Sports News of Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Source: Sammy Heywood Okine
After previous successful regional marathons in the northern parts of Ghana, the next event comes off in the Ashanti Regional capital and it seems to be keen contest as the Garden City is known to produce some of Ghana’s finest runners.
On Wednesday, July 1, 2015 all roads lead to Kumasi for the regional marathon which is expected to attract lots of participants. According to organisers, everything is in place for a grand event and they have learnt a lot from mistakes done in the other regions, so they expect a massive crowd of participants and spectators.
Nana Owusu Ansah who has been touring the regions and sensitizing as well as organizing the runners said much has been done for Ghanaians to know about the Millennium Marathon, and the interest shown by the crowds testify that people have heard of the event and are ready to participate.
He urged the regions who have not yet felt the Millennium Marathon to exercise patience as they prepare to come around in the next few weeks.
At Wa in the Upper West Region, the marathon attracted a large crowd and at the end of the race Bright Gyamfi came first, followed by Adams Iddrisu, Dery Samuel, whilst Rita Bonnie lead and took the women’s first prize. She was followed by Mary Hilda Batirand Nnvanae Anchike.
The Brong Ahafo event was won by Matthew Nantiere, 20-year-old employee of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Nantiere overwhelmed spectators, particularly those who watched the 10.5 kilometre race from the roadside as the 2012 ECOWAS 5000 marathon winner ran passed showing no sign of tiredness.
Sunyani Regional Marathon was part of a road show aimed at promoting the main event in Accra on September 6, expected to feature marathon legends from Africa including Haile Gebrselassie from Ethiopia. Leonard Segbefia, 43-year-old Prison Officer at Sunyani was second, followed by Samuel Peprah, 22.