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Kenyans Cheserek, Chespol win 82nd Manchester Road Race


Edward Cheserek and Celliphine Chespol of Kenya have won the 82nd running of the Manchester Road Race in frigid conditions.

Cheserek covered the 4.748-mile (7.641-kilometer) distance in a course record of 21 minutes, 16 seconds, besting the old mark of 21:19 set in 2012 by Aaron Braun. Paul Chelimo, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was a distant second in 21:44 and Andy Butchart, of Flagstaff, Arizona, crossed one second back to grab third place.

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In an exciting women’s race, just a second separated Chespol — with an unofficial clocking of 24:33 — from Buze Diriba of Ethiopia. Emily Sisson of Providence, Rhode Island, was a close third in an unofficial 24:36.

Race officials had set up warming centers Thursday to help keep runners from developing hypothermia before the annual Thanksgiving Day road race.

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