12 March 2005

Kenya: Karanja Wins 21km Ndakaini Race

Nairobi — Upcoming Sammy Karanja of Mashambani Club yesterday shook off stiff competition to win the second Edition of the Ndakaini 21-km half marathon.

The event, which revolves around Ndakaini Dam in the Central Province, saw Karanja win the race with impressive one hour 04.42 seconds.

Daniel Gatheru from Nyahururu followed in the second place timed with 1:06.43 as Iten's Nicodemus Kiprono finished third with 1:06.09. Nyeri's David Ndirangu (1:06.58) came fourth followed by Julius Muriuki (1:07.06) of Karatina and Edward Mbuni (1;07.10) in the fifth and the sixth positions respectively.

The event was sponsored by a number of local companies including UAP, KCB, Kenya Re, Co-op Bank, Intra-Africa Insurance and Barclays Bank, among.

Alice Muriithi took top honours in the women's category of the 21-km half-marathon when she finished with 1:22.01. Judy Kariuki was second with 1:22.11 while Olpher Magoma completed the podium after returning 1:25.41.

Lucy Njeri (1:26.30) and Margaret Kiplagat (1:29.51) took the fourth and the fifth positions respectively.

The winners in the half-marathon category returned home Sh50,000 richer. Second and third-placed runners received Sh20,000 and Sh10,000 respectively.

Julius Maina won the 10-km men's race with a time of 29 minutes 11 seconds and was followed in the second place by Charles Kiama with 29:20. Mecha Mbogo (29:53) and Ken Kasmil (29:59) occupied the third and the fourth places respectively.

Josphine Wairimu of Kerugoya displayed impressive running tactics to win the women's 10-km race. She was timed with 33minutes 45 seconds. Pauline Githuka of Nyahururu came second with 34:37 while team-mate Miriam Naiku was third after posting 36:09.

Jacob Wanjuki won the men's 15-km race with 47:37. Moses Munyri (48:05) was second while Michael Njoroge came third with 48:30.

The guest of honour, an Assistant Minister for Co-operative Development, Peter Kenneth hailed the event saying it will go a long way in unearthing talent in the region.

Kenneth said this is the only way the youth can be kept away from vices. Kenneth, who is also the area Member of Parliament, urged more companies to sponsor sporting activities so as to promote sports at the grassroots.

The event's chief organiser Professor Joseph Kimura said they plan to go big next year.

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