           CAN  3:19:46
 
HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Pius KORIR                  KEN  1:08:50
2  Hashim ROBA                 CAN  1:08:51
3  Matthew LEDUC               CAN  1:11:09

WOMEN:
1  Sarah HUNTER-NAGY           CAN  1:20:05
2  Sharlene COBAIN             CAN  1:20:57
3  Donna MAE ROBINS            CAN  1:23:20

14 OCTOBER 2007: ZAGREB MARATHON & HALF MARATHON, CROATIA

MEN:
1  Duro KODZO                  BIH  2:19:57
2  Slavko PETROVIC             CRO  2:20:48
3  Zsolt BENEDEK               HUN  2:25:26
4  Drazen DINJAR               CRO  2:28:16
5  Bela HORVATH                HUN  2:28:47
6  Maricel GAMEN               ROM  2:30:37
7  Hrvoje KOVAC                CRO  2:40:10
8  Goran MURIC                 CRO  2:40:55
9  Matija GRABROVECKI          CRO  2:43:35
10 Robert VEGSE                CRO  2:48:00

WOMEN:
1  Maria LUCA TEODERASCU       ROM  2:45:35
2  Svetlana SHEPELEVA          RUS  2:47:13
3  Ida SURBEK                  SLO  2:49:20
4  Ljiljana CULIBRK            CRO  2:50:44
5  Larisa USACHEVA             RUS  2:50:53
6  Antonija ORLIC              CRO  2:53:03
7  Marija VRAJIC               CRO  3:00:23
8  Marija SCHWARZ              CRO  3:11:27
9  Mirjana KOLAR               CRO  3:25:33
10 Katica RUMBOCIC             CRO  3:28:54

14 OCTOBER 2007: EINDHOVEN MARATHON, NETHERLANDS

In ideal conditions (16°C, sunny, no wind) Philip Singoei defended his title and bettered his 2:08:08 course record from last year writes Wim van Hemert. It was Singoei's fourth consecutive Eindhoven. In 2004 and 2005 he finished second in 2:10:07 and 2:08:45 respectively. "I love this course," he said afterwards. "I was very confident to win."

A big group of Africans went through 10km in 29:40 but at 15km (44:36) they were reduced to four: Singoei, William Todoo Rotich (who eventually did not finish), Joseph Ngeny Kiprotich and pacemaker Charles Koech. At halfway Koech stopped and the other three were on their own. The pace stayed very fast as the trio passed 30km in 1:29:57. Rotich dropped back at 33km and soon after that point he stopped. Just before 35km Singoei accelerated and left his last rival.

In the last 7km he opened a gap of nearly two minutes.

Lydia Kurgat was a comfortable winner in the women's race, well ahead of compatriots Tabitha Kibet and Eunice Korir. The event drew a record 16,046 participants: 1775 in the marathon, 8135 in the half marathon and 6830 in the City Run (6km).

MEN:
1  Philips SINGOEI             KEN  2:07:57
2  Paul BIWOTT                 KEN  2:09:56
3  Joseph N KIPROTICH          KEN  2:11:05
4  Sammy CHUMBA                KEN  2:11:08
5  Mulugeta WAMI               ETH  2:11:47
6  Sammy N NGANGA              KEN  2:11:54
7  John KIRUI                  KEN  2:12:01
8  Vitaliy SHAFAR              UKR  2:12:07
9  David SANG                  KEN  2:14:46
10 Tesfaye ETHICHA             ETH  2:15:53
 
WOMEN:
1  Lydia KURGAT                KEN  2:39:27
2  Tabitha KIBET               KEN  2:40:51
3  Eunice KORIR                KEN  2:40:56
4  Inge VAN BERGEN             NED  2:51:53
 
HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Wellay AMARE                ETH  1:06:14
2  Huub MAAS                   NED  1:08:39
3  Sergiu GAIDUC               NED  1:08:54
 
WOMEN:
1  Firehiwott TESFAYE          ETH  1:16:53
2  Petra MAAK                  NED  1:18:47
3  Silvia KRUIJER              NED  1:19:25

14 OCTOBER 2007: ING BRUSSELS MARATHON AND HALF, BELGIUM

MEN:
1  Jonathan Y KIPTOO                2:12:16
2  Josphat KEIYO                    2:12:19
3  Maru SHADRACK                    2:13:39
4  Patrick TAMBWE                   2:15:29
5  Elias C KIMELI                   2:17:30
6  Gino G VAN                       2:17:34
7  David K KIPKORIR                 2:18:50
8  Vincent TERNET                   2:20:28
9  Raymond B KIMUTAI                2:23:40
10 Tomasz DRAG                      2:25:52

WOMEN:
1  Rael K JEPYATOR                  2:41:20
2  Reka KOVACS                      3:14:03
3  Christine POULARD                3:14:19
4  Caroline GOETGHBUER              3:16:36
5  Catherine ROOSSENS               3:16:37
6  Fabienne ASHRAF                  3:19:16
7  Daphne ROBERTI                   3:19:29
8  Julia RECKTENWALD                3:20:59
9  Malou UNFER                      3:21:01
10 Martha DEGRAZIA                  3:24:54

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Jason MAYEROFF                   1:07:03
2  Paolo NATALI                     1:09:33
3  Dris I ELMKABLI                  1:12:07

WOMEN:
1  Anne Marie DUPONT                1:28:08
2  Paola CONCONI                    1:28:40
3  Mieke TIERENS                    1:32:07

14 OCTOBER 2007: 2ND IAAF WORLD ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIPS, 21.1KM, UDINE, ITALY

Men:

Kicking from a tight four man pack in the last kilometre, Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea successfully defended his title writes Bob Ramsak. Tadese, also the reigning World Cross Country champion, set a new championship record of 58:59.

Taking advantage of ideal conditions and a fast three-lap course, the race was quick from the start. A lead group of eight went through 5km in 13:55. Past 10km (27:35) Tadese and Ethiopia's Deriba Merga ran stride for side with Patrick Makau and Evans Cheruiyot a step or two behind. These four passed 15km in 41:35, just five seconds shy of Sammy Wanjiru's 41:29 set earlier this year. Cheruiyot then dropped back a few metres but worked his way back to rejoin the leading three at 20km (56:13), just as the 25-year-old Eritrean made his decisive break. Tadese surged down the slope into the Piazza 1 Maggio with a clear lead and 500m to run, but Makau launched an attack at 300m that saw him rapidly close down the gap. Tadese, sensing the danger, responded to Makau and to the crowd of 200 or so jubilant Eritrean fans who lined the finish straight.

