Perendis Lekapana

Run-Fast International

Major Results / Key Achievements

  • Semi de Boulogne-Billancourt, France 2017 – 2nd position – 69:11
  • Wachau Half Marathon, Austria 2016 – 1st position – 1:09:49
  • Warsaw Half Marathon, Poland 2016 – 1st position – 1:10:40
  • Venloop Half Marathon, Netherlands 2016 – 1st position – 1:10:34
  • Marseille-Cassis 20km, France 2015 – 3rd position – 1:07:15
  • Reims Half Marathon, France 2015 – 1st position – 1:11:02
  • Wilmslow Half Marathon, UK 2015 – 1st position – 1:11:24 (course record)
  • Cabbage Patch 10, UK 2014 – 2nd position – 56:38
  • Perkins Great Eastern Run, UK 2014 – 1st position – 1:12:40
  • Cardiff Half Marathon, UK 2014 – 2nd position – 1:12:25
  • Surrey Half Marathon, UK 2014 – 1st position – 01:13:30
  • Bath Half Marathon, UK 2014 – 1st position – 01:10:53
  • Portsmouth Victory 5, UK – 2013 – 1st position – 27:34
  • Blaydon Races, UK – 2013 – 1st position – 29:55
  • Poole Festival of Running 10k, UK 2013 – 1st position – 33:42

Background

Perendis joined Team Run-Fast in 2013, posting a string of fine performances throughout the season and securing a podium place at each of her races.

She made her debut appearance for the Team at the Internationale de Safi 10k in Morocco, her first ever race outside of Kenya, taking 2nd place in 33:50. At the Poole Festival of Running, Perendis ran a confident race, coming first in the women’s race almost a full two minutes ahead of the second finisher. This fine form continued at the Blaydon Races where Perendis once again took 1st position, completing the 5.9 mile course in 29:55.

At the Portsmouth Victory 5 Perendis achieved a strong 1st placing, finishing 2minutes and 31 seconds ahead of the second female competitor, despite running into strong coastal headwinds. After narrowly missing out on 1st place at the Robin Hood Half Marathon to a Run-Fast team-mate, Perendis took on the Cardiff Half Marathon where she ran a tactically smart race to win in a sprint finish and a new PB of 1:14:22.

Perendis returned to the UK for her first race of 2014, the Bath Half Marathon, where she showed no signs of slowing down. In spite of the rain and freezing temperatures Perendis ran a spectacular race, taking 1st position in the women’s race and 18th overall.  Her winning time of 01:10:53 not only smashed her personal best by more than three minutes but also earned her Gold Label athlete status. Her success continued through both the spring and autumn race seasons, achieving podium places at all of her races.

Perendis returned to form with a win at the Reims Half Marathon in France in October 2015, in a time less than ten seconds slower than her best for the distance.

Perendis showed great form at the start of the 2016 spring season with wins at the Venloop and Warsaw Half Marathons, setting a new personal best and edging ever closer to dipping under the 70 minute mark. Having spent the summer building on this string base, Perendis achieved the elusive sub-70 at the Wachau Half Marathon in Austria, setting a new women’s course record in the process.

Shy by nature, Perendis joined the Run-Fast training group unable to speak Swahili, the most common dialect in Kenya. It has been a pleasure to watch this young woman transform over the past year into a fully-fledged member of the team and see her confidence grow.