Saturday February 1 2014

Kipsiro at crossroads heading into national cross-country

By Sande Bashaija

Jinja- Many athletics fans will descend on Jinja Golf Course today hoping to catch a glimpse of Commonwealth champion Moses Kipsiro.
With five national titles in six years, Kipsiro is by far the most successful cross-country runner in the country.

Although a sixth gold is up for the taking for Kipsiro, the 28-year-old runner has indicated he might skip today’s event with his main focus on the National Half Marathon Championships due next weekend in Mbale.

“I am bringing my team (Alpha Club) to Jinja but I can’t say I will compete. I will decide on race day,” the three-time World Cross-country Championships medalist, said on Thursday. “I love cross-country but my focus this year is road running. If I compete on Saturday (today), I doubt I will have recovered fully to run the half marathon,” he added. Arguably the most talented runner of his generation, Kipsiro is still keen to add some cross-country honours but those might come on a bigger scene.

“I hope to compete at the Africa Cross-country Championships (in Kampala next month) if I am selected,” he offered. “Next year, I believe I will also run the World Cross-country Championships, which should be my last.” With Kipsiro out, the senior men’s 12km gold he won last year, will be up for grabs. Besides the medals, the top performers will know they have a chance to represent Uganda at the Africa Cross-country Championships due next month at Kololo.
Senior women will compete over 8km, same distance as junior men while junior women are to cover 6km.