By Bernard Maranga, KBC/NECJOGHA
Nairobi, Kenya –Kenyan – Kenya long distance runner, Eliud Kipchoge last week made history to become the first human to run a marathon under two hours.
However, weather had a big part in Kipchoge’s feat dubbed the ‘INEOS 1.59 Challenge when he completed the 42.195 km marathon in 1 hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds. NECJOGHA here sets out to find the impact of climate on this historical event.
From the time of the preparation according to website https://www.ineos159challenge.com/ which was specifically set up by the sponsor of the event ‘INEOS’ to give updates the team behind Kipchoge left nothing to chance in the final week before the first scheduled date for the Challenge, Saturday 12th October.
“It’s now down to the INEOS 1:59 meteorology and performance experts to provide weather data to Kipchoge’s coaching team and collectively make the decision as to what date and time the INEOS 1:59 Challenge will take place, to give Kipchoge the best possible chance of success,” the website says.
Of the six miles of the route that Kipchoge followed was lined with trees which affect the micro climate of an area.
Another post on the website of the Kenya Meteorological Authority (KMD) says that one of the reasons Vienna was picked for the venue of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge was its favourable weather conditions in October.
“The optimum weather conditions for the INEOS 1:59 Challenge are a temperature between 7 and 14 degrees Celsius, humidity below 80 per cent, dry conditions and without too much wind,” Robby Ketchell, who led the weather analysis for the INEOS 1:59 Challenge Performance Team was quoted as saying.
While announcing the news of the 34 year old Kipchoge achieving the feat the INEOS 1.59 Challenge website says: The 34-year-old Kenyan’s landmark achievement began at 8:15AM CEST on the Reichsbrucke Bridge in Vienna in perfect weather conditions of around 9 degrees Celcius and wind speeds between 0.5 – 1.5 m/s.