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Eldoret: the Kenyan town trying to ‘run away from poverty’

While its elite athletes can earn millions, there are thousands of others in Eldoret making a tough living from running

The rain has ended, the low clouds are clearing and the wet rust-coloured earth of the track shines in the sharp, angled sun. Justin Kipchumba is walking, his backs and shoulders steaming as the sweat evaporates.

His training for the morning is over. The 27-year-old has covered 30km through the fields and pastures outside the western Kenyan town of Eldoret in an hour and 45 minutes, and is heading to his rented room for tea and a plate of maize flour mash with vegetables. It is 8am.

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