Che­limo and Kip­koech dom­i­nate Lotto Baringo half marathon

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local -

Fukuoka Half Marathon run­ner up Edith Che­limo and Isaac Kip­koech emerged win­ners of the Lotto Foun­da­tion Baringo Half Marathon in Baringo County over the week­end. The ath­letes braved the course wind­ing its way through the serene forests un­du­lat­ing around Kabar­net town.

With win­ning prize be­ing Sh200,000, the re­gion which has pro­duced ath­letes in­clud­ing former world marathon record holder Paul Ter­gat had myr­i­ads of ath­letes turn­ing up to fight for the prize. Oth­ers were look­ing up for faster time to qual­ify for races abroad. Che­limo shone in the women’s cat­e­gory breast­ing the tape in 1:11.02 for the crown beat­ing Madoka Half Marathon win­ner Lucy Cheruiyot to sec­ond in 1:11:42 and former world half marathon win­ner Pas­caliah Jep­ko­rir set­tled third in 1:11.55.

Es­ther Che­lang’a (1.13.04), Naomi Rotich (1:13:14) and Ly­di­ard Or­ange (1:14:27) fol­lowed in that or­der. .

“Vic­tory came as a sur­prise for me be­cause I just came to par­tic­i­pate. This is my first vic­tory here although I have been a reg­u­lar par­tic­i­pant and I’m happy to have won,” she said.

She said she is us­ing the event as a build up for the cross coun­try sea­son which is al­ready in mo­tion. “I ded­i­cate my feat here to my daugh­ter Sherry Chep­too, who turns two in two months time,” she added.

In the men’s cat­e­gory, Kip­koech who won Che­mususu Half Marathon stopped the timer in 1:02:51 edg­ing out Ku­rui Ch­e­sang to sec­ond in 1:03:08 while Sammy Ku­rui came third in 1:03:08. Kennedy Ri­men­gia placed fourth in 1.03.30 as Hosea Mwok (1.03.37) and Luke Ki­bet (1.03.44) fin­ish­ing fifth and sixth re­spec­tively.

Philomen Che­boi (1:04:08), Sa­muel Naibei (1:04:24) and Shadrack Ki­pla­gat (1:04:28) and Barnes Koskei (1:04:55) com­pleted the top 10 places.

“The vic­tory has also in­spired me af­ter I dropped out of the Toronto Half Marathon in Canada last month.”

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