Tadese joined an exclusive group of sub-59 minute performers over the distance and became only the second man, after Paul Tergat, to defend his title. World record holder Wanjiru, in his debut for Kenya, had raced to the front at the start but then struggled. Running with a knee injury, the fast early pace took its toll. A distant eighth and 18 seconds behind at 10km, he eventually crossed the line 51st, clocking 1:03:31. A total of 17 runners bettered 61 minutes.

Women:

Holland's Lornah Kiplagat bested her performance of last year at the same Championships in Debrecen (HUN) to improve her 20km World record to 1:02:57. She went on to complete the half marathon distance in 1:06:25, beating Elana Meyer's 1999 figures from the Tokyo Half Marathon by 19 seconds.

Kiplagat led from the start but at about 10km Kenya's Mary Keitany had the temerity to challenge her and pulled ahead to lead by a few seconds. Kiplagat, who had been injured for several weeks in July and August, was slow to respond but gathered her strength and pushed ahead from about 13km. It took her a while to shake off the tenacious Keitany, who was still only three seconds down at 15km. Thereafter Kiplagat gradually pulled away to a 23-second win, which could have been more but for celebrations before the finish line. Keitany finished just outside the old record in 1:06:48, improving the Kenyan national record by a single second.

Pamela Chepchumba ran a personal best for the bronze medal and along with Everline Kimwei in 6th place ensured an emphatic team victory for Kenya. In fourth place Bezunesh Bekele lowered Berhane Adere's Ethiopian national record by 10 seconds and of the top 20 finishers, 17 recorded personal bests.

Kiplagat's victory follows that she achieved in the World Cross Country in Mombasa back in March. She has represented the Netherlands for the last four years since marrying husband/coach Pieter Langerhorst.

MEN:
1  Zersenay TEDESE             ERI    58:59  
2  Patrick Makau MUSYOKI       KEN    59:02  
3  Evans Kiprop CHERUIYOT      KEN    59:05 
4  Deriba MERGA                ETH    59:16 
5  Yonas KIFLE                 ERI    59:30 
6  Dieudonné DISI              RWA    59:32 
7  Marilson DOS SANTOS         BRA    59:33 
8  Dickson Marwa MKAMI         TAN  1:00:24 
9  Atsushi SATO                JPN  1:00:25 
10 Cuthbert NYASANGO           ZIM  1:00:26

TEAMS:
1  Kenya       2:58:54
2  Eritrea     2:59:08
3  Ethiopia    3:01:15
 
WOMEN:
1  Lornah KIPLAGAT             NED  1:06:25 
2  Mary Jepkosgei KEITANY      KEN  1:06:48 
3  Pamela CHEPCHUMBA           KEN  1:08:06 
4  Bezunesh BEKELE             ETH  1:08:07 
5  Atsede HABTAMU              ETH  1:08:29  
6  Everline K KIMWEI           KEN  1:08:39 
7  Chisato OSAKI               JPN  1:08:56 
8  Luminita TALPOS             ROM  1:09:01 
9  Alice Jemeli TIMBILILI      KEN  1:09:09  
10 Alina GHERASIM              ROM  1:09:14

TEAMS:
1  Kenya        3:23:33 
2  Ethiopia     3:25:51
3  Japan        3:27:39

14 OCTOBER 2007, NOVI SAD MARATHON, SERBIA

MEN:
1  Akademija VONA                   2:23:33
2  Roman PRODIUS               MDA  2:32:31
3  Sergui LANGU                MDA  2:32:32
4  Dimitriji PAVLOV            RUS  2:33:31
5  Alex SCUTARU                MDA  2:37:22
6  Valjerij KOKLEV             RUS  2:40:40
7  Aleksandar MILOVANOVIC      SER  2:46:32
8  Poslova S U SREDNJA              2:47:18
9  Skola POLJPRIVREDNA              2:50:33
10 Dusan STRANJAKOVIC          SER  2:51:17
 
WOMEN:
1  Jekaterina KOKLIJEVA             2:56:53
2  Ksenija BODLOVIC                 3:06:31
3  Vera JANJUSKINA                  3:14:24
4  Lidija MIKLOS                    3:17:35
5  Biljana GRUBOR-VOZAREVIC         3:38:54
6  Stojanka SOKOL                   3:52:50
7  Gorica STOJANOV                  4:54:52

14 OCTOBER 2007: POZNAN MARATHON, POLAND

MEN:
1  Paul TANGUS                 KEN  2:16:24
2  Radoslaw DUDYCZ             POL  2:17:17
3  David NDEGWA                KEN  2:17:21
4  Vasiliy REMSHCHUK           UKR  2:17:43
5  Viktor STARODUBCEV          UKR  2:18:57
6  Julius KILIMO               KEN  2:19:00
7  Mykola YUKHYMCHUK           UKR  2:20:00
8  Yevgen SHURKHNO             UKR  2:20:23
9  Marcin FEHLAU               POL  2:21:03
10 Piotr DRWAL                 POL  2:23:01
 
WOMEN:
1  Ewa BRYCH PAJAK             POL  2:39:59
2  Arleta MELOCH               POL  2:40:22
3  Elena MAZOVKA                    2:44:57
4  Julia PASTUHOVA             RUS  2:46:38
5  Ludmila RODINA              RUS  2:46:51
6  Maria BUTAKOVA                   2:47:31
7  Yoshimi HOSHINO             JPN  2:48:39
8  Katarzyna DZIWOSZ           POL  2:50:52
9  Olga RYBAKOWA               UKR  2:57:50
10 Svetlana NIKITINA           RUS  3:07:00

14 OCTOBER 2007: MOUNT DESERT ISLAND MARATHON, USA

MEN:
1  David HERR                  USA  2:37:44
2  Andrew BEARDSLEY            USA  2:41:20
3  Matt FRONGILLO              USA  2:41:47
4  Erik MCCARTHY               USA  2:46:30
5  Steve NOONE                 USA  2:49:28
6  Craig GEMMELL               USA  2:57:10
7  Paul YOUNG                  USA  2:57:49
8  Michael TELLES              USA  2:58:16
9  Austin TOWNSEND             USA  3:01:30
10 Thomas UELAND               USA  3:04:04
 
WOMEN:
1  Judi CHIAVETTA              USA  3:04:42
2  Debra MOREAU                USA  3:21:00
3  Lara JUDSON                 USA  3:21:23
4  Kathleen MUNSON             USA  3:22:46
5  Amanda DREYER               USA  3:23:50
6  Yukiko NISHIDE              USA  3:27:33
7  Reshanna TAYLOR             USA  3:31:33
8  Sherry BLACK                USA  3:31:43
9  Patricia CRAIG              USA  3:33:27
10 Ellen BETH                  USA  3:34:20

14 OCTOBER 2007: TIMISOARA MARATHON AND HALF, ROMANIA

The race passed a milestone by attracting runners from more than ten countries for the first time. Nebojsa Kosic from neighbouring Serbia won the men's Marathon in great style and Hiroko Ogawa from Japan dominated the women's competition.

