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James Ngandu beats Elisha Barno to lift the Houston Marathon title

Kenya’s James Ngandu took the top honors in his marathon debut at the 50th edition of the Houston Marathon that was held on Sunday (16) at the Houston, Texas, United States.

The 31 year-old battled the experienced Elisha Barno who is fresh from winning the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon and he came to this race carrying an all time best of 2:09.32 that he got at the 2018 edition.

Ngandu was too good to handle as he gave a kick of his lifetime to cut the tape in a personal best of 2:11.03 with Barno coming home in second place thirteen seconds later.

Japanese Kenta Uchida closed the first three podium finishes in 2:11.19.

Ethiopia’s Keikile Gezahegn crossed the line in fourth place in 2:11.20.

Ethiopia’s Tariku Jufar’s record of 2:06.51 that he set in 2012 remained intact.

Valentine Kipketer wins the 2021 Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon

The 2013 Amsterdam Marathon champion, Valentine Jepkorir Kipketer took the top honors at the 18th edition of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon that was held on Sunday (31) at Carnivore Grounds in Nairobi.

Kipketer beat a rich field that included the 2019 Taipei City Marathon Naomi Maiyo to cut the tape in a new personal best of 2:30.01 with Maiyo coming home in 2:32.22.

‘’This was my first time participating in the Standard Chartered Marathon and I am very pleased with my performance. I have been training for a better part of the year with a couple of teammates and I was confident that I was well trained and prepped for the race. I look forward to participating in other races including international ones’’ she concluded.

Beatrice Cheptoo closed the first three podium finishes in 2:32.33.

Uganda’s Rebecca Cheptegei took fourth place in 2:33.34 with the 2017 Mombasa Marathon winner Shelmith Muriuki finishing in fifth place in a time of 2:34.13

Kipketer pocketed a cool Kshs 2 Million.



Valentine Kipketer   (KEN) 2:30.01

Naomi Maiyo            (KEN) 2:32.22

Beatrice Cheptoo      (KEN) 2:32.33

Rebecca Cheptegei    (UG) 2:33.34

Shelmith Muriuki      (KEN) 2:34.13

Elisha Barno wins his second Title at Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon

Elisha Kiprop Barno ran away with his second title at the 18th edition of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon that was held on Sunday (31) at Carnivore Grounds in Nairobi.

The 36 year-old made two after winning the 2018 edition and today he beat a strong field to make it two with a time of 2:11.09 which is his fastest time at this race.

Elisha Kiprop expressed his joy at winning saying, “I am very pleased to have participated in this year’s marathon. I commenced training in June and it’s good to see the results of my hard work. I look forward to continuous growth in my athletic journey with hopes to participate in international marathons as well.’’ said Barno

The 2015 Kisumu City marathon winner, Alphonce Kigen came home in second place three seconds later with the 2016 Stanchart Half Marathon ninth place finisher Joshua Kogo wrapping up the first three podium finishes in 2:11.14.

Kennedy Cheserek and Stephen Mungathi finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:11.30 and 2:11.39 respectively.



  1. Elisha Barno             2:11.09
  2. Alphonce Kigen       2:11.11
  3. Joshua Kogo             2:11.14
  4. Kennedy Cheserek   2:11.30
  5. Stephen Mungathi    2:11.39

Major Races for Tomorrow and Where to WATCH

1. Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon

Event Info:    2021 Nairobi Marathon 2021.

Date:              Sunday, Oct 31st

Time:             06:00 (GMT)

Live Stream start time: Sun, Oct 31 at 06:00 on

2. Bucharest Marathon

Event Info:    2021 Bucharest Marathon 2021.

Category:      World Athletics label road race.

Event Date:   Sunday, Oct 31st

Live Stream start time: Sun, Oct 31 at 10:00 (GMT).

LIVE stream: https://bucharest-marathon.com/live/

3. Cross Internacional de Soria

Event Info:   2021 Cross Internacional de Soria .

Category:     World Athletics cross country tour – gold.

Date:             Sunday, Oct 31st

Time:            07:00 (GMT)


4. Hangzhou Women’s Half Marathon CHN R. Running

Event Info: Hangzhou Women’s Half Marathon CHN R. Running

Date:            Sunday, Oct 31st

5. Suzhou Taihu Marathon CHN R. Running

Event Info: Suzhou Taihu Marathon CHN R. Running

Date:             Sunday, Oct 31st

6. Durban 10K CITYRUN RSA R. Running

Event Info: Durban 10K CITYRUN RSA R. Running

Date:             Sunday, Oct 31st


All set for the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon

The Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon organizing committee has today announced that all is set for the 18th edition to be held on Sunday, 31st October 2021.

