Joshua Cheptegei Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

2018 National Cross Country Championship:

  • 10th February
  • Jinja Golf Course, Jinja (8 a.m) – Free Entrance

The enthusiastic athletics fans will have a reason or two to smile as the 2018 national cross country championship takes center stage at the Jinja Golf Course on Saturday.

[/media-credit] Jacob Kiplimo (fore front) at the IAAF 2017 World Cross country championships at Kololo Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

There are no entry fees levied as the athletes fight for the slots for the 5th Africa Junior championship on 17th March 2018 in Algers City, Algeria as well as on the national team for the up coming Commonwealth games in Australia.

“All athletics loving fans are encouraged to turn up in large numbers as the national cross country championship is held at Jinja Golf Course this Saturday. Entrance is entirely free of charge” Namayo Mawerere, Uganda Athletics Federation Public Relations Officer noted.

World Championship silver medalist Joshua Cheptegei will be one of the star attractions at the championships that start as early as 8 a.m.

Others expected to cause a scene will be the Olympic marathon Champion Stephen Kiprotich, Commonwealth Games double gold medalist Moses Kipsiro, World Championship silver medalist Joshua Cheptegei, World Junior Cross Country Champion, Jacob Kiplimo, World University Games golden girl, Dorcus Ajok, National Cross Country defending champions Merceline Chelangat and  Peruth Chemutai.

[/media-credit] Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei and Eritrea’s Aron Kifle during the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championship senior race Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Cheptegei is the defending National Cross Country Championship who won the hotly contested men’s race hosted at Kololo Ceremonial Independence Ground while while Mercyline Chelangat lifted the women’s title.

Cheptegei, the World Championship silver medalist while testing the Kololo ground venue for the 2017 Kampala World Cross Country Championships, relegated defending national champion Phillip Kipyeko to second position.

Mande Abdalla was third as Timothy Toroitich finished fourth.

2012 Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich was in seventh.


Chelangat beat a strong field of 11 front runners to clinch the top podium finish.

Rachael Chebet, crossed the finish line in second position followed by World University Games 1500m Champion  Dorcus Ajok, grab third  place, Doreen Chesang held on to fourth place while Doreen Chemutai was in fifth.

Jacob Kiplimo and Peruth Chemutai meanwhile won the junior  U-20 men and women races by big margins.

With the cross country championships doubling up as determinant of who – is – who in the senior men and women categories in individual and team national rankings, will be hotly contested.

Mercyline Chelengat in action with the rest of the ladies during a previous event

The National Cross Country and three other national trials have been lined up by the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) in the course of the remaining two months to assist athletes beat the qualification deadline of March 3, 2018 for the Commonwealth Games.


Senior Men (10 KM):

1 Joshua Cheptegei 29:02
2 Phillip Kipyeko 29:24
3 Abdallah  Kibet Mande 29:40
4 Timothy Toroitich 29:42
5 Stephen Kiprotich 29:46
6 Stephen Kiisa 29:53
7 Fred Musobo 29:55
8 Mande Bushendich 30:04
9 Peter Kibet 30:13
10 Filex Chemonges 30:18

Senior Women (10 KM):

1 Mercyline  Chelangat 34:41
2 Rachael  Chebet 35:16
3 Dorcus  Ajok 35:46
4 Doreen  Chesang 35:54
5 Doreen  Chemutai 35:56
6 Annet Chebet 36:16
7 Juliet  Chekwel 36:38
8 Stella  Chesang 36:46
9 Prim Twikirize 37:00
10 Sarah Akiror 37:03

U-20 Men:

1 Jacob Kiplimo 23:25
2 Titus Kwemoi 23:53
3 Victor Kiplangat 23:54
4 Elisha Chemutai 24:03
5 Kevin Kibet 24:04

U-20 Women:

1 Peruth Chemutai 20:20
2 Janat Chemusto 20:39
3 Esther Chekwemoi 21:08
4 Sarah Chelangat 21:20
5 Scarlett Chemos 22:0

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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