Runners enjoyed both marathon and half marathon events in sunny conditions, on a fast course and against the beautiful backdrop provided by the historical city of Timisoara. Beside the main events there was also a "Bambi Marathon" for 4 to 6 year old children, over a course of a few hundred metres.

MEN:
1  Nebojsa KOSIC               SRB  2:40:16
2  Gennaro FRANCESCO           ITA  2:52:02
3  Danut CERNAT                ROM  2:54:27
4  Florian CUTI                ROM  2:54:28
5  Giulio CAVATAIO             ITA  2:58:55
6  Vincenzo TERMINI            ITA  3:27:34
7  Iulian ZAHARIA              ROM  3:30:40
8  Marin Ion DRAGAN            ROM  3:34:39
9  Csaba UDVARI                ROM  3:45:30
10 Vito COLETTI                ITA  3:54:35

WOMEN:
1  Hiroko OGAWA                JPN  3:30:55
2  Silvia BANDA                ROM  3:47:10
3  Chandra LECOMPTE            USA  4:19:18

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Constantin MINERAN          ROM  1:14:26
2  Mihai OBREJEAN              ROM  1:17:02
3  Mihai Zsolt CSIZMADY        ROM  1:21:05

WOMEN:
1  Cuta STEFAN TALPAU          ROM  1:30:49
2  Ioana Lucia MICA            ROM  1:44:10
3  Daniela TOROK               ROM  1:46:12

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21 OCTOBER 2007: ING AMSTERDAM MARATHON, NETHERLANDS

Ideal weather (10-12°C and sunny but with no wind) allowed fast times in a race which was not determined until the final 250m inside the 1928 Olympic Stadium writes Wim van Hemert. Emmanuel Mutai clocked the third fastest time in the history of the event and the second fastest time of the year. Compatriot Magdaline Chemjor won her debut marathon.

Mutai earned the victory by his strong front running. After a moderate start a large group of runners held together through 10km (29:55) and halfway (1:03:56). After this point, outside Amsterdam by the River Amstel, the pace increased as some pacemakers dropped out. The lead group diminished but still numbered 11 runners who passed 25km in 1:15:32 and 30km in 1:30:20. By 35km (1:44:55) there were three leaders: the Kenyans Mutai and Richard Limo and Yonas Kifle of Eritrea. Kifle lost contact and was overtaken by the Kenyans James Rotich and Paul Kirui at around 41km. Mutai and Limo battled on but in the last kilometre Mutai succeeded in breaking away from his final opponent. Rotich and Kirui stayed together until the last stride both clocking the same time for third and fourth place.

Mutai's previous best was a modest 2:13:06 from Rotterdam in April. Dutchman Kamiel Maase gave himself a nice present, a day after his 37th birthday, by finishing ninth with a new Dutch record. He bettered his old national record, which he also set in Amsterdam four years ago, by exactly ten seconds.

Magdaline Chemjor dropped her last opponents, Ethiopians Marta Markos and Ayelech Worku, at 35km (1:44:47). The experienced Pole Dorota Gruca was very strong in the final seven kilometres, coming through to take second place.

Over 8000 runners took part in the Marathon while another 16,000 competed over the other two distances.

MEN:
1  Emmanuel MUTAI              KEN  2:06:29  
2  Richard LIMO                KEN  2:06:45 
3  James ROTICH                KEN  2:07:12 
4  Paul KIRUI                  KEN  2:07:12 
5  Yonas KIFLE                 ERI  2:07:34 
6  Jason MBOTE                 KEN  2:07:51 
7  Shadrack KIPLAGAT           KEN  2:07:53 
8  Tsegaye KEBEDE              ETH  2:08:16 
9  Kamiel MAASE                NED  2:08:21 
10 Paul KOSGEI                 KEN  2:09:31

Women:
1  Magdaline CHEMJOR           KEN  2:28:16  
2  Dorota GRUCA                POL  2:30:10
3  Ayelech WORKU               ETH  2:30:15 
4  Shiru DERIBA                ETH  2:30:30   
5  Liza HUNTER-GALVAN          NZL  2:30:40  
6  Hilda KIBET                 NED  2:32:10 
7  Marta MARKOS                ETH  2:32:28 
8  Holly MAY                   GBR  2:38:54
9  Debbie COSLETT              GBR  2:47:50 
10 Claartje MAASE              NED  2:50:50

21 OCTOBER 2007: ANA BEIJING MARATHON, CHINA

Under warm sunny skies, Kenyan Nephat Kinyanjui kicked away in the final kilometre to win the race in a personal best by more than three minutes writes Jiang Yi. Chinese youngster Ren Longyun had run shoulder-to-shoulder with Kinyanjui for most of the race and finished 30m behind in a new national record, while Han Gang also broke 2:09.

In the women's race a trio of Chinese teenagers swept the podium. "The weather actually helped quite a bit," said the 19-year-old winner Chen Rong. "The last 5km was very difficult, so winning it with my personal best of over seven minutes was a big surprise." Boding well for Chinese fortunes in this event, runner-up Yingying Zhang is just 17, and third-placed Xue Bai 18. Both produced career bests.

It took nearly 20 minutes for all 25,000 runners to leave the National Olympic Sports Centre, one street across the Bird's Nest (National Stadium) and the Water Cube (National Aquatics Centre), the two main venues for next year's Olympic Games. There were 68 male and 21 female elite runners in this year's race, with a decent crowd lining the streets along the way.

The 26th edition of the race coincided with the last day of the Chinese Communist Party's 17th Congress, held once every five years. While the date and route of the 26-year-old event were set a year ago, the date for the congress was announced only in late August. Instead of starting in Tiananmen Square in central Beijing, the race start/finish was moved to the National Olympic Sports Centre in the north part of the capital.

