Berlin Half Marathon

On Sunday 6th April 2008 Five Long Eaton Runners took part in Germany’s biggest and fastest half marathon. Taking into account all forms of competition, the 28th edition of the Vattenfall Berlin Half Marathon had a record number of 24,551 athletes from 86 nations entered. For the first time a German half-marathon had over 20,000 entries (20,660). Inline skaters, hand bikers, wheelchair competitors, power walkers and those entering the 3.5 km Fun Run completed the field. Despite cool weather conditions, over 150,000 spectators lined the streets to support the race.

The defending champion Patrick Makau Musyoki won the race in exactly 60 minutes. The women’s winner Peninah Arusei achieved the third fastest time in the world this year with 68:22 and the third fastest performance in the history of the race.

As for our boys, Patrick Fitzgerald was first home for the club in 1:27:42. Clive Allison wasn’t far behind, finishing in 1:29:33. Rob Easter completed the course in 1:32:09, with Ashok Patel finishing in 1:34:43, and Sean Gauton finishing in 1:55:32. Well done boys!


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