Auray-Vannes Half Marathon

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The Auray-Vannes Half Marathon (French: Semi-marathon d'Auray-Vannes) is an annual road running competition over the half marathon distance (21.097 km) which takes place in early September in Brittany, France. The point-to-point course begins in the commune of Auray and finishes in the Stade de Kercado in nearby Vannes. Nearly 5000 people participated in the event in 2011.[1] A record 6378 runners finished the half marathon in 1999.[2]

The event was first held on 14 September 1975 under the organisation of the event-dedicated Association Courrir Auray Vannes and it has been held every September thereafter. In addition to the main half marathon, there are jogging and walking activities available as well as the shorter 10 km Arradon Vannes run (first held in 2001).[3] The events take place around the natural harbour of the Gulf of Morbihan.

The half marathon competition attracts both amateur and elite-level competitors. The men's course record of 1:02:12 hours was set in 2001 by Kenya's William Cheseret. Rose Chelimo, another Kenyan, set the women's course record of 1:11:27 hours at the 2011 edition. In 1999, the competition acted as the French men's national championship race and Abdellah Béhar won the title.[2] The race received IAAF Bronze Label Road Race classification in 2011.[4]

Past winners[edit]

Early editions[edit]

  • The course distance varied in the early years of the competitions. It began as a 24 km race, was 26 km in its second edition, then 25 km for the third edition. A 22.8 km course was used from 1978 to 1984. The race distance was 25 km for the 1985–1991 competitions.[2]
Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 1975  Daniel LeNoach (FRA) 1:19:32 Not held
2nd 1976  Bernard Sehedic (FRA) 1:24:37  Marie-Madeleine Bastard (FRA) 2:06:30
3rd 1977  Bernard Sehedic (FRA) 1:22:30  Marie-Madeleine Bastard (FRA) 2:02:16
4th 1978  Jean-Luc Paugam (FRA) 1:15:18  Anne-Marie Goldstein (FRA) 1:43:00
5th 1979  Armel LeBorgne (FRA) 1:15:48  Marie-Madeleine Bastard (FRA) 1:43:09
6th 1980  Jean-Paul LeGall (FRA) 1:13:42  Mme. Poudelet (FRA) 1:44:25
7th 1981  Maurice Benn (GBR) 1:12:46  Mme. Poudelet (FRA) 1:38:14
8th 1982  Jacques LeFrand (FRA) 1:11:14  Chantal LeGoff (FRA) 1:32:30
9th 1983  Jacques LeFrand (FRA) 1:09:53  Maryse Langin (FRA) 1:31:00
10th 1984  Philippe Daniel (FRA) 1:10:26  Mme. Bainvel (FRA) 1:28:47
11th 1985  Jean-Pierre Savary (FRA) 1:18:52  Maryse LeGallo (FRA) 1:38:22
12th 1986  Jean-Yves Kerbiriou (FRA) 1:20:20  Annemarie Jutel (FRA) 1:35:23
13th 1987  Didier Bernard (FRA) 1:17:51  Maryse LeGallo (FRA) 1:38:41
14th 1988  Nourredine Sobhi (FRA) 1:19:13  Maryse LeGallo (FRA) 1:31:27
15th 1989  Mohamed El Massaoudi (FRA) 1:18:45  Maryse LeGallo (FRA) 1:34:38
16th 1990  ? Kaddour (ALG) 1:18:14  Isabelle LeFlamand (FRA) 1:38:05
17th 1991  Pierre Levisse (FRA) 1:18:28  Sylviane Geffray (FRA) 1:30:54

Half marathon[edit]

Key:       Course record       French championship race

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
18th 1992  Alexandre Gonzalez (FRA) 1:05:25  Irina Kazakova (FRA) 1:15:46
19th 1993  Lameck Aguta (KEN) 1:03:56  Annie Coathalem (FRA) 1:22:57
20th 1994  Joseph Kamau (KEN) 1:03:13  Nicole Leveque (FRA) 1:11:35
21st 1995  John Gwako (KEN) 1:02:40  Antonina Andronakiy (MDA) 1:12:40
22nd 1996  John Gwako (KEN) 1:03:09  Lucia Subano (KEN) 1:14:01
23rd 1997  Evans Otieno Oichoe (KEN) 1:02:37  Isabella Ochichi (KEN) 1:14:55
24th 1998  David Ndegwa Maina (KEN) 1:02:41  Fatiha Klilech (MAR) 1:15:28
25th 1999  Abdellah Béhar (FRA) 1:02:49  Fatima Yvelain (FRA) 1:14:39
26th 2000  William Cheseret (KEN) 1:05:43  Fatiha Klilech (MAR) 1:17:32
27th 2001  William Cheseret (KEN) 1:02:12  Nadezhda Zolotaryova (RUS) 1:13:46
28th 2002  George Morara (KEN) 1:02:36  Daniela Ciocan (ROM) 1:14:36
29th 2003  Abdelilah El Manaia (FRA) 1:04:10  Yelena Kaledina (RUS) 1:19:17
30th 2004  Julius Chanchima (KEN) 1:03:08  Esther Wanjiru (KEN) 1:14:02
31st 2005  David Langat (KEN) 1:03:53  Angelina Mutuku Mutheu (KEN) 1:15:32
32nd 2006  Abdellah Falil (MAR) 1:04:17  Jacqueline Okemwa (KEN) 1:17:59
33rd 2007  Christopher Soget (KEN) 1:05:09  Eunice Orwaru (KEN) 1:18:24
34th 2008  Musau Mwanzia (KEN) 1:03:24  Alice Serser (KEN) 1:14:18
35th 2009  Isaiah Ondieki (KEN) 1:03:51  Sarah Chepchirchir (KEN) 1:14:55
36th 2010  Justus Moranga (KEN) 1:03:50  Sarah Chepchirchir (KEN) 1:13:46
37th 2011  Evans Kosgei (KEN) 1:02:21  Rose Chelimo (KEN) 1:11:27
38th 2012  Geoffrey Kenesi (KEN) 1:02:35  Gladys Kipsoi (KEN) 1:12:14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Auray-Vannes (French). Marathons.fr (2011-09-11). Retrieved on 2011-11-23.
  2. ^ a b c Festou, Michel et al (2011-09-11). Auray-Vannes Half Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-11-23.
  3. ^ Résultats (French). Semi-marathon d'Auray-Vannes. Retrieved on 2011-11-23.
  4. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Jean (2011-09-11). Kenyan sweep honours in Auray-Vannes race. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-23.
List of winners

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