MEN:
1  Nephat KINYANJUI            KEN  2:08:09
2  Ren LONGYUN                 CHN  2:08:15
3  Han GANG                    CHN  2:08:56
4  David Kipkorir MANDAGO      KEN  2:09:59
5  Luka CHELIMO                KEN  2:10:47
6  Kataoka YUSUKE              JPN  2:12:28
7  Kiprotich KENEI             KEN  2:14:30
8  Chen GUOQIANG               CHN  2:14:39
9  John MALUNI                 KEN  2:14:51
10 Su WEI                      CHN  2:14:53
 
WOMEN:
1  Chen RONG                   CHN  2:27:05
2  Zhang YINGYING              CHN  2:27:20
3  Bai XUE                     CHN  2:27:46
4  Zhu YINGYING                CHN  2:28:47
5  Jo Pun HUI                  PRK  2:29:16
6  Zhang XIN                   CHN  2:31:29
7  Jong Yong OK                PRK  2:32:28
8  Yang FENGXIA                CHN  2:33:11
9  An Un SUK                   PRK  2:33:12
10 Kim Kum OK                  PRK  2:33:58

21 OCTOBER 2007: FERRARI ITALIAN MARATHON, ITALY

Photo: Lorenzo Sampaolo

Aniko Kalovics scored a back-to back win while Kenyan Noah Serem took the honours in the men's race with a personal best writes Diego Sampaolo.

Ornella Ferrara, a former Marathon world championships bronze medallist now aged 39, ran well in her comeback competition after undergoing surgery twice in the last two years.

Kalovics had already declared herself below her form of last year, when she set a Hungarian record, but she took the lead at 10 km, and built up a 45-second lead by 15 km (52:27). She passed halfway in 1:13:53 and increased the gap on Ferrara to 1:06 at 25 km (1:27:46) and to 1:45 at 35 km (2:03:10). She ran the second half in 1:14:24 for the third Marathon win of her career. "I wanted to dip under 2:28 but it was too cold today," Kalovics said.

Ferrara was delighted with her second place in her comeback competition. "I hoped to run under 2:30. But considering that I have not run a Marathon race since December 2004 I am happy," Ferrara said. In third, Justina Bak smashed her personal best by ten minutes.

Reigning Olympic and European champion Stefano Baldini made his final test for the ING New York City Marathon by running 25 km in Carpi, which is located just a few kilometres from his home town of Castelnovo di Sotto.

Baldini showed progress after a difficult 2007 season, running the first 25km alone. The Italian marathon hero reached 1:04:57 at the halfway mark and finished his test at 25km where he clocked 1:17:02.

After Baldini concluded his day, four Kenyans remained in contention for the final victory: Serem, Biwott, Cheruyiot and Willy Korir. Biwott was the first to attack at 31km but the others held on. At 36km Serem attacked and this time only Biwott resisted. Serem maintained the pressure and at 37km had established a six-second gap which he held to the end.

Race organisers presented plans for next year's celebrations of the century anniversary of the famous Marathon race of Italian Marathon legend Dorando Pietri at the Olympic Games in London 1908. A monument dedicated to the great Italian runner will be unveiled. A book "The race of the century", written by athletics historian and journalist Augusto Frasca, was presented to the Italian media. The celebration will also be marked by the issue of a series of special stamps and postmarks and a set of illustrated postcards will be printed.

MEN:
1  Kiplagat N SEREM            KEN  2:11:15
2  Kiplagat P BIWOTT           KEN  2:11:25
3  James CHERUIYOT             KEN  2:12:48
4  Willy KORIR                 KEN  2:13:16
5  Mekonnen Y TEMESGEN         ETH  2:14:33
6  Joseph KEINO                KEN  2:15:00
7  Debele TEKLEMEDHIN          ETH  2:15:11
8  Abraham YILMA                    2:15:17
9  Bogale T RITA                    2:17:23
10 Lisoreng P YARISIA               2:19:46
 
WOMEN:
1  Aniko KALOVICS              HUN  2:28:14
2  Ornell FERRARA              ITA  2:30:18
3  Justina BAK                 POL  2:30:42
4  Getnet S KASSA              ETH  2:34:41
5  Paola VENTRELLA             ITA  2:37:02
6  Alemtsehay HAILU            ETH  2:40:18
7  Catherine BERTONE           ITA  2:43:15
8  Chepkorir P ATODONYANG      KEN  2:47:19
9  Annalisa MIACCI             ITA  2:55:55
10 Beverley GIBSON                  2:59:48

21 OCTOBER 2007: LAUSANNE MARATHON, SWITZERLAND

Once again the 15th edition attracted more than 10,000 entries in all events, although the cold (3°C at the start) may have kept more than normal at home on race morning.

The race favourite Weyessa Urguessa was three minutes late in starting. Meanwhile a group of other Africans led the race. After 31km it was down to what appeared as twin brothers as Kwambai Kipchumba and Kiptoo Kolum left their last challenger, Lamma Fikade, behind. Running with symmetrical action, it was a pleasure to watch, with nothing between them until the final turn where Kipchumba went ahead. His time is the third fastest recorded in Lausanne, behind Tesfaye Eticha's 2:10:05 in 2003 and his 2:11:22 in 2002.

In the women's race two Ethiopians, Keneli Chala and Elfenesh Malaku were also four minutes late in departing. Under these circumstances Jeanna Malkova had little difficulty in taking the win.

In the half marathon Sabine Fischer, a former 1500m specialist (9th in the Sydney Olympic Games) won with a time of 1:13:06 which put her on top of the Swiss rankings and would have placed her 7th in the men's race. Hugo Raemy took the men's title in 1:10:55.

