Woman Criticised For Running A Marathon During Her Period Without A Pad

In a bid to raise awareness for women and girls who suffer during their periods for lack of pads or tampons to use, a woman ran the London marathon while on her period without using a pad.

The 26 year old woman named Kiran Gandhi left her period flow on to her running gear throughout the course of the marathon.

She may have had good intentions, but she received backlash from people who branded the act ‘disgusting’ and unhygienic’.

After sharing the story on her blog in the aftermath of the race, her actions have sparked a huge debate around the issue with thousands of people commenting on social media.

@Briadoublene said: “FYI @MadameGandhi, running around bleeding doesn’t raise awareness for anything. It just makes you look disgusting.”

@Sugarchic189 said: “What a disgusting way to spread awareness! Why couldn’t you raise funds to send tampons or pads to places that lacked access!”

Despite the critics Kiran has attracted support from others who thought her act was brave.

Danczuk tweeted: “Absolute hats off to you for raising awareness the way you have for such an important issue.”

Supraneeti Hammacott said: “@MadameGandhi Is the heroine who’s shown a finger to pop culture. What grosses you out about issues of female health?

Jessica Pittochi said: “The amount of people commenting that they find this story ‘gross’ makes me sad.”

Kiran proudly posed for photographs with family and friends wearing her blood-stained running trousers.

Kiran wrote on her website, with the heading ‘Sisterhood, blood and boobs’: “I ran the whole marathon with my period blood running down my legs.

“I ran with blood dripping down my legs for sisters who don’t have access to tampons and sisters who, despite cramping and pain, hide it away and pretend like it doesn’t exist.”

Do you think she was brave or was it disgusting?



Kenya Marathon Stars March For Peace

John Kelai became a runner to escape a hard and dangerous life in northern Kenya, where three of his uncles were killed in armed cattle raids when he was a teenager.

Now the 38-year old top marathon runner has returned to lead a peace march, hoping to end cattle rustling and revenge killings in Kenya’s remote and impoverished north.

“We must come out together and forget our differences, our tribal lines, and speak out in one voice: enough is enough,” said Kelai, the 2010 Commonwealth champion.

Rivalries between pastoralist communities competing for scarce resources, such as livestock and water, are worsened by easy access to automatic weapons and the absence of state security officers.

Kelai is organising the 836-kilometre (520-mile) peace march, with Ethiopian running legend Haile Gebrselassie expected to join for the final stages of the walk, due to end on August 6.

Shouting “Amani! Amani!” — “peace” in Kenya’s Swahili language — Kelai and 30 of his travelling companions arrived at the small dusty town of Kainuk, on the border of Turkana and West Pokot districts, where deadly skirmishes over livestock have taken hundreds of lives in recent years.

Just two months ago, five Kenyan security officers were murdered in a revenge attack after several Pokot herdsmen were killed and their animals driven away in an ambush by Turkana raiders.

Kelai’s peace crusade hopes to draw attention to this kind of violence, and help end it.

The athletes, who are encouraging people to join them in their walk, hope to raise over $250,000 (225,000 euros) to fund a peace-building programme, said the Aegis Trust, which has worked to rebuild communities riven by conflict, notably in Rwanda after the 1994 genocide.

Aegis Trust, which is helping organise the walk, said the programme “will engage at least 10,000 young people at risk of being drawn into the ethnic violence, saving lives.”

– ‘Mere stupidity’ –

The call for peace appeared to resonate well. Local officials have provided security and the athletes were welcomed by more than 50 elders of the Pokot and Turkana communities when they arrived in Kainuk earlier this month.

“These merciless killings between our own Kenyan brothers have continued for too long. This is just mere stupidity,” said 80-year-old Pokot elder, Matayo Chemala, who travelled a long distance from Kanyarwit town on the Kenya-Uganda border to witness the occasion.

Chemala said that where he comes from, communities had negotiated peace, “and now we live happily with each other and our animals can graze on both sides of the border”.

“Why can it not be the same among Kenyan blood brothers?” he said.

