•Kinyua said they have finalised their anti-doping procedures and are now in a position to pay all the winners
•Kinyua said they are eagerly waiting to pay the respective winners
•The race further sought to raise funds towards the establishment of the Meru County Cancer Centre
Mount Kenya mountain running chairperson Joseph Kinyua has called on all athletes who won the Mount Kenya Mountain Running Championships to come for their winnings.
Kinyua said they have finalised their anti-doping procedures and are now in a position to pay all the winners.
"Today, we have paid out Ksh 1,382,000 to the winners of the mountain race. This applies to those that have forwarded their bank details. Payment is by either cheque or Mpesa, depending on the amount," Kinyua said.
The second edition of the Mount Kenya Mountain Running Championship saw Bomet's Patrick Kipng'eno walk away with the men's crown as he timed 44:13.8 across the finish line in the men's 13km ahead of Charles Katul and Frederick Kamongole.
In the women's senior race, Sheila Jebiwott clocked 52:28.7 to cut the tape, ahead of World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) World Cup champion Joyce Njeru (52:36.8) and Jesca Chelagat (52:42.6) in second and third respectively.
David Mwangi was the winner in the male juniors' 8km race, timing 30:44.5 as Alfred Cheruiyot (30:45.5) and William Kimsop (30:55.6) finished second and third.
Evalyne Syombua clocked 35:43.9 to clinch the women's 8km, as Penina Mukonene and Maureen Kathure followed next in 41:19.9 and 42:15.3 respectively.
Kinyua said they are eagerly waiting to pay the respective winners.
"All prize winners, 1-10, in the mountain running championships, should text the following information to 0728706758: name; race category; ranking/position; bank and branch name. Adak has finalised their anti-doping procedures and now we are in a position to pay you," he said.
This year's winners — elite men and women — were expected to go home Sh500,000 richer whereas the overall prize money was Sh2 million.
The Mount Kenya Mountain Running Championship further sought to raise funds for the establishment of the Meru County Cancer Centre.
The race, postponed in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, was flagged off by Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi and first lady, Priscilla.