partner

There are no images for this slideshow.


History

The ASICS Grand 10 Berlin

The ASICS Grand 10 Berlin

On October 12, 2008 BERLIN RUNS launched a premiere: the ASICS Grand 10 Berlin. With 5,363 runners the event was the most successful newcomer road race of the year in Germany. Since then the ASICS Grand 10 have grown significantly. It is not only one of the biggest German 10 k races but also the best quality one regarding results of the elite runners. In fact the ASICS Grand 10 Berlin belong to the fastest 10 k races in the world.

Start and finish of the race are in front of the impressive Schloß Charlottenburg. The route passes a number of famous landmarks in Berlin, for example: Ernst-Reuter-Platz, Siegessäule, Zoo, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche and Kantstraße. The course actually leads the runners right through the Berlin Zoo!

A 2x5 k relay event is staged parallel to the 10 k race on the same course.

 

2015

Gladys Chesire runs world lead, photo: BERLIN LÄUFT / Thomas Wenning
Gladys Chesire runs world lead, photo: BERLIN LÄUFT / Thomas Wenning

Gladys Chesire runs world lead, Joshua Cheptegei breaks Ugandan record

Kenya’s Gladys Chesire clocked a world leading 10 k time of 30:41 at the ASICS Grand 10 Berlin, becoming the ninth fastest woman ever at this distance.  She was followed by fellow-Kenyan Alice Nawonuna and Ethiopia’s Sutume Asefa Kebede, who ran world class times of 31:02 and 31:11 respectively. In the men’s race 19 year-old Joshua Cheptegei broke the Ugandan record with 27:50 despite windy conditions. Kenya’s Philemon Cheboi and Ethiopia’s Abayneh Degu Tsehay were second and third, both given the same time of 28:05. Germany’a Arne Gabius was only a further two seconds back in fourth place with a personal best of 28:07. A record number of 7,844 runners entered Germany’s fastest 10 k road race.

It has almost become a pattern in this race that the woman’s winner outstages the men’s champion regarding the quality of the winning times. Kenya’s Joyce Chepkirui won the race in 2013 and 2014 with superb times of 30:37 and 31:02. In her absence it was Gladys Chesire who shone. The 21 year-old was running very fast from the beginning. The tiny Kenyan was much better sheltered from the winds than other elite runners because she was in the middle of a men’s group. During the first three kilometresSatume Asefa Kebede was right behind Chesire. However the Ethiopian then lost contact. Chesire passed the 5 k mark in 15:30 and continued to run hard. With some backwind stretches during the second half the Kenyan added a 15:11 and at the end was just four seconds away from Chepkirui’s course record of 30:37. Chesire improved the world leading time of fellow-Kenyan Peris Chepchirchir, who ran 30:55 in Prague, by 14 seconds.

A group of six runners including a pacemaker formed the leading group during the first half of the men’s race. They passed 5 k in 14:21 and then entered a course section that takes the runner’s through the Berlin Zoo. It was there where the pacemaker dropped back and the race became significantly faster. While the group stretched Joshua Cheptegei pushed the pace. Shortly after the 7 k mark the 19 year-old reigning World 10,000 m Junior Champion from Uganda was in a clear lead. On the fast Berlin roads Cheptegei improved his personal best of 28:24 by more than half a minute and broke Moses Kipsiro’s national record by two seconds. He covered the second half in 13:29 to win from Philemon Cheboi and Abayneh Degu Tsehay. Germany’s Arne Gabius showed another fine race at the ASICS Grand 10 Berlin, where he clocked a PB of 28:08 a year ago. This time he ran 28:07 and was fourth again, just edging out Kenya’s John Langat by one second.

2014

Joyce Chepkirui just edges out Emily Chebet, photo: BERLIN LÄUFT / Thomas Wenning
Joyce Chepkirui just edges out Emily Chebet, photo: BERLIN LÄUFT / Thomas Wenning

Joyce Chepkirui just edges out Emily Chebet

World-class performances by Kenyans Joyce Chepkirui and Emily Chebet produced the highlight of the ASICS Grand 10 in Berlin. In a photo finish Chepkirui clocked 31:02 in the 10 k event, just edging out World Cross Country Champion Chebet who was given the same time. Both Kenyans clocked the third fastest times in the year. Margaret Wangari Muriuki made it an all Kenyan podium with a fine 31:06 for third place. Katharina Heinig, the daughter of former world-class marathon runner Katrin Dörre-Heinig, took fourth place with a personal best of 33:31.