Turkana elder Elim Okapel decided to join the athletes for their entire journey. “It is now 48 years that we have preached peace and we have not got a remedy. We have decided walking was the only solution,” he said.

For Kelai, who lost both his parents as a child and then saw three of his uncles killed in cattle raids, hope lies in the next generation. He said education could help them avoid the trap of cattle rustling as a way of life.

Kelai compared making peace to striving for a gold medal. “To achieve any precious thing, you must pay a price so that you can be crowned. For peace to be realised and enjoyed in this region, we must go that extra mile,” he said.

Kelai hopes the Kenyan government will do its part by building schools in the neglected north where youngsters from competing communities can learn side-by-side.

“We appeal to the government to build boarding schools along this volatile area,” he said.

“With the young generation being educated better than our parents, it will be easy to transform the way of life,” said Kelai.

Photo Credits : AFP

Kenya’s Kipsang focused on marathon gold in Beijing

Former Kenyan world marathon record holder and Olympic bronze medallist Wilson Kipsang is not planning to run another competitive race, but is focused on reclaiming the world title for Kenya in Beijing next month.

The 33-year-old two-time London marathon winner says he has not been in the best of shape possible in his five recent races.

He was beaten into second place by compatriot Eliud Kipchoge at the London marathon in April, and finished fourth and fifth respectively in two half-marathon races in New York and the Czech Republic last month.

“It has been a very busy year for me so far,” said Kipsang, who is one of the star athletes to participate in an ongoing 836 kilometre (520 mile) “walk for peace” relay, organised by former Commonwealth champion John Kelai. The 22-day march, aimed to raise awareness to help end ethnic violence in northern Kenya, started in the semi-arid Rift Valley town of Lodwar on Wednesday.

“Since my last race in Olomouc, I have been back in Kenya recovering from all these races and starting my preparation for the upcoming world championships in Beijing.

“The conditions in Beijing are going to be very tough because of the heat and the humidity. That’s why I have started training in similar conditions to get used to this type of climate.

“One of the few things lacking in my career is a medal at the world championships. This is why my focus is now completely on becoming a world marathon champion. I dream of reclaiming the title for Kenya in Beijing.”

Kipsang is included in a six-man provisional team, which includes the current world record holder, Dennis Kimetto, and Mark Korir, the 2015 Paris marathon winner.

Only three athletes will make the final team for the August 22-30 championships, with the national selection scheduled to be held on August 1 after the Kenyan trials at the Nairobi’s Kasarani stadium.

Photo Credits : AFP

Gang Raids Catherine Ndereba’s Nairobi Home

A gang raided the Nairobi home of two-time world marathon champion Catherine Ndereba and robbed her off household valuables and money.

Speaking about the incident, police spokeswoman Gatiria Mboroki said that Catherine was at home at the time of the raid with her family but they were not wounded in the Monday night incident.

Efforts to trace the attackers who escaped on foot proved futile as it was raining heavily. It is unclear how the robbers broke into the heavily fenced home.

According to the police, the thugs escaped with Catherine’s Kenya prisons uniform where she still serves as a warden.

Catherine Ndereba has won the marathon at the world championships twice,won two silver medals at the olmpics and she is also a four-time Boston marathon winner.

Kenya’s Kipchoge adds London title to marathon collection

Eliud Kipchoge led a Kenyan clean sweep of the podium places as he won the men’s London Marathon on Sunday in an unofficial time of two hours, four minutes and 41 seconds.

The final mile saw Kipchoge sprint clear of defending London champion Wilson Kipsang, with world record-holder Dennis Kimetto finishing in third place.

Victory saw Kicphoge add the London title to his wins in last year’s Rotterdam and Chicago marathons.

His winning time on Sunday was well outside Kipsang’s London record of 2hrs 04 mins and 29 secs set last year but as he smiled and waved to the crowd down the finishing straight, it was clear that victory meant more to Kipchoge than a fast time.

