COPENHAGEN WASH OUT
TORRENTIAL RAIN CAUSES CHAOS IN BIG 13.1-MILE RACE IN DENMARK
THE Copenhagen Half-marathon saw the fourth fastest time in history from winner Abraham Cheroben, who won in 58:40, but conditions deteriorated soon after he finished and the race was called off halfway through due to flash floods.
The Danish event featured a field of 20,000 and started under clear, blue skies. The great weather led to Cheroben clocking a fast 58:40 to win. But the event was later hit by lightning, torrential rain and hail as soaked runners fought their way to the finish line.
Conditions became so bad that timing mats on the finish area began to float away in the water and two-and-a-quarter hours into the race it was cancelled.
On social media there were extraordinary images of runners splashing through ankle deep water on the roads and also standing shivering post-race with slabs of ice and snow on the ground.
In a statement organisers said: “Due to thunderstorms, lightning strikes, massive hail and flooding in the starting and finish area and on parts of the course, the CPH Half was discontinued for the safety of all runners and spectators.”