Abi Beautyman, Bournemouth Marathon Festival Elite Coordinator, predicts another “very quick series of road races on the fast Bournemouth route” as Ukranian Igor Olefirenko and Kenyan Peninah Wanjiru Ndungu both look set to light up the Bournemouth Marathon when it takes place next Sunday 2nd October.
Olefirenko will be taking part in the Bournemouth Marathon for the first ever time after setting a lightning quick 2:13:33 time in Japan earlier on this year. With the current course record of 2:16:00 set by Boaz Kiprono in 2015, the Bournemouth Marathon could be in for a record breaking year.
Olefirenko isn’t in for an easy ride however, with Kenyans Stanley Kiprotich Bett and Julius Kiplagat Korir both looking to put up a fight in the elite men’s race. Abdelhadi El Mouaziz from Morocco is also lining up after finishing the Edinburgh Marathon earlier on in the year in a time of 2:20:13.
In the elite female race, Kenyan Ndungu starts as favourite after running 2:34:25 in Brighton last year. However she’ll face stiff competition from fellow Kenyan Eddah Jepkosgei who won the Edinburgh Marathon with a time of 2:39:53 back in May. Sophie Carter is back again to defend her British title which she won last year.
Behind the elite athletes, there’s other athletes aiming for unique world records. Ben Smith of Bristol is in the midst of attempting to run 401 marathons in 401 days – Bournemouth will be Ben’s 398th marathon in 398 days and is the only marathon he is set to run twice.
Four men are set to run the Bournemouth Marathon on October 2nd in a Viking Ship as part of their Knights4Charity charitable campaign. Paul, Dave, Neil and Patrick are a team of four close friends who work together and share a real passion for supporting wonderful causes through daft endurance based challenges. Over the years, they have set 38 indoor rowing world records and raised nearly £40,000 for a number of charities.
The Bournemouth Marathon Festival takes place on 1st & 2nd October. For more information visit www.bournemouthmarathon.com