Over the weekend of 2nd/3rd April, 19 athletes competed at five races in the UK and abroad. Team Run-Fast athletes dominated at all of their events in what was the busiest weekend of the season so far.
One of the biggest half marathons on the UK race circuit, Reading Half Marathon, attracted a strong field as ever. Run-Fast’s Robert Mbithi held off top Brits Scott Overall and Chris Thompson to take the win in 1:03:57. Mbithi remains unbeaten in the UK this year, having won all three races he has competed in this season. Team-mate Paul Martelletti also showed great form, finishing 4th in 1:05:15, having returned from a stint of altitude training in Kenya the day before the race.
In the women’s race Lenah Jerotich had a tough opponent in the form of Jenny Nesbitt, who had recently led Great Britain to team silver at the World University Cross Country Championships in Italy. Finishing in 1:15:19, Lenah had to settle for second, still a very respectable result given that this is her third half marathon in as many weeks.
Over at the Wilmslow Half Marathon, which attracted nearly 4,000 runners, Run-Fast athletes again took the top positions. At the gun Josphat Kipkemoi immediately shot to the front and kept up an unforgiving pace, going through 10km in 29 minutes. He eased off after about 15km but still took the win comfortably in 1:04:59. Team-mate Barnaba Kipkoech had a bigger battle for 2nd place. Having been in 3rd place for much of the race he did brilliantly to pull ahead in a home straight sprint to take the runner-up spot, finishing in 1:06:09.
The women faired just as well, with Teresiah Omosa getting the better of Damaris Areba, finishing 1st and 2nd in 1:14.49 and 1:16.45 respectively. Damaris pipped Lenah to the post at the previous week’s North London Half.
The Madrid Half Marathon saw Run-Fast men taking a clean sweep of the medals. Despite not being a particularly quick course, Morris Gachaga won in an impressive 1:02:40, closely followed by John Lotiang in 1:02:54 with Philip Koech taking the final podium place in 1:04:33. Polline Wanjiku, who just four weeks prior went sub-70 at the Semi Marathon de Paris, secured the win for the women’s race in 1:12:39.
The performance of the weekend came from young Run-Fast athlete Perendis Lekapana who won the Warsaw Half Marathon in rapid 1:10:40, continuing the excellent form she has shown so far this year. Her team-mate Alice Mogire joined her on the podium, taking 2nd place in 1:13:14.
The final result
comes from the Santiago Marathon in Chile, with Run-Fast athletes taking all podium positions in the men’s race. Victor Kipchirchir took the win in a new course record of 2:11:01; no mean feat in humidity of 77%. Luka Rotich narrowly missed out on also dipping under the previous course record 2nd in 2:11:44 with Stephen Tum taking 3rd in 2:14:11.