Meshack Koech returns to Weir Venloop


Venlo, the Netherlands - In 2017 the Kenyan Meshack Koech won the Weir Venloopafter a thrilling finish with five athletes in 60.19 minutes. On Sunday 25th of March he will return to the Dutch city Venlo to defend his title. He is aiming to attack the course record of 59.44 minutes set by Geoffrey Yegon in 2016.


His main competitors will be Mustapha El Aziz from Morocco and Gilbert Masai from Kenya. Mustapha has the fastest time in the Elite field. He ran his personal best of 59.29 minutes in 2016 in Valencia and with this time he holds Moroccan record. Gilbert is winner of the Berlin half marathon 2017 and has the second fastest time of 59.31 minutes. Outsiders are Edwin Kiptoo from Kenya, winner of the Breda half marathon (PB 60.11 minutes), Philip Tarbei (PB 60.18 minutes), John Langat winner of the Stadsloop Appingedam (PB 60.40 minutes ), Victor Chumo (winner of the Groningen 4 miles 2017) and Abdallah Mande from Uganda (60.18 minutes).

The women’s field in Venlo is very strong with three sub 70 minutes athletes. The favorite is 38-year old Nancy Kiprop, in 2017 she ran 67.22 minutes in Usti NadLabem and won the Vienna marathon. Lucy Karimi won the 2016 Prague marathon and her personal best is 68.43 minutes. The winner of the Weir Venloop 2016, Perendis Lekapana, returns to Venlo with a personal best time of 69.13 minutes. The top elite women are aiming at the course record of 70.02 minutes that was set in 2016 by Isabella Anderson from Sweden.

In the 13th edition of the Weir Venloop the Dutch athletes will be competing for the Dutch Championships half marathon. Bart van Nunen (63.35 minutes) and Gert-Jan Wassink (64.04 minutes) will battle for the gold medal. The favorites in the women’s race are Olympians Jip Vastenburg (71.04 minutes ) and Andrea Deelstra (73.37 minutes).




Elite Field Men:


1
Meshack Kiprop Koech
KEN
27-7-1989
60.07 (2017)
2
Mustapha El Aziz
MAR
24-12-1985
59.29 (2016)
3
Gilbert Masai
KEN
16-12-1989
59.31 (2016)
4
Edwin Kibet Kiptoo
KEN
28-12-1987
60.11 (2015)
5
Philip Kibungei Tarbei
KEN
13-2-1994
60.13 (2017)
6
Abdallah Kibet Mande
UGA
10-5-1995
60.18 (2018)
7
David Kwemoi Maru
KEN
23-1-1992
60.41 (2013)
8
John Kiprono Langat
KEN
31-12-1996
60.41 (2017)
9
Mousaab Hadout
MAR
11-3-1988
61.40 (2016) a
10
Timothy Kosgei Kiptoo
KEN
2-8-1984
61.46 (2015)
11
Victor Kimutai Chumo
KEN
19-3-1987
62.07 (2016)
12
Stephen Kiprop
KEN
8-9-1999
62.18 (2017) a
13
Ahmed Mussa Osman
USA
1-1-1988
63.02 (2014)
14
Adam Nowicki
POL
24-8-1990
63.57 (2017)
15
Marius Vedvik
NOR
18-3-1992
64.14 (2015)
16
Mohamed Agourram
MAR
11-7-1991
64.59 (2017)
30
Philemon Kacheran Lokedi
KEN
4-7-1992

31
Isaac Kipkemboi Too
KEN
20-12-1994

45
Isaac Kipkoech Langat
KEN (Pacer 1)
8-1-1994
60.25 (2017)
46
Cornelius Kipruto Kangogo
KEN (Pacer 2)
31-12-1993
61.05 (2017)
40000
Saji Abdelkabir
CZE
17-1-1976
63.57 (2009)
Dutch Championships half marathon, Men
30010
Gert-Jan Wassink
AV Argo
18-12-1985
64.04 (2015)
30011
Bart van Nunen
AV Passaat
24-9-1995
63.53 (2016)
30012
Mohamed Ali
Nijmegen Atletiek
11-11-1989
64.20 (2017) a
30013
Joeri Wolf
AV Cifla
21-2-1991
65.07 (2017)
30014
Edwin de Vries
AV Castricum
11-12-1992
65.11 (2017)
30015
Emmanuel Biwott
AV de Liemers
25-12-1984
62.08 (2007)
30016
Wesley van der Gouw
Prins Hendrik
30-4-1985
65.15 (2014)


