The RAK half marathon is under new management. The new team put together a fine race, with two womern under the world record and some very fast men. The following piece is under EME News.
Half WR by Yeshaneh
RAS AL-KHAIMAH (UAE, Feb 21): Ababel Yeshaneh took 20 seconds off the world half-marathon record with 64:31 at the RAK Half-marathon. The Ethiopian was followed home by world marathon record-holder Brigid Kosgei, who in second also beat the old mark with 64:49. The top two, plus the pacemaker, went through 5km splits of 15:07, 15:11 and 15:23 before Yeshaneh moved away. Her fourth 5km showed a marginal slowing with 15:31, but she comfortably did enough to beat Joyciline Jepkosgei’s 2017 mark. Yeshaneh, 28, has run 30:35.91 on the track but since that time in 2013 has excelled on the road, improving to 65:46 in 2018. “I didn’t imagine this result,” she said. “I am a world record-holder!” In third, Rosemary Wanjiru became the fastest-ever debutant with 65:34. Eight went below 67 minutes. Kibiwott Kandie followed up his Kenyan cross-country title the previous weekend with victory in the men’s race in a PB of 58:58, 18 seconds in front of Alexander Mutiso. Mule Wasihun was third in 59:47. European record-holder Julien Wanders was 11th in 60:46.