No fewer than five Run-Fast athletes will be in action as pacemakers for the elite races at this year’s London Marathon on 23 April.
Two of the agency’s Kenyan women will pace the lead group in the women’s race, and two of its Kenyan men will do the same in the men’s race. Additionally, the elite British women will be paced by British athlete Hannah Walker.
All five have been selected off the back of strong performances in recent weeks, mainly in European road races. Polline Wanjiku, making her third appearance as a London pacer, was 2nd in the Paris Half Marathon in March and 2nd in the Madrid Half Marathon earlier this month. The women’s winner at the Madrid Half – Run-Fast athlete Joy Kemuma Loyce – is the other of the pair pacing in London. Meanwhile Hannah Walker has proven her form with solid recent performances at the Bath Half, the Reading Half, and the Brighton 10k.
On the men’s side, doing the honours will be two athletes who have both enjoyed significant victories in the lead-up to London. Morris Gachaga won the Paris Half Marathon on 5 March and John Lotiang won the Warsaw Half on 26 March.
Gachaga, who turned 22 earlier this month, is relishing his trip to London: “I’m really looking forward to my first taste of the London Marathon. It is such a famous event, and nowhere more so than here in Kenya – everybody will be watching it on TV. To be asked to pace the lead men is an honour, a privilege, and a big responsibility. I cannot wait to be on the start line on Sunday morning.”