The Star (Nairobi)

12 November 2013

Kenya: Ex-AK Official Tips Women Runners As Season Begins

Former Athletics Kenya executive official, Mary Chege wants more women runners to join middle and long distance running to supplement the current crop of athletes.

Chege observed that despite the abundant athletics talent the country has, women seems to have been left behind by their male counterparts. She observed that the absence of Vivian Cheruiyot from the track at the World Championships was particularly felt and wants others to come up and supplement her efforts.

"As the season starts, I want to encourage women runners to put more effort in running and emulate the likes of Vivian (Cheruiyot), Priscah (Jeptoo) and Edna (Kiplagat)," said Chege. "I know there are very talented girls out there and all they need are proper coaches."

"The coaches have not been as serious with the girls as they have been with the men," she added. "Women should also desist from running in too many road races to avoid burn out."

"Money is good but our women runners should give themselves time to recover, especially those who have started families," said the former sprinter.

She said women should also be careful with the medicines they take since some of them, especially those that concern maternal health and family planning could contain prohibited substances.

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