Elite Field Women:

50
Nancy Jepkosgei Kiprop
KEN
7-7-1979
67.22 (2017)
51
Lucy Karimi
KEN
6-10-1986
68.43 (2016)
52
Perendis Lekapana
KEN
4-8-1991
69.13 (2017)
53
Maryanne Wangari Wanjiru
KEN
20-12-1986
70.13 (2016)
54
Melat Yisak Kejeta
ETH
27-9-1992
70.27 (2012)
55
Joy Kemuma Loyce
KEN
3-3-1988
70.28 (2017)
56
Sylvia Mmboga Medugu
KEN
14-2-1990
70.42 (2017)
57
Betty Jematia Chepkwony
KEN
26-4-1995
74.35 (2017)
58
Marthe Katrine Myhre
NOR
4-3-1985
76.58 (2013)
Dutch Championships half marathon, women
30070
Jip Vastenburg
AV '34
21-3-1994
71.04 (2017)
30071
Andrea Deelstra
AV Heerenveen
6-3-1985
73.37 (2012)
30072
Inge de Jong
AV Trias
6-6-1976
75.20 (2016)
30073
Jacelyn  Gruppen
HAC '63
3-11-1989
76.09 (2017)





Winners Venloop:


Men


Women

2017
Meshack Koech (Kenia)
1:00.19
Naom Jebet (Kenia)
1:10.03
2016
Geoffrey Yegon (Kenia)
59.44*
Perendis Lekapana (Kenia)
1:10.34
2015
Alfers Lagat (Kenia)
1:00.33
Jane Moora (Kenia)
1:10.41
2014
Nicholas Togom (Kenia)
1:01.52
Elizeba Cherono (Kenia)
1:10.15
2013
Philemon Yator (Kenia)
1:01.53
Jane Moora (Kenia)
1:10.40
2012
Urige Buta (Noorwegen)
1:02.35
Sharon Tavengwa (Zim)
1:11.25
2011
Stephen Chelimo (Kenia)
1:02.26
Elizeba Cherono (Kenia)
1:11.26
2010
Abraham Rotich (Kenia) 
1:02.20
Isabellah Andersson (Zweden)
1:10.02 *
2009
Stephen Chelimo (Kenia)
1:01.32
Magdalene Mukunzi (Kenia)
1:10.34
2008
Boniface Biwott (Kenia)
1:02.02
Flomena Chepchirchir (Kenia)
1:11.23
2007
Elias Maindi (Kenia)
1:01.53
Peninha Arusei (Kenia)
1:10.49
2006
Mark Tanui (Kenia)
1:02.35

Robe Tola (Ethiopië)
1:12.53
* Course Record

Fastest times at Venloop (all time):


Mannen


Vrouwen

1
Geoffrey Yegon (Ken), 2016
0:59.44
1
Isabellah Andersson (Zwe), 2010
1:10.02
2
Kenneth Keter (Ken), 2016
0:59.48
2
Naom Jebet (Ken), 2017
1:10.03
3
Yigrem Demelash (Eth), 2016
0:59.49
3
Elizeba Cherono (Ken), 2014
1:10.15
4
Meshack Koech (Ken), 2017
1:00.19
4
Maryanne Wanjiru (Ken), 2017
1:10.20
5
Jorum Lumbasi Okombo (Ken), 2017
1:00.20
5
Perendis Lekapana (Ken), 2016
1:10.33
6
Albert Kangogo (Ken), 2017
1:00.21
6
Magdalene Mukunzi (Ken), 2009
1:10.34
7
Kenneth Kipkemoi (Ken), 2017
1:00.24
7
Jane Moora (Ken), 2013
1:10.40
8
Noah Kigen (Ken), 2017
1:00.25
8
Jane Moora (Ken), 2015
1:10.41
9
Alfers Lagat (Ken), 2015
1:00.33
9
Marion Limo (Ken), 2017
1:10.47
10
Ezrah Sang (Ken), 2015
1:00.36
10
Peninah Arusei (Ken), 2007
1:10.49