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6 May

Records Fall In Geneva

Geneva Marathon

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.”