It was a weekend of celebration for the 35th Rotterdam Marathon.

 

The starting cannon set off 40,000 enthusiastic competitors, reveling in the sunshine, to run the marathon, ¼ Marathon Rotterdam, Business Runs and the AD Mini Marathon and NN Kids Runs (both held on Saturday).

 

Already one of the fastest courses in the world, it got even better when course designer and one of the marathon’s original founders, Wim Jonkman, managed to remove seven turns from the course.

 

 

12 April 2015
Rotterdam, Netherlands


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Assembling this sophisticated masterpiece, teamed with perfect temperatures of 10-12degC, should have led to breaking the previous course record of 2:04:27. However the wind picked up as the elites hit the last 8km and the record remains.

 

Ethiopian Abera Kuma finished first in 2:06:47, his first marathon win. Asami Kato, from Japan, was the fastest woman, finishing in a personal best time of 2:26:30.

 

Amazingly, six of the top 10 female runners broke their personal best times. For them, the faster course was indeed an advantage.

 

The 35th NN Rotterdam Marathon weekend was another brilliant blend of sport and festival. With 925,000 spectators flocking to cheer on runners, the vibrant atmosphere completed the party.

The strikingly picturesque course of the Harmony Geneva Marathon for Unicef pulled record numbers this year, with more than 16,100 runners from 110 countries taking part in eight events over the race weekend.

 

There was something for everyone, with events ranging from 1km for kids through to 5km, 10km night run, half marathon, full marathon, handbike and wheelchair marathon and even a marathon relay.

 

Overcast and wet conditions failed to affect competitors as they ran through the countryside passing meadows of cows grazing, quaint old farmhouses, and fields of flourishing rapeseed all against a stunning backdrop of the Jura’s crests and distant Alpine summits. 

2-3 May 2015
Geneva, Switzerland


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The mercifully flat course then took runners back along Lake Geneva into the heart of the city, to finish on the iconic Pont du Mont-Blanc.

 

It was a double win for Kenyan athletes who triumphed in the men’s and women’s marathon with Peter Kiplagat finishing in 2:11:18 and Jane Kiptoo taking the women’s race in 2:35:44.

 

In the half marathon Ellen Bakele smashed the women’s course record by over two minutes, running 1:13:23. Geneva local Julien Lyon was ecstatic to win the men’s race in his hometown coming in at 1:05:45, just 10 seconds outside his personal best.

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