Last weekend's distance running action saw Kenya's Wilson Chebet win his third consecutive Amsterdam Marathon in a course record 2:05:36. Valentine Kipketer, also from Kenya, won the women's event in 2:23:02, with American Serena Burla second in a personal best 2:28:01. The race marked another milestone for Burla, who lost a major portion of her right hamstring three years ago during an operation to remove a cancerous tumor.
Deressa Chimsa of Ethiopia won the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2:07:05, the fastest marathon time ever on Canadian soil. Kenya's Flomena Cheyech won the women's race in 2:25:13. Third-place Lanni Marchant set a Canadian women's record of 2:28:00.
Ethiopia's Tadese Tola won the Beijing International Marathon in a course record 2:07:16, while Zhang Yingying of China won the women's event in 2:31:19.
The home fans were also pleased in Birmingham on Sunday as Great Britain's Gemma Steel won the BUPA Great Birmingham Run half-marathon in 1:10:19, breaking her own course record. Thomas Ayeko of Uganda won the men's race in his half-marathon debut, finishing in 1:02:32.