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Moroccan winners at Enschede Marathon Taoufik Allam was victorious in the men's race and Oumaima Saoud won in the women's race

 With a record number of participants and several great winners, the Enschede Marathon was a great success on Sunday, April 21. “We have implemented various changes in recent years,” says Sandra Melief, director of Enschede Marathon. “And that is now paying off. What a great day it was last Sunday! We only saw excited and happy faces.”

Full and half marathon winnersThe participants of the Demcon Marathon and Mazars Half Marathon started at 10 a.m. under almost ideal conditions, although the wind seemed slightly stronger than expected. The men turned it into a real, but tactical, race in the 2nd part of the Demcon Whole Marathon . It was the Moroccan Taoufik Allam who, like a predator, eliminated his opponents one by one and took the win in 2:08:58. Kenyan Noah Kipkemboi finished 2nd at 8 seconds .

Among the women, Oumaima Saoud recorded the fastest time with 2:27:16.

The fastest Dutchman in the marathon was Gert-Jan Wassink in 2:23:33. Among the women, Elizeba Cherono Franken was the fastest, running 2:32:07 in her comeback marathon.

Enschede's Martijn Oonk was the big winner at the Mazars Half Marathon. He ran the 21.1 kilometers in a time of 1:08:28. The fastest woman over this distance was the German Joleen Gedwart in 1:14:28.

International appearance Just like last year, the start and finish of all distances took place on the Boulevard, with Van Heekplein set up as a pleasant meeting place for participants, supporters and visitors.

The total number of participants at the Demcon Marathon showed that the entire marathon remains popular in Enschede, says Melief. “This year there were almost 2,000 participants at the start of the longest distance. That is more than ever.” The participants no longer come exclusively from the region, she continues. “We see that Enschede Marathon now has an international appeal, which applies to all distances. No fewer than 35 different nationalities were present this year. It was striking that among the 15,000 participants, 1,470 participants came from Germany.”

Twee van EnschedeA special mention deserves the 'exercise event' the Twee van Enschede, which was organized the day before, on Saturday evening. Because although the Enschede Marathon is a top event in terms of sport, the organization also believes it is important to involve people who are at a distance from exercise. “That is why we organized the Twee van Enschede for the second time together with SPortal and the Municipality of Enschede. This is a cheerful and casual exercise event where fun is central. There is no timekeeping: everyone could participate at his or her own pace.” The route of two English Miles (3.2 km) led straight through the city center of Enschede with start and finish on the Oude Markt. “It was a cheerful party with only happy and enthusiastic participants. We are also proud of that, because that is also the Enschede Marathon!”

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Enschede Marathon

Enschede Marathon

Experience the oldest marathon in Western Europe! We write about August 1946. The European Athletics Championships were held in Olso and the I.A.A.F. conference had taken place. During that conference, an agreement was made to hold an athletics competition between the Netherlands and Czechoslovakia in Enschede in July 1947. Saturday July 12, 1947 was the big day: 51 participants took...

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Linet Masai headlines Enschede Marathon

Former World 10,000m champion Linet Chepkwemoi Masai will headline the 21st edition of the Enschede Marathon slated for April 21, 2024 in Enschede, Netherlands.

The 34 year-old who is also the 2008 Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist, comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:23.46 that she got six years ago at the Amsterdam Marathon.

Masai who is born in Kapsokwony, Mount Elgon District in Bungoma County will have to get past her compatriot, the 26 year-old, Caroline Jepchirchir, who also comes to this race with a life time best of 2:26.11 that she got at this same course two years ago.

The two will also face four times Belgium National champion, Hanne Verbruggen who comes to the race with a personal best of 2:26.32 that she got last year at the Zurich Maraton de Sevilla, where she finished in seventh place.

Another title contender is Kenya’s Hildah Cheboi who comes to this race with the fourth fastest time on paper of 2:28.31 that she got at home, last year at the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon where she finished in position four.

The race organizers have assembled a strong field to try and chase the race course record of 2:21.10, set two years by Maurine Chepkemoi from Kenya.

LEADING TIME

42KM WOMEN

Linet Masai                (KEN) 2:23.46

Caroline Jepchirchir  (KEN) 2:26.11

Hanne Verbruggen    (BEL) 2:26.32

Hildah Cheboi            (KEN) 2:28.31

(04/09/2024) Views: 283 ⚡AMP
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Experience the oldest marathon in Western Europe! We write about August 1946. The European Athletics Championships were held in Olso and the I.A.A.F. conference had taken place. During that conference, an agreement was made to hold an athletics competition between the Netherlands and Czechoslovakia in Enschede in July 1947. Saturday July 12, 1947 was the big day: 51 participants took...

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Kenyan Maurine Chepkemoi runs Enschede Marathon record

The 75th anniversary of the oldest marathon in the Netherlands – the Enschede Marathon – was marked with a women’s race record of 2:21:10 by Maurine Chepkemoi, while her fellow Kenyan Julius Tuwei won the men’s race in 2:07:43.

Chepkemoi triumphed in the World Athletics Elite Label road race ahead of her compatriot Philomena Cheyech (2:23:53) and Ethiopia’s Bezabeh Alemtsehay (2:24:42), while Tuwei gained his title ahead of Kenya’s Enock Onchari (2:07:52) and Ethiopia’s Deme Tadu Abate (2:07:59).

After passing half way in 1:10:06, Chepkemoi broke away with Cheyech and they clocked 1:39:19 at the 30km point. After passing 35km in 1:56:01, Chepkemoi began to edge ahead and built a lead of more than a minute over the next 5km, clocking 2:13:24 at 40km. She went on to win in 2:21:10, claiming victory by more than two and a half minutes.

In the men’s race, Tuwei was joined by Onchari and Abate in a lead group that passed half way in 1:03:23. That trio remained together through 35km in 1:45:39 and 40km in 2:01:08 before Tuwei kicked to victory, winning by nine seconds in 2:07:43.

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Experience the oldest marathon in Western Europe! We write about August 1946. The European Athletics Championships were held in Olso and the I.A.A.F. conference had taken place. During that conference, an agreement was made to hold an athletics competition between the Netherlands and Czechoslovakia in Enschede in July 1947. Saturday July 12, 1947 was the big day: 51 participants took...

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