Runners hoping for a fast dry course for the first installment of the x/c series were dissapointed with the muddy conditions in Machakos this past Saturday. Nicholas Kamakya (37:33) and Pauline Korikwiang 28:11) took the seniors races with Nicholas having an easier time of it- he beat the runner up by about half a minute.
This year's series should be of higher quality seeing that Athletics Kenya has required runners hoping to make the national team to have participated in at least 4 of the 6 meets.
Kamakya, a police officer, gauged the field over the first 2km lap and then opened up a 100 meter lead. The nearest competitor was Joel Kamary (38:06) over the 12km course.
Pauline battled it out with Pascalia Chepkirui (28:17) for a seven second victory.
The next race is this Saturday in Kericho and looks to attract a stronger field.