Obiri part of star studded field for Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon

Obiri part of star studded field for Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon
Hellen Obiri in previous action

After setting a half marathon PB of 1:04:51 in Istanbul in April, the two-time Olympic silver medallist went on to win the Great North Run half marathon in September and started her 2022 with a win at the World Athletics Cross Country Tour Silver event in Northern Ireland in January.

Two-time world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri is part of a star studded field for the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon on Saturday 19 Feburary 2022.

After setting a half marathon PB of 1:04:51 in Istanbul in April, the two-time Olympic silver medallist went on to win the Great North Run half marathon in September and started her 2022 with a win at the World Athletics Cross Country Tour Silver event in Northern Ireland in January.

Joining Obiri is fellow Kenyan Sheila Chepkirui.

With a PB of 1:04:54, Chepkirui will be looking to build on her third-place finishes in the Valencia and Bahrain half marathons last year.

Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh also features in the women’s race.

Yeshaneh broke the world record the last time the race was held, clocking 1:04:31 to finish clear ahead of marathon world record-holder Brigid Kosgei, who was also inside the previous women’s mixed-race record. Since then, the mark has been taken to 1:02:52 by Letesenbet Gidey in Valencia.

In the men’s race, Kenya’s 2021 Valencia Half Marathon winner Abel Kipchumba forms part of the field as well as Alexander Mutiso, who finished second in Ras Al Khaimah in 2020 and has a PB of 57:59.

Also featuring are Kenya’s Philemon Kiplimo, Daniel Kibet, Kennedy Kimutai, Kelvin Kiptum, Mathew Kimeli and Rodgers Kwemoi, plus Ethiopia’s Seifu Tura, Dawit Wolde and Asefa Mengstu.

The women’s and men’s races will be run at the same time, starting at 6am East African Time.