I’ve been pestering Webb Delos Reyes, wife of Ron who is the Marketing and Communications Director of the QCIM to give us an update of the Kenyan runners who are running this October’s QCIM. Webb e-mailed us yesterday and gave an update of those invited to participate in the marathon. She stressed however that negotiations with these runners are still being finalized and if their travel plans would be confirmed, she’ll let us all know.
The list includes veteran campaigners of the Southeast Asian Road Racing Circuit. These touring distance runners include:
Daniel Kipkemei Koringo : Champion of the Malakoff 26-K run in Penang, Malaysia, last June 2009, with a time of 1:25:53. He likewise placed fifth in the 2007 Penang Bridge Marathon in Malaysia, posting a time of 2:30:45.
William Songkok: a 25-year-old who has a 2:17:52 best time in the 42-K, and a top 10 finish in the Kuala Lumpur half-marathon last June with a time of 1:12:48.35.
Gilbert Kipkemoi: Bagged the 22-K Shah Alam-Adidas King of the Road in Malaysia this August with a time of 1:09. The 27-year old Kipkemoi is said to be capable of a 2:15 in the full 42-K marathon.
Samuel Terus Too: Copped the 2006 Kuala Lumpur International Marathon in 2:21:01.
Lydia Jerotich Rutto: Crowned first runner-up in the Army Half Marathon in Singapore just this August with a time of 1:22:04, and second-runner up in the recent Songhla Marathon in Thailand with a 2:45 record.
A total of 14 Kenyan runners were invited who are mostly based in Malaysia. Also slated to participate are some of the top runners of the South East Asian Region who are going to run either the 21k and 42k as tune up for the forthcoming South East Asian Games in Laos this December.
At present, the Filipino male record holder for the full marathon is Eduardo Buenavista with a 2:18:53 which he set during the 2007 Metro Manila Milo Marathon eliminations. The female record holder is Jho-an Banayag, who posted a 2:48:06 in the 2006 National Milo Marathon Finals. The fastest marathon run in a Philippine competition stands at 2:14:27 which was set by two-time Olympic champion Waldemar Cierspinski of Germany during the first Manila International Marathon in 1982. With a quality field shaping up in the first QCIM, chances are good that some local marathon records could be eclipsed this October.
(Pics and info from Ron Delos Reyes. Thanks Ron!)