Reigning 1,500m silver medalist Timothy Cheruiyot and Margaret Chelimo were the winners of the Antrim International cross country championships as the year opener.
Cheruiyot beat Ethiopia’s Mogos Tuemay and Morocco’s world steeplechase silver medalist Soufiane Elbakkali in third.
Cheruiyot won the race in (23:12) same to Tuemay in a sprint finish while Elbakkali came third and Vernon in fourth.
Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi became the third different Kenyan in as many years to win the women’s race in Antrim, finishing just one second ahead of Ethiopia’s Fotyen Tesfay in 19:55.
Chelimo won the race in 19:55.
1 Timothy Cheruiyot (KEN) 23:12
2 Mogos Tuemay (ETH) 23:12
3 Soufiane Elbakkali (MAR) 23:32
4 Andy Vernon (GBR) 23:41
5 Kristian Mark Jones (GBR) 23:45
1 Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi (KEN) 19:55
2 Fotyen Tesfay (ETH) 19:56
3 Bontu Edao Rebitu (BRN) 19:59
4 Verity Ockenden (GBR) 20:17
5 Alemitu Hawi (ETH) 20:17