MEN:
1  Kwambai W KIPCHUMBA         KEN  2:12:18
2  Kiptoo B KOLUM              KEN  2:12:25
3  Lamma FIKADE                ETH  2:24:16
4  Christophe STAUFFER              2:31:05
5  Steffen LEONHARDT                2:37:08
6  Nicolas BINET                    2:38:04
7  Didier CARLOS                    2:39:13
8  Christain SICKLER                2:42:49
9  Christian GUERIN                 2:43:23
10 Gilbert FELLER                   2:58:57
 
WOMEN:
1  Jeanna MALKOVA              RUS  2:47:11
2  Krijstina LOONEN            NED  2:53:48
3  Chala KENENI                ETH  2:58:46
4  Sandra ANNEN-LEMARD              2:59:31
5  Malaku ELFINESH             ETH  3:01:41
6  Janet DELLSPERGER                3:07:10
7  Francoise MATITCH                3:08:52
8  Regula BAUMBERGER                3:11:42
9  Antoinette MAEDER-CORTAT         3:15:05
10 Uta KRETZER                      3:19:22

21 OCTOBER 2007: 5TH HALF MARATHON OF BAHIA, BRAZIL

MEN:
1  Titus Kosgei KIBII          KEN  1:09:14
2  Giomar PEREIRA DA SILVA     BRA  1:09:17
3  Marcos Alexandre ELIAS      BRA  1:09:18
4  Josueldo F NASCIMENTO       BRA  1:09:21
5  Cicero Marcos DE LIMA       BRA  1:09:22
6  Edson Amaro ARRUDA SANTOS   BRA  1:09:33
7  Joelson OLIVEIRA SANTOS     BRA  1:10:19
8  José E DA SILVA MOTA        BRA  1:10:31
9  Sizinio PALMAS DE JESUS     BRA  1:11:00
10 Edesio De Oliveira SANTOS   BRA  1:11:16
 
WOMEN:
1  Marily DOS SANTOS           BRA  1:17:57     
2  Edielza A Dos A GUIMARAES   BRA  1:18:55     
3  Eunice KIRWA                KEN  1:21:18     
4  Sirlene SOUZA PINHO         BRA  1:21:45     
5  Marluce BORGES              BRA  1:23:15     
6  Rosangela FIGUEREDO SILVA   BRA  1:28:37     
7  Vilma DA SILVA              BRA  1:29:20     
8  Josefa MARIA DA SILVA       BRA  1:29:50     
9  Eliane COSTA DE JESUS       BRA  1:32:02     
10 Fernanda YARADA SILA        BRA  1:34:40

21 OCTOBER 2007: PORTO MARATHON, PORTUGAL

Last year this was the fastest marathon in Portugal, with a sub 2:10 winning time, but this year the weather was very hot and winner's time was much slower. But Marisa Barros, from the Azores, broke her personal best and the race record with 2:31:31, and also obtained the Olympic qualifying time. She maintained the unbroken run of victories for Portugal in the women's race. The course is flat and fast and shows the best of the city, combining seaside and riverside. The Half Marathon was run over the second half of the marathon course, which was of some help to the marathon runners. In all three races - there was also a mini marathon - a total of nearly 7,500 runners took part. The 2008 race is scheduled for 26 October.

MEN:
1  Edwin KIMUTAI               KEN  2:15:12
2  Thomas KIPROSGEI            KEN  2:20:00
3  Antonio SALVADOR            POR  2:22:52
4  Philip KIPROECH             KEN  2:25:30
5  Peter KIPTOO                KEN  2:25:53
6  Peter KEMBOI                KEN  2:29:19
7  Baltazar SOUSA              POR  2:31:01
8  Nuno ROMAO                  POR  2:35:03
9  Mario BARBOSA               POR  2:35:59
10 Luis MIRANDA                POR  2:36:06
 
WOMEN:
1  Marisa BARROS               POR  2:31:31
2  Karolina JARKYNASKA              2:54:55
3  Chantal XHERVELLE                2:58:11

21 OCTOBER 2007: DONG-A ILBO GYEONGJU INTERNATIONAL MARATHON, KOREA

The race featured a course that circumnavigated the historic city, starting at Hwangsung Park. It was the first international field since 1997 as the race lapsed into a domestic competition after foundation in 1993. Invited runners from seven countries and 100 Korean elite marathoners ran along with 10,793 others.

After 1997 the Dong-A Marathon changed into the Seoul International Marathon, but the Gyeongju Marathon has remained as an autumn competition for serious local and national runners. With this rebirth as an international event the race showed that it could become one of Korea's two major marathon competitions. The good weather and flat course allowed fast times, with the promise of more to come in future years.

Kenyan runners swept the first five places in the men's race.

MEN:
1  Edwin KOMEN             KEN  2:09:44 
2  Charles Kibiwott        KEN  2:09:45
3  Wilson KIGEN            KEN  2:09:56
 
WOMEN:
1  Sun-sook YOON           KOR  2:35:53

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28 OCTOBER 2007: VODAFONE DELHI HALF MARATHON, INDIA

Dieudonne Disi, sixth in the World Half Championships two weeks previously after a meteoric rise to form over the last year or so, destroyed a talented field by fierce front running. He passed through 5km in 13:35 and 10km in 28:20. He gradually worked his way clear of all opposition except for Isaac Macharia, who had held back in the early stages and ran together with Disi as they worked up a big lead. But Disi was not to be denied and had enough left to sprint clear in the final few hundred metres.

Alice Timbilil took charge of the women's race and went clear with a pair of Ethiopian runners, Atsede Habtamu and Deribe Alemu. Like Disi and Macharia in the men's race, these three together forged a big lead and the race was determined only in the sprint for the line, won by Alemu.

MEN:
1  Dieudonne DISI              RWA  1:00:43
2  Isaac MACHARIA              KEN  1:00:48
3  Dickson MARWA               TAN  1:02:03
4  Patrick MBUVI               KEN  1:02:03
5  Wilson KIPLAGAT             KEN  1:02:04
6  Matthew KOECH               KEN  1:02:29  
7  Philip RUGUT                KEN  1:02:58
8  Festus LANGAT               KEN  1:03:08
9  John KIBOWEN                KEN  1:03:09
10 Tsegaye GEBRSELASSIE        ETH  1:03:16

WOMEN:
1  Deribe ALEMU                ETH  1:10:30
2  Atsede HABTAMU              ETH  1:10:36
3  Alice TIMBILIL              KEN  1:10:40
4  Natalia BERKUT              UKR  1:11:14
5  Caroline KWAMBAI            KEN  1:11:48
6  Teyba ERKESSO               ETH  1:12:29
7  Alvetina IVANOVA            RUS  1:12:44
8  Dire TUNE                   ETH  1:12:57
9  Irina TIMOFEYEVA            RUS  1:13:35
10 Tabitha TSATSA              ZIM  1:13:50

28 OCTOBER 2007: VENICE MARATHON, ITALY

Both winners successfully defended the titles they won last year, Lenah Cheruiyot with a new course record and personal best time. Jonathan Kipkorir won a tactical race to finish ahead of the winner of this year's Turin Marathon, Philemon Kirwa.

