Enock Onchari clinched the 10kms race during the second edition of the Nyamira Great Run series.
Onchari who also won the 10kms race during the first edition last weekend clocked 29:50.63 to win the race which was flagged off by Nyamira Deputy Governor James Gesami.
The race started at Metamaywa on the Kisii-Sotik Road and finished at Nyakongo High School.
Onchari dominated the race after overcoming a stiff challenge from Stephen Arita (29:57.31) who finished second.
Kibon Ogato was third in 30:14.56 and Felix Boera fourth in 30:15.38.
Onchari, an experienced athlete attributed his win to his tactical acumen. “It was a good race for me today. Winning back to back races is not easy. I’m using these races to prepare for the Nyamira Great Run 21kms,” said the Iten based athlete.
He added: “The course was not bad and the weather favourable.”
Race favourite and experienced Sammy Nyokaye came home sixth after crossing the finishing line in 30:37.38 while Dancun Nyangara in 30:43.69.
In the women’s category, Faith Chepkoech emerged winner beating Beatrice Begi to second place. Chepkoech clocked 34:50.67 and Begi 35:25.08.
“It was a very tough race but I want to thank God for helping me to win,” said Chepkoech.
Begi who won the senior women’s race during last weekend’s Ensoko Cross Country said: “I felt stomach discomfort after five kilometres. However, I’m happy with the second-place finish. My focus is the next event.”
Nancy Kerage was third 36:38.62 with Christine Oigo coming home fourth in 37:53.95. Doris Omari finished sixth 40:57.21 and Tecla Nyabuto sixth in 42:25.81.
Lilian Kebati won the 5kms junior women cross country title in 22:05.00 and was followed in second place by Nelly Mandere who clocked 23:29.57.
Jackson Moindi won the men’s 5kms race in 16:00.18 with Brian Michieka (16.34.00) finishing second and Elias Ogeto (17:54.50) third.
The five-part series will culminate on October 31 with the Nyamira Great Run 21kms which will start at Chepilat and finish at Ikonge Primary Sachool.
By Darlington Mose