9 Apr

Some Like It Cold

Peter Some

Peter Some secured a surprise victory in Paris on Sunday (7 April) with the Kenyan runner finishing ahead of Ethiopian favourite Tadese Tola in chilly conditions. Some took an impressive three minutes off his previous PB to win in a time of 2:05:38, while Ethiopia's Boru Tadese set a new course record in the women's field.

A turnout of almost 50,000 competitors took to the streets of Paris for the event's 37th staging, with cold, biting conditions welcoming runners as they took to the start line. Beginning at the iconic Champs-Elysées, the scenic course heads towards the Place de la Concorde and continues through the city to finish at Foch Avenue.

Some, who won last year's Brighton Marathon, was just 22 seconds off a course record, which was set by Stanley Biwott last year. Biwott finished almost a minute ahead of pre-race favourite Tola (2:06:33), with Eric Ndiema following close behind (2:06:34).

Paris Marathon

In the women's field, Tadese beat compatriot Merima Mohammed to win in a record time of 2:21:06. The Ethiopian runner sliced almost 30 seconds off the previous record, with second placed Mohammed coming home a further two minutes behind in 2:23:14.

Bellahouston Road Runner Stevie Bell, taking part in his first event in the French capital, said the conditions didn't affect him too much: "It started off really cold but by the end I had to take off my cap and gloves. In all, it was a fantastic race which was made all the more memorable by the route. There was some congestion along the way - I had to walk at several points - but aside from that it was very well organised and a great day."

Results of the Paris Marathon are available here.