Keringet camp upbeat ahead of National X-Country

By Christopher Owuor
Wednesday, February 12th, 2020
Athletics Kenya NEC member Barnaba Korir addresses junior athletes at Keringet Training camp last December. Photo/PD/AMOS ABUGA
In summary

Keringet Athletics Training Camp in Nakuru County will be represented by up to 13 athletes at the national cross-country championships-cum-trials at the Ngong Race Course, Nairobi on Saturday.

The event was initially scheduled for Uhuru Gardens but was pushed ahead in honour of late retired President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, who will be buried at his Kabarak farm, Nakuru County, today. 

AK vice president in charge of competition Paul Mutwii says with Uhuru Gardens booked for this weekend, there was need to shift the venue.

“We had booked the event for last weekend at Uhuru Gardens and after we rescheduled, we had to look for another venue.

Racecourse is a good place. We held our events there some years back and it is still the go-to course for National Police Service cross-country,” said Mutwii.

He added: “We went on an inspection tour last Friday, found the course to be all right and sealed a deal with the management.”

Coach Charles Ngau says the athletes from Keringet will be a mixture of experience ones and juniors who are preparing for the July 7-12 World Under 20 Championships to be staged in Nairobi.

“Just like any other camp countrywide, we have prepared our athletes well for the nationals.

For us, it will be about trying to kill two birds with one stone,” said Ngau, whose camp is located in Kuresoi South Constituency.

“While we are looking to select athletes to team Kenya for the Africa Cross-Country Championships in Lome, Togo, we will also be gauging how our athletes are preparing for the national Under-20 trials,” he added.

The camp has produced big names in Kenyan athletics with Olympics 1,500m champion Faith Chepng’etich the most recent one. 

With that, Ngau is certain more stars will be born form the camp.

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