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Kipchirchir beat Kemboi to win Chepyegoris Community Road race

Julius Kipchirchir won the 10km Chepyegoris Community Road race held yesterday in Chepyegoris, Nandi County on Saturday.

The 800m runner won his first road race as he plans to compete at the Re-Discover Nandi 10km race set for next month in Kapsabet, Nandi County.

Making his debut in road running, Kipchirchir shone in the men’s race as a way of preparing himself for the big event ahead.

“This is my first race, competing on road and coming home with victory means a lot to me. Though it was so difficult for me, on my first day in road running, I had to endure the hard course due to the hilly areas,” said Kipchirchir.

He said that before running in the road race, he used to compete in the Athletics Kenya track and field meetings in 800m.

“I have been running in 800m at the Athletics Kenya meetings like in Mumias and Nairobi meetings having my best time of 1:47.,” said Kipchirchir.

He won the title in 30.12 followed by Josha Kemboi’s 30:42 and Maxwell Kipngetich’s 31.01.

Race organizer Kipchumba Saina said that their intention is to nurture talents and conserve Nandi North Forest cover.

“We started these games in 2019 but we did not compete in 2020 and 2021 due to coronavirus. Through this initiative, one good runners Evans Kipngetich got a scholarship to study in the USA to run in some race. Our intention was to support local talents and conserve Nandi North Forest,” said Saina.

The area has produced top runners like the 1993 800m world champion Paul Kumtai Ruto Paul Koech among others.

With poor track and road network, he urged the County governments to upgrade the facility and set up a camp in the area to support young talents.

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