Belgians victorious in Brussels 20km race

Two Belgians came in first in the men’s and women’s Brussels 20km race on Sunday. More than 40,000 people took part in this year’s, that was the 40th in the race’s history. It was none other than our Head of State King Filip of the Belgians that got the race under way. 

The long distance runner Valentin Poncelet won the men's race with a time of 1 hour and 34 seconds. Vincent Poncelet led throughout almost the entire race. He broke away from the leading group just after the Poelaertplein and finished the race almost 2 minutes ahead of his nearest rival Nick Van Peborgh. Three weeks ago Van Peborgh was victorious in the Antwerp Ten Miles.  Justin Mathieu came in third. 

In the women’s race it was the triathlete Alexandra Tondeur that took first place. She completed the race in 1 hour 13 minutes and 4 seconds. Amélie Saussez was second with a time just shy of 1 hour 15 minutes. Hélène Depoorter was the third woman across the finishing line.

King Filip fires the starting shot for the 40th Brussels 20km Race.