Besides Mbithe and Chespol, the senior women’s race has attracted home athlete Caren Areba, who won the Sotik meet two years ago.

“We would like to see Chespol opening her season in Kisii as she targets to scale the ladder to senior level proper this year,” said Kenya Prisons head coach Gedion Chirchir.

Silibwet Athletics Club coach John Kimetto indicated that Kisii will be quite crucial for his athletes as he prepares his team for County Championships on January 26. “We are prepared for Kisii,” declared Kimetto.

Lemotit Athletics Club from Londiani has sent a strong junior team led by Olympic Youth 3,000m silver medallist Mercy Chepkorir and World Under-18 2,000m steeplechase champion Caren Chebet.

A number of athletes will, however, miss the final leg of the AK Series as they shift to their respective institution or regional and other races aboard.

Among them is World and Commonwealth 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri, who will be competing in a cross country event in Spain on Sunday.

However, Angwenyi indicated that men’s 10km race is still rich with home athletes Fredrick Morang’a and Sammy Nyokaye expected to go head-on alongside athletes from the neighbouring regions.

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