Abraham Cheroben didn’t appear to be the smoothest runner in the lead pack which went through 5 km in 14:36, but his quality emerged when he was part of a quartet which reached 10 km in 29:19. His fellow Kenyan Cheshari Jacob was pushing the pace while the Ethiopian Abera Kuma, winner of the Rotterdam Marathon eight weeks ago, was moving smoothly alongside Benjamin Ngandu.
Abraham Cheroben chooses his words carefully and gave a succinct view of his victory and the warm conditions: “Yes, it was very hard but when I broke away I was confident I would win.”
Making his first competitive appearance of the year after injury, Ethiopia’s marathon specialist Ayele Abshero made a steady return to finish sixth in 66:10, moving up the field towards the end.
Rose Chelimo had set herself a tough challenge over the half marathon distance in the first half of the year and passed with distinction, achieving her fourth win of 2015 with a commanding performance in the women’s race. She was running clear from 5 km, extending her lead over her fellow Kenyan Viola Jelagat to over two minutes by the finish. Chelimo had added to her reputation with victory in the Lisbon Half Marathon in late March. As the temperature climbed the prospect of improving on that personal best of 68:22 evaporated but she confirmed her resilience: “It was tough in those conditions, especially running solo from early on. After winning four half marathons, I shall take a rest for a couple of weeks. My aim is build towards the marathon and run my debut next year.”
The Ethiopian Mame Feyisa completed the women’s podium while Britain’s Susan Partridge finished fifth in her return to international competition since last year’s Commonwealth Games marathon in Glasgow.
1 Abraham Cheroben Kenya 1:01:24
2 Benjamin Ngandu Kenya 1:02:57
3 Abera Kuma Ethiopia 1:04:17
4 Festus Talam Kenya 1:05:42
5 Thomas Lokomwa Kenya 1:06:07
6 Ayele Abshero Ethiopia 1:06:10
1 Rose Chelimo Kenya 1:12:01
2 Viola Jelagat Kenya 1:14:38
3 Mame Feyisa Ethiopia 1:15:03
4 Marta Lema Ethiopia 1:16:58
5 Susan Partridge Great Britain 1:18:03
For further information online, please go to: www.runczech.com
Please Note: the attached photos showing the finish of the winners in Ceske Budejovice, can only be used online in conjunction with this press release and with the following credit: Mattoni Ceske Budejovice Half Marathon