Felix Boera, Faith Bett rule Nyamira Great Run
Little known Felix Boera was in good form as she won the 10km men's road race during the fifth edition of the Nyamira Great Run series on Sunday.
Boera, a form four student at St Peter’s Keberesi in Kisii County, clocked 28:30:00 to win ahead of the experienced Stephen Arita (28:40:00) at Sironga in Nyamira County.
“I had prepared well for this event having trained for one week. However, my opponents gave me a stiff competition, but I thank God I won at last," he noted.
Arita (Kenya Defence Forces), who trains at Ngong, had won the third edition of the competition that was held at Esanige Stadium in Magwagwa, Nyamira North three weeks ago.
At position three was Richard Atuya (29:00:10), while Sammy Nyokaye (29:74:00) and Evans Mayaka (29:80:00) followed in that order.
The winner of the first two editions, Enock Onchari, did not participate, while Aburi Morang'a, who won the fourth edition, finished sixth.
In the women's’ category, fresh from winning the fourth edition held last week at Kiendge grounds, a composed Faith Bett retained the title after clocking 33:34:10.
She finished ahead of the fancied Teresa Omosa (34:06:00), Nancy Kerage (35:05:07), Christine Oigo (35:16:20) and Gladys Otero (35:40:13).
“The race was very competitive, but I am glad I made it. The weather was favourable making the race even more interesting. However, the terrain was hilly, something that gave me some challenges while in action,: said Bett.
The peak of the races will be on December 13 during the inaugural Nyamira Great Run.
The 21km race will start at Chepilat and finish at Ikonge Primary School grounds.
Winners of the half marathon will bag Sh250,000, with first runners up going home with Sh175,000 and third placed finishers getting Sh150, 000.
Fourth placed athletes will receive Sh125, 000 and fifth place finishers Sh100, 000.
To inspire local runners, Nyamira Governor Amos Nyaribo said the first local athlete to cross the finishing line will get Sh100,000, while second placed athletes will receive Sh75,000 and third placed finishers will get Sh50,000.
"We have been supporting athletes from previous years. It is exciting to see fresh athletes coming up to train to ensure they place Kenya at the top of the world map," said Nyanza South Athletics Kenya Chairman Peter Angwenyi.