Kosgei and Jepkurui win first lady half marathon

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Mar 08, 2015
  • First Lady Margaret Kenyatta(centre) during the first lady half marathon on Sunday.(Photo:PSCU)

Moses Kosgei and Georgina Jepkurui won the 21km titles of the second edition of the First Lady’s Half Marathon held in Nairobi on Sunday.

Kosgei won the men’s race in 01:01.28, which was about seven seconds ahead of second placed Andrew Kimutai with Mathew Kisorio, the former track double continental junior champion(5,000 and 10000m) in third in 1:01:53.

Jepkurui, a third place finisher at the 2012 Boston marathon crossed the line in 01:32.56 for the women’s title and a claim of the Ksh.750,000, the prize money that was also awarded to Kosgei.

Jepkurui edged Mercy Kibarus and Caroline Kilel who finished second and third respectivelt.

James Mwangi and Rosemary Wanjiru won the men and women 10km races in 29:03 and 30:25 seconds respectively.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta finished the half marathon in an improved time of 3:24.55 down from last year’s 3:55.05.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was at the finishing line inside Nyayo National Stadium to receive the First Lady who was joined in the race by dignitaries led by Deputy President William Ruto. World and Olympic 3000m steeple chase star Ezekiel Kemboi, former world marathon record holder Catherine Ndereba and former world half marathon champion Lonah Kiplagat also lined up alongside Mrs Kenyatta.  

Besides the 21km competition, other races that were part of the event included a 10 kilometer race, a 2 kilometer race, a tricycle race and a wheelchair race that attracted over 15000 runners.

Samuel Kuria and Eunice Kuria won the wheelchair race while James Magerere and Jane Kerubo won the tricycle race The race seeks to raise funds for the First Lady’s Beyond Zero campaign.

The campaign has already managed to buy and deliver 21 fully equipped mobile clinics to 21 counties as part of the campaigns objective to improve maternal and child health. The event was also used to mark the World Women’s Day.

“We are halfway through our journey, as we need to raise additional funds to purchase more clinics so that each of our 47 counties has a mobile clinic to service the healthcare needs of our mothers and children,” she said.