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Chepkurui, Ng’eno win Kericho Road Race

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Sheila Chepkirui (no.561), Fancy Chemtai (no.557) and Sheila Chelangat (no.560) who finished number 1,2,3 respectively, commanding the Safaricom Kericho 10km run through the vast tea estates in the region.

Sheila Chepkirui (no.561), Fancy Chemtai (no.557) and Sheila Chelangat (no.560) who finished number 1,2,3 respectively, commanding the Safaricom Kericho 10km run through the vast tea estates in the region.

KERICHO, Kenya, Sep 17 – African Cross Country champion Sheila Chepkurui emerged the winner of the women’s 10KM Safaricom Kericho Road Race on Saturday.

The men’s crown went to Ernest Ng’eno as the best converged in South Rift to compete for top honours in the race that made a comeback after two years.

Ng’eno, who competed at this year’s Milan Marathon, clocked 29:16 to win ahead of Patrick Kipng’eno (29:22) while Dennis Chepkwony completed the podium in 29:45.

In the women’s category, Chepkurui, who is also the reigning 5000m African champion, crossed the line in 36:16 to condemn Fancy Chemutai to second in 32:21 while Sheila Chelangat settled for third after returning 32:36.

Ernest Ng’eno crosses the finish line during 2016 Kericho Road Race.

Ernest Ng’eno crosses the finish line during 2016 Kericho Road Race.

Kericho Road race which was the fourth leg of the Safaricom Athletics Series, saw the winners receive Kshs35, 000 while runners-up took home Kshs20, 000 as third finishers walked away with Kshs10, 000.

Kericho is home to some of Kenya’s world champions, the likes of 2016 Rio Olympics 10,000m Silver medallist Paul Tanui, 5000m Commonwealth Games champion Mercy Cherono, as well as long distance runner and 2013 Kericho Road race winner Ezra Sang.

Next week, Safaricom Athletics Series will move to Coast for the Mombasa International Marathon.

Other upcoming races in the Series include: Ndalat Gaa Cross Country now renamed Isaiah Kiplagat Road Race, Madoka Half Marathon, Imenti South Road Race and Kisumu Town Marathon, which will wind up this year’s edition in December.

Men 10KM

  1. Ernest Ng’eno – 29:16
  2. Patrick Kipng’eno – 29:22
  3. Dennis Chepkwony – 29:45
  4. Charles Bore – 29:54
  5. Philip Koech – 29:57
  6. Hillary Chepkwony – 30:01
  7. Davis Kiplangat – 30:05
  8. Eliud Mwangi – 30:12
  9. Stanley Koech – 30:18
  10. Reuben Kemboi – 30:22

Women 10km

  1. Sheila Chepkurui – 36:16
  2. Fancy Chemutai – 32:21
  3. Sheila Chelangat – 32:36
  4. Pamela Cherotich – 32:47
  5. Damaris Cheptoo – 33:17
  6. Joan Chelimo – 33:25
  7. Emmy Chepkurui – 33:47
  8. Betty Chepkwony – 34:19
  9. Eulita Tonui – 35:31
  10. Caroline Nyangawa – 35:60
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