(Global winner, Lemawork Ketema, lower Austria)
The overall winner was a well known name, as Ethiopia’s Lemawork Ketema was victorious for the second successive year, completing an amazing distance of almost 80 kilometres, before being passed by the Catcher Car, in St. Polten, Austria. Winner of the women’s category was Yuko Watanabe, who was running at night in Japan, completing 56.33 kilometres, after a duel with another runner competing thousands of miles away in South African sunshine.
Over 101,000 athletes across 35 locations pushed themselves to the limit in the global charity run and it proved to be a record-breaking day that included a first ever national champion in a wheelchair when Aron Anderson won in Sweden.
The day proved a festival of colour and physical endeavour with a variety of unusual costumes on show, from a pink fairy tutu in the United Kingdom to countless Ironman and Superman outfits. Former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard tweeted that he completed the full distance, which is a bit cheeky, given he was driving one of the Catcher Cars!
The weather played its part with the rain hammering down on the unfortunate runners in Porto while the searing heat in Dubai meant one runner was carrying a black umbrella to shade him from the sun’s rays as he was caught by the Catcher Car.
There was some Scuderia Toro Rosso interest too, with several runners taking part in the race starting in Verona, Italy: Luca Martinato was classified 76th out of the 2500 participants starting from the Italian city, with his colleague from our Electronics department, Marco Leonelli 79th. They managed around 14 kilometres more than their colleague from our Bicester wind tunnel, aerodynamicist Jeremy Gadfield, who was running at Silverstone circuit.
Fancy having a go yourself next year? Well, we can already give you the date to put in your diary – 8th May 2016. And if you want some training tips, then download the Wings for Life World Run App.