Cape Town - Top international athletes Emmanuel Bett, Moses Kipsiro, Moses Masai
and Yigrem Demalesch are the runners to beat at the inaugural FNB Cape Town 12
ONERUN on Sunday, 17 May, but can expect a challenge from Timothy Toroitich,
Michael Kipyego, Daniel Salel and John Kemboi Cheruiyot, who have recently
confirmed they will be lining up to take part.
Although Toroitich has a steeplechase background, with a best of
8:23.61, he has made a successful transition to the 5 000m
and 10 000m with bests of 13:32.21 and 27:31.07 respectively.
Kenyan Kipyego has had a string of impressive results and has run
eight marathons, four of which are under 2:08, with a best of 2:06.48 run in
Eindhoven in 2011.
Twenty four year old Kenyan Danial Salel won the World Youth 3 000m
title in 2007 and currently boasts a best of 13:08.23 for the 5 000m and
27:07.85 for the 10 000m. In 2010 he was
runner up in the men’s 10 000m at the Commonwealth Games in India.
Then there’s John
Kemboi Cheruiyot who clocked 13:01.64 in the 5 000m in 2010 and a 61:10 half
marathon time in 2014.
However, it will be no walk in the park for
these athletes with challenges from South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka (who recently
broke the 5 000m SA record that has stood for 20 years), Elroy Gelant, Lusapho
April (13th in the 2015 Boston Marathon) and Gladwin Mzazi, to name
but a few.
South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka is having
a run of success in his athletics career after winning the Shanghai Marathon
for the second time last year in 2:08.43. He was South Africa’s best performer at the
World Cross Country Championships in March and has now finally brought down the
South African men’s 5 000m record that had stood behind the name of Shadrack
Hoff since 1995. Mokoka clocked 13:11.44
in Stellenbosch on 18 April – with no assistance from the rest of the field,
just the type of confidence boost needed prior to coming up against athletes
such as Bett, Masai and Kipsiro.
EVENT INFORMATION: FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN
Excitement builds as Cape Town
prepares to host what is sure to become one of the largest and most celebrated
sporting events in South Africa, the much-anticipated FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN.
Date: Sunday, 17 May 2015
Start Venue: Woodbridge Island, c/o R27 and
Loxton Road, Milnerton (Cape Town)
Finish Venue: FNB Portside Building, c/o
Mechau and Bree Streets (Cape Town, CBD)
Entry Fee (Standard Individual Package): R120 / licenced runner,
including chip or R140 / temporary licence,
Entries Close: Friday, 01 May 2015
For more information or to enter the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN visit www.thecapetown12.com
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