It was fantastic that two course records were broken at the GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon 2016. Richard Mengich, Kenya, became the first runner under 60 minutes and was able to cash in on the Sprint Prize of 10,000 Euro.
– The elite runners showed us why they are world-class runners and proved to us that GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon is a world-class event. I got goose bumps when I saw him sprint over the finish line, said Bo Edsberger, Race Director.
Mengich completely crushed the course record. His time of 59:35 on the relative tough course is among the best that have ever completed the course. He was 72 seconds from the world record and we usually estimate that the GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon is between one and one and a half minutes slower than the fastest half marathons in the world. Viola Jepchumba, Kenya, won the women’s race with a new course record of 1:08:01 only a second from the women’s magical number of 68 minutes for the Sprint Prize.
– It was an outstanding performance from the women’s side as well stated Bo Edsberger.
The Swedish champion was Abraham Adhanom from Eskilstuna who was 11 seconds before his club mate Nasir Dawoud who sprinted passed Mikael Ekwall, Strömstad.
In the women’s class it was a tight race. Hässelbys Isabellah Andersson managed to pull off the win despite pain from an injury that forced her to stop during the race and stretch. She was 6 seconds before Emma Nordling, Enhörna, and ten seconds before 3rd place winner, Frida Lundén, FK Studenterna.
Bo Edsberger is over the top and extremely satisfied with the race, to say the least.
– We have had a new organization where we have worked closely with the local police which has resulted in everything running very smoothly along the entire course, said Bo Edsberger.
A total of 45,239 runners finished the race. Of those 15,819 were women and 29,420 were men.
Photo: Glenn Unger