Maxwell seventh in cold, windy Reading

2011-03-22 00:00

TANITH Maxwell, South Africa’s leading marathon runner of recent years, finished seventh in Sunday’s 29th Reading half-marathon in England and will return to Durban today to wrap up her preparation for the Virgin London Marathon on April 17.

Maxwell went through the 10 km course in 34 minutes 10 seconds and continued running with Britain’s Susan Partridge holding fourth and fifth position. The headwind on the return towards the finish not only dropped the temperature but caused her to fall off the pace, surrendering two positions to finish seventh in one hour 14 minutes 53 seconds.

“I’m disappointed not to have gone faster, but this is only 13 seconds slower than Bristol which I did before the Berlin marathon, and conditions today were tougher,” said the Boxer athlete, “Hopefully it will be slightly warmer with less wind next month. I really feel on track for a good time (in the marathon).”

Edith Chelimo won the women’s race in one hour 11 minutes 22 seconds, over two minutes clear of Hellen Kimutai, who edged Partridge into third place in one hour 13 minutes and 47 seconds.

A final sprint by Simon Kasimili gave him victory in the men's race in one hour three minutes and eight seconds, one stride ahead of Edwin Kipyego, with Edwin Kip-korir third four seconds off the pace. The top five finishers were under 64 minutes.

The race is one of Britain’s top races. It attracted over 16 000 runners, many of whom use it as a tune-up for the London Marathon.

RESULTS

Men: 1. Simon Kasimili KEN 1:03:08, 2. Edwin Kipyego KEN 1:03:09, 3. Edwin Kipkorir KEN 1:03:12, 4. Daniel Mukche KEN 1:03:30, 5. Muli Mualuko KEN 1:03:31

Ladies: 1. Edith Chelimo KEN 1:11;22, 2. Hellen Kimutai KEN 1:13:45, 3. Susan Partridge GBR 1:13:47, 4. Helen Decker GBR 1:14:04, 5. Justina Heslop GBR 1:14:20, 6. Amy Whitehead GBR 1:14:48, 7. Tanith Maxwell RSA 1:14:53.

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