Edwin Kipyego proved his calibre over the half marathon distance once again on Friday morning (10 February), clocking 60:05 at the RAK Half in the United Arab Emirates.
In near perfect conditions as the race began at 7am, Kipyego soon found himself among a trio of athletes who passed the 10km mark in 28:02, ten seconds adrift of the leaders, which included eventual winner Bedan Karoki. The trio were still locked together through 15km (42:32) and in a sprint for the line, Kipyego finished 6th overall, a single second behind Eritrean Nguse Amlosom who recorded 60:04.
Edwin’s time is his fastest over the half marathon distance since September 2015. His next competitive outing will be the IAAF Gold Label Yangzhou Half in China in late April.
Closer to home, Loughborough-based Dan Studley made a very impressive debut over 10 miles on Sunday (12 February), clocking 49:34 at the Wiltshire 10 in Melksham. This performance improved the course record by almost 3 minutes. Dan is making his half-marathon debut at the CPC Half in The Hague on 12 March – on this evidence, he is on course for a very fast time.
Meanwhile, in Spain, Hannah Walker finished a commendable 6th in the Gran Premio Cross Country in Caceres, crossing the line just 2 seconds behind the 4th place finisher.