Brussels Marathon

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Brussels Marathon
Datelate October or early November
LocationBrussels Capital Region and Tervuren
DistanceMarathon
Primary sponsorBrussels Airport
Established1984
Course recordsMen's: 2:10:59 (2004)
Kenya John Kelai
Women's: 2:32:16 (2004)
Kenya Jennifer Chesinon
Official siteBrussels Marathon
Participants6,276 (2019)

The Brussels Marathon is an annual AIMS-certified marathon hosted by Brussels, Belgium and usually held in the autumn. The full race was first held in 1984; apart from the traditional 42.195km, also shorter distances are covered nowadays.

Track[edit]

The marathon makes a loop, starting and ending in the City of Brussels, in the proximity of Brussels Park.[1] Initially the runners head eastwards, to Tervuren. Alongside the track, the participants pass several green areas: the Cinquantenaire Park, the Woluwe Park, the Capuchin Forest, the Royal Belgian Golf Club and the Bois de la Cambre. Since 2017, the course has started and finished in the Cinquatenaire Park, initially heading west anti-clockwise around the city, with the full marathon deviating out-and-back to Tervuren. Since 2018, the start and finish has coincided with the more renowned 20km of Brussels held in May.

Distances[edit]

Apart from the full marathon, also a half marathon, a Mini Marathon (5km) and a Kids Run (1km) are held.[1]

The proper Brussels Marathon is open to runners 18 or older from any nation, competitors for the half marathon have to be at least 16 years of age.

Size[edit]

More people participate in the half marathon than in the entire. As of 2014, the half marathon had most success in 2012 (8006 participants) and the proper Brussels Marathon in 2010 (2546 runners).[2]

Controversy[edit]

Public controversy arose in social networks in 2017, where podium awards appeared and differed significantly between females and males. Following a change of sponsorship by Brussels Airport in 2018, the organisers (Golazo Sports) announced that awards would be aligned equally for both sexes. In 2018, the organisers defended the non-publication of full race results including category positions on the grounds of recent changes in European privacy laws, although inconsistent with standard practice as well as the publication of other race results by the same organiser.[3]

In response to increasing public concerns on the amount of unnecessary waste at such public sports events, the organisers are aiming at a plastic-free event from 2019 onwards, with drinking water served in cardboard cups, no goody bags and avoiding the need for aluminium foil protection after the race by ensuring participants' sports bags are readily accessible.

Winners[edit]

Key:   Current course record [2]

Marathon[edit]

