Göteborgsvarvet

Göteborgsvarvet (Swedish: [jœtɛˈbɔ̂rjsˌvarːvɛt]) is an annual half marathon running competition in Gothenburg, Sweden (often called the Gothenburg Half Marathon in English). It is the largest annual running competition in the world in terms of entries, with its 62,000 entries for the Göteborgsvarvet competition on 18 May 2013.[1] In 2016, 64,500 people entered the race. The youngest runner was 17 years old and the oldest female runner 83 and male runner 87.

Göteborgsvarvet
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Runners at the 2010 edition of the race
DateMay
LocationGothenburg, Sweden
Event typeRoad
DistanceHalf marathon
Established1980; 40 years ago (1980)
Course recordsMen's: 59:35 (2016)
Kenya Richard Mengich
Women's: 1:07:58 (2017)
Kenya Fancy Chemutai
Official siteGöteborgsvarvet
Participants39,221 (2019)

Its name is a word play; the Swedish language-word "varv" has a double meaning and can mean both lap and shipyard ("[skepps]varv"), as Gothenburg historically has been known as a shipyard town (Gothenburgers also particularly enjoy word-play-humour).

The race takes place in May, and has been organised annually since 1980. It starts outside, and finishes in, the old athletics arena Slottsskogsvallen in the Slottsskogen park. It takes off northwards over the large suspension bridge Älvsborg Bridge, follows the north bank to the Göta älv river, and returns over the Göta Älv Bridge, goes through the inner city, before reaching the finish.

The race has hosted the Swedish national championship race on five occasions (1995, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2016 and 2017).

Past winnersEdit

 
Victor Kipchirchir winning the 2012 Göteborgsvarvet.
 
Steeplechase specialist Mustafa Mohamed is a two-time winner of the race

Key:   Course record   Swedish national championship race

Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1980   Göran Högberg (SWE) 1:06:17   Midde Hamrin (SWE) 1:15:50
1981   Göran Högberg (SWE) 1:05:44   Evy Palm (SWE) 1:17:47
1982   Mats Erixon (SWE) 1:02:54   Grete Waitz (NOR) 1:09:57
1983   Tommy Persson (SWE) 1:04:40   Jeanette Nordgren (SWE) 1:14:54
1984   Mats Erixon (SWE) 1:03:14   Midde Hamrin (SWE) 1:10:46
1985   Mats Erixon (SWE) 1:04:35   Jeanette Nordgren (SWE) 1:13:44
1986   Mats Erixon (SWE) 1:03:41   Evy Palm (SWE) 1:12:11
1987   Mats Erixon (SWE) 1:03:37   Midde Hamrin (SWE) 1:13:24
1988   Håkan Börjesson (SWE) 1:05:13   Evy Palm (SWE) 1:14:19
1989   Francis Naali (TAN) 1:03:35   Elisabeth Johannesson (SWE) 1:17:16
1990   Francis Naali (TAN) 1:01:54   Midde Hamrin (SWE) 1:12:45
1991   Andrea Nade (KEN) 1:04:38   Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 1:12:30
1992   Onesmo Ludago (TAN) 1:03:24   Suzanne Rigg (GBR) 1:13:26
1993   Francis Naali (TAN) 1:03:37   Ritva Lemettinen (FIN) 1:13:30
1994   Onesmo Ludago (TAN) 1:03:08   Ritva Lemettinen (FIN) 1:13:04
1995   Richard Nerurkar (GBR) 1:02:39   Ritva Lemettinen (FIN) 1:13:18
1996   Wilson Musto (KEN) 1:03:12   Aniela Nikiel (POL) 1:14:29
1997   Martin Ojuku (KEN) 1:01:44   Joyce Chepchumba (KEN) 1:09:50
1998   Fred Ntabo (KEN) 1:03:28   Nadesjda Iljina (RUS) 1:12:31
1999   Rachid Aït Bensalem (MAR) 1:02:18   Nadesjda Iljina (RUS) 1:11:47
2000   Phaustin Baha (TAN) 1:02:42   Stine Larsen (NOR) 1:09:28
2001   Pavel Loskutov (EST) 1:03:00   Stine Larsen (NOR) 1:11:07
2002   Mustafa Mohamed (SWE) 1:03:35   Lena Gavelin (SWE) 1:13:03
2003   Benjamin Rotich (KEN) 1:03:43   Meriem Wangari (KEN) 1:13:27
2004   Mustafa Mohamed (SWE) 1:04:03   Leah Kiprono (KEN) 1:18:06
2005   Silas Sang (KEN) 1:03:19   Susan Kirui (KEN) 1:12:34
2006   Abdelkader El Mouaziz (MAR) 1:02:14   Helena Javornik (SLO) 1:12:34
2007   Sylvester Teimet (KEN) 1:04:03   Kirsten Otterbu (NOR) 1:12:38
2008   Sylvester Teimet (KEN) 1:01:21   Kirsten Otterbu (NOR) 1:10:19
2009   Nicholas Kamakya (KEN) 1:01:55   Ana Dulce Félix (POR) 1:11:27
2010   Sammy Kirui (KEN) 1:01:10   Amane Gobena (ETH) 1:11:40
2011   Albert Matebor (KEN) 1:00:52   Joyce Chepkirui (KEN) 1:09:04
2012   Victor Kipchirchir (KEN) 1:00:25   Hilda Kibet (NED) 1:09:27
2013   Jackson Kiprop (UGA) 1:03:13   Isabella Ochichi (KEN) 1:11:29
2014   Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (ERI) 1:00:36   Worknesh Degefa (ETH) 1:10:12
2015   Richard Mengich (KEN) 1:00:44   Worknesh Degefa (ETH) 1:08:13
2016   Richard Mengich (KEN) 0:59:35   Violah Jepchumba (KEN) 1:08:01
2017   Geoffrey Yegon (KEN) 1:00:19   Fancy Chemutai (KEN) 1:07:58
2018   Shadrack Kimining (KEN) 1:01:31   Meseret Tola (ETH) 1:09:06
2019   Shadrack Kimining (KEN) 1:00:38   Tabitha Gichia (KEN) 1:08:18
2020 Cancelled due to corona virus

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sold out in the GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon". Göteborgsvarvet. 11 September 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Göteborgsvarvet at Wikimedia Commons