•Arita won in 28:55.05 while Onchari winner of the first two events of the series came second in 29:19.54.
•Experienced marathoner Winfridah Moseti won the women’s title during the third edition of the five-part Nyamira Great Run series.
Stephen Arita yesterday upset favourite Enock Onchari to win the Nyamira North 10km race.
Experienced marathoner Winfridah Moseti won the women’s title during the third edition of the five part Nyamira Great Run series.
It was sweet revenge for Arita who finished second in the Masaba North 10km race a month ago.
Yesterday’s race started at Gekendo Primary School and finished at the proposed Esanige Stadium.
Arita, who runs for the Kenya Defence Forces, was in the leading pack throughout the race but broke away at the 8km mark and never looked back. Onchari’s attempts to catch up with him proved futile.
Arita won in 28:55.05 while Onchari, the winner of the first two events of the series, came second in 29:19.54.
“We ran together up to 8kms when I decided to break away from them. Since I have a strong finishing kick, I decided to widen the gap,” said Arita. He said he was using the event to prepare for the KDF cross country and the December 13 Nyamira Great Run 21kms event.
On his part, Onchari said he has not fully recovered after pacing in the Paris Marathon last month.
“I’m contended with my second place finish since this is the first event since I paced in the Paris Marathon. I’m now heading back to my training base in Iten to prepare for the 21km race,” said Onchari.
Evans Mayaka came home third in 29:27.80 with Barnabas Lemah finishing fourth in 29:27.90. Felix Boera (29:35.60) and Richard Atuya (29:36.40) closed the top six places.
In the women’s category, Moseti who recently finished fourth in Milan Marathon clocked 33:34.32 to win the race ahead of of Nancy Kerage who timed in 36:02.66.
“I was using the race to test myself ahead of Madrid Marathon mid-month because I have a nagging hip injury. However, I’m happy I won the race. The course was perfect and weather good,” said the diminutive athlete.
Christine Oigo was third in 36:34.76 with Gladys Okero (37:48.18) finishing fourth and Doris Omari (38:52) fifth.
Nyamira Governor Amos Nyaribo who was the chief guest said the county is keen to tap talent.
Nyaribo, who was accompanied by his deputy James Gesami, said the county would continue sponsoring the events.
“Next year, this event will be bigger because we want to increase the prize money. We are also planning to sponsor races for primary and secondary schools,” said Nyaribo.