Athletics Weekly - - Results - Steve Smythe, re­sults ed­i­tor

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.

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