Pascalia Kipkoech Chepkorir, the 2012 IAAF World Half marathon bronze medalist has cleared much hyped speculations that she will not be defending her University of Eldoret (UoE) cross country 8km title when the race gets underway this Saturday. Instead, the Iten based road run specialist will be sapping the streets of Valencia in Spain for Valencia Half marathon this Sunday to add her othet title in the 21km distance. With her focus to improve on her time, the 2003 World Youth 3,000m silver medalist said she was on final touches of preparations of training before traveling to the Spanish City. Top form runner said she is ready to compete in Valencia to improve on her 67:17 personal best in the 21km distance. “I have what it takes to take the title and improve on my time in the Spaniard city since my body is responding well to the training. In Valencia, I want to try my best to finish on the podium but majorly I win will be good for me,” said Chepkorir. Having won the Berlin half marathon title in 2010, the soft spoken runner has been consistent her youthful age and last weekend she finished third in the Isaiah Kiplagat Memorial Ndalat Gaa cross country, the first in the Athletics Kenya Calendar of events ahead of Africa Cross country and Commonwealth Games. “I did not run well today because last Sunday I had just run Durban 10km race in South Africa but I have to be contented with what I got,” said Chepkorir after finishing third in Ndalat on Saturday. Veronica Nyaruai, Paskalia Jepkorir, Durban 10km, Isaac Macharia
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Durban 10km Race: Veronica Nyaruai, Paskalia Chepkorir set to improve their time

Former track mistress Veronica Nyaruai will this Sunday take to the streets of South Africa’s Durban City for FNB Durban 1om run.

The 2005 World Youth 3,000m Champion will be joined by 2012 IAAF World Half Marathon bronze medalist Paskalia Chepkorir Kipkoech.

On Thursday, Nyaruai was on final touches before she travels to the South African state to improve on her time in the 10kmdistance as she eyes international marathons.

As the champion of Huston Half Marathon, Nyaruai will be seeking podium places after she missed to compete for Kenya Defence Forces at the concluded East Africa Community Military Games held in Burundi’s Capital Bujumbura.

The Sunday race is very good for me after recovering from injury and am very well prepared for the race. But the Durban event will depend on weather conditions but am ready.” said Nyaruai, the 2005 wolrd cross country silver medalist.

With her success on track events, Nyaruai won scoped silver at the 2006 IAAF world cross country  junior championships staged in Japanese City, Fukuoka.

Coached with her husband Isaac Macharia, the 2007 All Africa Games 1,500m silver medalist has her best time of 31:55 in 10km distance hoping to improve in Durban and has 67.58 personal best following her exploits Huston Texas.

With aging coming in, Nyaruai decided to move out of track to road race when she won another silver at the 2012 Africa Athletics Championships in Port Novo, Benin.

“I feel good when I run road races than track because am growing old now,” explained Nyaruai.

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