A popular Kenyan athlete with a love for the north-east is about to tackle another fundraising project for the benefit of young people.
Isaiah Kosgei has been a regular visitor to Aberdeen in recent years, although the pandemic has prevented him from making the journey from his home in Africa over the past two years.
In 2019, he won the Baxters Loch Ness marathon wearing the colours of Metro Aberdeen, his adopted running club.
Kosgei also took part in many smaller local events and still holds the course record for the Stonehaven parkrun 5k.
He is passionate about improving educational opportunities for youngsters in Kenya and has regularly used prize money earned during his international running career to support a variety of projects, including the building of a school.
Next weekend Kosgei will mark his 47th birthday by embarking on another fundraising venture, which he hopes his many friends in Scotland will support.
He said: “On November 27, it will be my birthday and I have a dream to enjoy and celebrate it in a unique way by running a solo marathon from Eldoret to St.Paul Makongi Secondary School on a mission to raise funds to build a modern and spacious science laboratory.”
St. Paul’s is the school Kosgei attended as an adult to complete his education.
Now, he wants to raise enough money to deliver his latest project.
The school, with a student population of 624, is seriously in need of more space to effectively deliver a wide range of classes.
Kosgei’s marathon will take him from the centre of Eldoret to the gates of the school.
He added: “I want to plan this well and make it a success.
“I also want to thank Mark Young in Aberdeen, who has helped set up a fundraising page.”
More information about the project and how to donate can be found here: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kosgei-marathon-challenge