Kenyan runners join Limavady Park Run

Project Africa athletes are coming to Limavady.
Project Africa athletes are coming to Limavady.

Limavady’s Park Run will have some special talent at the start line on Saturday with a number of visiting Kenyan runners taking part.

The athletes are part of a new organisation that aims to nurture running talent in rural areas of East Africa, and who will deliver a presentation of their work in Roe Valley Leisure Centre after the free 5k park run, at 11am.

Valley Running Club co-ordinator, and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council active lifestyles officer, Kieran Coyle invited Project Africa Athletics to Limavady to give a talk on what they do.

“This group does incredible work in nurturing talent in rural areas of Africa, primarily in Uganda and Kenya, and I wanted to bring them here to let them tell their story, and hopefully raise some money for them,” he said. “Mo Farah’s 59:32 half marathon European record in Lisbon made him the fastest European in history but, if he was Kenyan, he’d be 36th on their all-time list. This presentation looks at the reasons for the difference in class and gets information from athletes who have grown up in the Kenyan running culture. The world’s best distance runners come from one tribe known at the Kalenjin tribe.

“In total, 17 American men have run under 2:10 for a marathon. To give you an example of the class of this tribe, in October 2011 alone, 32 Kalenjin men did it. All three athletes associated with Project Africa Athletics are from the Kalenjin tribe.”

For more information on the presentation or local running club, Valley Running Club, contact Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council active lifestyles officer Kieran Coyle on Tel: 018 7776 4009 or email: kieran.coyle@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk