IN PICTURES: 2018 Copenhagen Marathon

9,000 runners spent Sunday morning hauling their legs through a distance of 42.2 kilometres around the Danish capital as Copenhagen hosted its annual marathon.

IN PICTURES: 2018 Copenhagen Marathon
A runner is given hydration on the finishing line. Photo: Nils Meilvang/Ritzau Scanpix

In warm spring temperatures, streets around the city were full of brightly-kitted runners and enthusiastic supporters after the starting gun went off at 9:30am.

Runners travel under the Langebro bridge near the start and finish area at Islands Brygge. Photo: Nils Meilvang/Ritzau Scanpix

Although the total number of participants was slightly lower than in 2017, the event’s organisers said they were happy with how the race had gone.

“It’s a tad lower than last year. But it’s a good and high number, and we are pleased with it,” Dorte Vibjerg, director of organisers Sparta, told broadcaster DR.

Photo: Nils Meilvang/Ritzau Scanpix

The number of runners peaked at 12,000 in 2010 and has since plateaued at around 10,000, Vibjerg said, adding that many Danish runners now opt to try their luck in the classic 42km events, including in Berlin and London.

“We are currently in the process of a major development strategy that will bring us up to an international level that will enable us to compete with the London Marathon, Berlin Marathon and other city marathons,” she added.


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The route of the Telenor Copenhagen Marathon takes in several of the city’s districts, including the Inner City, Østerbro, Vesterbro and Nørrebro. Given the topography of the Danish capital, the course is relatively flat, giving runners of all abilities a good chance of breaking their own personal records.

Photo: Nils Meilvang/Ritzau Scanpix

Kenyan William Nyarondia Morwabe won the men’s event with an astonishingly quick time of 2:11:16, a new record for the course.

Morwabe crosses the line. Photo: Nils Meilvang/Ritzau Scanpix

The women’s event was won by Ethiopian Shasho Insermu who led throughout to finish in 2:32:18, Ritzau reports, some way short of the current record of 2:30:51.

Insermu, winner of the women's event. Photo: Nils Meilvang/Ritzau Scanpix

The men’s and women’s world record for the marathon are 2:02:57 and 2:15:25 respectively.

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Copenhagen is home to fastest half marathon in history

Kenyan superstar runner Geoffrey Kamworor smashed the world record for the half marathon in Sunday’s CPH Half event.

Copenhagen is home to fastest half marathon in history
Geoffrey Kamworor crosses the finish line in Copenhagen in a world record time. Photo: CPH Half

The elite athlete powered through the streets of the Danish capital in a breathtaking time of 58:01, beating the previous record by 17 seconds and his own personal best by 53 seconds.

He was 75 seconds clear of the second-placed athlete, Bernard Kipkorir Ngeno.

“It is very emotional for me to set this record. And doing it in Copenhagen, where I won my first world title [in 2014, ed.], adds something to it,” the three-time World Half Marathon Champion said after the race.

In the women’s race, Ethiopian Birhane Dibaba Adugna took a surprise victory with a time of 1:05:57, the second-fastest time ever run on the course.

Over 23,000 people took to the streets of Copenhagen to take on the 21.1-kilometre challenge and the city’s residents came out in force in the early autumn weather to spur them on.

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