The Herculis Monaco Run: Kenyan breaks world record for the female 5K
The annual Monaco Run once again saw records smashed this weekend as the world’s top talent raced through the streets.
In the Herculis 5k on Sunday 14 February, Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya broke a world record. Completing the course in 14 minutes and 43 seconds, she set a new world record for the fastest female time in a mixed 5k. A star name in the athletics world, this is not the first world record under her belt. She also holds the fastest 3000m steeplechase time, which she achieved in Monaco at the Louis II Stadium in 2018.
Ugandan athlete Joshua Cheptegi, known for holding the world records in 5000m, 10,000m and 5k road run, did not make history this weekend, but still won his race with an impressive time of 13 minutes and 13 seconds.
The streets of the principality laid the ground for several new national records this weekend. Four men became the fastest of their country: Richard Douma of the Netherlands, who came 5th place with a time of 13:27, German Samuel Fitwa in 6th place with a time of 13:32, Andreas Vojta (13:48) of Austria and Thijs Nijhuis (13:48) of Denmark.
Aude Clavier broke the French women’s U23 record with a time of 16 minutes 15 seconds and in the same race, Agnès McTighe broke the Swiss record in 16 minutes 28 seconds.
Putting on such a prestigious event during a pandemic is no mean feat, but the Monegasque Federation of Athletics, in collaboration with the government of the principality, was determined to give hard-working athletes a platform to compete. Whilst unfortunate that the race had to be cancelled for amateur runners this year, here’s hoping the 2022 event will be full of more records for the professionals and personal bests and fun for all running lovers!