Joyce Chepkirui and Emily Chebet ran very fast from the start. Their 5 k time of 15:07 was world record pace. And it was indeed Paula Radcliffe’s eleven year old mark of 30:21 that Chepkirui and Chebet wanted to attack on the flat Berlin course. However with some headwind during the second half Chepkirui and Chebet realised that they would not succeed with their record attempt. The pace became slower and both women concentrated on getting the win, which involved some drama. Sprinting to the tape next to each other they produced a photo finish. It was difficult to see who won, but Chebet later confirmed the official result: “Joyce was a little bit ahead of me.”Ethiopia’s

Kinde Atanaw took the men’s race with 27:49 from Kenyans Reuben Maiyo (28:04) and Wilson Too (28:07). Germany’s Arne Gabius showed fine form, improving his 10 k time to 28:08 for fourth place. He now is the third fastest German runner of all times behind Carsten Eich (27:47) and Jens Karraß (27:53) at this distance. A record number of 7,389 runners participated in the ASICS Grand 10 in fine weather conditions.

2013

Joyce Chepkirui close to the world record, photo: BERLIN LÄUFT / Action Photo
Joyce Chepkirui close to the world record, photo: BERLIN LÄUFT / Action Photo

Joyce Chepkirui close to the world record

Joyce Chepkirui produced a superb performance when taking the ASICS Grand 10 in Berlin. The Kenyan stormed to a 30:37 winning time, which was the sixth fastest ever achieved in a 10 k road race at that time. Chepkirui not only smashed the course record but also broke the German Allcomers Record. She was only 16 seconds away from the world record. Ethiopia’s Tadelech Bekele ran a brilliant race as well, finishing just a second behind in 30:38. No one has ever run so fast and not won. Leonard Komon took the men’s race for a fourth consecutive time. The Kenyan clocked 27:48. Once again the ASICS Grand 10 was Germany’s number one 10 k race.

In cool but dry weather conditions with 11 Celcius and a slight wind Joyce Chepkirui took the lead with a fast pace right from the start. But just a step behind was Tadelech Bekele. The pair passed the 5 k mark in a very fast 15:05, which was well in reach of Paula Radcliffe’s world record (30:21 in 2003). However in the second half Chepkirui, who led Bekele for the whole race, slightly slowed. She finally clocked 30:37, improving the course record (32:19) by more than one and a half minutes. Additionally she smashed the German Allcomers Record. Irina Mikitenko had clocked 30:57 in 2008 in Karlsruhe. Well behind the top two Switzerland’s Fabienne Schlumpf took third with 33:16.

The pace in the men’s race was not as spectacular. No one wanted to take the initiative in the first few kilometres and the pace was slower than planned. It was then Leonard Komon who took the lead after four kilometres and opened a significant gap. The 25 year-old, who holds the Berlin course record with 27:12 since 2010, won comfortably in 27:48 minutes. Adugna Takele (Ethiopia) took second in 28:06 with Richard Mengich (Kenya/28:13) following in third.

2012

Leonard Komon produces a fast hattrick, photo: BERLIN RUNS / Engler
Leonard Komon produces a fast hattrick, photo: BERLIN RUNS / Engler

Leonard Komon produces a fast hattrick

Leonard Komon and Anna Hahner took the ASICS Grand 10 in Berlin. For the Kenyan it was the third win in a row at this race and once again he achieved a world-class time. The 24 year-old clocked 27:46 minutes while Germany’s new distance running hope Anna Hahner ran 33:50. Course record holder Leonard Komon, who had run 27:12 in 2010 and then 27:15 a year ago in this race, took the lead early on. It was in the fifth kilometre when he left behind his rivals. Komon then passed the 5 k mark in a very quick time of 13:34 minutes. But during the second half of the race the wind was blowing into the face of the 10 k world record holder (26:44) and he could not keep his high pace. In the end he finished in 27:46, still a very fast time. The next two runners behind Leonard Komon also clocked fine times: In a sprint finish for second place David Kogei (Kenya) just edged out his fellow countryman Richard Mengich. Both runners were given the same time of 27:56, which are personal bests for the two. 22 year-old Anna Hahner celebrated one of the biggest career wins so far. The German clocked 33:50 minutes. She was well ahead of Lucie Sekanova (Czech Republic/34:23) and Lisabeth Wagner (Germany/36:22).

2011

Leonard Komon runs another world-class time, photo: BERLIN RUNS / Engler
Leonard Komon runs another world-class time, photo: BERLIN RUNS / Engler

Leonard Komon runs another world-class time

Leonard Komon once again clocked a world-class 10 k time in Berlin. The defending champion from Kenya took the ASICS Grand 10 with 27:15 minutes, exactly matching the world leading time of his fellow countryman Micah Kogo. While Leonard Komon just missed his own course record by three seconds there was a course best in the women’s race. Mara Yamauchi (Great Britain) was a comfortable winner in 32:19 minutes. More than 7,000 runners started in good but cool conditions. Behind Leonard Komon there were two more athletes who clocked sub 28 minutes’ times. Josphat Bett was second in 27:45 while fellow-Kenyan Henry Kiplagat took third with 27:52. Germany’s Arne Gabius finished fourth in 28:58. Mara Yamauchi improved the course record by more than one and a half minutes with a time of 32:19. She was well ahead of her rivals during the race. Germany’s Sandra Boitz took second in 37:03.

