Posted 26th November 2013

Geoffrey Gikuni Ndungu complets the Florence Marathon in second place

The Kenyan showed once again how strong his will is.

On Sunday, the 24th of November, the 30th Florence marathon took place in Tuscany. Just in time, the sun came out for the start of the race and replaced the rainfall. Countless spectators cheered on each athlete. And the historical city with the river Arno could not have been a more beautiful scenery for the runners.

Among the top athletes, the 29 year-old Kenyan from team run2gether Geoffrey Gikuni Ndungu stood at the start line with the On Cloudracer. His preparation phase for the marathon was plagued with therapies and massages. The Achilles tendon on his left foot caused the African acute pain on-again-off-again. Nevertheless Geoffrey was ready to give his very best.

"It depends on my form of the day. One day I am almost painfree and the next day I am barely able to walk", Geoffrey explained one day before the marathon.

On Sunday morning right before the marathon start, Geoffrey did not utter a single word about his foot and how strong his pain was. He was all focused on the race.
Despite bad conditions during preparations, Geoffrey started very well and fast. Right from the beginning he was leading the front pack. About half way into the race two athletes from the lead pack slowed. So Geoffrey and one other competitor could increase their leading position. The two were running just behind the pacemakers. Little by little Oleksandr Sitkovsky from the Ukraine caught up with the two leaders and even outpaced them. Geoffrey tried to pursue him but the pain in his left foot stopped him.
From kilometre 32 on Geoffrey had to fight a lot. The cobbled pavement in the city centre troubled him. As a spectator you would have liked to carry the Kenyan to the finish line, although he was fast even running with pain. Three kilometres before the finish, Geoffrey managed to leave his competitor, Limo Kiprop, behind and finally ran through the finish line with clenched jaw as the second placed. Done!

The spectators in front of the stunning Basilica Santa Croce cheered for him. The organisers helped the totally exhausted Geoffrey climb on to the podium and handed him the silver goblet of the 30th Florence Marathon.

"The marathon in Florence is special, because it leads you through the city center. Because of that, there are a lot of spectators. I like that. It urges you on", Geoffrey commented after the race.

His 2:12:18 finishing time is some ways off his full potential, however his effort from last sunday is more than impressive. Running with pain, he forced himself meter by meter towards the finish line and finished the marathon as the best Kenyan. Geoffrey himself is quiet satisfied with his result.

"I always feel very comfortable in my On shoes. In Florence I had some problems on the last 10 kilometres  because of the cobbled pavement. It is very hard to run on this ground. This caused me a lot of pain!", Geoffrey explained after the race. "Considering these circumstances, I am satisfied with my result."

On  congratulates Geoffrey and the team run2gether for this impressive result. We are proud!

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