Double Kampala marathon winner will reseat for Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education as one of the 2016 oldest student at 41, apart from running, he started a school and goes to school to feed his intelligence quotient.
He walks majestically into a Form Four class at St. Peter’s High school, Iten just like any other student preparing for KCSE.
He says last year results did not favor him and decided to go back to class, seeking better results this time.
Wearing a green sweater, white shirt and grey trouser, Isaiah Kosgey who has gone back to school to get what he lost during his youthful stage-Education.
The two time MTN Kampala marathon winner has returned to class after conquering the world in his athletics and much of investments from schools, dairy farming among other projects in his village of Segero, Uasin Gishu County.
He missed job opportunities for lack of a Form Four certificate and decided to enroll as a form two student to enable him get a form four certificate, not to secure him a job in future, but to sharpen his writing skills and fluency in speech.
The father of three was thirsty for education and set up King David Academy in 2012, decided to go to school after staying in Netherlands for 7 years running various road races, making him the oldest student the institution.
“Children would trek long distances to school here at my home area and many could not make it because the schools are very part apart hence starting King David to enable them school there and not to miss education,” Said Kosgei.
He picked a tendon injury in 2012 and was out of competitions. This led him to rethink about his future without education.
“I have so many projects currently working on and I had to ensure that I don’t idle due to my injury and decided to such for a school and luckily enough Iten accepted my request,” said Kosgey.
As Kampala marathon course record of 2:18:08, was, at the first time not accepted by his community for joining the school as he learns with students whom he is older by more than half years.
“It was hard for many of my friends to accept my new acquired status but they slowly gave in my status and now they call me school boy,” added Kosgei.
He travelled, mingled, dinned and wined with big people in the world with his humbleness character, conquering the athletics world, harvested millions of money and respect from the society.
The SDA man beat all odds in athletes grappling with lack of education and massive wealth, become an inspiration not only to demystify that education is not for certain age but an eye opener to athletes who have no contemplated of acquiring education.
With his tag line-Impossible is possible’ he said: “I encountered several challenges abroad while running since I lacked education and I saw that it was a high time for me to acquire education.”
“I started running and winning races at school level but training was not serious since I had not ambition to become a professional athlete,” He said.
After completing primary education in 1991 he lacked fees to enroll form one ending his education career prematurely. I later joined Kitale Youth Polytechnic to get skills in electrical installation and maintenance.
He got inspiration from Paul Tergat and due to his training Prisons and Kenya Army invited him to run in their team where he won several races for both but still he could not be absorbed to be an army officer or prison warden since he lacked secondary school certificate.
His doors to a greater future opened when he participated at the Standard Chartered Marathon in the year 2004 where his performance impressed coaches.
“A man then approached me after the race and introduced me to a guy in Israel who finally invited me to take part at the 2005 Tiberias Marathon where I finished third getting a bronze medal,” he recalled.
In that same year he got a contract to be a pacesetter for former world half marathon record holder Lornah Kiplagat.
“I got the contract to train in Europe and be a pace setter to Lornah whom through my efforts and training together and pacing for her, she won several titles road races,” He said.
He won the 2009 CAIW Half Marathon gold, 1999 Bordox France Half Marathon silver medal, Baden marathon Karlsruhe bronze medal in Germany among several other wins around the globe.
Communication was a problem and it was very difficult for him to communicate with foreign athletes and even his colleagues.
“I knew little English but still it was very hard to communicate and many things passed me. I then realized that money was nothing without education,” Kosgei revealed.
He thought it was late for him to go back to school hence he started a scholarship programme where he sponsored some students each year throughout their University studies.