Athletics Kenya President Jack Tuwei from (left), World Marathon record holder, Eliud Kipchoge, and Sports Chief Administrative Secretary Noor Hassan Noor, at Eldoret International Airport on September 27, 2020 before the athletes boarded a chartered plane, to compete in London Marathon Pic:Jared Nyataya | Nation Media Group
Executive jet flies Eliud Kipchoge and co. to London
What you need to know:
- Pacemakers and elite athletes with their technical support team were in the 56-seater aircraft that landed at the Eldoret International Airport on Saturday to afford the crew of six a day’s rest at Eldoret’s Boma Inn Hotel.
- Tuwei wished the athletes well in the race knowing that they have prepared well ahead of the tough task ahead.
“Good morning ladies and gentlemen. This is the flight deck, your captain, Julian Mogg, speaking.
A chartered plane carrying Kenyan athletes who will be competing in the London Marathon at Eldoret International Airport on September 27, 2020 moments before jetting off.
“We are soon starting our descent into London Stanstead Airport. Our estimated time of arrival is 7.00am, local time. I hope you have enjoyed the flight.
“On behalf of Oryx Jet and the entire crew on board, we wish to welcome you to London, and wish you all the best at the London Marathon. May the best athlete win. Thank you ladies and gentlemen.”\
These most probably will be the words from the cockpit of the Oryx Jet executive travels chartered Boeing 737-500 upon its arrival at the Stanstead Airport in London on Monday.
The special aircraft, hired by London Marathon organisers to fly in elite athletes from Kenya and Ethiopia, took off from Eldoret at 8.15pm Sunday night after the crew had an overnight stay in the “City of Champions.”
With Captain Julian Mogg at the controls, after picking the Kenyan contingent to Sunday’s London Marathon, led by defending champions and world record holders Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei, the executive jet hopped over into Addis Ababa to pick the Ethiopian contingent led by multiple world and Olympic distance running champion Kenenisa Bekele.
It would then make a refueling stop in Athens, Greece, before making the final approach to London Stanstead Airport.READ MORE