This weekend’s race schedule provided further success for Team Run-Fast, with athletes taking the top positions both here in the UK and overseas.
At the Vitality North London Half Marathon it was new signing Josphat Kemei who was first home inside Wembley Stadium, taking the win in a new course record time of 62:41. This was all the more impressive given the undulating nature of the course and the fact that it was Josphat’s half marathon debut. He was followed over the line by Run-Fast team mate Barnaba Kipkoech, who took second position in 64:29. This was a new personal best, and nearly two minutes faster than he ran to win the Surrey Half Marathon the previous weekend. In the women’s race, Damaris Areba again showed top form, taking the win in a time of 74:14, followed closely by Teresiah Omosa in 74:48.
Meanwhile at the Hastings Half Marathon, Run-Fast athletes came home with no fewer than four trophies, despite the cold and blustery conditions. Robert Mbithi won the race comfortably in 64:43, finishing an impressive six minutes ahead of team-mate Jonas Cheruiyot who crossed the line in 70:54 to take second. The women achieved similar success, with Lenah Jerotich winning in 76:43 and Lucy Liavoga taking third place in 82:43, despite a niggling Achilles injury.
In the Netherlands, Run-Fast’s Perendis Lekapana had a brilliant run at the Venloop Half Marathon, taking the win in a new personal best of 70:34, having gone through 10k in a speedy 32:24.