Former Kumning half marathon winner Hillary Kipchumba and Udine marathon champion Viola Kipchumba won the inaugural Eldoret 10km Charity race in men and women races respectively.
Kipchumba faced a hard time, to beat road race specialists Shadrack Kimining Korir, Elijah Kipruto and Elkana Arusei among others to claim victory.
Kipchumba exchanged leads with Korir, Kipruto and Arusei but his powerful sprint finish saved him to cut the tape in 27:46.89 followed closely by Korir in 27:54.21 with Kipruto completing the podium in 28:04.08.
“The sun was too harsh for me but I thank God I managed to win against a big turnout,” said Kipchumba.
Korir’s second finish at the race was his best finish in his running career.
“I ran Kisii half marathon and finished position 9. so this I can it a win for me,” said Korir.
Barely a month after winning Discovery cross country in 10km senior women, Jepchumba won easily leaving her competitor by a kilometre to the finish line. Jepchumba cut the tape in 30:41.04 followed by China half marathon champion Rhoda Jekorir who came second with a big gap crossing the finish line in 32:47.0 as sensational cross country runner Alicent Rutto returned from a hamstring injury that kept her out of competition for a year to clock 32:47.4 for third position.
“Despite running under hot sun, I did not face any competition from the start to the finish line. It was one of the most easy race for me since I started running,” said Jepchumba, a student at Kaiboi Technical Institute.