Following their success at last weekend’s Bath Half, Team Run-Fast headed to Guildford to take part in the inaugural Surrey Half Marathon. The organisers had compiled a very impressive elite field for a race in its infancy and we were excited to be a part of the event.
The 5,400 runners assembled on the start line were treated to a dry and bright morning, a real contrast to the wet and windy weather the UK had been subjected to for the past few months. The race got underway at exactly 10am and the Run-Fast athletes quickly set about establishing a strong lead. Boniface Kiprop Kongin pushed the pace early on, closely followed by team-mates Nicholas Kirui and Phil Wicks. The Kenyans edged out on Wicks, who was competing for the team for the first time, and made the most of the predominantly flat course which ran from Guildford to Woking and back. A slight wind on the route back slowed proceedings down slightly but the Team had already made for a comfortable lead.
In the final two miles of the race Nicholas pulled away to take his second win in as many weeks in 01:03:19 with Boniface taking second (01:03:31) and Phil Wicks coming in third (01:04:43).
In the women’s race it was Perendis Lekapana who once again stole the show. Having just run a personal best time over the half marathon distance the week before, 23 year old Lekapana went out fiercely and stayed with the top ten male athletes for the first 10km. She took a comfortable first place in 01:13:30 ahead of new signings Linah Cherop (01:14:50) and Gladys Kwambai (01:15:03) who came second and third respectively.
The race was an undisputed success and we wish the organisers every success for the future.