Hordiplomat-Somaliland International Marathon Run, which is expected to become a yearly event, is the first time such an international event to be held in Somali territories since 1991.
The event was largely organized by a team from Untamed Borders Ltd led by James Wilcox, including co-organizers Enda Nevin and Oliver Sills. Ahmed Salan played a leading role in bringing the event to Somaliland.
In the 42 Kilometre, David Hallard (2:55:27) was the victor while Mr. Guled Abdullahi Mahmud (3:01:45) in second place and while on the third spot was Robert Michalski(3:16:44).
The men’s 10 thousand meters, the winner was Mr. Said Farhan Omer, 34’ 12”, 2ndplace Hamse Haybe Aden and Mahmud Ibrahim Mumin in the 3rd spot with 34’ 33’.
Ms. Vicky Burford, was the winner of Somaliland International Marathon Run women 10 thousand meters, in the second spot was Shaylene Tomarty and Fozia Ahmed Omer clinching third place.
The 42.2 km marathon and the 10km race will start and finish in Somaliland’s capital city, Hargeisa. These are semi-supported events with basic medical provision and drinks at each of the stations along the routes.