Since the first race edition in 2015, the Copenhagen Half has quickly become known for its fast course, which has produced world leading winner times and lots of personal records. Read below for facts about records and CPH Half rankings.




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Current World Records

Men: 58:18, Abraham Kiptum (KEN), Valencia 2018
Source: (29 October 2018)

Women: 1:04:51, Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN), Valencia 2017
Source: (24 October 2017)

Current National Records

Men: 1:01,55, Carsten Jørgensen, Uster 1998
Source: (4 Oktober 2016)

Women: 1:09,48, Dorte Rasmussen, Den Haag 1991
Source: (4 Oktober 2016)


  • The winning time of 59:07, set by James Mwangi Wangari (KEN), was new race record and the world’s second best half marathon time in 2016.
  • The top 5 men made it into the top 10 of the world’s fastest half marathon times.

Source: (22 September 2016)

World's best half marathon times 2016 men
  • 2016 winner James Mwangi Wangari’s 10K split became the fastest in the world since 2010 and the no 9 all time fastest in the world.

Source: (22 September 2016)

World's all time best 10K times men
  • The world’s ten fastest 10K splits in 2016 were all run at the CPH Half.

Source: (22 September)

  • 7 men finished below 60 minutes. This only happened once before in history, at the 2007 World Championships in Udine.
  • 62% of the elite field set a new personal record.

The CPH Half elite race is assessed as highly competitive, compared to other selected races (calculated on the basis of an average assessment of the latest three race editions. Please notice that the below list is not exhaustive).

  • London Marathon (888)
  • New York City Marathon (845)
  • Olympic Marathon (841)
  • Copenhagen Half (746)
  • Berlin Marathon (726)
  • Hamburg Marathon (651)
  • European Marathon Championships (594)

Source: ARRS, Association of Road Racing Statisticians
(4 Oktober 2016)


  • The 59:14 winner time set by Bedan Karoki Muchiri (KEN) remained the world’s fastest that year until Valencia Half Marathon in October.

Source: (28 September 2016)

World's best half marathon times 2015 men