By Uganda Vanguard
MANCHESTER – Jacob Kiplimo, a Ugandan athlete has won the Manchester Run, 10 km weekend’s Great Manchester Run. He beat a high quality field assembled included Stanley Biwott, Hellen Obiri and Edna Kiplagat. The run also had British stars including Steph Twell, Mhairi MacLennan, Nick Goolab and Andy Vernon.
Hellen Obiri makes her debut over the 10km. The world 5,000m and world indoor 3,000m champion is expected to perform well over the longer distance after her World Cross Country Championship victory this year. Ruti Aga could be threat having won this year’s Tokyo Marathon and Edna Kiplagat will undoubtedly challenge with a best of 31:06.
In the men’s race Ugandan Kiplimo has run the fastest road 10km of all time with 26:41 but the downhill nature of the Madrid course means he is not the world record holder. Kiplimo went into the race having finished second in the World Cross. A leading challenger could be former New York Marathon winner Stanley Biwott who is a bit of an unknown quantity with little high level racing over the last year.
Goolab in Flying Form
The race included some excellent depth when it comes to British runners. Nick Goolab arrived in Manchester riding high after his 13:34 5km at Ipswich Twilight last weekend. The Belgrave man has a best of 28:22 also set this year when winning Brighton Marathon 10km.
European 10,000m silver medalists Andy Vernon was on the start list but suffered an injury in the build up to the Virgin London Marathon. Vernon, who has a track best of 27:42, posted a tweet on the 7th May saying he had been undergoing shockwave therapy and “hopefully I can be running completely pain free in the next couple of weeks.”