LRC visitor wrote:
No idea whether you have seen this (probably not given it’s not in any of the track and field news), but yesterday (Saturday, May 11), Geoffrey Kamworor was running in the GP Bern 10 mile race in Switzerland. You might remember Bekele running it last year (he won in 46-high), so they obviously have pretty deep pockets for what is basically a minor Swiss race (albeit with 15,000 runners). Not only did he break the course record, but he smashed it by over a minute, winning in 44:58 – four minutes faster than Abraham Tadesse in second (7th in Rio Olympic marathon, although he doesn’t seem to be in form right now). This is all the more impressive given he ran solo from the start in windy conditions. The course is very hilly, with large sections of steep, twisty cobblestones, which were wet in parts, and a muddy XC-style section (I know all this given I ran the race, albeit the best part of 10 minutes slower than him!), totaling about 600ft elevation gain/loss.
Running sub-59 HM pace, solo, for a ten-miler on this course/in these conditions must rank up there with one of the more impressive performances I’ve seen recently...
This is a link (albeit in German) to a local news article about the race.