Patrick Ngetich Kipng’eno the defending champion of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon will defend his title next Sunday (30) in the 21k race.
Kipng’no who is a member of Olengurone Running Club, Nakuru County has had a success journey this year winning two races on his score card.
The first win was when he won the Kisii Half Marathon in August with a time of 62:44 and then he won the Ndakaini Half marathon with a time of 63.00, held in Muranga County in September.
“since racing at Ndakaini which was a hilly and sloppy race My body shape hasn’t been that good but am so determined to defend the title that I won last year, am hoping to run good race and try to improve on my time of 1:02: 42 that I won the race with.
I went to Machakos half marathon and i didn’t participate because my body was affected by the Hills in Ndakaini half and was happy when my training partner Nicholas Kirui took the race.
I have been training hard and am hoping to lower my running time from 62:42 to 61:42, i want to at least make a difference of one minute on my time.
The two races that I ran this year were quit tough with very stiff competition from my fellow athletes but the good thing is that I concurred them all so am waiting for another duel with my fellow competitors and may the best runner take the crown home,” Kipng’eno said.
About the future plans he said, from next year am heading to full marathon because from winning Ndakaini i changed my training to long runs of 25k to around 35k. Standard Chartered half marathon might be the last race of 21k that i will participate in, he concluded.
The participants for this particular race are 20,000 who have registered so far and the registration closes on this Sunday (16).
The route for all the six race category 42k, male and female, 21k male and female, 10k male and female, 21k wheel chair male and female, 5k family fun run and the CEO fun race which is into its second edition remain unchanged.