A number of our Kenyan athletes returned to the UK for the start of the autumn race season.
At the Swansea Bay 10km, Josphat Kemei’s main rival was his Kenyan team-mate Barnaba Kipkoech. Kimei was looking to retain is unbroken winning streak of 2016 where Kipkoech was keen edge out his compatriot who had bested him at their last outing together, the North London Half Marathon.
The pair worked together for the first 4km before Barnaba decided to make a break. Josphat was never far behind and closed in on his team-mate at around 7km. The pair ran the final 3km together but it was again Josphat, the younger of the two, who managed to edge ahead and cross the line first in 29:05, with Barnaba a close second in 29:08.
Representing Team Run-Fast in the women’s race was Rachel Felton and new signing Winfridah Moseti, who was looking to dominate in her debut race on UK soil. Winfridah led the race for the first 7km but was then joined by GB international Katrina Wootton, who pulled ahead in the closing stages and took the win, with Winfridah settling for second place in 32:59, a new best time for 10km by over two minutes. She was followed over the line by Rachel Felton, who finished 3rd in 34:12.
Arguably the standout performance of the weekend took place at the Wachau Half Marathon in Austria, where Perendis Lekapana finally broke the elusive 70-minute barrier, taking the win in a superb time of 1:09:49. This was a new best time over the distance, and her third victory in the four half marathons she’s contested so far this year.
Morris Gachaga put in an equally impressive performance and also improved his PB, finishing 2nd in the men’s race in 1:00:35.
Run-Fast was also represented in the highly competitive Copenhagen Half Marathon, where Polline Wanjiku finished 9th in the women’s race in 71:31.