Edwin Kipyego

Run-Fast International

Major Results / Key Achievements

  • RAK Half Marathon, UAE 2017 – 1:00:05 – 6th position
  • Yangzhou Half Marathon, China 2016 – 1:00:44 – 2nd position
  • World Half Marathon Championships, UK 2016 – 1:01:52 – 12th position
  • NN CPC Loop Half Marathon, The Hague 2016 – 1:00:27 – 1st position
  • Marseille-Cassis 20km, France 2015 – 57:18 – 1st position
  • Copenhagen Half Marathon, Denmark 2015 – 59:30 – 3rd position
  • Carlsbad 5000, USA 2014 – 13:26 – 4th position
  • Philadelphia Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon, USA 2013 – 1:00:04 – 3rd position
  • ABN AMBRO CPC Half Marathon 2013 – 1:00:05 – 1st position
  • IAAF Silver Label Marseille – Cassis 20k 2012 – 58:16 – 1st position
  • Tout Rennes Court 10k 2012 – 27:50 – 1st position
  • Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2012 – 1:00:55 – 1st position
  • British 10k 2012- 27:49- 1st position and course record (previously held by Haile Gebrselassie)
  • Reading Half Marathon 2012-1st position
  • Eldoret Discovery Half Marathon, Kenya 2012- 62.30-1st position

Background

Edwin Kipyego is one of Kenya’s most exciting road race talents.

His breakthrough year in 2012 started with a win in the Eldoret Discovery Half Marathon in Kenya, beating London Marathon winner Emmanuel Mutai. He subsequently won the British 10k in July, breaking Haile Gebrselassie’s course record with a time of 27:49. In autumn 2012 Edwin won the Delhi Half Marathon beating a world class field in the process. He followed this with wins at the Tout Rennes Court 10k and the Marseille.

Cassis 20k, on both occasions, beating athletes who had won medals at major global championships in the last two years.

2013 saw Edwin continue this form as he has won the ABN AMRO CPC Half Marathon posting a time of 60.05 in extremely adverse weather conditions. He front ran to victory with snow, sleet and winds of up to 40 mph.

Having paced the 2:10 group at the London Marathon Edwin then took part in his first race in the US in the Rock’n’Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon. Despite suffering with a bad cold Edwin took 3rd place in a strong field and achieved his second PB for this distance that year with 60:04. Edwin also paced the lead group at the Dubai Marathon, confirming his huge potential over the full marathon distance too.

In 2014 Edwin travelled to the US to compete in the Carlsbad 5000, a highly competitive road race. Despite not having trained specifically for this discipline Edwin took 4th position in 13:26 against some of the world’s strongest middle distance athletes.

Edwin returned to the UK for the 2015 London Marathon as one of two athletes selected to pace the lead group in the elite men’s field, which included 2014 winner Wilson Kipsang and World Record holder Dennis Kimetto. Edwin successfully led the group through the halfway point in 1:02:19 before bowing out at 27km.

Following a summer of excellent training on the Run-Fast camp, Edwin kicked off his 2015 autumn season at the IAAF Bronze Label Copenhagen Half Marathon. His efforts paid dividends as, aged just 24, Edwin finally achieved his ambition to achieve a sub-60 minute time over the distance placing third in an astonishing 59:30. This time earned him a place on the Kenyan national team at the 2016 World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff, where he competed against a stellar line-up in atrocious conditions. Edwin placed 12th in 1:01:52 and assisted in winning team gold for his country.

Edwin can now rightly claim to be one of the world’s very best road racers. With his friendly outgoing personality, he is an absolute pleasure to work with and a real asset to himself, Run-Fast, adidas and any road race event that he is associated with.

Born in Iten to farming parents, Edwin has four brothers and three sisters. As well as supporting his parents financially, Edwin also uses his race winnings to pay his sisters’ school fees. Edwin has purchased land in his home town and plans to build houses and plant crops there. From his early days as Run-Fast’s first official athlete Edwin has gone from strength to strength and is a real asset to the Team.