Eliud Kipserem, 26 years old Kenyan runner took the honours of becoming the first winner of the inaugural East London Half Marathon 2013 held on April 14 at Stratford, London. Eliud completed the gruelling distance on a flat course in 70min 36sec. Eliud hails from Iten, nursery of champions where he grew up with likes of David Rudisha whose superhuman performance at London 2012 Olympic Games is still fresh in our minds.
Second place went to Mark Jefford from North London with a timing of 81min 34sec.
Eliud's compatriot Emily Biwott won the women’s half marathon with a timing of 78min 27sec. Laura Spence took second place in 88min 22sec.
In the Newham College 10K Run, Jamal Mohammed , ex-student of Newham College won the race in 33min 59sec beating twin brothers Thomas Holm and Martin Holm from Norway. Thomas took early lead but Jamal regained leading position after bow flyover turnaround point at 6.5k and then remained in the lead till finish. Runner up winner Thomas took 34min 8sec to complete 10k run. Women's 10k run won by Krystle Balogun from Romford in 43min 59sec.
Earlier, more than 2000 runners representing over 60 different nationalities were flagged off by Olympic legend Tessa Sanderson and Harminder Singh, coach of inspirational 101years old Fauja Singh from West Ham Park in 10k run and Half Marathon category on a beautiful and sunny Sunday morning.
Number of Runners set new personal bests while other raised combined estimated £300,000 fund for charitable causes. Runners were seen donning Spiderman, Marlin Monroe, Cow and various other character outfits.
Award to the winners were given by Tessa Sanderson CBE and Mr. Saleh Harkey, Managing Director, Saudi Petroleum Overseas Ltd.
Event was sponsored by Newham College, Saudi Aramco, Ladbrokes Community Fund and supported by Coca-Cola and St. John Ambulance.About Tessa Sanderson Foundation
|Newham College 10K Run||East London Half Marathon|
|First||Andrei Iordache||52:46||Men||First||Eliud Kipserem||01:10:36|
|Second||Callum Border||52:55||Second||Mark Jefford||01:21:34|
|Third||Dylan Bade||57:16||Third||Tom Hadfield||01:23:01|
|Men||First||Jamal Mohammad||33:59||Men 40+||First||Mark Jefford||01:21:34|
|Second||Thomas Holm||34:08||Second||Tom Hadfield||01:23:01|
|Third||Martin Holm||34:35||Third||Steve Desborough||01:25:02|
|Men 40+||First||Laibi Merequeb||37:30||Men 50+||First||Fidel Ruiz||01:25:27|
|Second||Tom Wallace||40:54||Second||Petre Jones||01:36:35|
|Third||Silas Spencer||41:05||Third||John Morsley||01:37:15|
|Men 50+||First||Andrew Maynard||37:42||Women||First||Emily Biwott||01:18:27|
|Second||Nick Halliday||44:50||Second||Laura Spence||01:28:22|
|Third||Marco Johnston||47:43||Third||Jennifer Simms||01:29:51|
|Girls U-18||First||M Farinu||01:12:50||Women 35+||First||Justine Albert||01:41:59|
|Second||Grace Dillon||01:19:00||Second||Vanessa Hollingworth||01:43:56|
|Third||Hannah Dillon||01:25:08||Third||Claire Blakeway||01:43:59|
|Women||First||Krystle Balogun||43:59||Women 45+||First||Jo Laing||01:32:56|
|Second||Eleanor Bedwell||45:37||Second||Caroline Gilmartin||01:51:27|
|Third||Heather McLarnon||46:12||Third||Riz Maslen||01:51:52|
|Women 35+||First||Ashvini Webster||51:52|
|Second||Sarah St John Coleman||53:24|
|Women 45+||First||Ellen Allen||56:48|