19 Mar

Hunde Wins Battle Of Barcelona

Hunde crosses finish line

Around 15,000 competitors took part in the 33rd Barcelona marathon in overcast conditions on Sunday (17 March). There was intermittent rain as Gezahgne Abrera Hunde of Ethiopia won the men's race in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 17 seconds with compatriot Lemelen Berha fastest female in 2:34:39. Hunde saw off the challenge of Kenyan Abraham Keter who finished 31 seconds behind him in 2:10:48. Starting and finishing at Montjuic Park in front of the Magic Fountain, the course took runners past Gaudí's la Sagrada Família and La Pedrera as well as the Camp Nou. Participants were able to refresh themselves at the water stations every 5k, with gels and fruit at the 30k point. Sadly a 47-year-old man died of a heart attack at the race, Barcelona's Clinic Hospital has confirmed.

There were more than a hundred British runners at the event including Rory McGinley from Glasgow who completed it in 3:05:14. He said afterwards: "I'm delighted that Barcelona was my first marathon. There were some incredible sights along the way and it was a great feeling to run down Las Ramblas.

"I'm chuffed with my time. I was on course for a sub 3 until the last 7k where I struggled. I've definitely got something to learn about pacing. The supporters were extremely vocal throughout and it helped that your name was on the front of your vest. It was also very funny to hear the Spanish pronouncing my name. The cries of 'benga benga' were very much appreciated."

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