Summary: Tadesse Abraham (SUI) and Viktoriia Pogorielska (UKR) won the elite men’s and women’s races at this year’s GP Bern.
The 34th edition of the popular GP Bern took place today in Bern, Switzerland, under blue skies and temperatures of up to 17°C. No fewer than 31,301 people from 29 different countries signed up this year – naturally most of them (98%) coming from Switzerland.
The event consisted of a number of different races throughout the afternoon, namely the Bären GP (1.7 km), the Altstadt GP (4.7 km), the GP Walking (4.6 km) and the prestigious Grand Prix von Bern (16.093 km) which this year followed a modified course due to the unacceptably high water level of the River Aare.
In the main race, Tadesse Abraham (SUI) broke away from the rest of the elite men at the 15 km mark and stormed home for a fine solo win in 47:57 ahead of Bernard Matheka (KEN) and Patrick Ereng (KEN). This was a big contrast to last year’s race when Abraham and Ereng crossed the line in an exciting photo finish in which Abraham was judged to be the winner.
In the women’s race, Ukranian Viktoriia Pogorielska won in 55:12 followed by Genet Abdurkadir (ETH) and last year’s winner Cynthia Kosgei (KEN). Swiss runner Martina Strähl delighted local supporters with an excellent 5th place and a new PB of 56:43.
Full results can be seen here.