Belgian and Brits runners among those scored victory in Brussels 20 km race

Europe- Belgium’s Amaury Paquet and Britain’s Sophie Wood won the 42nd edition of the Brussels men’s and women’s 20km race on Sunday.

The last year 31-year-old, Paquet, won the title in the previous year. It was finished in 1 hour as well as 1 second (1:00:01) ahead of duathlon athlete Arnaud Dely (1:00:22) and Pierre Denays (1:01:44).

Moreover, in the women’s race, Sophie Wood, who succeeds 2021 winner Florence De Cock, Clocked 1:11:11. Roxanne Cleppe (1:12:30) of Belgium placed second, and Irene Tozi of Italy (1:13:56) was third.

More than 31,000 individuals have taken part in the race, which has started and ended at the Parc du Cainquantenaire in Brussels. It was relatively incident-free, with the Red Cross reporting that it only had to intervene to treat minor conditions such as small injuries and bladders on feet.

Along with this, by 2.00 p.m, the organisation stated that it had treated 249 individuals, 98 at the advanced medical outpost at the Cinquantenaire Park. However, four persons had to be taken to hospital for more advanced care, according to Red Cross Spokesperson Nancy Ferroni.

The racers of Sunday included Queen Mathilde, who took part in the “Marchers” category, and her son, Prince Emmanuel, who ran the 20 km.

In addition, the environment group Greenpeace organisation a protest on the margins of the race against sponsoring by the oil as well as multinational gas TotalEnergies, which donates a cheque for 50,000 U.S. dollars towards the organisation of the race each year.

Furthermore, Greenpeace activists climbed the buildings adjacent to the arrival line, displaying two large banners bearing the message: “Congrats, runners, you did it! Next year without toxic sponsor TotalEnergies?”.

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