Kipsang’s unofficial time of 2:04:47 would, if confirmed, make him the quickest-ever London runner-up, surpassing Stanley Biwott’s 2:04:55 last year.

Kimetto came in third this year in an unofficial time of 2:05:50, with Biwott in fourth place.

Ethiopia’s Tigist Tufa upset the formbook to win the women’s race and end a four-year run of Kenyan success in the event.

Tufa, 28, broke clear from the pack and even had time to wave to the crowd down the finishing straight as she won in an unofficial time of two hours, 23 minutes and 22 seconds.

Mary Keitany, the winner of the race in 2011 and 2012, just did enough to hold off Tufa’s compatriot, Tirfi Tsegaye, in the battle for second place.

Photo Credits : AFP

Mutai eyes missing London Marathon title, Radcliffe says farewell

Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai has vowed to finally add the London Marathon title to his honours on Sunday, while three-time winner Paula Radcliffe prepares to bid a tearful farewell to the event.

Radcliffe’s last appearance in the race that established her as one of the finest female marathon runners of all time will be the main focus for British fans.

But the battle for supremacy in the men’s competition will provide a high-quality distraction from Radcliffe’s emotional send-off.

Mutai has crossed the finish line in first place in the Boston, Berlin and New York Marathons, but he has been unable to emulate those triumphs on the streets of London.

In 2013 he dropped out with a hamstring problem at the 30-kilometre mark, while last year he was short of form and had to settle for sixth place.

To end his frustrating wait for a London victory, the 33-year-old will have to see off a star-studded field, including compatriots Wilson Kipsang, the defending London champion, and world record holder Dennis Kimetto.

“I have won in Boston, Berlin and New York, but the win I still want is this one,” Mutai said.

“The fact that I have not done well here before is my main motivation now. It is what keeps me running and makes me want to come back.

“The London Marathon is more important to me now than the Olympics because it is more challenging. I will fight until my day comes.”

With 2011 champion Emmanuel Mutai, 2014 runner-up Stanley Biwott, and 2014 Rotterdam and Chicago Marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge also on the start line, the race will feature the three quickest men in history and five of the all-time top 10.

Kipsang and Kimetto have never raced head-to-head before, and defending champion Kipsang, who set the London course record in two hours four minutes and 29 seconds last year, said: “I’m expecting a big challenge from Dennis.

“I’ve beaten him once and he’s beaten me once. I have more experience in marathons but he has done very well in the few he’s done.”

– Emotional reactions –

Meanwhile, there won’t be many dry eyes among Radcliffe’s friends and family once her race is finally run over the same 26.1-mile route on which she set a world record of two hours 15 minutes 25 seconds in April 2003 — a mark which still stands.

The 41-year-old Englishwoman will compete not as part of the elite field, but among the mass ranks after battling a series of injuries in recent years.

Radcliffe’s husband Gary, her parents and children Isla and Raphael will all line the course to watch the 2005 World Championship gold medallist bow out.

“I would love to have taken part in the London Olympics in 2012 as my last competitive race at the front but we don’t get to choose that,” said Radcliffe, who plans to continue running only in a non-competitive environment.

“I’m very lucky to have the long career that I’ve had. It’s such a magical special race. It’s something that’s hard to put into words how important it is.”

Radcliffe’s record could come under threat from a quartet of Kenyan stars — Mary Keitany, the London champion in 2011 and 2012, defending champion Edna Kiplagat, Priscah Jeptoo, the 2013 winner, and Florence Kiplagat.

“Paula has been a great athlete and a great inspiration to women marathon runners,” Edna Kiplagat said.

“We look up to what Paula has done, especially her solo world record, and that is what we are trying to go for on Sunday.”

Also on Sunday the London course will play host to Switzerland’s paralympic world marathon champion Manuela Schar, who aims to retain the global title she won two years ago in France.

Photo Credits : AFP

Kenya’s Korir wins Paris men’s marathon

Mark Korir of Kenya won the Paris Marathon on Sunday, his first career victory in a prestigious international race.