Men:
1  Jonathan Kosgei KIPKORIR    KEN  2:12:27
2  Philemon Tarbei KIRWA       KEN  2:12:49
3  Richard MUTAI               KEN  2:13:31
4  Hillary BETT                KEN  2:13:34
5  Boaz Kimaiyo KIBET          KEN  2:14:12
6  Danilo GOFFI                ITA  2:14:42
7  Benjamin PSERET             KEN  2:14:51
8  Vasyl MATVICHUK             UKR  2:15:28
 
Women: 
1  Lenah CHERUIYOT             KEN  2:27:02
2  Anne KOSGEI                 KEN  2:28:27
3  Ivana IOZZIA                ITA  2:34:52
4  Fatna MARAOUI               ITA  2:37:22
5  Mary PTIKANY                KEN  2:37:50

28 OCTOBER 2007: DRESDNER KLEINWORT FRANKFURT MARATHON, GERMANY

Wilfred Kigen broke his own course record in winning for the third successive time writes Pat Butcher. But he was headed for most of the way by Hosea Rotich, running only his second marathon. Kigen proved the tougher in the last kilometre, pulling away to win by 80 metres from Rotich, who ran a personal best.

Kigen was joined at the finish line in the city's Festival Hall by his eight year old daughter, Patience, and it was that virtue which won her father the race. At 30km Rotich had shot out of the pack of 15 Kenyans to take a 50m lead. Kigen and Peter Kiprotich set off in gradual pursuit. "I knew he went too fast," Kigen said of Rotich's spurt, "and I knew if I ran steadily, I would catch him."

Former steeplechase world record holder, Wilson Boit Kipketer improved his best by four minutes, finishing 16th in 2:13:08. But he's running out of years in his avowed pursuit of Haile Gebrselassie's world record of 2:04:26. Dieter Baumann, Olympic 5000 metres champion in 1992, made a brief comeback to competition, finishing his first marathon, for charity, in exactly 2:30:00.

The women's race looked for a long time like a procession behind the veteran Russian, Svetlana Zakharova, making her comeback after the birth of her daughter. She gradually went away from the field and was a minute ahead at 30km. Melanie Kraus had been over a minute behind at halfway but worked her way through from sixth, to catch Zakharova at 40km. Zakharova only just held off fast finishing Kirsten Otterbu.

MEN:
1  Wilfred KIGEN               KEN  2:07:58
2  Hosea ROTICH                KEN  2:08:11
3  Sammy KURGAT                KEN  2:08:38
4  Peter KIPROTICH             KEN  2:08:49
5  Albert MATEBOR              KEN  2:09:33
6  Simon NJOROGE               KEN  2:09:46
7  Elija SANG                  KEN  2:10:13
8  Francis BOWEN               KEN  2:10:41
9  Japheth KOSGEI              KEN  2:11:01
10 Grigory ANDREEV             RUS  2:11:02
 
WOMEN:
1  Melanie KRAUS               GER  2:28:56
2  Svetlana ZAKHAROVA          RUS  2:29:12
3  Kirsten M OTTERBU           NOR  2:29:12
4  Jemima JELEGAT              KEN  2:29:41
5  Luminita ZAITUC             GER  2:30:09
6  Ulrike MAISCH               GER  2:32:41
7  Tsige WORKU                 GER  2:33:25
8  Julia ARCHIPOVA             KGZ  2:34:10
9  Anna von SCHENK             SWE  2:37:06
10 Rasa DRAZDAUSKAITE          LTU  2:37:18

28 OCTOBER 2007: ISTANBUL EURASIA MARATHON, TURKEY

MEN:
1  David E CHERUIYOT           KEN  2:10:56
2  Mark W YATICH               KEN  2:11:02
3  Tariku JUFAR                ETH  2:11:04
4  Leonard M MAINA             KEN  2:11:08
5  Raymond KIPKOECH            KEN  2:11:11
6  Laroslav MUSINSCHI          MDA  2:11:57
7  Josphat K YEGO              KEN  2:12:27
8  Musenduki M IKOKI           TAN  2:12:41
9  Philip SEREM                KEN  2:13:02
10 Elias CHEBET                KEN  2:13:14
 
WOMEN:
1  Atsede B TESEMA             ETH  2:29:05
2  Malgorzata SOBANSKA         POL  2:31:08
3  Olga GLOK                   RUS  2:31:10
4  Liliya YADZHAK              RUS  2:32:31
5  Winifred KWAMBOKA           KEN  2:36:27
6  Bahar DOGAN                 TUR  2:37:28
7  Mehtap SIZMAZ               TUR  2:37:41
8  Shitaye G DEBELU            ETH  2:38:30
9  Letay N HADISH              ETH  2:38:32
10 Kebebush HAILE LEMA         ETH  2:38:37

28 OCTOBER 2007: MARINE CORPS MARATHON, USA

A beautiful, blue-sky, sunny day and cool temperatures greeted 21,226 starters, but they also faced stiff breezes along the Potomac River for the 32nd running of the 4th largest marathon in North America writes Alan Brookes.

True to its name, "The People's Marathon", which offers no prize money, was won by no-name athletes: 33 year old Ethiopian Tamrat Ayalew, who now calls Atlanta his home and 28 year old Kristen Henehan of suburban Washington. Ayalew surged away from a disappointed Mexican Marine, Ruben Garcia, at 21 miles, frustrating Garcia's hope of becoming the first 3-time winner. Henehan, a political lobbyist in the American capital, said she entered to run her first marathon for fun. After running with a group of three from the 4 mile point, she got by another local runner, Lisa Thomas, in the last half mile to complete her debut with a large smile.

The real story of the Marine Corps Marathon is its wonderfully scenic course through the parklands along the banks of the Potomac. Its route showcases the White House, the Capitol Building, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the Washington Monument, the Pentagon and the famous Iwo Jima Monument at the finish line. It is about the legions of Marines who put on a technically excellent race for the average runner, who finishes somewhere around 5 hours. Fully one-third of the entrants were first-time marathoners, and 40% were women, greeted warmly in the largest PR exercise of the year for the USMC.

Although it attracts runners from 50 countries the race is dominated by Americans from all 50 states, drawn to their country's capital. Just 716 of 30,715 entrants were international runners this year. In contrast, 1,486 active duty marines ran the race. Robin Platt, a 52 year old from the Chicago area finished with his 17 year old daughter, Amanda, in 5:26:34, running in memory of his godson, 26-year-old Colby Umbrell, a 1st Lieutenant Army Ranger who was killed in Iraq in May. Fifty-seven year old David Johnson ran 6:48 in honour of his father, 84 year-old Elvin Johnson, a veteran of Iwo Jima. The DC Mayor, 36-year old Adrian Fenty, led by example in clocking a speedy 4:10:50.

