Kenenisa Bekele set a new course record at the Vitality Big Half on Sunday, crossing the line in 60 minutes and 22 seconds.

The Ethiopian runner shaved one minute and 18 seconds off Sir Mo Farah’s course record. He managed to see off strong competition from runner-up Chris Thompson. Thompson looked to set the pace in the early stages, hitting the front and leading out Bekele and the rest of the pack.

Bekele said: “This was my second half marathon in the UK and I’m very happy to win. It was a little bit windy.”

“The new course record is a great bonus. I wasn’t focused on time today; I just wanted to win.”

“I’m on schedule in my preparation for the Virgin Money London Marathon in April. If the weather is good, then I’m hoping to run as I ran in Berlin last year.”

“There’s no question about the crowds in London were great. There was cheering all around the course; it felt like a great place to be, thanks to the amazing people in London.”

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Original Author: Jane McGuire of Runner’s World

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