Mu­tandiro wins in­au­gu­ral Beit­bridge marathon

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Thu­peyo Mu­leya in Beit­bridge

CRACK long dis­tance run­ner Gib­ert Mu­tandiro won the in­au­gu­ral Beit­bridge Mayor’s half marathon on Satur­day morn­ing.

Mu­tandiro beat a field of 64 run­ners, romp­ing home in one hour eight min­utes and 13 sec­onds to claim the $100 prize money and a tro­phy.

The race held un­der the theme “Run­ning against lit­ter” was sup­ported by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Agency (EMA) to raise aware­ness among Beit­bridge res­i­dents on proper solid waste man­age­ment.

Mor­ris Mu­leya fin­ished sec­ond in one hour 20 min­utes and Eu­gene Kelvin Mk­wanazi claimed third po­si­tion in one hour 25 min­utes.

The 21km race started at Lu­tumba Busi­ness Cen­tre and ended at Bor­der Ser­vice Sta­tion in the town cen­tre. No woman reg­is­tered for the 21km run.

Cas­sious Moyo won the men’s 10km run fol­lowed by Khum­bu­lani Moyo and Wash­ing­ton Chaminuka while Zi­vai Mataruse claimed the women’s 10km race fol­lowed by Sheila Joni and Enesly Sibanda.

Nine-year-old Obey Makamu was vic­to­ri­ous in the boys’ Un­der-12 10km race.

Busi­ness­men Nku­l­uleko Mbedzi and Nyasha Makambe, busi­ness­women Pa­tri­cia Ndlovu, Regina Ndlovu and Nom­phumelelo Chig­winya as well as Beit­bridge Town Coun­cil sec­re­tary Loud Ra­mak­gapolo also took part in the 10km run.

Beit­bridge Town Coun­cil chair­per­son Showa Moyo said:

“Through this marathon, we raised aware­ness about lit­ter­ing around town and on the high­ways.

“Many thanks to those that took part in the cleanup ex­er­cise.”

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