Some top Run-Fast racing action this weekend took place in China, with some brilliant performances posted at the International Yangzhou Half Marathon.
In the women’s race, world half marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir set an impressive new course record of 1:07:21. Run-Fast athlete Pascalia Kipkoech did exceedingly well to finish third in a very strong field. Her time of 1:07:58 was her fastest half marathon in three years. Team-mate Perendis Lekapana also ran close to her personal best, coming 5th in 1:10:48.
The men’s race was particularly exciting, coming down to a sprint finish in the last 300 meters between five athletes, including Run-Fast team members Edwin Kipyego and Morris Gachaga. It was last year’s winner, Mosinet Geremew of Ethiopia, who managed to out-kick his opponents and take the win in 1:00:43, just one second faster than second place Kipyego. Gachaga finished close behind in fourth position, securing a new personal best time of 1:00:46.
At the Agadir Marathon in Morroco, Douglas Chebii made an impressive debut for the Team, finishing in second place with a time of 2:14:59.
Run-Fast secured another podium place in the Nice Half Marathon, France, where John Lotiang crossed the line in 1:02:10 for second place. Meanwhile over in Vancouver, Chris Cheruiyot came second in the Time Colonist 10k, finishing in 29:48. Team-mate Lenah Jerotich finished fourth in the women’s race in a time of 34:45.
Back in Blighty, in what is undoubtedly the biggest race on the UK calendar, 40,000 runners congregated to take part in the prestigious Virgin Money London Marathon. For the third year in a row Run-Fast athletes played an important role pacing the elite groups. Ezrah Sang took his group on pace to 21k, while Boniface Kongin and Polline Wanjiku took their respective groups to 30k. We’re immensely proud that they were able to pace some athletes achieve their all-important 2016 Olympic qualifying times.