On Sunday 16th September 40,775 runners finished the 45th Berlin Marathon (28,443 men, 12,332 women) amongst them was Exeter Harrier Rob Mann. He’d challenged himself to compete in 3 marathons over 12 months; Paris, Berlin and finally London.
Mann was disappointed with his performance in Paris in April where he placed 88th in a time of 2:36:54. After the race he commented “that was a tough day out. Went through half way on pace, but then fell apart.” However, Berlin was a different story. He completed the course in 2:29.03, a new PB, the sub 2:30 time that eluded him in Paris. This ranks him 41st on the UK top 250 Men listing.
He was in good company as spectators also saw Eliud Kipchoge crowned the 45th edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON with a fantastic world record in 2:01:39. The 33-year-old Kenyan led from the start, following his own schedule and was never challenged for the lead. When he crossed the finish line he had obliterated the world record of 2:02:57, set by his compatriot Dennis Kimetto four years ago in Berlin, taking the huge margin of one minute, 18 seconds off that time. It is the biggest advance in the men’s marathon world record for over 50 years since the Australian Derek Clayton ran 2:09:36 in Fukuoka in 1967, slicing two-and-a-half minutes from the record.