By Kamyuka Keneth
Long distance runner Joshua Cheptegei will not be taking part at the forthcoming 2022 Great North Run that is sorted to take place on Sunday 11th September 2022 in England.
Uganda’s top long distance stars Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo were to feature in the Great North Run Half marathon in England.
Uganda will now be represented by only one athlete Jacob Kiplimo. The duo have been going through preparations ahead of the run slated for September 12th.
Cheptegei who had promised to compete in the race saying that is now injury free after receiving treatment has revealed via his social media platform that he will not be able to compete in the run.
“It is with great sadness that I have to withdraw from Sunday’s Great North Run. I was really looking forward to competing in this historic race, but an injury won’t allow me to compete. I look forward to competing there in the future”. Cheptegei revealed in a morning post.
Jacob will face tough opposition from Ethiopian star runners like Kenenisa Bekele, and Selemon Barega among others.
Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele is the second 2nd fastest marathoner in the world with the time of 2:01:41, which he ran in 2019 in Berlin, just two seconds off Eliud Kipchoge’s world record of 2:01:39.
The Great North Run is the second largest half marathon in the world taking place annually in North East England each September. Participants run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields.