Silvia Paredes of Ecuador was running her first marathon since her PB in Buenos Aires 2019. The Skopje Marathon in Northmacedonia is one of he few marathons did any edition during covid. So they also hold the former may-race in october thos year.
However confirmation and permission by the government came late so that the athletes had less time to prepare. In case of Silvia it was visbable that especially the long runs were missed for a good marathon. However she wanted to participate and finish inside the prize money.
She reached it with a second place finish in 2:43:43. Just the national record holder of Northmacedonia was faster. Her time was still inside limits for a full prize money without reductions and it was a great experience for everyone to be back to city marathons.