Current marathon world record holders, Dennis Kimetto and Paula Radcliffe, have confirmed they will compete at the 15k Montferland Run in ‘s-Heerenberg on 7 December. Kimetto’s participation follows in the tradition of Gebrselassie and Wilson Kipsang, who both raced at the event after setting world records in 2007 and 2013 respectively.
Last month, Kimetto slashed Kipsang’s record by 26 seconds to take victory at the Berlin Marathon in 2:02:57, making the 30-year-old Kenyan the first ever person to run under 2:03. Kimetto boasts an impressive PB of 42:57 over the 15k distance.
Radcliffe’s presence at the Dutch race means this will be the first time in the event’s history that both male and female record holders are taking part. The 40-year-old, who recently took third place at the Worcester 10K, is preparing for what could be her final career race at the Virgin London Marathon.
The Montferland Run, first staged in 1996, is a 15k race which is known for its undulating profile. The course traces a circuit through the Montferland Forest and passes the small, nearby villages of Stokkum, Beek and Zeddam.