World Cross Country senior team gold medallist, Agnes Ngetich will be the athlete to watch at the third edition of the Brasov Running Festival 10K Race scheduled for September 10, 2023 in Brașov, Romania.
The 22 year-old who finished sixth in the women 10,000m on Saturday at the 19th edition of the World Athletics Championships being held in Budapest, Hungary, goes to this race with a life time best of 30:27 that she got this year at the Adizero Road to Records 10k where she finished in third place.
Last year Ngetich was picked as a pacemaker to this race but she stayed in the game taking the second place in a time of 30:30 behind her compatriot, the reigning Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion, Sheila Chepkirui who won the race in a course record time of 30:07.
Ngetich will have to fight for honors as the organisers have a lined up a superb team that include the third fastest athlete in the world this year, Esther Borura from Kenya who comes to this race with a personal best time of 30:15 that she got early this year at the 10K Valencia Ibercaja where she took the bronze medal and her compatriot Catherine Relin who is ranked fifth this year over the 21k distance with a time of 1:05.39 that she got at the Zurich Marato Barcelona, where she took bronze.
Reigning Castellon 10km champion, Joy Cheptoyek from Uganda will also be on the start line as she boosts of a lifetime best of 30:47.
Great Britain’s Samantha Harrison and Kenyan born now trading for Romania Joan Chelimo Melly who are ranked second and fourth on the European 10km list for 2023, will also be fighting for the top honors.
“We are in the process of establishing the Brasov Running Festival as one of the leading road race events in Europe with the ultimate aim of seeing world records set here,” said Race Director Daniel Santa.
“With it being in the heart of Transylvania, the scenery only enhances what we expect will be spectacular performances by the elite athletes in the 10km while the race offers a fantastic experience to those in the mass participation event,” he added.