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Kenyan trio to run in Basingstoke Half Marathon
THREE elite Kenyan runners will take part in this year’s Basingstoke Half-Marathon.
The Kenyans, who will run as Team Run Fast, consist of two men and one woman. Nicholas Kirui won the Bucharest International Half-Marathon this year, and his personal best for a half- marathon is 1.04.07 – two seconds faster than Andrew Lesuda’s record-breaking run last year in Basingstoke.
He said: “I am looking forward to coming to Basingstoke and my aim is to break the course record set last year by my training partner in Kenya, Andrew Lesuda.
“I’ve been told by Andrew that it is an interesting course and I look forward to the challenge.”
Jonah Chesum is a Kenyan Paralympian who competed in London last year at the finals of the 800m and 1,500m. Jonah, who is converting from track to road racing, said: “Basingstoke is giving me the perfect opportunity to show that I can compete against other Kenyan athletes outside of the Paralympic competition.
“My aim is to win the race and show how quickly Paralympic athletes can run on the roads.”
Perendis Lekapana has a half-marathon personal best of 1.15.53 – four minutes faster than last year’s Basingstoke Half-Marathon female winner. She said: “I came to the UK earlier in the year to race over five miles and 10km. I won both of those races and I hope that in Basingstoke, I will do the same for the half-marathon distance.
“I look forward to meeting everyone in Basingstoke and all of the supporters of the race out on the course.”
This year’s race will take place on Sunday, October 6. New sponsors David Wilson Homes, Lucozade, Newbury Building Society, Fir Tree Clinic, Basingstoke Sports Centre and Festival Place have joined headline sponsors Shire and T-shirt sponsors Phillips Solicitors.
Felicity Edwards, race director from organisers Destination Basingstoke, said: “We are delighted that our race is attracting such international interest, and feel especially honoured to be welcoming a Paralympian.
“It looks like it will be quite a battle at the front of the field. The race is filling up fast so anyone not entered already should do so very soon.”
For more information, or to enter the race, visit basingstokehalfmarathon. com.