Racing PreviewDecember 30, 2018
This New Year’s weekend sees two highly competitive 10K races taking place. Read on for our previews of both events.
47th Corrida de Houilles (🇫🇷) – IAAF Silver Label
Course Records: 27:47 | 31:14
Last year Julien Wanders (🇨🇭) became the first non-african male to win the race since Paul Arpin (France) in 1987. This time, the 22-year-old Swiss star returns with the hopes of setting a new course record and potentially lowering his own European record of 27:32 set earlier this year. While Wanders appears to be the in-form man to beat, his main competition is likely to come from Cornelius Kangogo (🇰🇪), a three-time winner of this race with a 10km PB of 27:58. Taye Girma (🇪🇹) has recently burst onto the scene with a 28:06 10K and 60:55 Half Marathon this year, but is otherwise relatively unknown. His impressive half marathon win last month could suggest signs of causing an upset to the European crowd. A team of top British elites, which includes 2:09 marathoner Dewi Griffiths (🇬🇧) will all be looking to get into the low-28s in what we expect to be a race packed with quick times. Others: Albert Chemutai 🇺🇬, Berehanu Tsegu 🇪🇹, Luke Traynor 🇬🇧
The favourite for the women’s race looks likely to be Helen Tola (🇰🇪), who ran 2:22:48 at the Berlin Marathon just three months ago. If she is close to the shape from when she ran a 10K PB of 31:16 last year, we could be seeing another course record. The main competition for Tola is likely to be Clemence Calvin (🇫🇷), who has had an incredible 2018, which included a silver medal in the European Championships Marathon and a blistering 31:20 to break the French 10K record two months prior. Gete Alemayehu (🇪🇹) has only come onto the scene this year, but a recent victory at the prestigious Marseille-Cassis 20K shows she is ready to compete for the win on Sunday evening. Others: Ophelie Boxberger 🇫🇷, Soukaina Atanane 🇲🇦
Julien Wanders 🥇
Helen Tola 🥇
54th San Silvestre Vallecana (🇪🇸) – IAAF Silver Label
Course Records: 26:54 | 31:16
The women’s race looks set to be an exciting affair, with three-time Olympic champion and 5000m world record holder Tirunesh Dibaba (🇪🇹) and twelve-time Diamond Race winner Hellen Obiri (🇰🇪) announced for the event. It’s worth noting that this was announced on the Spanish equivalent of April Fool’s day, so we will have to wait until Monday to see whether these big names will be present. Aside from these two, another potential winner comes in the form of Brigid Kosgei (🇰🇪), the reigning Chicago Marathon champion after a blistering 2:18 run in October. A host of Spanish competitors are likely to be headed by Trihas Gebre (🇪🇸) whose 32:03 10000m PB is likely to make her the “best of the rest”. British interest comes in the form of Lily Partridge (🇬🇧) and Sonia Samuels (🇬🇧).
Joshua Cheptegei’s (🇺🇬) recent car accident means he has dropped out of the race, but his teammate Jacob Kiplimo (🇺🇬) is a more than adequate replacement. The 17-year-old heads up the men’s field and will be expecting to run faster than his 28:17 PB. Another of his countrymen, Mande Bushendich (🇺🇬) finished 5th in the Durban 10K this year for a PB of 28:01, hoping to be involved in Monday’s battle between Uganda and Spain. The Spanish hopes are most likely to rest in the hands of Adel Mechaal (🇪🇸) and Antonio Abàdia (🇪🇸), who clocked 27:48 for second place at Laredo 10km earlier this year. Solomon Boit (🇰🇪) and Abadi Hadis (🇪🇹) will also be serious contenders to upset the Ugandan party. Hadis’ recent 58:44 half marathon could be the biggest threat to Kiplimo, so we can look forward to some very fast times.
Abadi Hadis 🥇
Hellen Obiri 🥇