Mathathi to race Birmingham in Muragame Half

Kenya’s Martin Mathathi tops the list of runners Invited to the 68th Kagawa Marugame Half Marathon on 2 February, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, the organisers announced on Wednesday (15).

Martin Mathathi en-route to winning the 2013 Fukuoka Marathon (Takefumi Tsutsui / Agence SHOT) © Copyright

Mathathi, the 2007 IAAF World Championships 10,000m bronze medallist and recent winner of the Fukuoka Marathon in December, can boast of a half marathon best of 58:56 and is the fastest man in the field.

Eritrea’s Amanuel Mesel is the second fastest man over the half marathon distance with a best of 1:00:10 recorded in Prague last year. He will use his Japanese outing as preparation for the London Marathon in April.

Another big name is Yemane Tsegay Adhane who clocked 2:04:48 when he won the 2012 Rotterdam Marathon. Although his half marathon best is currently a relatively modest 1:01:47, he obviously has the potential to go much quicker.

Australia’s Collis Birmingham won the Marugame race last year in 1:00:56 and returns to defend his title…Read the full article here!