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‘Posh girl’ Gladys Shollei spills beans on her life regrets (including becoming a lawyer)

Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Boss Shollei has revealed her regrets for not pursuing her dream career in athletics and ending up as a lawyer instead.

In a candid interview with radio host Massawe Japani, Shollei blamed peer pressure for misleading her from pursuing her ambition of becoming an accomplished marathoner.

She ended up studying law which she said was not her passion.

“I am an athlete since my hey days. I have participated in Lewa Marathon. I regret not pursuing my dreams of being an athlete during my school days; because I was a very good runner. But I blame this on peer pressure,” Shollei revealed.

Shollei said female runners were always met with mockery during her youthful years, something which demoralized her.

“During those days, female runners were nicknamed ‘hero-metric’ a phrase picked from a famous Kipchoge Keino advert where he would appear and say ‘hero-metric, definitely a long distance runner’.


“I couldn’t stand the mockery so I quit running because I wanted to be posh. I started doing swimming and tennis.

“These days I regret because had I been an athlete, I would be billionaire right now. I ended up being a lawyer and am yet to make much money as these athletes,” said the former chief registrar of the Judiciary.

Shollei also opened up on her 25 year-old marriage to Sam Shollei.

She termed it as a wonderful journey, but also revealed her husband’s habit that annoys her often.

“I get pissed when he comes home with visitors without giving me notice,” the mother of four said.