Martin Lel Preparing For Middle East Debut

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 26, 2011
Martin Lel has big expectations in Dubai next month. Photo: Photo

It will be a comeback race for the 33-year-old Kenyan.

Martin Lel has big expectations in Dubai next month. Photo: Photo

He’s a three-time winner of the London Marathon, and in two months Martin Lel will be donning his flats in Dubai for his first marathon in the Middle East.

Lel will be joining a solid field at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on January 27. At 33, relatively young for his success, Lel has been battling injury as of late and hopes to use Dubai as a comeback race. He will be gunning for the first-place prize of $250,000.

“We have been after Martin for a long time now so we are delighted he has agreed to run in Dubai for the first time in January,” said event director Peter Connerton.”Last month, we flew to Kenya to meet Martin and see him train in the Kenyan Rift Valley town of Eldoret and he looked in superb shape. He obviously knows a lot about Dubai and the marathon and firmly believes he can bounce back with another fast time just as he did earlier this year in London.”

Lel’s marathon PR is two hours, five minutes, and 18 seconds.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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