The Nike Discovery Kenya Half Marathon marked its Silver Jubilee in Eldoret with Abeth Kangogo and Edith Chelimo becoming the latest discoveries in the 25th year-old road race.
However, the event was marred by confusion with participants taking different intersections after the organizers used a new course from the traditional Uganda Road that has been in use for the last 24 editions.
During the race that was re-routed to Northern Industrial areas of the agriculture rich town, beginner Kangogo took advantage of the confusion to become the silver jubilee winner as a horde were disqualified for using unofficial routes.
The surprise winner had stuck with the leading group from the start until the 15th kilometre when the pack disintegrated with some taking wrong turns on the Ronald Ngala Street as they took on Elgeyo Road near Moi University Town Campus.
“I knew I was following the right route after going with the leading car. I am encouraged by my first winning in such a great and known event,” said Kangogo, 25, from Elgeyo Marakwet County.
The victor returned impressive 61:42.9 on the new course that started Outside Eldoret Fire Station on Iten Road before taking on Elgeyo and Ronald Ngala Street and back to Sixty Four Main Street.
Moses Yator and Patrick Kipng’eno, all in their landslide limelight, finished second and third positions in 61:44.9 and 62:13.3 while on-off Christopher Soget, an un-utilized steeplechaser, arrived fourth in 62:22.5 with Dr. Rosa, the founder of the race, monitoring event aboard an open pick-up.
Henry Kosgei (62:28.7) was ranked fifth as the officials gamble to establish the leading 10 participants after several cheated on the course.
In women 10kilometres that was flagged off outside Kenya Commercial Bank Kiptagich Plaza and finished at Cheppkoilel Bus Stage, former junior 5,000metres silver medalist Edith Chelimo clocked 33:26.1 to win the lesser distance introduced two years ago.
Chelimo, an alumnae of athletics giant Sing’ore Girls in Keiyo sub-county alongside Lydia Cheromei, Sally Barsosio, Janeth Jepkogsei, Vivian Cheruyot and Viola Kibiwott, faces mild challenge as she controlled the running from the gun.
Janet Jelagat, another novice, timed 33:32.5 with veteran road racer Pascalia Jepkorir taking the third slot in 33:57.7. Cross-country runner Valary Chemeli (34:17.4), newcomer Lucy Cheruitot (34:23.5) and
Rose Cheruiyot (34:25.6) followed in that order respectively in the event that was incident-free.
Compiled Leading Results;
- Abeth Kangogo 61:42:9,
- Moses Yator 61:44:9,
- Patrick Kipng’eno 62:13:3,
- Christopher Soget 62:22.5,
- Henry Kosgei 62:28.7
Nb: The results could not be verified immediately owing to the confusion.
- Edith Chelimo 33:26:1,
- Jane jelagat 33:32:5,
- Pascaliah Jepkorir 33:57:7,
- Valary Chemeli 34:17:4,
- Lucy Cheruiyot 34:23:5,
- Rose Cheruiyot 34:25.6,
- Vivian Kiplagat 34:30:5,
- Hellen Kipkurgat 34:33:2,
- Stellah Jeng’etich 34:51:3,
- Gladys Jebiwott 35:07:5