John Lotiang

Major Results / Key Achievements

  • Cardiff Commonwealth Half, UK 2018 – 4th position – 61:25
  • Marvejols-Mende Half Marathon, France 2018 – 2nd position – 72:51
  • Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon, Kenya 2017 – 4th position – 2:14:12
  • Cardiff Half Marathon, UK 2017 – 1st position – 60:42 (CR)
  • Marvejols-Mende Half Marathon, France 2017 – 2nd position – 72:05
  • Gothenburg Half, Sweden 2017 – 4th position – 60:39
  • Warsaw Half Marathon, Poland 2017 – 1st position – 61:12
  • Semi de Boulogne-Billancourt, France 2016 – 3rd position – 62:13
  • Valencia Half Marathon, Spain 2015 – 6th position – 61:04
  • Yangzhou Half Marathon, China 2014 – 5th position – 60:32
  • Prague Half Marathon, Czech Republic 2013 – 3rd position – 60:16


John is one of our fastest athletes whose best time for the half marathon (60:16) speaks for itself. He has competed at many of the biggest road races in the international calendar including the Valencia Half, the Prague Half and the Gothenburg Half.

His best result in 2016 was without doubt his victory in the hilly Marvejols-Mende half marathon in central France. That win was to set him up for a series of good performances in 2017, which turned out to be the best year of his running career to date. He won the Warsaw Half in March last year in 61:12, having been out on his own from before the 10km mark. As a result of this performance, John was invited to pace the elite men at last year’s London Marathon, clocking 61:41 through halfway. A month later he clocked 60:39 at the Gothenburg Half in Sweden. In October he won the IAAF Silver Label Cardiff Half in style, setting a new course record of 60:42 in the process.

This year, John was once again invited to pace the London Marathon, setting the tempo for Mary Keitany in her ultimately unsuccessful world record attempt. In July he finished 2nd at Marvejols-Mende in France.

John represented Kenya in the inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff in October, finishing 4th in 61:25. He is likely to make his marathon debut in Spain in December.