Simon Ngumbau and Sofia Nekesa win second edition of Diani Half Marathon


Simon Ngumbau and Sofia Nekesa won the second edition of Diani Half Marathon after winning the men’s and women’s categories respectively during the race  held Saturday in Diani,Kwale County.

Simon clocked 1 hour 13 minutes and 02 seconds to cut the tape first ahead of last years winner Steve Musyoka who wound up second as Tsuma Ngoa completed the podium dash.

‘’I alos run marathons but ia m a self sponsored athlete so we encounter a lot of challenges but am happy that I took part in today’s race’’, remarked second place finisher Steve Musyoka.

Debutant Sofia Nekesa won the women’s race after timing 1 hour 40 minutes and 50 seconds to relegate Faith Kosgey and Lucy Wamalwa to second and third positions respectively.

‘’ Being my first time to run the half marathon it has not been east but I really thank God for winning the race’’,said Sofia Nekesa.

The race which attracted over 100 runners drawn from Kwale County was organized by Kick Martial arts club and was geared to giving upcoming runners a chance to showcase their talent as well as encourage fitness in the society.

‘’we have brought the youth together for  many of them stay idle and in groups where they are likely to be influenced into doing social  ills, so we decided to organize the marathon to give the youth a chance to showcase their abilities’’,Steve Karisa Kalama the Kick Martia Arts Club chairman reckoned.

This year’s race got a boost in the arm after receiving sponsorship from the Kwale County Government and Sky Ward Express among other well wishers.

‘’We would like to give back to Kwale County, since 2018 Kwale welcomed us as a company to operate in Diani and we have also noticed increase in passenger numbers in Diani and this is the reason why we decided to be involved and sponsor this race’’, said Beatrice Manyala in charge of events and communication at Sky Ward express.


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