MEN:
1  Tamrat AYALEW               USA  2:22:18
2  Ruben GARCIA                USA  2:24:18
3  Jaron HAWKINS               USA  2:25:29
4  Jose MIRANDA                USA  2:26:01
5  Carl RUNDELL                USA  2:26:27
6  Brian DUMM                  USA  2:28:27
7  Timothy TAPPLY              USA  2:29:01
8  Stephen SLABY               USA  2:29:18
9  Philippe ROLLY              USA  2:29:41
10 Alejandro VALDEZ            USA  2:30:31
 
WOMEN:
1  Kristen HENEHAN             USA  2:51:09
2  Lisa THOMAS                 USA  2:51:36
3  Claudia COLITA              USA  2:54:15
4  Gina SHAW                   USA  2:56:39
5  Martha MERZ                 USA  2:56:41
6  Alicia PEASE                USA  2:56:56
7  Suzanne HIMES               USA  2:57:56
8  Stacey VIDT                 USA  2:59:03
9  Jennifer LEDFORD            USA  2:59:34
10 Brenda SCHRANK              USA  3:00:19

28 OCTOBER 2007: III MARATO DEL MEDITERRANEO, SPAIN

The third edition of the race took place on a bright and sunny day in Castellsdefels, a town located 15km south of Barcelona. The course runs mostly along the Mediterranean Sea with the start and finish located at the Olympic canal, the venue used for the canoeing events in the 1992 Olympic Games.

Victor Gonzalo, who won the first edition, won again, this time with a new course record. In the women's race Angelina Miro finished one minute ahead of 58-year old Emilia Vaquero, who had also finished second last year.

Fresh from his 2:12 in Berlin, Nacho Caceres won the 10km while Morocco's Kenza Wabhi took the women's event. A total of 1051 runners finished the races.

MEN:
1  Victor GONZALO              ESP  2:23:56
2  Carmelo QUATTROCCHI         ITA  2:33:20
3  Jose M G LORCA                   2:40:21
4  Ivan HOMPANERA                   2:41:20
5  Josep M MARTI                    2:42:49
6  Rafael R RODRIguez               2:46:13
7  Jorge J M PONS                   2:46:49
8  Ricard V BERRAR                  2:49:53
9  Enrique DEL R PEDREGOSA          2:51:13
10 Jordi P PUJOL                    2:52:28
 
WOMEN:
1  Angelina MIRO               ESP  3:17:34
2  Emilia VAQUERO              ESP  3:18:44
3  Ana B HERNANDEZ                  3:32:26
4  Maria TOLEDANO                   3:37:46
5  Olga A RUBIO                     3:48:38
6  Raquel SANCHEZ                   4:17:44
7  Elena V MERCADER                 4:20:32
8  Michele V BECKMANN               4:23:12
9  Eva ARVIDSSON                    4:39:31

10km
MEN:
1  Nacho CACERES               ESP    30:26
2  Roger ROCA                  ESP    30:38
3  Enrique LUQUE               ESP    31:46

WOMEN:
1  Kenza WABHI                 MAR    31:46
2  Maria Luisa MUNOZ           ESP    38:34
3  Esther SOLERA               ESP    40:17

28 OCTOBER 2007: ALAND MARATHON, FINLAND

MEN:
1  Janne HOLMEN                     2:23:51
2  Anders FRANSSON                  2:23:40
3  Markus GRONROOS                  2:42:37
4  Erik ANFALT                      2:47:00
5  Jonny JOHANSSON                  2:47:41
6  Daniel LINDHOLM                  2:48:45
7  Stefan SUNDSTROM                 2:50:41 
8  Ari JARVINEN                     2:55:41
9  Christian WEGMANN                2:59:18
10 Henrik JAENSSON                  3:01:53
 
WOMEN:
1  Anu M OSSBERG                    3:21:07
2  Malena LAHTIMIES                 3:33:45
3  Virpi TERVONEN                   3:34:59
4  Malin WIMAN                      3:37:17
5  Elina JUNNILA                    3:38:18
6  Ritta RATTYA                     3:38:20
7  Tuija KATAJA                     3:40:23
8  Ritva V-PASTO                    3:43:37
9  Mia ERIXON                       3:43:54
10 Sanna MAKINEN                    3:45:09
 
HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Jorgen LINDH                     1:17:23
2  Petri HELMINEN                   1:18:08
3  Henrik OSTLING                   1:19:08

WOMEN: 
1  Ana RAHM                         1:20:09
2  Inga KAZLAUSKAITE                1:25:06
3  Liina VARTIA                     1:27:04

28 OCTOBER 2007: NIAGARA FALLS INT'L MARATHON, CANADA

MEN:
1  Thomas OMWENGA              CAN  2:33:13
2  Michel LAVOIE               CAN  2:36:10
3  Brandon NEWBOULD            USA  2:37:04
4  Jeremy LABUFF               USA  2:40:38
5  Scott MCDONELL              CAN  2:42:24
6  Adam DUNN                   CAN  2:46:52
7  Nicolas VALLEE              CAN  2:48:25
8  Janusz SARNICKI             POL  2:48:33
9  Rich WISNESKI               USA  2:50:03
10 David S-GAGNON              CAN  2:50:16
 
WOMEN:
1  Louise VOGHEL               CAN  3:02:37
2  Colleen M BERRY             CAN  3:02:58
3  Michelle SCHULER            CAN  3:10:45
4  Tina PIPPY                  CAN  3:15:53
5  Jennifer REA                USA  3:18:06
6  Anne LAMONTAGNE             CAN  3:18:23
7  Jeanie CAMERON              CAN  3:21:01
8  Susan HUTCHINSON            CAN  3:21:06
9  Patti VERNON                CAN  2:25:54
10 Val GATES                   CAN  2:26:30
 
HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Pius K KORIR                KEN  1:05:30
2  Mark CARROLL                     1:05:32 
3  Giitah MACHARIA             CAN  1:05:36

WOMEN:
1  Nadezda TRILINSKAYA         RUS  1:17:14
2  Pauline GITHUKA             KEN  1:19:06
3  Paula WILTSE                CAN  1:19:13

