In a cosmopolitan atmosphere and a mild climate the first edition of the XL 10 Miles made a promising start. The event, organised by Golazo at the initiative of sports councillor Bea Diallo and supported by mayor Dominique Dufourny and the city council, attracted some 1000 participants. Over 50 nations were represented on one of the three courses on offer.
That crucible of cultures also translated into a diverse podium in the women's event. Britain?s Gillian Allen dominated the race in a time of 1:05.33. Allen had a seven-minute advantage on Germany's Randi Laura Gebbert with Belgian Joke Odeyn a further minute behind.
The men's race went to Belgian Laurens Vanderlinden in an excellent time of 51.20. He had a six-minute margin over his compatriots Nicolas Delfosse and Sean Durinck.
The event also hosted a five-mile run won by Elin Andersson (34.56) and Antoine Hendrix (30.17).
The course took the participants on a discovery of several emblematic sites that are part of the heritage of the Ixelles municipality. After a start at the European Parliament the runners passed through the Matongé quarter, the Ixelles museum, the Malibran quarter and its picturesque street, the Flagey square, the Ixelles ponds, the gardens of La Cambre Abbey, city hall, the Chaussée d'Ixelles and the Saint-Boniface church. They then headed back to the finish on the esplanade at the European parliament.
The very youngest runners were also invited to take part in a one-mile run with their parents: two 800-metre laps around the Esplanade Solidarnosc 1980.
At the finish every participant received a AA Drink isotonic drink to aid their recovery, as well as an engraved medal with the logo of the Ixelles municipality.