The International Maxol Marathon run through the streets of Manchester, UK, was won by Eckhard Lisse of the German Democratic Republic in a record time for the Manchester event of 2 hours 12 minutes 24 secs.
The International Maxol Marathon run through the streets of Manchester, UK, was won by Eckhard Lisse of the German Democratic Republic in a record time for the Manchester event of 2 hours 12 minutes 24 secs. It was also a new East German record.
He beat a large international field which included runners from Belgium, Canada, Greece, Britain, Japan South Africa, the United States, West and East Germany and Holland.
The race, run over 26 miles 385 yards (42kms 285 mtrs), began at St. Peter's Square, Manchester and finished in Old Trafford stadium, the home of the Manchester United soccer team.
Lisse, who has run the full range of running events from the 800 metres upwards, won in effortless style and was nearly one minute ahead of his nearest rival, in only his fourth marathon.
There was a fierce battle for second place between Yoshinobu Kitayama of Japan and Brian Armstrong of Canada. Kitayama sprinted past Armstrong in the final half lap of the football ground, to take second place in a time of 2 hours 13 mins 29 secs.
In fourth place was South African Ferdie Le Grange, who had led a group of 21 runners over the first 10 kilometres. His time of 2 hours 13 mins 58 secs set a new South African record. Running with Le Grange was a black South African runner, Ovid Serekwane.
The British distance runner David Bedford did not take part and the first British runner Stephen Edmonds finished in seventh place in a time of 2 hours 16 mins 24 secs.
Rain fell heavily during part of the race.
SYNOPSIS: Long distance runners from many countries competed in the Maxol Marathon through the streets of Manchester, United Kingdom on Sunday.
From the start in St Peter's Square it was twenty six miles 385 yards to the finish in Old Trafford stadium, the home of Manchester United soccer team.
Two English runners Brandon, number fifty five and Woodward, 296, were the early leaders as the large filed jockied for position. Japan, East and West Germany and Greece were strongly represented.
Runners also came from Belgium, Canada, the United States, Holland and South Africa. One of the South African was Ferdie Le Grange - the other was a black South African Ovid Serekwane.
Several runners in the filed have had world class times of two hours twelve minutes for the twenty six miles.
The world fastest time of two hours eight minutes thirty-three points six seconds for the marathon was set by Derek Clayton of Australia in 1969.
East German runner, Eckhard Lisse, approached the stadium a comfortable leader.
There was a battle for second place between Armstrong of Canada and Kitayama of Japan.
Eckhard lisse was first across the line.
And Kitayama sprinted past Armstrong in the second half of the lap of the football ground.
Lisse's time of two hours, twelve minutes, twenty-four seconds, set a new event record and also a new East German record.
Lisse has recently raced through the world range of events from eight hundred metres upwards. It was only his fourth marathon.