Tuskys Wareng Cross Country

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The Tuskys Wareng Cross Country is an annual cross country running competition that takes place in November near Eldoret in Kenya. The name is derived from the sponsor, Tuskys Supermarket, which is based in Wareng County.

The event was inaugurated in December 2006 with its soft grassy course located in the Huruma area four kilometres west of the centre of Eldoret (a town renowned for long-distance running),[1] the first edition was known as the Tuskermatt Cross Country, but this changed to its current title the year after.[2][3] The competition's programme of events comprised two senior races (men's 12 km and women's 8 km) and two junior races (boy's 8 km and girl's 6 km). The competition quickly attracted a high number of top level runners in the region and by 2008 the senior men's race alone garnered some 250 entries, it developed into one of the major Kenyan annual races and Kipchoge Keino, head of Kenyan Olympic Committee, was present that year.[4]

Although the event attracts almost exclusively Kenyan runners, the calibre of the competitors is very high, such is the country's strength internationally. World Cross Country champions Emily Chebet and Vivian Cheruiyot have both won the competition,[5] while the men's side has been won by world half marathon champion Wilson Kiprop, World Cross runner-up Moses Mosop, and World Cross team medallist Hosea Macharinyang.[6][7] Among those to have won the junior races, Leonard Komon, Mercy Cherono, Daniel Salel and Purity Cherotich Rionoripo have gone on to win World Junior Cross Country medals.

Past race winners[edit]

Edition Year Men's winner Time (m:s) Women's winner Time (m:s) Men's junior winner Women's junior winner
1st 2006  Moses Kipkosgei Kigen (KEN) 33:12  Fridah Ndomongole (KEN) 21:29  Leonard Komon (KEN)  Gladys Otero (KEN)
2nd 2007  Josephat Kipsang Kirui (KEN) 35:48.5  Gladys Chemweno (KEN) 27:19.6  Josephat Bett (KEN)  Mercy Cherono (KEN)
3rd 2008  Moses Mosop (KEN) 36:34.6  Helah Kiprop (KEN) 28:33.8  Josephat Bett (KEN)  Mercy Cherono (KEN)
4th 2009  Hosea Macharinyang (KEN) 34:16.3  Pamela Lisoreng (KEN) 25:30.7  Daniel Salel (KEN)  Purity Cherotich Rionoripo (KEN)
5th 2010  Lucas Rotich (KEN) 33:34.4  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 25:00.7  Japheth Korir (KEN)  Jepkorir Kipkoech (KEN)
6th 2011  Wilson Kiprop (KEN) 34:51.5  Emily Chebet (KEN) 27:02.6  Gideon Kipketer (KEN)  Agnes Chebet (KEN)
7th[8] 2012  Gideon Kipketer (KEN) 36:04.1  Stacy Ndiwa (KEN) 27:32.7  Kiprono Bett (KEN)  Agnes Chebet (KEN)
8th 2013[9]  Isaac Korir (KEN) 35:50.6  Florence Kiplagat (KEN) 26:34.2  Franklin Ngelel (KEN)  Linah Cheruto (KEN)
9th 2014[10]  Joseph Kitur (KEN) 36:33  Alice Aprot (KEN) 26:58  (KEN)  (KEN)
10th 2015[11]  Josphat Bett Kipkoech (KEN) 30:29.2  Alice Aprot (KEN) 26:35.9  Peter Kipserem (KEN)  Sandra Chebet (KEN)


  1. ^ Komen, Jonathan (2010-11-21). Cheruiyot, Rotich Outrun Tuskys Wareng Field. Daily Nation (Kenya). Retrieved on 2011-11-27.
  2. ^ Macharia, David (2006-12-03). Kigen takes Eldoret xc honours. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-27.
  3. ^ Macharia, David (2011-12-02). Kipsang, Chemwono cruise to victory in Eldoret. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-27.
  4. ^ Macharia, David (2008-11-30). Mosop back from injury takes emphatic cross country win in Eldoret. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-28.
  5. ^ Macharia, David (2010-11-22). Cheruiyot and Rotich prevail at Tuskys Cross Country. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-27.
  6. ^ Macharia, David (2011-11-27). Kiprop and Chebet dominate in Eldoret XC. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-27.
  7. ^ Macharia, David (2009-11-29). Macharinyang back to fitness. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-27.
  8. ^ Keino, Ann (2012-12-03). Kipketer and Ndiwa dominate Eldoret cross country. Sports News Arena. Retrieved on 2013-02-14.
  9. ^ Magut, Stanley (2013-11-25). Berlin champion Kiplagat wins Tuskys race. The Star. Retrieved on 2016-01-17.
  10. ^ Mills, Steven (2014-11-23). Cherono finds her form in Soria as Cheruiyot returns – cross-country round-up. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-01-17.
  11. ^ Sabuni, Emmanuel (2015-11-22). Aprot, Bett shine at Tuskys Wareng cross country championships. Sports News Arena. Retrieved on 2016-01-17.