The 2014 World Half Marathon Championships take place in Copenhagen on Saturday. The Kenyans are once again expected to dominate, having picked up five individual wins over the last 20 years as well as eight team victories. The fast and flat course in the Danish capital could play into the hands of Lucy Wangui Kabuu, who ran a personal best 1:06.09 in Ras Al Khaimah in 2013 which made her the fastest woman on a record legal half-marathon course last year and that time put her joint sixth on the all-time listings.
Someone else who is hoping for a half marathon pb this weekend is South Africa’s Rene Kalmer. Currently the Olympian’s half marathon best is 1:10.13 and she is aiming to break 70 minutes for the first time in Denmark at the weekend. It was also announced this week that Kalmer has joined the Modern Athlete ranks and when she next runs it will be in the colours of Modern Athlete. Kalmer caught up with Brad Brown on Run Talk SA this week and you can listen to that chat by pressing the play button below.