Ledama, Kirui and Kiplimo Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
  • Africa Cross Country Championships
  • Saturday, 17th March 2018
  • Algeria

Team Uganda for the Africa Cross Country championships intensified their preparation for the forthcoming event scheduled for Saturday, 17th March 2018 in Algeria.

[/media-credit] Uganda Cross country team members in training at Kwoti in Kapchorwa Credit: Namayo Mawerere

This week the team had its last hill strength climbing training session in Bukwo camp.

According to coach Benjamin Njia, the training  will  continue with specific speed training sessions.

On Thursday morning (March 8), the team had an early morning training session starting at 5.30 AM, at Kwoti in Kapchorwa along the road adjacent to the Tereyet  National High Altitude Training Centre.

The training involved a combined Uganda team for the Commonwealth Games (5000m, 10000m) and the Africa Cross Country team under Coaches Nalis Bigingo, Benjamin Njia and Anna Edatu.

Mercyline Chelangat (left) and Linet Chebet in early morning hill work training Credit:

Coach Njia, as quoted by the Uganda Athletics Federation Public Relations Officier, Namayo Mawere noted;

The team is well facilitated and high spirits. We have registered no injuries and ready to take on Africa. We hope for the better performance than the 2016 edition.

Philip Kipyeko won an individual silver medal at the 2016 Africa Championships and is expected to lead Team Uganda to a better performance in Algeria.

“We are prepared to take on anybody in Algeria. I cannot predict but let us wait or the results. We ask Ugandans to pray for us,” said Kipyeko.

The Half Marathon team combined with the Commonwealth Games marathoners to go through speed endurance training sessions under coach Gordon Ahimbisibwe.

The three national teams  are currently camped in Kapchorwa for residential training ahead of their respective international engagements. The camp has now entered the second week.

The Africa Cross Country team departs on March 14, 2018 to Algeria.

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

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