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Daniel Simiu runs away with Cape Town 12KM City Run title

Kenya’s Daniel Simiu Ebenyo  ran away with the top honors at the sixth edition of the CAPE TOWN 12K CITYRUN that was held on Sunday (21) in Cape Town, South Africa.

Simiu went to Cape Town with only one goal in mind, and that was to break the race course record of 33:27 that was set in 2017 by Morris Munene Gachaga from Kenya.

Simiu went with two pacemakers to help him break the Best time. The target was 32:20 which meant a pace of 2:42/km and splits of 13:13 and 27:00 for 5km and 10km respectively.

But while the wind put paid to any record attempt, it did not dampen Ebenyo’s desire for victory. As early as the 3km mark, Ebenyo had dropped his pacemakers, a field which included the defending champion, Morris Gachaga, SA 10km Champion, Precious Mashele and arguably the best road runner in South Africa at present, Stephen Mokoka.

3km was passed in 8:45 and Ebenyo went through 5km in 14:11, some 30 odd seconds ahead of a group that consisted of Mokoka, pacemakers, Meshack Kiptoo Lelgut, Mashele, Melikhaya Frans, Sibusiso Nzima and Collen Mulaudzi who all covered 5km in 14:40.

The 26 years-old who has never lost a 10km race in his career and who boasts a best time of 27:12 for the 10km distance, led a 1-2 Kenyan podium finish as he cut the tape in a time of 34:01.

“I am used to running alone,” Simiu said, “and was not concerned about having to race all alone. Not even the wind at the beginning was a problem for me.”

He was followed by Isaac Kipkemboi who was embroiled in in a battle with the Mokoka in the final 1km down but managed to give a powerful kick to cross the line in 34:42 with South Africa’s finest closing the first three podium finishes in 34:45.

Meshack Lelgut from Kenya and Anthony Timoteus from South Africa finished in fourth and fifth place in 34:57 and 35:06 respectively.



  1. Daniel Simiu           (KEN) 34:01
  2. Isaac Kipkemboi     (KEN) 34:42
  3. Stephen Mokoka     (SA)    34:45
  4. Meshack Lelgut      (KEN) 34:57
  5. Anthony Timoteus  (SA)  35:06

Gachanga defends his Cape Town 12 ONERUN title

Kenya’s Morris Gachaga lived up to expectations when he successfully defended his title at the 4th edition of the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN that was held on Sunday (20) in Cape Town.

Gachanga who was in this race for the third time led a Kenyan podium finish when he crossed the line 33:42, some 15 seconds off of his world best time from 2017.

Gachaga, after driving the pace to the 3km mark, then slipped back into the pack with Kenya’s Victor Chumo talking up the front running. He was watched closely by Uganda’s Abdallah Mande, Mande Bushendich, Eritrean Filmon Ande and Chumo’s countrymen, Mathew Kimutai and Noah Kipkemboi.

South Africa’s title hopes were on Joel Mmone, Stephen Mokoka, Gladwin Mzazi and Thabang Mosiako.

The South African challenge fell away just after 8km which was covered in 22:47, with only Stephen Mokoka, the 2016 Champion, still in the mix. 10km came and went in 28:25 and it was at this point that Gachaga and Chumo kicked again, dragging Mande Bushendich with them as they excited the Company Gardens.

Gacganga held onto the lead with a powerful kick that Chumo trailing to cross the line in three seconds later with John Langat closing the podium in 33.47



  1. Morris Gachaga  (KEN) 33:42
  2. Victor Chumo     (KEN)  33:45
  3. John Langat        (KEN) 33:47

Gachaga to defend Cape Town 12 ONERUN title

It’s official, the fastest man ever over 12km will return to defend his title at the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

Morris Gachaga, the 23-year-old Kenyan, stormed to a 33:27 win at last year’s race to set the fastest time ever recorded over the 12km distance.

Gachaga is in better shape than before.

On February 9 he finished fifth in the RAK Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon, clocking 59.36. That was followed up with a third place finish in Lisbon where he covered the 21.1km in 60:17 on March 11, before heading off to London as pace maker to Eliud Kipchoge who won the 2018 edition of the London Marathon.

The 59.36 (RAK Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon) places Gachaga eighth in the world this year over the half marathon and is a personal best for him over the distance by more than a minute (1:02) from his previous best of 60:38 run in Paris on March 5, 2017.

It’s clear he will be coming into the race on May 20 in the best shape of his life and could potentially challenge his own “record”* time if the rest of the field go with the required pace.

“I am looking forward to coming back to Cape Town to defend my title,” says Gachaga.

“I have good memories of that race and want to do well. I am in great shape. If things go well, maybe I can better my 33:27 and lower the world best.”

This will be Gachaga’s third visit to South Africa and second to Cape Town since running that world best.

Injury curtailed his chances to challenge Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei at the inaugural FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN in 2017 where he had to settle for 10th in 29:47.

Mathew Kiprotich Kimutai of Kenya will be making his debut appearance at the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN on Sunday. Kimutai will add depth to an already impressive men’s line-up.

His 43:48 for 15km run in Kabarak (Kenya) on July 29, 2017, shows that he is no slouch and will be ignored at the rest of the field’s peril.

* The 12km is a non-standard race and hence the time is ratified as a world best, not a world record.


Kiptanui wins Lisbon Half Marathon

Kenya’s Erick Kiptanui won the 26th edition of the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (11) in Lisbon, Italy.

From the start to the first turn, a stretch of about 7km, the runners forged on with a tailwind, but over the next ten they faced a headwind, with the final four again run with the wind. Until that second turn point, more than 15 runners remained in the lead group. Only after the 17th kilometre did the race begin to change.

The 28 year-old held on and cut the tape in 1:00.05 in his first marathon race.

“I must thank the organisation for inviting me and trusting that I can run at this level. I think I could have achieved a better result if there were no strong wind.

“In future races I believe I can run under one hour, and of course, if I return to Lisbon I’m sure I will run faster than today, because this is a great course.”

Eritrean Yohanes Gebregergish came in second with a personal best of 1:00.16, and was followed by another Kenyan Morris Gachaga who came in third with a personal best of 1:00.17.

Another debutant from Kenya Nicholas Kosimbei crossed the line in fourth place in 1:00.21, ahead of the experienced Atsedu Tsegay, a late hour entrant, who clocked 1:00:28, and world record holder Zersenay Tadese, who was sixth with 1:00:29, faster than he ran in Marugame last month.

1. Erick Kiptanui                (KEN) 1:00.05
2. Yohanes Gebregergish  (ERI)    1:00.16
3. Morris Gachaga             ( KEN) 1:00:17
4. Nicholas Kosimbei        (KEN)  1:00:21
5. Atsedu Tsegay               (ETH)   1:00:28