Safaricom has always been an organization that supports Kenyan talent and one that seeks to showcase Kenyan goodness. This is the reason it invests millions in various sporting events with the aim of transforming the lives of the community which result in identifying talent. The talents discovered have gone ahead and become celebrated in the sporting world.
One of the sporting events that Safaricom diligently supports is athletics through the Safaricom Athletic series. Launched in 2013, the series has grown and expanded to include more races meaning that more people will be able to compete and thus widen the scope for nurturing talent. The Safaricom Athletics Series therefore includes the Kisii Half Marathon, Iten Road race, the Deaf Athletics Association of Kenya (DAAK) events, and the Mombasa International Marathon, Isaiah Kiplagat Memorial Ndalat (Nandi) and the Kisumu City National Marathon, all under one roof.
This Year, the Safaricom Athletics series supported the 9th Edition of the Isaiah Kiplagat Ndalat Cross Country Championships in Nandi County, held on October 14th, 2017. Nicholas Korir led in the 10 kilometres Senior Men category race. He emerged victorious, finishing in just over 31 minutes followed closely by Noah Kipkemboi and Emmanuel Bor who came in third. Below are the full results for the top five athletes in the men’s category:
- Nicholas Korir (31:05.6)
- Noah Kipkemboi (31:10.0)
- Emmanuel Bor (31:14.4.)
- Benard Kipkemei (31:20.0)
- Mathew Kisori (31:23.8)
In the senior women’s category, Sandra Cherono who had earlier won the Safaricom Kericho Road Race, showed she was the lady to beat by clocking in a time of 28 minutes. Eve Cherono came in a close second and in third place was Pascalia Jepkorir.
Below are the full results for the top five athletes in the senior women’s category.
- Sandra Chebet 28:07.06
2. Eva Cherono 28:31.06
3. Pascalia Jepkorir28:40.03
4. Emmy Chepkurui 28:58.6
5. Bornes Chepkurui 29:04.5
Peter Kiprotich and Priscilla Biwott won the 51 and above categories for men and women respectively. Miriam Cherop was the winner of the Junior Women’s category and Rhonea Kipruto won in the Junior Men’s category.
In the special category, school for the deaf also participated with 32 athletes.
This year, over 3500 athletes took part in the championships which was flagged off at Ndalat Gaa Girls Secondary School.
The winner received Kshs. 50,000, first runners up received Kshs. 40,000 while second runners up were awarded Kshs. 30,000. All the top three athletes received travel packs from Safaricom. The race received KES 2 Million in cash and also a medical camp for the residents of Ndalat, therefore fulfilling its mandate in transforming the lives of the community.