Cheyech and Kimitei reap wins at Ziwa Farmers race

By emmanuel sabuni
Dec 13, 2021
  • Flomena Cheyech won the women's Ziwa farmer's 10km race in 33:36:6 on Saturday.(Photo by Emmanuel Sabuni)

Reigning Commonwealth marathon champion Flomena Cheyech’s superb form helped her overcome a crowded field of world leading road race specialists to win the inaugural Ziwa Farmers 10km road race held on Saturday.

It was also a great day for Standard Chartered Bank 10km winner Alfred Kimitei who upstaged a classy field to clinch the men’s 10km in spectacular form on the refurbished Eldoret-Ziwa road.

The race had began at the Kebenes shopping centre and ended right in the heart of large scale farming Centre-Ziwa.

Jamuhuri day was celebrated in style by the local farmers who also took part in the ‘village race’ competing in 5km distance for both gender.

After finishing second at Amsterdam marathon, Cheyech tamed former world cross country bronze medalist Pascalia Jepkorir, Marrakech Half marathon champion and Kenyan-born Bahrain international Eunice Chebichii among other road race specialists to clinch the title in 33:36:1.

It was a great day for new comer Naomi Jepkemboi who was second in 34:31:1. Two weeks after winning Kalya half marathon in West Pokot county Chebichii managed third in 34:35:1.

The West Pokot born runner, ran from behind until the last 5km before easing to the front and stretchered away to the tape in the area dominated by farmers who lined-up along the course to cheer the athletes they are used to see on television compete in their backyards.

“I like running from the front but today I fought hard to catch up with the rest. Once I stepped forward, I maintained the pace and won with bigger time than expected,” said Cheyech who wants to run Boston race next year.

Chebichii is preparing for the Dubai marathon also next year.

Easy win for Kimitei 

Kimitei, the reigning Laikipia half marathon champion win was much easier as he opened a sizable lead of the race that included oad race specialist Moses Kirwa, cross country sensational runner Hosea Macharinyang,second at the Iten premium cross country championships and Kalya half marathon a fortnight ago, Albert Kangogo among others.

Kimitei cut the tape first in 29:59:4 Albert Kangogo, 6th at the2014 Kass marathon second in 29:54:7 as upstart Bernard Kipkemboi was third in 30:03:1.

Kimitei, who wants to specialize in 5,000m, said the race was part of his buildup for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in Brazil. “I want to make a difference in 5,000m that will guide me to compete at Olympic games next year. I want to make it my trademark,” said Kimitei coached by Daniel Ngetich.

Sixty year-old Francis Bwire and Priscilla Biwott scaled high in 5km veterans races wining in men and women categories respectively.

Bwire stopped the timer in 16:09 followed by James Rotich (16:38) and Daniel Kirwa (17:18) while Biwott cut the tape in 23:05:4 followed home by Christine Lagat (23:44:6) and Caroline Jeptingei (25:20:3.


Selected results

10km men

1.       Wilfred Kimitei -29:51:4

2.       Albert Kangogo-29:54:7

3.       Bernard Kipkemoi-30:03:9

4.       Peter Kipkemoi-30:08:2

5.       Bernard Kosgey-30:31:9

6.       Hosea Mwok-30:34:5

7.       Geoffrey Kipyego-30:37:3

8.       Wycliffe Biwott-30:50:9

9.       Kenneth Keter-30:53:3

10.   Paul Kipkemoi-30:58:1

10km women

1.       Flomena Cheyech-33:36:6

2.       Naomi Jepkemboi-34:31:1

3.       Eunice Chebichii-34:35:1

4.       Rebecca Chepkorir-34:39:1

5.       Rebecca Chebon-35:35:1

6.       Valary Ayabei-35:39:1

7.       Naomi Chebet-35:48:1

8.       Sheilah Jesang-35:58:1

9.       Gladys Yator-36:37:1

10.   Vivian Jeptanui-36:50:8