Korir, 30, who was second in last month’s Paris Half-Marathon, came home in a time of 2hr 05min 46sec, ahead of another Kenyan, Luka Kanda.

Seboka Tola of Ethiopia was third, with yet another Kenyan, Mike Kigen, fourth.

Meseret Mengistu of Ethiopia, a surprise late entry after an invitation from the organisers, won the women’s event in 2:23:24.

Mengistu, 25, shattered her own personal best, the 2:29:22 she ran in 2013.

Her compatirot Amane Gobena was second and Kenya’s Visiline Jepkesho third.

Kigen made the decisive breakaway 10km from home but he was reeled in by Korir, who set off in pursuit and caught him up 5km out before streaking away to leave Kigen trailing in behind the first three in the Bois de Boulogne.

Korir is the fifth winner to run under 2hr 06min in the French capital.

Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele set the race record of 2:05:04 last year, beating the 2:05:10 run by Kenya’s Stanley Biwott in 2012.

Kenyans Peter (2:05.37 in 2013) and Vincent Kipruto (2:05:47 in 2009), have also broken the 2:06 barrier.

Photo Credits : AFP

World long distance Champion Lornah Kiplagat launches fashion line

World long distance running champion Lornah Kiplagat on Saturday Launched her own sports clothing line in Nairobi in a ceremony presided over by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.

The Lornah Apparel sporting line, billed as Africa’s first exclusively tailored female sportswear , was praised as a “landmark initiative” by both the First Lady and the elite sports personalities who attended the ceremony.

Taunet Nelel (new beginning) singer, Emmy Kosgei who graced the occasion described Kiplagat’s clothing line as another “new beginning”.

The male version of the clothing line will be launched in 2016.

Check out some outfits from the collection

The First Lady said she immediately “fell in love” with the sports apparel when it was first introduced to her by the athlete last year during a High altitude training session in Iten. She described the apparel as a “true gift for African women”

“What attracted me to this apparel is the fact that it is the first  brand. It’s a beautifully made brand, and that it’s a brand for our women”, said the First Lady.

The brand was originally launched for the European market on the sidelines of the Amsterdam Marathon in October, 2014. Saturday’s launch took place at the Galleria Shopping Mall, making it the apparel’s official entry into the African market.

-The Star Newspaper



Another Kenyan marathon runner handed two-year doping ban

Julia Muraga, winner of the 2014 Cologne marathon, has been banned for two years after failing a drugs test, Athletics Kenya said on Thursday. Muraga’s ban comes at a time when Kenya is under intense pressure to root out doping among its athletes, viewed as some the world’s best middle and long distance runners.

Muraga, 31, tested positive for the banned blood-booster Erythropoietin (EPO), AK said. Chief executive Isaac Mwangi Kamande said she has been summoned to defend her case. “She still has time to appeal,” he told reporters in Nairobi.

Muraga was stripped of her Cologne title after the German Anti-Doping Agency discovered that she returned a positive test. Ethiopia’s Shasho Insermu, who was second in the race, was named the new winner by organisers of the race. Dozens of Kenyan athletes have failed dope tests in the past two years.

State officials have blamed the increasing cases on foreign agents and AK’s failure to educate its athletes properl

Carol Radull runs with the First Lady for #BeyondZero (photos)

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta invited prominent media personalities for a morning 6km run around statehouse as she prepares for her beyond zero half marathon slated for 8th March 2015.

Beyond Zero Foundation was formed in January 2014, to partner with the government in reducing maternal and child mortality. It is spearheaded by The First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.

The Beyond Zero Campaign is part of the initiatives outlined in her strategic framework towards HIV control, promotion of maternal, new born and child health in Kenya.

Check out the photos below





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Determined Kenyan marathoner crawls across Austin Marathon finish line to nab third place (video)

An elite Kenyan marathoner ended up crawling across the finish line at an Austin, Tex., race after her body gave out and she collapsed to the ground some 50 yards from taking second place.

