Preparations for the 3rd Premium Athletics Kenya Cross Country have been completed in Nyahururu where there will be no love lost when giants meet their match during the weekend Meeting.
Nyandarua County Athletics Kenya chairman Francis Kamau is optimistic athletes will be using one of the best cross-country courses in the country when they take their contention at the Nyandarua Institute of Science and Technology located on the Nyahururu-Ol Kalou road.
“We have done all the groundwork at the Institute and looking forward to a good competition in Nyahururu. By Thursday everything will complete and we are urging the competitors to come expecting the best cross-country course outside Nairobi,” beseeched the official, who is also the Coach of Mfae Athletics Club.
Nyahururu is privileged to host the Premium event after Nairobi and Embu prepared for the first and second rounds of the seven- leg cross country series that are being applied as the build up for the upcoming racing season.
Since the shifting of the competitions from the previous venue at Kwa Nguku grounds, the new course confined within the expansive institute, has been seeing topmost athletes from all over the country racing in the Nyahururu Conventions.
Dominic Kiptarus, Caroline Chepkoech, Alfred Ng’eno and Sandra Chebet will be among the favourites after claiming victories in Nyahururu as they seek to out-do opponents Cleophas Ng’etich, Sheila Chepkurui, Cyrus Loikong and Cecilia Maria who are also in contention following their triumphs in Kangaru a fortnight ago.
Stephen Arita of Thika, Cleophas Ng’etich from Kapsabet and Kipkemoi Bernard are in the jackpot lead in the senior men while Nancy Nzisa, Eunice Kioko and Miriam Muthoni top the women class after finishing in top positions during the first two summits.
The contention for supremacy in the junior classes is still wide open as greenhorns work overtime to discover the winning gear in their new-found running career.
In previous arrangements, the top six finishers in each weekend cross-country qualified to earn points for the golden jackpot that was also determined by the final placing during the national championships to claim the top prize of Ksh200, 000.
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