On the 1th of April I ran the Parelloop, a 10k roadrace in The Netherlands, going through a city called Brunssum. This race is pretty famous since it had the worldrecord twice. First Sammy Kipketer ran here the worldrecord in 2001 (27.18) and than later in 2009 Micah Kogo set the worldrecord at 27.01. I won the race myself in 2004, with a time of 33.25, but since than I never ran here.
The race started fast, with Esther Jemutai leading from the start. I chased her and managed to get her at the 4k point. We passed the 5k point in 15.45, which would lead us to a course record - the course record was 31.41. My younger sister Valentine Kibet was also in the race and she was following me! However, Valentine dropped after 5k and it was between me and Jemutai. She was a bit stronger than me and accelerated several times, trying to drop me. I could go with her until 9k and than I had to let go. Jemutai won the race in 31.33, followed by me in 31.43 and than my sister Valentine with 32.16. I was happy with this result. It shows to me that I'm almost back in topshape and I'm on the right track in my preparation for the Olympic Games.
Especially I was very, very happy with the result of my younger sister Valentine. She has been training for only a few years and this was her second time going abroad. She broke her personal best by 30 seconds and managed to beat 9 other Kenyans in this race! I am so proud of her.
By the way, about 9 days before the race I went to London to see the course for the Olympic marathon. It was an interesting to experience. I ran the whole course, which is a loop of about 12k, which will be run 3 times and than there will be an additional loop of about 5k. The course is going through the city centre and has many turns and some up- and downhill. I am sure it will be pretty tough to run there, especially in the middle of the summer. Now that I have seen it, I will be better able to visualize my race and also use that knowledge in my marathon preparation.