- There was an increase in number of competitors from 1,500 to 2,000 this year
Ngong-based debutante George Nyagetari on Saturday won the men’s title of the 16th edition of the Ndakaini Half Marathon and Nyandarua’s Rebecca Wanjiru bagged the women’s crown.
Nyagetari clocked 1 hour, 10 minutes and 32 seconds while Wanjiru’s winning time was 1:45:28.
Peter Wahome and Evalyne Kamau won the 10-kilometre titles while Johnson Mbugua and Faith Kyala won the 5km titles.
Nyagetari said he was looking to close the year on a high.
“It was a tough race, but I had prepared well for this kind of course. I am delighted to have won in my first outing here and I’m looking forward to the remainder of the year,” he said.
Timaflor won the corporate race crown with a combined 31 points while the Kenya Forest Service team came in second and Citizen TV third.
The annual Ndakaini Half Marathon was started under the auspices of the Ndakaini Dam Environment Conservation Association (NDEKA) with the aim of raising funds towards conserving Ndakaini Dam’s catchment area.
NDEKA Sports chairman James Mukuna said there was an increase in the number of runners to 2,000 this from 1,500 last year.
“We are proud to continue hosting the Ndakaini Half Marathon. The race has been instrumental in ensuring that the Ndakaini Dam catchment is conserved,” said Mukuna. Ndakaini Dam is located at the foothills of the Aberdares, 70 kilometre from Nairobi. It is in Gatanga, Murang’a County.
Meanwhile. attention today shifts to the second edition of the Wahome Gakuru Memorial Race in Nyeri County.