David Macharia @PeopleSports11
Ronald Mitei and Stacy Ndiwa’s mastery of running at high altitude helped them to victory in the second edition of Nyahururu Discovery 10K road race at the weekend. Mitei, who is also the Laikipia University half marathon champion, won in 29:02.8, beating second-placed Robert Kemboi by a second.
“The race was tough but since I train in the high altitude Iten (Elgeyo Marakwet County), I had no problem here in Nyahururu,” said Mitei, who comes from a family of athletes in Kampng’etuny, Baringo County.
Sammy Nyokale was third in 20:04.2 with Edwin Mokua, Cosmas Lagat and John Langat following him in fourth, fifth and sixth positions respectively after clocking 29:05.7, 29:14.4 and 29:17.4. Meanwhile, Ndiwa, who won the women’s race in 32:28.1, blamed the lead car for slowing her down repeatedly, saying she could have returned a better time than that.
“The lead car kept slowing down thus blocking me at various points in the course,” said the Police cross country champion. Ruth Chempngetich, Beatrice Chepkemoi, Evalyn Chirchir, Purity Ng’ang’a and Ruth Karanja finished behind Ndiwa in that order in 33:98.6, 33:27.4, 33:35.2, 33 58.6 and 34:10.7, respectively.
The race, ran on a new course, started at Mairo Inya trading centre on the Nyahururu-Nyeri highway and ended at the Nyahururu stadium after being flagged of by Athletics Kenya president Jack Tuwei.
Race was organiser Italian athletics manager Gabriella Rosa said from next year, proceeds from the event will go towards Kamau Wanjiru Foundation in support of the family of the late Samuel Kamau Wanjiru who won Kenya’s first Olympics marathon gold in 2008 in Beijing, China.