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Show Profile  Bryn Posted: 8 October 2007, 1:34 PM  
Just found this

A fantastic effort by Hanny to win in 2h40m34s

Only her second marathon attempt ever, Hanny Allston has quickly established credibility as an elite runner on the Australian athletics scene. Hanny competed in her first marathon in her hometown of Hobart last January 2007 and placed an impressive 6th.

With 664 females registered in the 42km marathon, the field was anticipated to be highly competitive and did not disappoint. Australians took out the trifecta with Hanny Alston (TAS) first in a personal best time of 02:40:34, Helen Stanton (QLD) second in 02:41:51 and Billinda Schipp (NSW) third in 02:42:22.

Is this the first orienteer to win a major city marathon?

Hanny was with a pack of about 4 girls until 20km, but by half way they fell away quickly and soon Hanny had a 100m gap. From then on Hanny remained strong at about 3:45 pace and no other girls could match her.

I hope one day i can run that fast

Show Profile  darren Posted: 8 October 2007, 11:51 PM  
Awesome effort Hanny.

I'm pretty sure Jorgen Martensson won the Stockholm Marathon one year in around 2.19. Al might be able to confirm?

Show Profile  Alistair Posted: 9 October 2007, 2:28 AM  
Yes, that's correct Darren: 2:19:01.

Show Profile  ACW Posted: 9 October 2007, 9:30 AM  
Impressive time, but he was 5th that year (1993)

1993 1 Daniel Mbuli Sydafrika 2.16.30
1993 2 Hugh Jones England 2.17.29
1993 3 Ceslovas Kundrotas Litauen 2.17.38
1993 4 Juri Kazmin Ryssland 2.18.33
1993 5 Jörgen Mårtensson Enhörna IF 2.19.01

Show Profile  Casser Posted: 10 October 2007, 1:51 AM  
GREAT effort Hanny!

The Stockholm Marathon doubled as the Swedish Marathon Champs that year, which he won. But it was when the swedish orienteers weren't allowed to compete because of the TWAR virus investigation (there were no orienteering competitions on in Sweden in the first half of the 1993), which in turn suggests that he was just on a training run and furthermore Jörgen stated in a interview in tv, that he would have run faster if there hadn't been for the many spectators smoking along the route and poluting the clean swedish air.




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