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KWS teams take part in Save Kakamega Forest Marathon

Date Published: 08 Jun, 2011
KWS teams take part in Save Kakamega Forest Marathon

Participants of the Kakamega Save the forest Half marathon take off from the starting point in Makunga area in Mumias District, Kakamega County

Robert Kipkorir and Georluna Ronoh triumphed in the inaugural Save Kakamega Forest Half-Marathon men and women’s category respectively. Kipkorir clocked 1:05:41 to win the first edition of the 21-kilometre marathon. He narrowly beat Justus Morang’a who managed 1:05:55. Dickson Chumba came in third with 1: 06:02. Ronoh clocked 1:54:12 beating Magdaline Chenjor who came second with 1:55:55 in the women’s category. Viola Bon was third in the category with 1:60:22.  Kenya Wildlife Service’s Erica Cheruiyot clocked a time of 1:58:53 in position 25.
The event at which Kenya Wildlife Service team from various parks and stations participated was used to mark the World Environment Day and the International Year of Forests.  The races also marked the start of a week-long International Conference on Tropical Forest Resources which kicks off on Monday at the Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST). Kakamega Forest is the only remaining rain forest in the country and the furthest east remnant of the Guinea-Congo rain forest that is scattered across Congo, Uganda and Kenya. 

The Kakamega event also featured a 10-kilometre road race for both men and women. In the men’s category, Nicholas Togom won the even clocking 30:01:20. Fidelis Chebet won the women’s category with 36:36:81.  Ronoh said she used the Kakamega event to prepare for the Standard Chartered Marathon in October.  “I want to be in top form by the time I participate in the Standard Chartered Marathon in Nairobi,” she told journalists.
Those who participated in the half marathon started the race at Makunga area in Mumias District to Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology in Kakamega.  Those in the 10-kilometre road race started from Eshisiru area to Masinde Muliro. The Standard Group, KWS, Masinde Muliro, Mumias Sugar Company, Family Bank and Kenya Forest Service, among others sponsored the event.  

NAME                                    POSITION        TIME             STATION
SILAS KIMUTAI                    16                      1:07:58          Isiolo Complex
NICHOLAS KWEMOI            27                     1:09:28          Iten
EDWIN KIPROP                    66                     1:13:48         Ngong
ERICA CHERUIYOT              25                     1:50:23      Nyahururu

Silas Kimutai had led the pack for 17kms but fizzled out with only 4 km remaining to finish the race. In men’s 10km race, KWS was represented by only one athlete in the name of Kipsang’ Kiriswa who came in position 36 with a time of 35:05:90.  

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