Germany’s longest running city marathon drew a large British contingent to the dramatic “red carpet” finish in Frankfurt on Sunday (30 October). The 35th Mainova Frankfurt Marathon has been held since 1981 and is Germany’s second largest behind Berlin, which started later the same year.
Frankfurt Marathon has been rated as one of the top six most important marathons. There is also a 5K Pretzel Run and a mini-marathon for children. The race starts from the city centre, leading runners past its fascinating skyline, onto the district of Sachsenhausen and the residential district of Hochst.
The only notable ascent occurs at the bridge over the River Main towards the Trade Fair Tower. The last few metres are run on a specially-laid red carpet before crossing the finishing line at the Festhalle.
A terrific women’s race saw Mamitu Daska (Ethiopia, 2:25:27) victorious by just 15 seconds from German champion Fate Tola (2:25:42) after losing pace and form in the final few kilometres.
Sarah Jebet (Kenya, 2:27:07) and Lindsay Flanagan (USA, 2:29:28) were next to feel the red carpet beneath their feet before Charlotte Purdue (Aldershot, 2:30:04) enjoyed a brilliant PB in fifth after failing to finish in Berlin last month.
The men’s race resulted in a clean sweep of the podium for Kenyan athletes Mark Korir (2:06:48), Martin Kosgey (2:07:22) and Cybrian Kotut (2:07:28), with Robert Curtis (USA, 2:11:20) a distant fourth.
Among a plethora of top performances from the British athletes were James Connor (Kent AC, 2:19:33), Paul Molyneux (Springfield, 2:21:16) and Daniel Watts (Shaftesbury, 2:23:57). Joining Purdue with PB results were Tracy Barlow (Thames Valley Harriers, 2:32:05) and Julia Davis (Winchester, 2:39:31).
Full details are at the Frankfurt Marathon website.
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