The Discovery Cross Country Championships fifth placed runner Timothy Rono is one man with ambitions to run for his country at the World Cross Country Championships that will be held at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds in Kampala, Uganda.
He was placed fifth At the 26th edition of Discovery Cross that was held two weeks ago at Eldoret Sports Club crossing the finish line in a time of 30:10.4 behind the eventual winner Bedan Karoki who cut the tape in 29:54.2
Rono has been competing in local races but has not won any race but he is optimistic to wear national jersey for the first time in his career if he will cut into the national team at the 16th March championships.
“I have never won the national colours and this will be my first time, if I make in the national team. I have been yearning to do so for my running career,” said Rono.
The Baringo County born runner will next weekend take on national trials, representing Kenya Prisons, an Athletics Kenya affiliate.
“I know I will face numerous challenges from established runners but that won’t deter my ambitions to run for this country. I have been training very well for the national trials to book a slot for world cross country championships and this is my time to shine,” added Rono.
Elite runners will be taking on each other at the Uhuru Gardens come Saturday 18th led by world title defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor Kipsang who will run for Kenya police together with world cross country silver medalist Karoki who is running tomorrow at the Rak Half Marathon in UAE as he prepares to debut at the London Marathon in April.