- Kenyans Philemon Limo and Lydia Cheromei will return to defend their titles at the Hervis Prague Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on 31 March.
“I am pleased to come back to Prague, it’s where I ran my best Half Marathon performance,” said Limo, who also scooped up first place in the men’s 10Kkm METRO run in Prague along with another at the autumn premiere of the Volkswagen Usti Half Marathon. Reportedly it is only his fourth year running, yet at just 26 years of age, he has managed to blast out some superb times, clocking 27:36 for 10Km in Nairobi as well as his 59:30 Half Marathon performance in Prague last year, the fastest time ever run on Czech soil.
“Maybe one day I will bring the whole family over here,”, added the 34-year-old Cheromei, the mother of a six-year old daughter Faith, who broke the course record last year clocking 1:07:33. She also clocked her best-ever Marathon in Prague, running 2:22:34 last year, a time she bettered to 2:21:30 last weekend in Dubai. Already at the age of thirteen, she succeeded in claiming the World j Cross Country title and taking the silver medal at the 2004 World Half Marathon Championships and winning the Amsterdam Marathon.
“We’re delighted to see such fantastic runners taking part," said Carlo Capalbo, President of the organizational committee. "The fact that they are coming back only shows they must like it here.”
With two months to go before, more than eighty percent of the 11,000 start numbers have already been sold.
Organisers for the IAAF