2010

Leonard Komon breaks German Allcomers Record, photo: BERLIN RUNS / Engler
Leonard Komon breaks German Allcomers Record, photo: BERLIN RUNS / Engler

Leonard Komon breaks German Allcomers Record

Leonard Komon established a German Allcomers 10 k Record at the ASICS Grand 10 in Berlin. The Kenyan clocked a world-class time of 27:12 minutes. 7,145 runners from 27 nations competed in the race. The much anticipated clash between the current world record holder Leonard Komon and the previous holder of that mark, Micah Kogo (Kenya/27:01), was well won by 22 year-old Komon. Together withfellow Kenyans Mike Kigen und Jacub Cheshari they formed an early leading group. But in the second half of the race Leonard Komon was clearly superior and clocked the fastest 10 k time on German soil. The previous German Allcomers Record had been established just one month earlier, when Daniel Chebii (Kenya) had taken the Duesseldorf 10 k in 27:43. Leonard Komon’s Berlin time was the eleventh fastest ever run at this distance at that time. Second placed Mike Kigen also achieved a world-class time of 27:25, which additionally is a personal best for the Kenyan. Fellow Kenyans Jacub Cheshari (28:10), Micah Kogo (28:24) and Stephen Tum (28:25) took the next places while defending champion Jan Kreisinger (Czech Republic/29:37) was sixth. In contrast the women’s race was less spectacular. While Agnieszka Gortelof Polandclocked a personal best of 34:08 second placed Carina Schipp (Germany/36:30) and third placed Dawn Domaschk (USA/36:39) were well behind.

2009

Jan Kriesinger wins, Joan Aiyabei breaks course record, photo: BERLIN RUNS / Dera
Jan Kriesinger wins, Joan Aiyabei breaks course record, photo: BERLIN RUNS / Dera

Jan Kriesinger wins, Joan Aiyabei breaks course record

Kenya’s Joan Aiyabei produced the highlight at the ASICS Grand 10 Berlin by breaking the course record in this 10 k race. While she clocked 33:48 minutes the men’s race was taken by Jan Kreisinger. The surprise winner from the Czech Republic clocked 29:46 in cold and partly wet conditions. Organisers of the ASICS Grand 10 Berlin registered a record number of 6,489 entries from 25 nations for the event, which also included a 2x5 k relay and a kid’s race. In the men’s race a duel developed, when the expected favourite Faustin Musa (Tansania) and Jan Kreisinger surged away from the rest of the field. The two ran together until close to the 9 k mark. Then it was the 25 year-old Czech who took the lead and was able to drop his rival. While Faustin Musa took second place in 29:59 Germany’s 1,500 m specialist Wolfram Müller was third in 30:26. Joan Aiyabei finished in a course record of 33:48 minutes. “I had no idea about the course record. If it would have been warmer I would have been faster,” said the 30 year-old, who improved Ulrike Maisch’s record from 2008 (34:53) by more than a minute. Dawn Domaschk (USA/38:31) and Kathrin Wyss (Switzerland/38:52) took the next places.

2008

Simon Kasimili and Ulrike Maisch take inaugural edition, photo: BERLIN RUNS / Engler
Simon Kasimili and Ulrike Maisch take inaugural edition, photo: BERLIN RUNS / Engler

Simon Kasimili and Ulrike Maisch take inaugural edition

Kenyan Simon Kasimili and the reigning European Marathon Champion Ulrike Maisch (Germany) took the inaugural edition of the ASICS Grand 10 Berlin, clocking 28:44 and 34:53 minutes respectively. In ideal weather conditions 5,363 runners competed in this 10 k race, which included a 2x5 k relay as well. More than 50,000 spectators lined the course which led through the city centre and the Berlin Zoo, passing for example lions and rhinos. Simon Kasimili had taken the lead early in the race together with fellow Kenyan John Mutai. While Mutai lost contact before the 5 k mark third-placed André Pollmächer gradually closed the gap. In the end the German took second with 28:48 minutes while Mutai was third in 29:25. The women’s race was a domestic affair. Ulrike Maisch won in 34:53 from Julia Viellehner (36:05) and Claudia Dreher (37:54).

Go back