Running for a worthy cause
Brimin Kipkorir and Purity Changwony are winners of the 2019 Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon.
It was a sweet victory for both winners in both categories, having tasted wins at the event before; Kipkorir, a 2017 winner while Changwony had won the half marathon race in 2015. They won Sh2 million each.
Kipkorir became the first man to win the title twice, shedding off two minutes from his 2017 time after he clocked 2:10.42 ahead of Stephen Kipchirchir who was second in 2:11:53 while Victor Serem returned third in 2:12:00.
“It was a good race for me, I think so too for the other athletes. It is one of those days we don’t complain about bad weather. Personally, I had everything going for me,” said the athlete from Elgeyo Marakwet County.
“Having won here before was another advantage for me. I know the course well too. It did contribute to my triumph,” added Kipkorir, who won the Athens Classic Marathon in 2:10:56 on November last year.
It was Kipkorir’s second marathon race this year, having settled for sixth at Wien Marathon in personal best 2:09:31 in Vienna, Austria on April 7.
Changwony, who made a winning return from maternity leave said the race was special given the time she had been out to nurse the baby.
“I had been out for two years on maternity leave. That is why coming back and winning is such a big occasion for me,” said Changwony.
“From the 30km mark I was running alone. Maybe if I had support, I could have recorded better time,” said Changwony who clocked 2:30:33, ahead of Chemtai Rionotukei in 2:33:03 and Shelmith Muriuki who came third in timed 2:34:39.
In the half marathon category, Andrew Kwemoi and Sheila Chepkirui carried the day.