WHILE the world track records are well known and widely publicised, the same is not the same for road races. Even the marathon is not crystal clear with a separate record for women-only as opposed to a mixed race and courses like Boston exempt from world record status because of the downhill and point to point nature.
Of course, what many regard as the greatest ever marathon performance – 2:00:25 by Eliud Kipchoge – is another exempt from record setting.
There is no doubt now what the women’s world road 10km record is, though. Joyciline Jepkosgei smashed the mark with 29:43, which conveniently wipes out her split during a halfmarathon.
But how many people are familiar with the men’s record? (Leonard Komen 26:44 in 2010).
Mile bests are less well publicised and harder to evaluate. For a start there are fewer top class races and the variation in course makes comparison meaningless.
Laura Weightman’s run in New York last Sunday, though, was a UK best.