The first weekend of October produced another good spread of results for Run-Fast athletes, who were competing at three races in the UK and one in France.
At the Cardiff Half Marathon, which enjoyed near-perfect conditions for fast times, four out of five members of the team chalked up new personal best times. In the women’s race, former winner Lenah Jerotich clocked 1:11:23 to take 3rd, with Teresiah Omosa next to finish in 1:13:09. The men’s race saw a close battle between Ezrah Sang, Ben Siwa and London 2012 Paralympian Jonah Chesum, who together formed part of the lead group until around 15km. It was Ben who proved to be the strongest of the Run-Fast trio, clocking 1:01:56 at the finish to take 4th, followed by Jonah in 1:02:04 (5th) and Ezrah in 1:02:28 (6th).
Meanwhile on the south coast, the team had no fewer than six athletes on the start line of the Bournemouth Marathon. In the women’s race, Hilda Cheboi and Eddah Jepkosgei broke clear after 15km, passing halfway in around 78mins. It was Eddah who prevailed thereafter, crossing the finish line in 2:40:38, with Cheboi 2nd in 2:45:39. Earlier this year, Eddah won this race’s sister event, the Edinburgh Marathon, in a similar time.
On the men’s side, the three Run-Fast athletes were part of a lead group of four which took shape not long after the start. The group splintered in the last ten kilometres, with Stanley Bett taking the win in 2:17:59, Julius Korir 3rd in 2:25:44, and Japhet Koech 4th in 2:27:40.
At the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow, Jonny Hopkins continued his fine form with a win in the 10km in 30:21, equalling his PB for the distance which he set in 2014. Jonny will soon be turning his attention to the impending cross country season.
Finally in France, Joan Kigen recorded a notable victory in the Lyon Marathon, clocking an impressive 2:33:27, her fastest time in around 2 years. She finished 5th overall, closer in time to the men’s winner (in 2:10) than to the 2nd placed woman (in 3:00).