Chipere ready for Lesotho race

Long distance runner Brighton Chipere said this week he was ready for Lesotho’s High Altitude Summer Marathon slated for the end of this month.

Brighton Chipere
Brighton Chipere

The runner, who has struggled with a number of injuries lately, said he had fully recovered and begun an intensive training programme that will hopefully leave him fit enough for a podium finish.

The High Altitude Summer Marathon runs through the Maluti Mountains. Chipere made history in 2012, when he became the first veteran in the category 40-49 years to participate in and win the race, aptly termed “survival of the fittest”.

Set at an altitude of 3,000 metres above sea level, the marathon offers a unique opportunity to literally take your breath away. “I am back at training because I have recovered from the injuries that have hampered my career of late,” Chipere said. “It was sad to be out for a long time with injuries, but that is history now. I am training hard for the race, which I won two years ago. Last year I missed out because of injury.”

The former Africa University International Peace Marathon champion also won the first Mandela Marathon in South Africa and the Township to Township Marathon in 2012.

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