Gilbert – The Purosangue PLUMBER
Gilbert comes from a very humble background and was born and lived in a small town called Kiptenden, close to Kericho in Kenya. His father was a carpenter and his mother a house wife with a total of 9 children. Gilbert has 7 brothers and 1 sister.
At a very young age, Gilbert had to leave school and started working on a large farm as a plumber. His wages contributed to bringing food onto the family table and to help pay the school fees of his brothers.
He married at a very young age and has 2 young sons, Goodwill Kiprono and Felex Kimutai.
Gilbert was attracted to athletics when seeing his cousin Gilbert Kirwa winning Frankfurt and Vienna marathons in 2009. He took advice from his cousin and started training in his free time.
From 2010 to 2014 he was running mainly for recreational purposes and following similar training programs as some of the elites in Kenya but had no financial means or facilities to leave home and train at high altitude or full time.
The Purosangue Project and Foundation through Nico Pannevis and Max Monteforte were informed about Gilbert and were asked to assist where possible.
Nico met Gilbert, and together with his assistant in Kenya David Oloisa, placed him in the Purosangue running group to train full time in Iten at 2300 / 2400 meters above sea level.
In May 2017, Gilbert Chumba competed in his 1st international marathon in Rwanda. Gilbert won his debut marathon.
In October 2017, Nico was in contact with Migidio Bourifa who invited Gilbert Chumba to compete in his 1st marathon outside of Africa however due to a misunderstanding during the marathon, Gilbert took a wrong turn which compromised his finishing time and position.
Migidio has kindly invited him back to compete in his second competition away from home in Treviso which he won.
In 2018, Gilbert was invited back to compete at the Venice Marathon in 2018 and although the weather conditions were extreme with lots of rain and wind, Gilbert finished in 2nd position.
PB: Marathon 2h12’19”
|2018/03/25||Maratona di Treviso||2:12’19”||1°|
|2018/10/28||Maratona di Venezia||2:13’49”||2°|