Top field Weir Venloop 2022
On Sunday 15 May, the 15th edition of the Weir Venloop will finally take place. The organisation has once again succeeded in getting a very strong top field at the start of this international half marathon. Three strong marathon runners will be at the start in the Dutch men's field. The athletes from the international top field, led by Kenyan Isaac Kipsang Temoi, will try to improve on the Venlo course record of 59.44 minutes.
The Dutch top field with three strong marathon runners
With Olympic athlete Khalid Choukoud, the Dutch record holder on the 10 km, Richard Douma and Björn Koreman, the Weir Venloop has attracted three very strong Dutch athletes this year.
Khalid participated in the marathon at the Olympic Games last year and ran the half marathon in 61.53 minutes. On the Venlo course, he is still the fastest Dutch participant with 62.31 minutes from 2015. At the Rotterdam marathon, Richard and Björn qualified for the European Championships, later this year in Munich. Richard recently ran a time of 62.23 minutes in the half marathon in Ghent, while Björn has a personal record of 62.45 minutes. Ronald Schröer (64.23 minutes), Manuel de Backer (65.20 minutes) and Limburger Roel Wijmenga (66.02 minutes) will also be in action in Venlo.
The international top field has two athletes who have run faster than one hour
The international top field has two athletes on the starting list who have already run the half marathon under one hour. The Kenyan Isaac Kipsang Temoi has a personal record that is equal to the Venlo course record, namely 59.44 minutes. The Ethiopian Abdisa Tola won the half marathon from Rome to Ostia last year in a time of 59.54 minutes. Another candidate for victory is Ethiopian debutant Adeladlew Mamo. He finished second at the Seville marathon in February, 2.05.12, and ran a 10 kilometre in Lille last year in 27.25 minutes. Outsiders are Shadrack Koech (60.12 minutes), Enos Kakopil (60.17 minutes) and debutant Getachew Masresha (fifth at the Great Ethiopian Run).
Strongest top field women ever
In the women's race, the strongest top field ever will be at the starting line. Favourite is the number two of the last edition, the Ethiopian Gete Alemayehu. She finished second in the Barcelona Half Marathon this year in 66.37 minutes. This time is over a minute faster than the Venlo course record of 67.49 minutes. The two strongest competitors are from Kenya. Nelly Jepchumba won the Madrid Half Marathon last year in 67.46 minutes, while Gloria Kite ran a time of 67.54 minutes in Rome. Ethiopia's Beyenu Degefa, with a time of 68.15 minutes, is not far behind these ladies.
The Dutch favourite is Jill Holterman. She ran the marathon at the Olympics last year and hopes to improve her personal record of 71.41 minutes in Venlo. Competition comes from Kim Dillen who has a personal record of 72.50 minutes and Anne Luijten who recently finished fourth at the Dutch Championships half marathon in Nijmegen in 74.11 minutes.
It promises to be a special race on the 15th of May!