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Two of our internationally renowned Eccleshill marathon medal hunters flew to central Germany to run what is now their the longest established city marathon.The storey of the Frankfurt marathon began back in 1981, a year which marked the beginning of the first three major city races in Germany. It is now an IAFF Gold label road race that welcomes a record number of entrants and is firmly established as one of the fastest marathons in the world. The current course record 0f 02:03:42 is held by Wilson Kipsang in 2011. Glinting with glass, steel and concrete skyscrapers, Frankfurt is a high-powered finance and business hub, home to one of the world’s largest stock exchanges as well as the gleaming new headquarters of the European Central Bank. It is the longest-established city marathon in Germany and in terms of the number of finishers, Germany’s second-largest. The route can be run easily and quickly and has resulted in last year in new track records for both men and women – it has a total elevation gain of only 27.8 metres, spread over the entire route length of 42 195 metres. The route is set up circular and runs along both sides of the river Main. The first part of the route leads the runners through the city of Frankfurt with itsfascinating skyline, then to the district of Sachsenhausen, towards the residential area of Höchst and back along the Mainzer Landstrasse through the city center and the trade fair tower into the Festhalle where more than 27000 participants get the finish of a lifetime running indoors through the Festhalle finishing on a red carpet. Rob finished this iconic marathon in 4:09:07 and Clare Hern finished in 3:22:25 Brilliant running guy’s well done!