• Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui wins the men's marathon athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships London 2017


March 8, 2015

Business came to a stand-still in parts of Nairobi as ten of thousands gave the First Lady’s Beyond Zero Campaign the driving force it requires to realize its objective of saving lives.


The Western section of the City was all purple as the over 20,000 participants from all walks of life took to the Highways, Roads, Streets, Avenues and meandered on the Round Abouts to giving running a new meaning.

As the elite athletes scrambled for the top prizes, the top cream in the society hit the ground with the pride of a Pea cock with the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, the race founder and patron, improving her Personal Best time over the 21kilometres by a record 28minutes and eighty seconds.

Coaxed by a galaxy of security team and former global-trotting athletes led by multiple champions Catherine Ndereva and Douglas Wakiihuri, the First Lady registered the New PB of 33:34.55, lowering her previous time by more than 28 minutes.

 Both the 21km and 10km races attracted high calibre of participants including accomplished runners and dozens of Very Important Persons (VIPs) including the Deputy President William Rutto, his Spouse Rachael Ruto, Cabinets Secretaries, Senators and Members of Parliament as campaign to save lives gained support.

In elite competitions, Hamburg marathon winner Georgina Jepkirui Rono and Iten-based James Kosgei waded through thickets of legs to win the unofficial 21Kilometres confined within the Western part of the capital.

 Rono, who is recovering from an Injury, clocked unofficial 64:05, leading world half marathon team member Mercy Kibarus and veteran Caroline Kilel, who oozed past the finish line second and third in 68:13 and 68.23. Kosgei covered the distant in 61:28. Andrew Kimutai and Mathew Kisorio were second and third in 61:35 and 61:53.

In 10 kilometres, the victories went to Central region with Rosemary Wanjiru and James Mwangi going against the form books. Wanjiru timed 30:28.0 in what appeared to be a shorter course. Former Youth Olympic champion Gladys Chesir and Anne Wanjiru ascended to the podium second and third in 30:35.0

and 30:40.0 On the other hand, Mwangi, who is based in Japan but trains in Nyahururu, was offered 29:03 with his closest rivals Emmanuel Ng’atuny and Geoffrey Kirui registering 29:05.4 and 29:07.0.

Top Finishers:

21Km (Men).

  1. James Kosgei 61:28,
  2. Andrew Kimutai 61:35,
  3. Mathew Kisorio 61:53,
  4. Alfred Kimeli 61:59,
  5. Peter Emase 62:04,
  6. Isaac Kipkoech 62:09,
  7. Declark Omari 62:12,
  8. Nelphat Sirma 62:17,
  9. Albert Kangogo 62:23,
  10. Henry Kiplagat.

Women –21KM

  1. Georgina Rono 64:05,
  2. Mercy Kibarus 68:13,
  3. Caroline Kilel 68:23,
  4. Mercy Chemtai 68:42,
  5. Maureen Kipchumba 68:49,
  6. 6.Prisca Cherono 68:52,
  7. Risper Chebet 68:56,
  8. Mancy Kimaiyo.

10Km Men-

  1. James Mwangi 29:03.0,
  2. Emmanuel Ng’atuny 29:05.4,
  3. 3.Geoffrey Kirui 29:07.0,
  4. Bernard Katui 29:10.3,
  5. Alexander Mutiso 29:16.3,
  6. Charles Mwaniki 29:17.5,
  7. Patrick Mwaka 29:17.6,
  8. 8.Isaac Mukundi 29:18.7,
  9. Daniel Ng’eno 29:18.8,
  10. Michael Bett 29:20.0.

 10km Women-

  1. Rosemary Wanjiru 30:25.0,
  2. Gladys Chesir 30:28.4,
  3. Anne Wanjiru 30:35.0,
  4. Hellen Ekalaze 30:40.0,
  5. Pauline Kaveke 30:55.3,
  6. 6… (Not captured) time 30:59.8,
  7. Faith Chepkoech 31:08.6,
  8. Mary Nzinza 31:12.0,
  9. Isabella Chemurgor 31:14.0,
  10. Cecilia Maina 31:16.7

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