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Cheprot Targets Okpekpe Course Record In 2017–Miss Nigeria Hails Race Organisers

Posted: May 10, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Simon Cheprot of Kenya has promised to break the Okpekpe international 10km road race record when he returns next year for the fifth edition of the IAAF Bronze Label event.
Cheprot won the men’s title at the fourth edition of the race last Saturday in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo state of Nigeria in 29 minutes, 48 secs but believes he could have run faster than that if he had taken in the weather factor.
“The sun is too much.I arrived here on Thursday and could not acclamatise well enough before the race today (Saturday).I came in from a cold region and would have ran faster here if I had arrive a week before the race,” he said and promised to train in similar conditions to that of Okpekpe for next year’s race.
“This is a very important race and I want to come back not only to win but to also break the 28 minutes,35 seconds All-Nigeria and Course record (held by Ethiopia’s Teshome Mekonnen).”
Cheprot, who earned his first global medal as his sixth place finish helped the Kenyan trio of himself, Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor and Bedan Karoki Muchiri to record a sub-3-hour time for the team gold medal at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff,Wales last March also annexed the Okpekpe title on his first attempt to become the third Kenyan in four editions to win the men’s title.
Meanwhile, Pamela Peter-Vigboro, reigning Miss Nigeria, is delighted that the Okpekpe race has proved a successful vehicle for raising awareness about breast cancer.
“This is beyond what I imagined.I never knew it would be this big,” said the 22-year old computer science graduate from the University of Port Harcourt.
“I am really thrilled to be a part of an important cause as that of fighting breast cancer in Nigeria,raising awareness about it and helping to treat those diagnosed with it.This has been a successful mission here.”
Apart from the breast cancer awareness run championed by Sebeccly Cancer Care, there were also two other partners who used the Okpekpe race to raise awareness about their charities.
The second charity run for the orphanages was organised by the We Care Trust run by the wife of Edo state governor, Lara Oshiomhole and the third charity run was for safer roads and fuller lives by the Federal Road Safety Commission.