As Napoleon Hill once said, Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
These words became true on Sunday when neophyte Albert Korir from the now famous Kapng’etuny Training Camp and upcoming Valery Jemeli traversed the poverty line after winning the 9th edition of Kass Marathon in Eldoret.
Korir, whose only rating was a 13th placing at the Tea Board of Kenya Marathon in Kericho on 9th May, strode home a millionaire when he spent 2 hours 21 minutes and 14 seconds negotiating sharp bends, climbing steep hills and descending ravines on the 42kilometres road extending from Kapsabet town to Eldoret to bank Ksh1.5million.
“I am delighted to have realized my dream of winning a race this year. The pace was to too high at the beginning and I had to relax during the first 10 kilometres. I am happy for ending the season with this victory,” said the new champion who trains alongside top class road racers at the athletics club nestled at the borders Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet
Weldon Korir, the winner of the 7th version in 2013, had a mountain task trying to recapture the title won by Philip Kangogo in 2:20.06 last year but managed to finish 3rd in 2:21.26 behind second-placed Bernard Kitur, the winner of Masai Mara event this year.
Kiprotich Soibei, who finished 3rd last year in the same race, was position 7 in 2:23.00 while Evans Biwott, Henry Kosgei and Douglas Kimeli clocked 2:21.43, 2:22.01 and 2:22.38 in fourth, fifth and sixth places.
Valery Jemeli, tingling after winning Shinyang Marathon in China last September, strategically won the women race which had 311 participants in 2:43.19 after defending champion Agnes Jepkosgei gave the race a wide miss.
The second and third positions went to newcomers Loice Chebet and Silvia Tenai who braved the cold weather conditions to cover the mixed topography in 2:45.06 and 2:47.01 during the event that was monitored aerially by hired choppers.
The biggest casualty was encountered by Pamela Kipchoge who finished 9th in 2:53.35, a big drop margin compared to her second placing last year.
There were also the winners of 10kilometres for both men and women where All Africa Games 10,000metres champion Alice Aprot and Nicodemus Kipkurui, the winner of Ndalat Gaa senior men race, clinched victories.
Aprot hit the finishing tape in 33:28.8 ahead of Cynthia Limo andPascalia Jepkorir who stopped the timers in 33:49.6 and 34:24.7. Kipkurui covered the shorter course that begun near Eldoret International Airport in 31:17.9 with his close challengers Patrick Kipng’eno and Robert Kaptingei taking the winning stands in 31:19.2 and 31:19.6 separately in a close finish.
- Valery Jemeli 2:43.19
- Loice Chebet 2:45.06
- Silvia Tenai 2:47.01
- Salome Biwott 2:48.20
- Caroline Chepchirchir 2:49.35
- Sally Kimaiyo 2:51.06
- Naomi Chepng’etich 2:52.00
- Bornes Jepkirui 2:52.99
- Pamela Kipchoge 2:53.35
- Pamela Talam 2:54.12
- Albert Korir 2:21.14
- Bernard Kitur 2:21.26
- Weldon Kirui 2:21.40
- Evans Biwott 2:21.43
- Henry Kosgei 2:22.01
- Douglas Kimeli 2:22.38
- Richard Soibei 2:23.00
- Julius Tuwei 2:23.31
- Philip Birech 2:23.55
- Hillary Chirchir 2:24.05
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