Black women take 1, 2, 3 in the 32nd Tjemilen 10k in Stockholm

Webalem Ayele, Yewbdar Gela, Isabellah Andersson
Foto Ryno Quantz, Rickard Forsberg och DECA Text & Bild

Ethiopia’s Webalem Ayele (33:28) and Yewbdar Gela (34:07) and Sweden’s Isabellah Andersson (35:24) place 1, 2, and 3 in Sweden’s biggest 10k for women, the 32nd Tjejmilen.

Tjejmilen

The scenic course

The race runs around the beautiful scenery of the Royal National City Park “Djurgården”. It starts on “Lindarängsvägen” which is a wide, flat road. The course continues 1.5 kilometres down the road until it turns to the right and up a slope. Make a right- hand turn on “Kaknäsvägen” and then pass the “Kaknäs” TV Tower, the tallest building in Stockholm with a height of 155 metres (500 feet).

After 2.5 kilometres, the course reaches “Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen”, a canal where you can choose between running along the north or the south side towards “Parkudden”. Either distance is equal.

Before we reach the canal, on the right hand side, we pass “Djurgårdsbrunns Värdshus”, a restaurant that dates back to the 18th century. At the end of the canal, at “Parkudden” you turn to the right and round “Blockhusudden”.
The course continues on the road, “Djurgårdsvägen”, and you pass some magnificent mansions and the “Manillahemmet”, a school for deaf children.

At 6.5 kilometres, you run uphill for e few hundred metres towards the palace of “Rosendal” which was built 1823-1827 for the king Karl XIV Johan. Then the course goes downhill through an avenue of old and beautiful oak trees. You turn right at the restaurant “Godthem” and follow the waterfront through “Lusthusporten”, an iron gate to “Djurgårdsvägen”.

On the left-hand side you can see the spectacular building of The National Museum of Cultural History and, further down the road, the amusement park “Gröna Lund” and “Skansen”, an open-air museum with 150 historical buildings.

You run over the bridge “Djurgårdsbron”, turn right on the road “Strandvägen” before reaching ”Oxenstiernsgatan” where you make a left- hand turn. This road takes you up the last hill of the course. On the right hand side you can see the huge building of the Swedish national radio and TV company.

The last part of the course is an easy run downhill on “Oxenstiernasgatan”, continuing into ”Lindarängsvägen” where you pass the Swedish Film Institute and run into the finishing stretch.

Along the course you will be pumped up by rock bands, brass bands, samba orchestras and DJs who will cheer you on with music. This is very appreciated by tired runners!

Isabellah Andersson
Isabellah Andersson from Hässelby SK. Foto Ryno Quantz, Rickard Forsberg och DECA Text & Bild

I happened to meet world class runner Isabellah Andersson from Hässelby SK two evenings before the race in a hotel elevator. She was so gracious and said hello and then I recognized her.

You’re an elite runner“, I said.

Isabellah smiled and said,

Maybe“.

And I asked,

You’re here to run Tjejmilen, aren’t you“?

And she said,

Yes. Are you“?

I’m walking it“,

I answered. And as she got out of the elevator she smiled and turn and stood as the doors were closing and said,

Oh that’s good! What matters is that you’re doing it“.

Tjejmilen 2015

And I did. Jag gjorde det!


 

Isabellah Andersson wins the Tjejmilen 10k in Stockholm

This year marked the 30th Anniversary of the Tjejmilen 10k, the biggest sporting event for women in Sweden. It is a beautiful run/walk through the royal park ”Djurgården” in Stockholm.

Isabellah Andersson
Isabellah Andersson wins with a time of 33:42.

Isabellah Andersson’s average pace was 03.22 min/km.

Top finishers
Top finishers.

Six women were recognized for their achievement.

I did it.
This sister felt a sense of accomplishment.

This sister did her best and enjoyed it.

I did it too.
I did it too.

But this race wasn’t just for elite runners. It is a celebration of womanhood and open to women of all abilities. So I walked it. My very first 10k and completed it at a pace of 15 miles a minute.