Shanghai Running Magazine volume 1, Q1 2014 - Page 7

Race Review Shanghai Running, We Run Shanghai Record turn out continued... There were some excellent times posted in the adult 10km race with the first 4 men finishing under 40 minutes. Scandinavian runners dominated the 10km coming 1st in the male and female category. In the men‟s race Erik Rosenborg won convincingly in a time of 37:13. There was a good battle for 2nd place between Tirthanker Datta and Mark Havenhand. Mark was ahead early on but Tank caught him and pulled away strongly to finish 2nd in a time of 38:25 with Mark finishing 3rd in 39:02. Finally, a mention must go to Shenk Jonas who rounded off the sub 40 runners in a time of 39:59. Katrine Amtkjaer put in an excellent performance to finish first lady and 7th overall in a time of 43:47, she was pushed hard by Amanda Nygaard who finished 2nd in 44:32. Bridget Waters finished 3rd in a time of 45:56 showing her class by narrowly beating Kimiko Taniguchi 46:06 who finished in 4 th place. The final race to finish was of course the half marathon. Eduardo Tagle pulled away from the field to finish strongly in an excellent time of 1:27:33. The was a close tussle for 2nd place with Joe Ketarus coming home in 1:29:30 only 10 seconds ahead of William Marks who was 3rd in 1:29:40. But all should be proud of themselves to finish under 1 hour 30 minutes in what proved testing conditions due to hot weather encountered on the day. There was another really good battle in the ladies race. Eleanor Williamson proved just too strong for Siobhan McHugh. They were running neck and neck at one stage but Eleanor managed to open up a gap and pull away on the final lap finishing 1st in a brilliant time of 1:32:21 and 6th overall. Siobhan finished strongly coming home in an excellent 1:33:03 and 8th overall. Moira Lowe sprinted home in style finishing 3rd in a time of 1:40:50. Award ceremonies were held and prizes were awarded for the top 3 male and female runner‟s in each race, with the race winner‟s also each receiving a trophy. Thanks to our master of ceremonies Dave Earl for doing a great job. “Eduardo Tagle pulled away from the field to finish strongly in an excellent time of 1:27:33” As well as fruit and water available on the day, food was also provided in the form of oysters from our sponsor‟s at the Oyster House. We hope you enjoyed them! We received some really positive feedback after the race and since, so we are really glad that so many people had a good time. We also have a lot of people to thank for making the race possible. We would like to thank all our sponsors and partners. These are Oyster House, Prime Fitness and Spinback Fitness for providing the prize vouchers. Additional sponsors, Assured Alliance, Walton, Prestige, Fine Foods and Global Wealth Management Ltd, plus Zumba Shanghai for the excellent warm up and sponsorship. Thanks to Shanghai Tri Club, Prime Fitness and Spinback Fitness for helping as bag pick up locations. Thanks to Landseed International Hospital for providing the medical support. Thanks to Gucun Park and in particular, Wang Yafen and Dou Ya Nan for their co-operation and making the park available. Thanks to our friends in the media at Shanghai Family, City Weekend and Timeout Shanghai for helping promote the event this time. Thanks to Anna for designing the fantastic running shirt. And thanks to Nick, Sid and Lee for your continued support. Also, thanks to all our volunteers. The student race marshals from Donghua University and our additional volunteers, many who are fellow runners and friends, who gave up their time to be there. Without them the race would not be possible. Finally, thanks to you for coming along and running in our events. Our next cross country event on 22nd February in Binjiang Forest Park, Pudong and we look forward to seeing you there. Keep Running, Michael Morris, Race Director Copyright Shanghai Running 2013. 7