Date Name Men Country Time Women Country Time Finishers
30 September 1984 Brussels Dirk Vanderherten Belgium 02:18:46 Mia Pauwels Belgium 02:44:43 1815
29 September 1985 Brussels Dirk Vanderherten Belgium 02:18:36 Agnes Pardaens Belgium 02:46:37 1441
28 September 1986 Brussels Dirk Vanderherten Belgium 02:15:32 Francine Peeters Belgium 02:42:02
27 September 1987 Brussels Rudi Dirickx Belgium 02:18:05 Nelly Aerts Belgium 02:33:33 1439
11 September 1988 Brussels Vesa Kähkölä Finland 02:16:53 Francine Peeters Belgium 02:44:12 1161
24 September 1989 Brussels Pavel Klimeš Czechoslovakia 02:16:46 Nelly Aerts Belgium 02:36:49 1271
30 September 1990 Spa Brussels Csaba Szűcs Hungary 02:17:36 Valentina Lunyegova Soviet Union 02:40:00
15 September 1991 Brussels Anatoly Karipanov Soviet Union 02:18:04 Irina Sklyarenko Soviet Union 02:41:32
13 September 1992 Brussels Anatoly Karipanov Soviet Union 02:16:43 Mária Starovská Czechoslovakia 02:42:13
12 September 1993 Brussels Ronny Ligneel Belgium 02:16:14 Véronique Collard Belgium 02:44:29
18 September 1994 Reebok Brussels Vincent Rousseau Belgium 02:12:59 Karin Bøgh Andersen Denmark 03:03:02
1995 to 2003 Did not held
10 October 2004 ING Brussels John Kelai Kenya 2:10.59 Jennifer Chesinon Kenya 2:32.16 1801
28 August 2005 ING Brussels Samson Kosgei Kenya 2:12.01 Rose Nyangancha Kenya 2:37.48 784
27 August 2006 ING Brussels Stephen Loruo Kenya 2:11.26 Irene Mogaka Kenya 2:42.53 819
14 October 2007 ING Brussels Jonathan Kiptoo Kenya 2:12.16 Kimaiyo Yepyator Kenya 2:41.20 1433
5 October 2008 Brussels Rik Ceulemans Belgium 2:19.29 Anne Zijderveld Netherlands 3:15.51 1149
4 October 2009 Brussels Abraham Potongole Kenya 2:15.13 Virginie Soenen Belgium 3:07.12 1569
10 October 2010 Brussels Levy Matebo Kenya 2:13.30 Mariska Dute Belgium 2:59.16 1998
2 October 2011 Brussels Paul Kiprop Kenya 2:14.51 Mariska Dute Belgium 3:00.01 1553
7 October 2012 Brussels Joseph Mutai Kenya 2:16.41 Claire Macht Denmark 3:06.15 1709
6 October 2013 Brussels Samson Bungei Kenya 2:15.49 Maja Glesti Switzerland 3:10.21 1794
5 October 2014 Belfius Brussels Florent Caelen Belgium 2:16.31 Louise Deldicque Belgium 2:56.26 1885
4 October 2015 Belfius Brussels Geoffrey Kipkoech Kenya 2:14.39 Soetkin Demey Belgium 3:05.31 2011
2 October 2016 Belfius Brussels Eric Kering Kenya 2:16:51 Virginie Vandroogenbroeck Belgium 2:53:42 1427
1 October 2017 Belfius Brussels Stephen Kiplagat Kenya 2:11:44 Christelle Lemaire Belgium 3:10:42 1437
28 October 2018 Brussels Airport Laban Cheruiyot Kenya 2:24:20 Kabiratou Nassam Belgium 2:57:59
6 October 2019 Brussels Airport Michael Chege Kenya 2:17:53 Kabiratou Nassam Belgium 2:54:48

Half Marathon[edit]

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1 10 October 2004
2 28 August 2005  Guy Fays (BEL) 1:06:45  Claudia Stalder (BEL) 1:23:42
3 27 August 2006  Guy Fays (BEL) 1:07:16  Catherine Lallemand (BEL) 1:18:53
4 14 October 2007  Jason Mayeroff (USA) 1:07:03  Anne-Marie Dupont (BEL) 1:28:08
5 5 October 2008  Guy Fays (BEL) 1:08:41  Blanka Paulů (CZE) 1:26:25
6 4 October 2009  Guy Fays (BEL) 1:12:16  Catherine Lallemand (BEL) 1:20:49
7 10 October 2010  Abdeljebbar Sihammane (MAR) 1:09:24  Ysabelle Vuillard (BEL) 1:22:36
8 2 October 2011  Alexander Rodríguez (BEL) 1:08:36  Claire Nuytens (BEL) 1:27:42
9 7 October 2012  Abdeljebbar Sihammane (MAR) 1:09:49  Hasna Bahom (MAR) 1:19:05
10 6 October 2013  Abdeljebbar Sihammane (MAR) 1:09:50  Petra Fašungová (SVK) 1:22:39
11 5 October 2014  Lander Van Droogenbroeck (BEL) 1:08:35  Alexandra Tondeur (BEL) 1:21:57
12 4 October 2015  Lander Van Droogenbroeck (BEL) 1:09:04  Nina Lauwaert (BEL) 1:23:53
13 2 October 2016  Lander Van Droogenbroeck (BEL) 1:08:57 Kabiratou Nassam|BEL 1:20:27
14 1 October 2017  Josh Bull (GBR) 1:08:07  Sophie Hardy (BEL) 1:18:47
15 28 October 2018  Maxime Delvoie (BEL) 1:09:58  Charlotte Monfils (BEL) 1:23:58
16 6 October 2019  Nick Earl (GBR) 1:07:16  Sonja Vernikov (GER) 1:20:52

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Parcours". Belfius Brussels Marathon 2014. Retrieved 27 Sep 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Uitslagen". Belfius Brussels Marathon 2014. Retrieved 27 Sep 2014.
  3. ^ "GDPR". Running Geek BE. Retrieved 4 Nov 2018.

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