New records set at safaricom Lewa marathon

Jun 25, 2011

Two course records tumbled to mark the 12th edition of the Safaricom Marathon on Saturday at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

This year's charity event proved very competitive with new course records in the men’s 42km race full marathon) and 21km (half marathon).

Former junior cross country champion Pauline Korikwang only managed a third place finish in the women full marathon race won by Monica Muthoni in a time of 2:49.43.
“I can’t tell what went wrong in the race.But the competition was very tough", Korikwang said.

Former Hanover marathon champion Daniel Mbogo won the men's event by returning 2:18.42 to better the record by four minutes in the fast paced race.
Mbogo took the led and consolidated it by leading to the end for him together and Muthoni to each bag S150,000 prize money and an LCD television.

Julius Ndiria to second place who timed 2:21.42 which was still a better time than the course record as Benson Korir settled for the third spot by clocking 2:22.39.

In the men's 21km race, Johana Manyim of Linksoft Communications set a new course record by stopping the timer at 1:05.43 to pocket the Sh50,000 prize money.
Mark Lengupae of Namunyak was placed second in a time of 1:06.13 ahead of Linksoft’s Victor Wachira who clocked 1:06.18.

The children’s 5km race was won by Eric Ambutu with a time of 22.23 ahead of Silas Murwangi (22.27). 

John Rwengo Gituchi timed 1:42.18 to win the 75 years and above 21km race.

The windy conditions at the course didn’t make matters easier for the runners. Billed as one of the toughest races on earth, the athletes struggled to endure the hostile conditions that saw a number of them fail to finish.    

 

Sportsnewsarena Correspondent

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