As at today, at least 2,500 athletes have confirmed participation in the physical race, with registration now closed for the physical race. The virtual marathon, which targets 13,500 participants, is still open and runs till 31st October 2021.

The race start timings will be as follows:  21Km wheelchair race – 6:50 am21 Km – 7:00am42kms – 7:15amcorporate relay – 7:30am10Km – 8:00am.

The organizing committee also reiterated that Covid-19 protocols will be strictly observed. Participants will be required to have the first or complete dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Alternatively, they could be tested 72 hours before the run.

Participants in the physical marathon should send their Covid-19 test results, vaccination certificates or SMS to the event organizers covidprotocols@nairobimarathon.com for approvals. There will also be a prescreening before the race with access to the marathon venue only being granted upon the issuance of a COVID-19 compliance band.

Speaking during the announcement, Peter Gitau, the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee commented, “This year, through consultation and collaboration with key stakeholders such as Ministry of Health, Ministry of Sports, Athletics Kenya and running clubs, we have introduced a hybrid marathon that has both physical and virtual runs.

It has been good to see such great uptake and participation in the virtual run from individuals across the world, truly tying into this year’s theme which is Run as one.  As we look forward to the physical race on Sunday, we would like to assure all participants that every care has been put in place to ensure their safety and comfort.

We thank our runners, partners and community for their continuing support for Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon and we look forward to presenting a great running experience for both our virtual and physical runners across the world. Registration for the virtual run remains open till 31st October and we encourage those who haven’t registered yet to join us as we run for the Futuremakers cause.’’ 

Everyone will be required to wear a mask throughout the event with marshals from Ministry of Health (MOH) stationed to support this. Runners will dispose their masks at the beginning of the race and new ones will be issued at the finishing point. Social distancing will be observed, and only accredited journalists and suppliers will be allowed entry to the venue.

Futuremakers is Standard Chartered’s community initiative that supports women and youth through education, employability and entrepreneurship. Through Futuremakers, over 5,000 girls have been equipped with life skills, financial literacy, entrepreneurship skills and business financing through our Goal program. In addition, over 40 women led businesses have received $200,000 in seed funding in the past 4 years.

The bank has also partnered with Light for The World to reach 3,700 youth focused on building employability capacity among youth with disabilities as well as those without.     

The marathon makes a comeback this year after it was cancelled in 2020 due to unprecedented challenges brought about by COVID-19 and the containment measures required. KES 11.5M prize money has been allocated to go to the top athletes in different race categories.

Registration for the virtual run is still open at www.nairobimarathon.com with all proceeds channeled towards the Futuremakers initiative.

The race starting times has been confirmed as below:



6.50 AM

21KM Wheelchair Race

7.00 AM

21 KM

7.15 AM

42 KM

7.30 AM

Corporate Relay


10 KM

Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon attracts 130 million Sponsorship

The standard Chartered Nairobi International Marathon which is in its 16th edition has been boosted with eight corporates that have pledged 130 million worth of sponsorship.

The bank has pumped in 100 million shillings towards the sponsorship of the event which will be held on October 28, 2018 at the Nairobi Railway Club.

While speaking during the free eye camp at Nairobi Uhuru Park to mark the World Sight Day, Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon Local Organising Committee Chairman, Peter Gitau announced that the Bank has achieved its global target of raising USD 100 million towards Seeing is Believing.

“The Bank has reached the goal of raising USD 100 million that was set in 2011, two years ahead of schedule, for the fight against avoidable blindness and visual impairment,” said Gitau.

All money raised through the registration www.nairobimarathon.com will be channeled towards the seeing is Believing initiate.

Group Head Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing at Standard Chartered Bank, Tracy McDermott with Hellen Nangozi, Head of Corporate Affairs Brand and Marketing Kenya and East Africa during the Free Eye Camp at Uhuru Park. Photo: Courtesy

“We have so far registered more than 10,000 participants and the registration fee is Kes 2,000 till the 15th October and there after the fee will increase to Kshs 2500 for those that will registers late,” Gitau concluded.

The race targets is to register 25,000 participants with a target cash value of Kshs 60 Million.

Sponsors who presented their cheques today included Alpine Coolers who gave Kshs 6.75 million, Tsebo African Experties, Kshs 3.05 Million, Internet Solutions Kshs 1.5 Million, Subaru Kenya Kshs 500,000 and Nairobi County Kshs 8 million.

Other partners and sponsors include Athletics Kenya, AUA (CCTV) Subaru Kenya, Kenafric Diaries and KICC.

The prize money is a whopping 8 million for the five race categories. There are six race categories; the 42km male and female, 21km, 10km, 21km wheel chair, 5km Family Fun Race and the 3km CEO challenge.