The undulating Plain and the affable Nyandarua weather conditions is welcoming the more than 500 participants during Athletics Kenya Premium cross-country running in Nyahururu on Saturday.
However, the prevailing swiveling wind and wet drops in the county will offer the competitions innovative challenges as local athletes takes the cross country competitions to Nyandarua Technical Training Institute on the high altitude areas of the Central Kenya Region.
The top crème de crème, who are expected during the Meeting, the third one to take place and the first Premium label, is Africa Cross-country queen Alice Aprot and inexhaustible Sandrafelis Chebet who would be battling it out against local talents led by World half marathon bronze medalist Mary Wacera Ngugi and upcoming Simon Muthoni, fresh from winning Sasumua Dam 10Km race last week.
Francis Mwaniki, the Nyandarua County Athletics Kenya boss, is upbeat on the class expected for the contest saying the region is the epicenter of Central Kenya athletics.
“The Meeting will be more competitive because it is the first Premium labeled race after the first two series. We have several upcoming athletes from our training camps here that are expected to challenge the old order. We are sure of witnessing the birth of new champions,” said Mwaniki, also the Mfae Athletics Club Manager.
Last year, Cleophas Ng’etich, Caroline Chepkoech and sandrafelis Chebet dominated the senior 10kilometres and junior women 6km at the same venue with school boy Andrew Lorot, now sitting for his Form 4 exams, taking the junior men 8Km.
The Nyahururu gathering is the 3rd leg of the official Athletics Kenya cross country competition series after Nairobi and Kilgoris in Trans Mara hosted the opening two competitions.