Ukranian refugee Valentyna Veretska wins Jerusalem Marathon - Women's Running

Ukranian refugee Valentyna Veretska wins Jerusalem Marathon

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  March 25, 2022

Valentyna Veretska, who fled the Russian invasion of Ukraine with her daughter, has won the Jerusalem Marathon

Ukrainian athlete Valentyna Veretska has claimed the women’s title at the Jerusalem Marathon with a time of 2 hours 45 minutes 54 seconds. The 31-year-old fled Ukraine with her daughter after the its invasion in February 2022, crossing the border into Poland before travelling to Israel. Her husband has remained in Ukraine where he is serving in the army, according to race organisers.

Valentyna, who claims her second win since October 2021 when she triumphed in the Tirana Marathon in Albania, clutched both an Israeli and Ukrainian flag as she crossed the finish line. 40 Ukrainians took part, facing particularly harsh wintry weather conditions.

She used the race through Jerusalem’s Old Town as an opportunity to raise awareness of the ongoing conflict in her home nation.

“I came to this marathon to make my voice heard, and call on everyone to unite to bring an end to the war,” she told race organisers. “I ran and thought about my homeland and the people there. As I ran, I heard them in my mind.”

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Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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