The joy of running and finishing the 2018 Eldoret City Marathon together with my wife on the 22nd of April 2018





As I waited for my wife at the end of the finish chute where the officials had pushed me to, so that I would not cause more jam at the finish line, I had mixed feelings. I was almost certain that my wife would be furious and was definitely going to slap me or yell at me once she crossed the finish line since I had not believed in her when she had told me she was going to finish the marathon.  And so, as I stood there, I saw too members of the medical staff carrying her towards the first aid tent. She looked so weak and I thought it was safe for me to approach her. I approached them and patted her on the shoulder, asked how she felt and whether she was able to finish the race. She didn’t reply. Instead, she grabbed and held me tightly as she cried on my shoulder. The medical staff helped me take her to the tent where they placed her on the table, put some ice on her paining legs and did some more first aid on her before I led her away.

Sally Kipyego is back again after the BAA 10K, she needs some time to fly

Sally Kipyego with daughter, Emma after BAA 10K
Olympic and world silver medalist, Sally Kipyego has been out of the limelight for a while now in matters running. She had been on a maternity leave and is now back to running again after her daughter, Emma now turns roughly 1 year. Her time of 34:31 which she ran to finish 10th, doesn't sound so impressive to everyone who knows her potential, but is understandable when she explains the circumstances leading up to the particular race.




Kipyego has been a runner-up to legendary athletes in her major championship races: She took silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, behind the legendary Tirunesh Dibaba in the women 10,000m. Before that, at the 2011 IAAF World Athletics Championships, she was the silver medalist in the 10,000 m, finishing second to none other than her compatriot and legendary Vivian Cheruiyot. In 2016, she finished as a runner-up in 2:28:01 at the New York City Marathon behind another legendary runner, Mary Keitany who won it in 2:24:26.

CONTINUATION... The joy of running and finishing the 2018 Eldoret City Marathon together with my wife


I, training in Ontario, Canada



Travelling by bus to the start line was good in that we had the chance to analyse to route that we would be using to run the first 20km. It was frightening at the same time as we noticed it was taking long for the bus to reach the starting point, yet that would just be less than half the distance we would be covering while running.
By 6:30 we were already at the starting point. There was a sea of athletes warming up and it was turning out to be a bigger race than we had imagined it would be, being an inaugural one. The villagers had turned out in large numbers to witness the race, and more were brought by the arrival of not just one, but two choppers. There was a heavy presence of security personnel on the ground and we understood why when the deputy president himself showed up and began warming up as well with other senior government officials.