The Star (Nairobi)

15 November 2012

Kenya: Focus Turns On the 10 Kilometre Safaricom Kebirigo Road Race

ATHLETICS action shifts to Kisii tomorrow and Saturday where the 10th edition of the10Km Safaricom Kebirigo road race and KCB cross country series will be run.

Organisers of tomorrow's Kebirigo race said all was set for the race which will start in Nyamira town and finish at Viongozi Pastoral Centre in Kebirigo.

And the third KCB cross country will be at the Kisii golf course on Saturday. "We have measured the course and all is set for the race," said Athletics Kenya Nyanza South treasurer and race organiser Charles Obwogi.

The Gusii Golden Series organising committee chairman David Ondieki said more than 1, 000 athletes are expected to participate. He said Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua and West Mugirango MP James Gesami will grace the event together with AK secretary general David Okeyo and treasurer David Kinyua.

Ondieki added that six athletes are leading the hunt of the Gusii Golden League jackpot. The winners of Sh50,000 in both the men's and women's categories will be known after tomorrow's race, he added.

Those in the race for the jackpot are Caroline Kilel, Jane Onyang'i and Damaris Areba both on four points in the women's category. Kilel, winner of the Boston Half Marathon won the first leg in Gucha and came third in Kisii while Onyang'i came second in both Gucha and Kisii. Areba won in Kisii and came third Gucha.

In the men's category, the leading contenders are Isaac Langat and Emmanuel Ngatuny with five and seven points respectively. Former two-time cross country champion Phillip Mosima is also in contention with 12 points.

Langat was third in Kisii and second in Gucha while Ngatuny was fourth in Gucha and third in Kisii. Mosima is making a comeback after a four year layoff due to injury came 11th in Gucha and won in Kisii last Friday. Others in the race are Vincent Rono and Declerk Omari.

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