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Philadelphia Champ Mkungo Eyes Madoka Marathon Record

The Philadelphia and Miami half marathon champion Panuel Mkungo will be seeking to equal the record of winning Madoka Half Marathon titles in Ngerenyi, Taita-Taveta County on October 20th.

The coast based athlete will be seeking is seeking to equal the record set by the 2012 World Half Marathon bronze medallist John Mwangangi of winning two races in the high altitude hilly course in Wundanyi.

The event which is organized by Tesia Isanga Organisation (TIO) will fete the winners of the half marathon with Sh500, 000, Sh250,000 for second placed runner as the third placed athlete will bag Sh100, 000.
Speaking at the launch, the race patron and founder Major (Retired) Marsden Madoka, noted that the race has produced world beaters and hinted that plans are under way to put up a high altitude training centre in Taita Taveta.

“This place has similar weather conditions to those in the Rift Valley hence the need to have a training centre in the Coastal region. We have the potential here,” said Madoka, who was accompanied by Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei during the launch.
“Since its inception eleven years ago, this marathon has grown to greater heights attracting many athletes from across the country and the globe. But our main aim is to develop coastal region athletes,” said AK coast branch chairman Dimmy Kisalu.

Isaac Kipkoech and Vienna City Marathon winner Nancy Kiprop won the 12th edition of the Safaricom Madoka Half Marathon.

Kipkoech braved the hot weather at the coastal region to take the honours in the men’s race as Kiprop descended on the hilly course in Wundanyi to stop the timer in 1:14:05 for the women’s title.

The event’s key Sponsors are Safaricom Limited (Sh2 million), Kenya Ports Authority (2m, 250,000), Kenya Commercial Bank (Sh500, 000), Brookside Dairy (Sh350, 000), National Hospital Insurance Fund (Sh100, 000) and Taita Taveta County Government.

Mkungo and Ngige win the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon

Kenya’s Panuel Mkungo and Monicah Ngige took honors at the 28th edition of the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon that was held on Saturday (16) in Duluth, Minnesota, United States.

Mkungo who hails from Eldoret wasn’t thrilled with a fourth-place finish a year ago and was determined to make amends.

The 24 year-old broke from a three-runner group just past nine miles and powered away to cut the tape in 1:02.50.

“After last year, I was not happy. I said, ‘I have to come back and win this race,’ ” said Mkungo, who ran 1:03.45 in 2017. “I was slowed a little bit [Saturday] because of the weather. I was cold; I was not getting warm. My target was to run 1:01.”

United States Fernando Cabada took second in 1:03.22.

In the women race Ngige who had been recently told by her sponsor, Nike, that if she improves on her race times that would mean a paycheck, not just shoes and clothes. She took that to heart and pushed herself to the limit to cut the tape in a new personal best of 1:09.55.

Monicah Ngige wins the 2018 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. Photo: Race Organisers

“They give me the Nike gear, but they give me the option (to make money),” she explained. “If you run this half-marathon, get a good time, then they pay me. I hope they (are pleased with the result).”

The winners both earned $3,000.