Hyvon Ngetich still managed to nab third place at the 2015 Austin Marathon in a photo finish that defies the odds. The 29-year-old distance runner was in the lead at the 23-mile mark Sunday before she gradually fell behind — and then to her hands and knees.

As worried race officials and medical personnel looked on, Ngetich, inched her shaking muscles forward, looking towards the finish as spectators cheered wildly. One volunteer stood behind her with a wheelchair, which she refused to use until she crossed the line at 3:04:02 — just three seconds behind second place finisher Hannah Steffan.

“For the last two kilometers, I don’t remember,” Ngetich told KEYE-TV. “Finish line, I have no idea.”

The incredible act of endurance and persistence caught the eye of race director John Conley, who promised to give her the same amount of money given to the second place finisher as a prize for her dedication.

Below is the video

Samuel Wanjiru’s widow warned against case remarks

The widow of former Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru has been warned against making remarks surrounding the death of her husband. Chief magistrate Hannah Ndung’u was told Triza Njeri appeared in a local TV station and dismissed evidence given by a doctor that her husband was murdered.

In the interview, Njeri claimed the evidence was not factual. “Njeri rushed to a TV station and gave an interview disapproving of testimony given earlier by the doctor. She is a witness in this matter and she has not yet testified. I urge this court to restrain her from commenting on issues before court,” said lawyer Muendo Uvyu, representing the family.

The renowned athlete died on May 15, 2011 at his Muthaiga estate home in Nyahururu town. Njue, a former government chief pathologist, said Wanjiru was hit with a blunt object on his head and killed.

The magistrate warned Njeri against commenting on the matter or giving her views or in any way discussing events that may have led to the death of the gold medallist.

Ndung’u said stern action will be taken against Njeri if she disobeys her directive.


Kenya’s marathon queen Jeptoo handed two-year doping ban

Kenyan Rita Jeptoo, winner of the Boston and Chicago marathons for the last two years, has been banned from the sport for two years after failing a drugs test, Athletics Kenya (AK) said on Friday.

“AK followed due process in Rita Jeptoo’s matter and it was appropriate that she serves a two-year ban,” AK chief executive Isaac Kamande told Reuters.

Jeptoo has denied doping, telling reporters last year that the accusations against her were “lies”

Kenya’s ‘Fantastic Four’ head London Marathon women’s field

Edna Kiplagat will face two former London Marathon champions and the fastest half marathon runner in history when she defends her Virgin Money London Marathon women’s title on Sunday 26 April, organisers of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race announced on Wednesday (14).

The double world champion sprinted to victory on The Mall last year, beating her namesake and half marathon world record holder Florence Kiplagat by just three seconds, in the closest women’s race for 17 years.

The two Kiplagats will meet again in April when they face the 2013 London Marathon champion, Priscah Jeptoo, and also Mary Keitany, who topped the London Marathon podium in 2011 and 2012.

The women’s elite field for the 2014 London Marathon contains seven runners who have completed the classic distance in less than 2:22 and no fewer than 10 who have run quicker than 2:25.

“Winning my first London Marathon title on my fourth attempt last year was a special moment for me,” said Edna Kiplagat, now 35, who was third on her London debut in 2011 and twice a runner-up before her 2014 triumph.

“Now I have tasted success in London, I am determined to win again, but I know it will be tougher than ever in 2015. Florence will be hungry to win after getting so close last year, and both Priscah and Mary will be doing their best to regain the number one spot.

“We have all had some great races in London in the past and I am sure it will be even better this year.”

The return of Mary Keitany to the London Marathon will be keenly anticipated by marathon fans after she won her second title three years ago in 2:18:37, a time only world record holder Paula Radcliffe has ever beaten on the London course.

Kenyan athletics drugs cheat Jeptoo urged to tell all on doping

Kenya’s athletics boss has urged top female marathoner and drugs cheat Rita Jeptoo to spill the beans on her secret doping network when she appears before a disciplinary panel.

Jeptoo, winner of the last two consecutive Boston and Chicago marathons, will attend a disciplinary hearing next week as part of deliberations on what punishment she should face for taking the banned blood-boosting drug EPO.

