Easter weekend had added excitement forTeam Run-Fast in the form of the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff. Three of our athletes were selected to represent their respective countries, with Edwin Kipyego and Paskalia Kipkoech running for Kenya and Rachel Felton making her debut for Great Britain.
It was the women’s race that was contested first and as expected, Kenya’s athletes dominated from the start. They went on to take a clean sweep of the medals, with 22-year old Peres Jepchirchir taking the win. Run-Fast’s Paskalia Kipkoech finished an impressive 7th in 1:09:44, helping Kenya take home team gold. Rachel Felton finished 63rd in 1:16:36.
The men’s race had a dramatic start when Kenya’s defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor lost his footing and fell just seconds after the starting pistol was fired. Remarkably, this did not seem to significantly affect him, and he was back in the lead group well before the 5k marker.
Edwin Kipyego, racing in Kenya’s national colours for the first time, was also present in this lead group, going through 5k in a swift 14:11. Shortly afterwards he suffered from a stomach cramp and lost contact with the leaders, but still finished a respectable 12th in 1:01:52, again helping Kenya to team gold.
Run-Fast athletes were also in action over the weekend at the Berkane Half Marathon in Morocco. In warm conditions, Chris Cheruiyot finished third in 1:02:14, while in the women’s race, Pennina Wanjiru came second in 1:13:11.