Kenyan London-based Paralympics runner Jonah Chesum won the Torbay Half Marathon in the T46 class. Chesum crossed the tape in a non-record breaking time of 01:09.22 to be crowned the 2015 winner.
Chesum, a finalist in the T46 class in the 1500 metres at the London 2012 Games, led the race from start to finish but was more than four minutes, two seconds (04.02) outside compatriot Boniface Kiprop’s 2013 record of 1:05.20. The conditions were not favorable for a record on Sunday with wind and rain both heavier than expected on the Torbay coastal road.
“It was windy and not pleasant. The course was great – it was just the weather conditions that made it hard,” said Chesum, who finished with an unofficial time of 29.17 at the Bistro 10km run in May 31.
Another Kenyan, 19-year old Teresiah Omosa clocked 1:15.13 to post a new women’s record, being the fastest female over the seaside course in four years.