“We are hoping the hearing will shed light on who is behind this doping scam, and Jeptoo should be able to spill the beans,” Athletics Kenya chairman Isaiah Kiplagat told AFP.

Kenya’s sports bosses have been accused of inaction on the doping issue, which has cast a shadow over the record-breaking and medal-winning achievements of its fabled distance runners.

They have also cast the current crisis as being a result of what they insist are dishonest foreign agents and managers who are “corrupting” Kenyan runners.

“We are in the process of forming the anti-doping commission to hear Jeptoo’s case. Since this is a delicate matter, which could decide the fate of the athlete and the country’s future, we will allow Jeptoo, her agent and even her own relatives to appear before the panel,” Kiplagat said.

Jeptoo, 33, is expected to face a two-year ban and be stripped of her recent titles.

Jeptoo tested positive for EPO, which can massively increase endurance, in an out-of-competition test in Kenya last September.

A test of her “B” sample, conducted at the World Anti-Doping Agency laboratory in Lausanne in December, confirmed the presence of the drug.

“Jeptoo is the highest-profile of the Kenyan athletes to have tested positive for the banned drugs which should send a big alarm to us,” Kiplagat said.

Two Kenyan runners banned for doping

Kenyan marathon runners Viola Kimetto and Joyce Kiplimo have been banned for two years for doping, Athletics Kenya (AK) said Tuesday.

The bans follow the shock revelation in October that Rita Jeptoo, the world’s current top female marathon runner, had also tested positive for banned drugs.

The 33-year-old Kimetto’s urine sample tested positive for the banned steroid norandrosterone during a race in Macau on December 1, 2013.

“Following the hearings and upon evaluating the details of the case, in consultation with the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), Kimetto… has been banned for two years,” AK said in a statement.

Kiplimo, 26, also tested positive for the same substance at the Yangzhou half-marathon in China in April.

Jeptoo is expected to find out this week results of her B sample analysis, which if positive could also she her banned.

The three-time winner of the Boston marathon and a two-time winner in Chicago is currently suspended after her A sample, taken in an out-of-competition test in Kenya in September, tested positive for the blood-boosting drug EPO.

Five other athletes will also appear before the AK’s Medical and Anti-Doping Commission on Thursday for a disciplinary hearing for alleged doping.

The doping offences have stunned Kenya, whose distance runners are national heroes.

Kimetto misses out on Athlete Of The Year award

World marathon record holder, Dennis Kimetto narrowly missed out world athlete of the year category, in a gala held last night at Monaco. Valerie Adams and Renaud Lavillenie have been named as the World Athletes of the Year at the World Athletics Gala in Monaco.

It is the first time that two field athletes have received the honour in the same year, with shot putter Adams and pole vaulter Lavillenie both present at the Chapiteau de Fontvieille to pick up their trophies.

Adams, who in 2014 extended her unbeaten streak to 56 competitions winning another world indoor title and Commonwealth gold along the way, is the first female thrower to have been named World Athlete of the Year. She is also the first athlete from New Zealand to receive the award.

The 30-year-old had been named as a finalist four times and was last year beaten by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as the winner’s fellow Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt picked up the men’s prize.


Kenyans win the Pittsburg 16 Km marathon

Kenyans Leonard Korir and Nelson Oyugi were shoulder-to-shoulder as they passed the 16km  marker in the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler race on  Sunday morning, as they were set to win the race.

Leonard Korir’s late push was just enough to beat Nelson Oyugi to win the second EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler race in 46 minutes, 52 seconds.

Oyugi finished 4 seconds behind Korir, who missed a course record by 2 seconds. Third-place finisher Kimutai Cheruiyot finished in 47:49.

American Sara Hall, 31, won the women’s race in 53:47, setting a course record in a neck-and-neck finish with Buze Diriba of Ethiopia. Sophy Jepchirchir, who finished second in 2013 and set a record at the 2014 Pittsburgh Half Marathon, finished in third place in 54:19.

Source: www.post-gazette.com