Viljar Vallimäe declared this year's Estonian half marathon Champion

13.08.2012
With a personal best of 1:04:59, Viljar Vallimäe was the first to cross the finish line at the Estonian Half Marathon Championship held within the framework of the Narva Energy Run.

Ilya Nikolayev (1:08:51) took Championship silver, finishing behind Russia's Aleksei Sokolov (1:07:39) and Yuri Vinogradov (1:08:38). Bronze in the Championship went to Kaupo Sasmin with a time of 1:09:21.

Finishing behind Russia's Natalya Sokolova (1:13:58), Yekaterina Patyuh was declared the women's Championship winner with a time of 1:17:33. Silver went to Leila Luik (1:17:49) and bronze to Evelin Talts (1:19:38).

According to newly crowned Estonian champion Viljar Vallimäe, the result exceeded his expectations. "I was planning a time of around 1:05 but ran even faster than I expected. The track was difficult and, from the second kilometre onwards, there was no-one to help keep up the pace. Still, I enjoyed the race very much," Vallimäe said.

Sandor Liive, chairman of the management board of Eesti Energia, finished the half-marathon with a time of 1:35:15, enjoying the track with its elevations. "I enjoyed myself. The primary goal for the year is the Berlin Marathon. I used the Narva Energy Run to test different speeds for a good marathon," Liive said.

More than three thousand sports enthusiasts – a third more than last year – participated in the Narva Energy Run, which was organised on Eesti Energia's initiative for the second time. In addition to the half marathon, the fastest runners were also determined in the seven-kilometre race. Anton Tsernyayev (23:58) and Merill Mägi (26:14) were declared the winners.

The half marathon was kicked off by Enn Selik, the Estonian record-holder at 5,000 and 10,000 metres and eighth fastest at the Moscow Olympics. The seven-kilometre race for runners and Nordic walkers was started by the London 2012 Olympic torchbearer Renna Järvalt.

Alongside Estonian runners, participants also included sports enthusiasts from a total of eight other countries. The greatest number of participants came from Russia and the United States of America, with other participants coming from Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Belarus, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

The Narva Energy Run was initiated by Eesti Energia, Narva City Government, the Ministry of Culture and MTÜ Spordiürituste Korraldamise Klubi with the aim of endorsing recreational sports and promoting Ida-Viru County as an Estonian cultural and sports destination. The Narva Energy Run is part of the Estonian city run series.

The results are available at www.jooks.ee/narva

Eliis Vennik
Eesti Energia
PR Officer
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57 830 756
eliis.vennik@energia.ee