Thursday March 21 2013

Inzikuru switches to marathon running

By Sande Bashaija


Dorcus Inzikuru will make her marathon debut next month after she opted out of this weekend’s World Cross-country Championships in Poland.

The former 3000m steeplechase world champion had been picked to represent Uganda in Poland but couldn’t go into the team’s residential training shortly after the national cross-country where she finished third. “After the national cross-country, I travelled to Tripoli. By the time I returned, the rest of the team had secured their visas,” the 2006 Commonwealth Games steeplechase champion, explained.

Inzikuru is now set to run her first 42km race during the Brighton Marathon on April 14 in United Kingdom. “Starting next year, my plan is to concentrate on marathon only,” she said. “The Brighton Marathon will be an exciting challenge for me because I haven’t competed over the distance before,” the Arua gazelle said yesterday shortly before travelling to Nairobi to apply for the UK Visa. “After Nairobi, I will head straight to Iten for residential training.”

Inzikuru, the most successful female runner in Uganda, has been struggling to regain top shape since she gave birth to her first born in 2007. Last year, she showed signs of brilliance by qualifying for the London Olympics.

Although she was eliminated at the semifinal stage of the 3000m steeplechase in London, Inzikuru will give track running another shot this year. “I want to try and qualify for the World Championships in steeplechase. I believe I still have at least one season on track,” said the runner whose personal best in half marathon (21km) stands at 1:16:08.