Records fell at the 10th edition of Geneva Marathon on Sunday (4 May) as 14,000 runners from over 125 countries took part in the event. The record-breaking performances were all the more impressive given the blustery conditions participants were faced with.
Simon Mukun of Kenya set a new course record in the men’s marathon, breasting the tape in 2:11:00 with compatriot, Milka Jerotich, smashing the women's course record by 11 minutes to finish in 02:32:34.
Mukun remarked on his victory afterwards: “The course was technical and it was windy so I am happy I won and broke the record." Jerotich was equally pleased with her performance: "I am very happy I won and broke the record. I enjoyed the race and I was able to keep my pace so I had a great time."
Jerotich had to battle with Workitu Ayana of Ethiopia for supremacy. With less than 5k to go, Ayanu held a 67 second lead over Jerotich who then dug deep and overhauled Ayanu and sprinted to the finish. Both Ayanu (02:33:14) and third placed Jida Belaynesh (02:39:00) finished inside the previous record time.
There were several British runners at the event including Donna Richards from London. She said of her experience: “It’s definitely a marathon I would do again. It was a great event and very well organised from start to finish. The headwind was pretty brutal from start to finish making the forecasted 18°c feel a good 10-15 degrees cooler with the wind chill factor. The fact that it was for Unicef made me feel humble not to mention blessed with every mile completed.”