Sören Bach from Hamburg has fulfilled a little dream in Lübeck. He was the first to win the marathon three times in a row. After 2:35:28 he crossed the finish line in the downtown area of Lübeck. The Briton Liam Ridings (Hamburg) finished second in 2:36:11 ahaed of Paul Muluwe from Lübeck in 2:46:25. Her third victory in Lübeck was also celebrated by Britta Giesen. She won in 3:11:55. Thousands of spectators applauded the marathon runners...
Bright sunshine and almost summer temperatures. But it was almost too warm for the 500 Marathonis. Those who expected a 42.2km-run at cool temperatures had been wrong. When the starting signal was given at 10.00 am by Gabriele Schopenhauer - the Mayor of Lübeck - the sun was already shining over the rooftops of the city. Rapidly the temperatures climed towards the 20 °C mark. The Marathonis were led from the eventual winner Sören Bach from starting. "Until kilometer 5, I was really too fast." Later that would take it's revenge. At the turning point in Travemünde he had about 200 m lead over the British Liam Ridings, who is living in Hamburg. The way back was really exciting: While the high initial speed of Sören Bach had an impact to him, Ridings came closer and closer. "Almost 6 km before the finish, I even thought of giving up. But I really wanted the 3rd win in a row. So I mobilized all my strenght", Sören Bach told. At the finish area, many expectors celebrated him. After all, Bach's winning time was still below his result in 2017. The "eternal" record of Jon - Paul Hendriksen from 2009 with 2:31:28 remains untouched. For the women, Britta Giesen also achieved her 3rd victory in a row - albeit with interruption. The runner from Laufwerk Hamburg won sovereign in 3:11:55 ahead of Corinna Beck (TSV Kronshagen/ Kiel; 3:13:14) and Kerstin Haberkorn (Lübecker Marathon e.V.; 3:21:13). Kerstin Haberkorn, at least 10 times starter in halfmarathon, ran a full marathon for the first time here in Lübeck. "Premiere at home succeeded, albeit with pain", said the ambitious endurance runner.
Hamburg's Benjamin Franke (1:12:52) won the halfmarathon with 1000 participants ahead of Dennis Mehlfeld (Lübeck; 1:16:24) and Raul Penas (Barcelona; 1:19:24). For the women's race, Nadia Lellau (Hamburg; 1:21:31) won ahead of Maike Körner (Hamburg; 1:22:36) and Martina Dannheimer (1:30:04).
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