Cynthia Jerop eyes Kalya Half Marathon crown

Wednesday March 18 2020

Fresh from winning the Kass Marathon three weeks ago, Cynthia Jerop will be lining up for the Kalya Half Marathon to be held on Saturday in West Pokot County.

The athlete, who has been training in Kapsabet, Nandi County, told Nation Sport that she has recovered well after clinching the Kass Marathon title.

Jerop amazed many when she won the race after emerging second in Standard Chartered Marathon three weeks earlier.

"I have fully recovered and I have started build-up for next season, where I want to participate in an international marathon. I love using the local races to gauge my performance," said Jerop.

She further said that her training base in Kapsabet gives her perfect conditions.

"I love training in Kapsabet because it is conducive s and that is why I have been able to be in the podium in the past recent races," said the athlete.

Jerop said that she doesn't fear the big names lining up.

"It will be my first time running in West Pokot but I know I will do well because I have been training hard in the past few days," said Jerop.

She will be competing against home grown and Chicago Marathon champion Brigid Kosgei.

Fresh from winning the Kakamega Forest Half Marathon, Kosgei will also be eyeing to be in the podium on Saturday.

The Kapsait-based athlete said she uses local races as part of her training in terms of speed ahead of the next season.

"I'm preparing for the next season though I'm still waiting for communication to know which race I will be participating. I like using the local races for speed," said Kosgei.

Kosgei was second in this years' London Marathon, before winning the Chicago Marathon in October.

On Sunday, a number of athletes will be also be participating in the Rimoi Kapnarok Conservation Half Marathon in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

Former Marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang, who is the brand ambassador for the race, said that he is happy many races are coming up to help those who are starting their career.

"There will be a number of athletes who will be competing on Sunday and this is a good thing because it helps the upcoming athletes gauge their performance before they get international assignments," said Kipsang.