Swedish Marathon Champion for another year!

CONGRATULATIONS Jennie on defending your title from last year! Swedish Marathon Champion for one more year!

“It was such a great feeling to cross that finish line as the Swedish Marathon Champion once again!! It was a feeling of happiness and relief that I could do it! I am looking forward to wear blue and yellow for another year!” – Jennie Stenerhag

“One of the hardest things for an athlete to do is to defend a title, it creates a lot of expectations from yourself and from others, it is always easier to win something for the first time! I especially felt this way the days leading up to the Swedish Marathon Champs, I so badly wanted to win this title again since it is a great honour to race in your national colours for a year.

Both Åsa, who was 2nd at last years Swedish Marathon Champs, and Emmy who was 3rd were on the start line and they had both showed good form lately so I was prepared for a hard fight. I was very nervous before the start but it is funny how that all just disappear as soon as you hear the start signal (today they actually used a vuvuzela!!!). My plan was to be the first girl on to the first single track (all categories started together) and then try to just keep them behind. It all worked out well and I was in the lead from start to finish! I had a good flow in the racing and could keep a constant high pace. I had one gel and drank enough (this is normally my weak point) and I think that helped in the heat! I had been in Alingsås for 4 days leading up to the race, so that I had a chance to see the route and train on any difficult sections and I could feel that I had an advantage on the single tracks by knowing what was coming up.”

Read more and view Jennie’s Swedish Marathon Championship photos here.