Boniface Kongin

Run-Fast International

Major Results / Key Achievements

  • Saint Denis Half Marathon, France 2015 – 3rd position – 1:03:01
  • Great Edinburgh 10 Mile Relay, UK 2015 – 1st position – 48:28
  • Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, UK 2014 – 1st position – 2:13:59
  • Cardiff Half Marathon, UK 2014 – 1st position – 1:02:02
  • Norwich Lord Mayor’s 5k, UK 2014 – 2nd position – 14:40
  • Torbay Half Marathon, UK 2014 – 2nd position – 01:05:39
  • Poole Festival of Running 10k, UK 2014 – 1st position – 30:33
  • Hastings Half Marathon, UK 2014 – 1st position – 01:04:18
  • Surrey Half Marathon, UK 2014 – 2nd position – 01:03:31
  • Bath Half Marathon, UK 2014 – 2nd position – 01:03:27
  • Cabbage Patch 10, UK 2013 – 1st position – 45:45
  • Torbay Half Marathon, UK 2013 – 1st position – 01:05:21 (CR)

Background

Boniface Kiprop Kongin, made his debut for Team Run-Fast at the 2013 Poole Festival of Running 10k, his first ever race outside of his native Kenya. Although relatively unknown in this country, Boniface was widely tipped as the favourite for the race and did not disappoint, taking the lead early on and cruising into a comfortable 1st place.

He followed up this performance by pulling away from a very strong field at the historic Blaydon races in Newcastle, taking the win and just missing out on breaking Patrick Macau’s course record. Boniface’s third success of the season came at the Torbay Half Marathon where he broke the course record, finishing in 65:21, despite having to run against 20mph winds. Another course record attempt was narrowly missed at the Portsmouth Victory 5 due to strong winds, however Boniface put on an impressive performance nonetheless and came in 1st position 1 minutes 36 seconds faster than the second finisher.

Returning to the UK in the spring of 2014, Boniface achieved podium positions at the Bath and Surrey Half Marathons as a runner-up before securing the win at the Hastings Half in the fastest time the course has seen in seven years. The race was hampered by wintery conditions making this win even more impressive.

Autumn 2014 saw Boniface continue in astonishing form. A mere week after setting a new personal best with a win at the Cardiff Half (seconds away from breaking the course record) Boniface was set to pace the Yorkshire Marathon. Having completed his required 30km and still feeling fresh, he decided to push ahead and complete the race. Not having trained to, or having before completed, marathon distance Boniface took a seemingly easy win in 2:13:59.

Boniface recently won the Great Edinburgh Run 10 Mile Relay with team-mate Loitarakwai Lengurisi and also paced the 2:15 group at the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon. We predict further success for this hard-working young athlete who now lives and trains at the Run-Fast camp in Iten. Boniface’s goal for next season is to run a sub-62 minute half marathon.