• January 2nd, 2022

    Top Five in 2021 Half Marathons

    The half marathons in 2021 will mostly be remembered by the fast world records following each other, the women’s in particular.

    Ruth Chepngetich opened the year of amazing world records by her 1:04:02 at the Istanbul Half Marathon in April, however, she could take only the third place in the annual top list. Letesenbet Gidey topped the list by her record time of 1:02:52 from Valencia in October.

    Jacob Kiplimo was another surprise record-breaker by 57:31 in Lisbon in November, shaving one second off the previous world record, which was believed to last for some years. One month earlier, four of the top five performances of the year were registered in Valencia.

    Young Turkish talents produced some promising half marathon performances in 2021. The 23-year-old Sezgin Ataç took the first place in the top list along with Yasemin Can on the women’s side. 

    Top five athletes in the half marathon list of 2021 are as follows;

    Men's half marathon World list:
    57:31  Jacob Kiplimo, Uganda (Lisbon, 21 November)
    58:07  Abel Kipchumba, Kenya (Valencia, 24 October)
    58:09  Rhonex Kipruto, Kenya (Valencia, 24 October)
    58:26  Daniel Mataiko, Kenya (Valencia, 24 October)
    58:28  Kennedy Kimutai, Kenya (Valencia, 24 October)

    Men's half marathon Turkish list:
    1:02:20  Sezgin Ataç (Trabzon, 21 February)
    1:02:26  Kaan Kigen Özbilen (Istanbul, 4 April)
    1:03:36  Aras Kaya (Istanbul, 4 April)
    1:03:46  Halil Yaşın (Istanbul, 4 April)
    1:04:01  Hüseyin Can (Istanbul, 4 April)

    Women's half marathon World list:
    1:02:52  Letesenbet Gidey, Ethiopia (Valencia, 24 October)
    1:03:51  Yalemzerf Yehualaw, Ethiopia (Valencia, 24 October)
    1:04:02  Ruth Chepngetich, Kenya (Istanbul, 4 April)
    1:04:51  Hellen Obiri, Kenya (Istanbul, 4 April)
    1:04:54  Sheila Chepkirui Kiprotich, Kenya (Valencia, 24 October)

    Women's half marathon Turkish list:
    1:08:32  Yasemin Can (Istanbul, 4 April)
    1:12:15  Fatma Karasu (Trabzon, 21 February)
    1:12:17  Yayla Günen (Trabzon, 21 February)
    1:12:40  Bahar Atalay (Trabzon, 21 February)
    1:13:16  Yasemin Can Arslan (Istanbul, 4 April)

  • January 2nd, 2022

    Fastest Five Marathoners in 2021

    It has been a year that winning was more on focus rather than fast times. Olympic championships didn’t make the top five list.

    Whilst the all-time marathon great Eliud Kipchoge added another Olympic gold to his career, he finished the year 14th with his fastest time of 2:04:30. Putting the marathon races on target after her recent half marathon achievements, Peres Jepchirchir triumphed in the two events she participated, the Olympic Games and the New York Marathon, however, her 2:22:39 from New York placed her only to 24th in the top lists.

    Titus Ekiru, who hadn’t finished a marathon since December 2019, not only topped the 2021 list with the 2:02:57 he ran in Milan in May, but also he became the sixth man to go sub-2:03 in history. On the women’s side, it is Joyciline Jepkosgei in the lead with her London Marathon wining time 2:17:43.

    Even though the Turkish marathon runners achieved a few personal bests during the year, it was a disappointment to have only one finisher, Yavuz Ağralı, at the Olympic Games in Tokyo where Turkey had qualified with four athletes. The most memorable performance of the year came in Istanbul’s relatively hard course when Hüseyin Can broke the 36-year-old National U23 Record. 

    Top five athletes in the marathon list of 2021 are as follows;

    Men's marathon World list:
    2:02:57  Titus Ekiru, Kenya (Milan, 16 May)
    2:03:36  Bashir Abdi, Belgium (Rotterdam, 24 October)
    2:03:39  Tamirat Tola, Ethiopia (Amsterdam, 17 October)
    2:03:55  Reuben Kiprop Kipyego, Kenya (Milan, 16 May)
    2:04:01  Sisay Lemma, Ethiopia (London, 3 October)

    Men's marathon Turkish list:
    2:09:45  Polat Kemboi Arıkan (Valencia, 5 December)
    2:12:15  Ömer Alkanoğlu (Trabzon, 21 February)
    2:13:54  Üzeyir Söylemez (Trabzon, 21 February)
    2:16:02  Hüseyin Can (Istanbul, 7 November)
    2:17:06  Mert Girmalegese (Istanbul, 7 November)

    Women's marathon World list:
    2:17:43  Joyciline Jepkosgei, Kenya (London, 3 October)
    2:17:57  Angela Tanui, Kenya (Amsterdam, 17 October)
    2:17:58  Degitu Azimeraw, Ethiopia (London, 3 October)
    2:18:18  Ashete Bekere, Ethiopia (London, 3 October)
    2:18:40  Brigid Kosgei, Kenya (London, 3 October)

    Women's marathon Turkish list:
    2:29:08  Meryem Erdoğan (Milan, 16 May)
    2:34:30  Tubay Erdal (Sofia, 10 October)
    2:34:52  Fadime Çelik (Trabzon, 21 February)
    2:43:33  Esma Aydemir (Furstenfeld, 23 May)
    2:50:18  Dilan Atak (Izmir, 11 April)

  • January 1st, 2022

    Have a Great New Year!

    Depar Timing Team wishes you a prosperous 2022, full of personal bests and medals. May you achieve all your goals in life!

  • December 30th, 2021

    First Stop To Be Adana In the New Year

    Depar Timing is set to open the year 2022 at the Adana Half Marathon. The 12th edition of the race will be held on 9 January.

    Organised since 2011, Adana Liberation Half Marathon will again be the first event to host the road runners in the new year. The event includes a 10km race as well as a public run over a 4km distance. The entries remain open until 6 January at

    The winners in Adana will collect 30 thousand Turkish Liras each. African athletes who dominated the half marathon for the past 11 editions took the first place eight times in both men and women. Men’s race record is held by Kenya’s Barselius Kipyego with 1:00:46, standing from 2016, and the women’s record was set by his compatriot Diana Kipyokei in 2018 with a time of 1:08:42.

  • December 7th, 2021

    Back in Gaziantep

    Following two successful editions and after a year of interruption due to pandemic, Gazi Half Marathon returns on 19 December.

    The event, successfully staged in 2018 and 2019 by Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, features also a 10km this year. The races will be run from 9:00 on Sunday morning, 19 December. Registration will remain open until Monday, 13 December unless the quota of 2,000 entrants is reached sooner. The online entry form is available at

    The winners of the 3rd Gazi Half Marathon will be awarded 12 thousand Turkish Liras each while the top finishers in the 10km will pocket 6 thousand Liras. Both races offer cash prizes for the master athletes as well. Any athlete who breaks the course record of 1:03:54 in men and 1:15:37 in women held by Sezgin Ataç and Esma Aydemir respectively will receive an additional 3 thousand Liras. The prize money in the Gazi Half Marathon is on offer for Turkish citizens only.

    Since it is the 100th anniversary of the liberation of the city, the event is of great importance this year, and the organisers entrusted the timing and ranking in all categories to Depar Timing. A team of eight expert timers will travel to Gaziantep with four timing boards delivered from the Depar Timing Headquarters in Istanbul. Depar Timing’s services in the event include the immediate posting of the results on the LED screen and the provision of the finishers’ certificates via internet.