AK X-country meets have lost the oomph

Agnes Chebet (right) and other athletes battle it out during the 6th Athletics Kenya/KCB Cross Country meet, 6km junior women’s race held at Eldoret Polytechnic on January 05, 2014. Chebet won the race clocking 20:04:5, Sheila Jepng’etich was second timed at 20:08:0 while Daisy Jepkemei finished third clocking 20:24:0. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA

What you need to know:

  • A case in point is the recent Eldoret race where two-time 1,500m champion, Asbel Kiprop and Chicago Marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai pulled out of the 12km race after falling off the pace.
  • It beats logic when known cross country runners come to spectate events where they are supposed to be running as if the series is a “Talent Search Mission”.

The AK cross country series may have concluded last weekend in Eldoret but the million dollar question is whether the event really lived up to expectations.

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