Yesterday morning, Briton Paula Radcliffe won the women's NYC Half Marathon, with a time of 1:09:45—her first race since winning last year's NYC Marathon. Tadese Tola of Ethiopia won the men's race, finishing at 1:01:06. Radcliffe, who had bunion surgery in March and is considering running a marathon in Berlin this weekend, decided to run in the race at the last minute. She told the New York Road Runners, "I needed to blow out some racing cobwebs. I’m the first to admit that this is an unorthodox way to test myself for a marathon—running a half-marathon a week out."

David Lam wrote this blog post on the race, "I've watched Radcliffe on TV many times before, but I've never seen her compete in person (she won three of the five marathons I completed in NYC and London). Boy is she fast," and has photographs of her "zipping through Times Square." He added, "In fact, she was so fast, she beat the R train I took from Times Square to the finish at Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. I arrived about 10 minutes after Radcliffe won the race...That really puts her (and the other top finishers') incredible speed in perspective." Ethiopia's Mamitu Daska placed second in the women's race at 1:11:04 and Kenya's Catherine Ndereba was third in 1:11:56.

Tola, who won last year's men's race, "broke away from the pack early and ran nearly the entire race without seeing another competitor," according to the NY Times. He said, "It’s very hard to run by yourself"—South Africa's Hendrick Ramaala, who was running with Tola at the state, said, "We knew he was going to push us, and I took the risk, but he didn’t want my company." Morocco’s Ridouane Harroufi was second at 1:02:33, and American Ryan Hall finished third, with 1:02:35

Over 10,000 runners participated in the race, which started in Central Park, headed into Times Square and ended near Ground Zero. According to the NYRR, "Three women with New York ties placed in the top 10: Bizunesh Deba of Westchester Track Club (WTC, fifth, 1:13:17), Ilsa Paulson of WTC (sixth, 1:13:20), and New York native Lindsey Scherf (ninth, 1:14:56). Local men Stephen Chemlany of WTC (seventh, 1:04:10), Ketema Nigusse of West Side Runners (eighth, 1:04:13), and Worku Beyi of WTC (ninth, 1:04:28) also performed well."