The Kenyan top athletes are the favourites in a pool that also includes Nataliya Lehonkova (Ukraine, PR 2.28.58), Norway’s Runa Skrove Falch (2.33.52), Sweden’s Louise Wiker (2.36.29) and Dutch athletes Jacelyn Gruppen (2.52.17) and Marijke Visser (debut).

,,As is the case for the men’s race, our jubilee of the women’s race is also promising to turn into an exciting race: tense and fast,’’ according to Mario Kadiks, who will be stepping down as organiser of the NN Marathon Rotterdam after 35 editions.

Earlier, it was announced that Marius Kipserem will be running in the men’s race, amongst others. The Kenyan, who impressively controlled the 2019 NN Marathon Rotterdam (2.04.11), is going for a trilogy again: victory, personal and course records. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi, the Olympic bronze medal winner in Japan last summer, has announced that he wants to attack the European record.