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Africans dominate second Hampshire League road race
8:12am Monday 16th September 2013 in Sport
TWO Africans demolished the rest of the field in winning the Victory 5 mile road race in Portsmouth.
Kiprop Kongin and Perendis Lekepana, who compete for the Run Smart Group based in London, won the men’s and women’s events respectively.
As the race was the second of the 2013/14 Hampshire Road Race League, there was a large club entry.
Despite the hefty breeze blowing, Kongin went straight out of the track at the Mountbatten Centre and scorched up the Esplanade, leaving the remainder of the field very much in his slipstream.
His winning run in 23 minutes 54 seconds was swift by any standards and some 90 seconds clear of runner-up Tom Wade from Aldershot (25 mins 27 secs).
Lekepana was first woman to finish in 27 minutes 32 seconds, more than a minute up on Winchester’s Lucy Elliott (28 mins 59 secs).
Winchester won the team title thanks to vet 40 runner Emma Rogers and Kath Bailey (vet 45) finishing in the top five.
The men’s team gold went to Stubbington Green, who capped a great weekend of racing after their triumphs at the Test Way Relay, with City of Salisbury second.
The strong winds undoubtedly slowed runners down, especially in the last mile when returning to the Mountbatten stadium, but there were still many personal bests on a normally fast and flat course.
The third round of the Hampshire Road Race League takes place on Sunday, October 12 when Hardley Runners stage their Solent Half Marathon from Gang Warily Leisure Centre.
This coming weekend sees a plethora of races on the local calendar; starting with the South of England Road Relays at Rushmoor, the New Forest Half and Full Marathon from New Milton, and the Hursley 10k.
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