28 OCTOBER 2007: LJUBLJANSKI MARATHON, SLOVENIA

MEN:
1  Oleksandr SITKOVSKIY        UKR  2:12:49
2  Sammy ROTICH                KEN  2:14:01
3  Solomon ROTICH              KEN  2:14:13
4  Paul KOGO                   KEN  2:18:04
5  Benson MBITHI               KEN  2:18:31
6  Joachim NSHIMIRIMANA        BDA  2:18:59
7  Christopher KIPKOSGEI       KEN  2:19:21
8  Moses MASAI                 KEN  2:20:32
9  Bostjan HROVAT              SLO  2:33:12
10 Mark SAINA                  KEN  2:33:33
 
WOMEN:
1  Tetyana FILONYUK            UKR  2:34:58
2  Helena JAVORNIK             SLO  2:35:45
3  Mulu SEBOKA                 ETH  2:38:00
4  Daneja GRANDOVEC            SLO  2:48:36
5  Mateja SUSTARSIC            SLO  2:54:45
6  Ivana MARTINCOVA            CZE  2:55:29
7  Ingmarie NILSSON            SWE  3:06:19
8  Jadranka LESKOVSEK          SLO  3:16:28
9  Aleksandra FORTIN           SLO  3:19:49
10 Marinka LAPANJA             SLO  3:21:45
 
HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Mitja KOSOVELJ              SLO  1:06:45
2  Peter KASTELIC              SLO  1:10:29
3  Damjan SLAPNIK              SLO  1:10:59

WOMEN:
1  Mateja KOSOVELJ             SLO  1:18:57
2  Valerija MRAK               SLO  1:21:32
3  Lucija KRKOC                SLO  1:22:26

28 OCTOBER 2007: MARATON INTERNACIONAL DE GUADALAJARA, MEXICO

MEN:
1  Cornelius LEL                  KEN  2:15:32
2  George OKWORO                  KEN  2:16:43
3  Jonathan LOPEZ                 MEX  2:17:09
4  Samuel CHEPNO                  KEN  2:18:10
5  Meshak KIRWA                   KEN  2:19:02
6  Mark CHEPSES                   KEN  2:19:08
7  Jonathan SERRANO               MEX  2:20:22
8  Lazarus NYAKERAKA              KEN  2:21:43
9  Peter OMAE                     KEN  2:22:33
10 Reuben CHESANG                 KEN  2:28:20

WOMEN:
1  Viola BOR                      KEN  2:38:20  
2  Judith HERNANDEZ               MEX  2:38:35
3  Patricia GUTIERREZ             MEX  2:41:56
4  Adriana SANCEZ RUIZ            MEX  2:44:59
5  Alice NDIRANGU                 KEN  2:46:15
6  Penelope GUERRERO              MEX  2:55:42
7  Susan MUTHONI                  KEN  2:56:04
8  Guadelupe SANTANA MARIN        MEX  2:57:19
9  Elena GARCIA COLIN             MEX  2:59:51
10 Ariana SALAZAR                 MEX  2:59:58

28 OCTOBER 2007: CHOSUNILBO CHUNCHEON MARATHON, KOREA

Victor Mangusho beat Charles Yabei by 24 seconds after a thrilling duel. Elijah Mutai, who won for four consecutive years, finished fifth this year. In total more than 20,000 runners participated.

MEN
1  Victor MANGUSHO               KEN  2:14:01
2  Charles YABEI                 KEN  2:14:25
3  Elijah BITOK                  KEN  2:14:46
4  Patrick NYANGELO              TAN  2:16:50
5  Elijah MUTAI                  KEN  2:17:01
6  Tesfaye ETICHA                ETH  2:17:09

WOMEN:
1  Kyoung Hee CHOI               KOR  2:35:25
2  Sun Young LEE                 KOR  2:37:28
3  Hee Yeon KIM                  KOR  2:39:21

28 OCTOBER 2007: STANDARD CHARTERED NAIROBI MARATHON, KENYA

MEN:
1  John THUITA                    KEN  2:15:50
2  Cheruiyot WILSON               KEN  2:16:10
3  Paul LIMO                      KEN  2:17:42
4  Kiprotich SEUREY               KEN  2:18:17
5  Kiplagat KANDIE                KEN  2:18:37
6  Edwin MAIYO                    KEN  2:20:02
7  Felex KENY                     KEN  2:20:42
8  Isaac MAIYO                    KEN  2:20:55
9  Fredric KAINO                  KEN  2:20:57
10 David RUTO                     KEN  2:21:05 

WOMEN:
1  Rose Chesire                   KEN  2:44:14
2  Lu LI                          CHN  2:47:37
3  Magdalene MKUNZI               KEN  2:51:27
4  Agnes KIPROTICH                KEN  2:53:38
5  Jackline NYANGERI              KEN  2:54:45
6  Hannah MITEI                   KEN  2:55:28
7  Karimi MUGAMBI                 KEN  2:55:30
8  Maija ORAVAMAKI                FIN  2:57:43
9  Grace KITUNGA                  KEN  3:00:29
10 Wairimu MAINA                  KEN  3:00:50

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29 OCTOBER 2007: adidas DUBLIN MARATHON, IRELAND

MEN:
1  Aleksey SOKOLOV                RUS  2:09:07
2  Thomas ABYU                    GBR  2:10:37
3  Dejene YIRDAWE                 ETH  2:11:08
4  Tessema ABSHIRO                ETH  2:14:22
5  Sergey ZACHEPA                 UKR  2:15:12
6  Dmytro OSADCHY                 UKR  2:16:32
7  Cyprin MWOBI                   KEN  2:17:44
8  Lezan KIMUTAI                  KEN  2:19:31
9  Bogdan DZIUBA                  POL  2:22:05
10 Birhanu TESFAYE                ETH  2:22:21

WOMEN:
1  Alina IVANOVA                  RUS  2:29:20
2  Larisa ZYUSKO                  RUS  2:31:42
3  Nguiatukei KIYARA              KEN  2:33:27
4  Helalia JOHANNES               NAM  2:35:30
5  Alena SAMOKHVALOVA             RUS  2:35:46
6  Susan PARTRIDGE                GBR  2:38:33
7  Susan TEIMET                   KEN  2:38:41
8  Abeche NEGUSSIE                ETH  2:42:17
9  Pauline CURLEY                 IRL  2:42:30
10 Enetanesh TADESSE              ETH  2:45:23

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