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Athletes throng Windhoek for Citi Run

Nedbank City Marathon 2015 saw over 500 athletes drifting through the city last weekend. Nedbank Managing Director Lionel Matthews, said that the event organised with the assistance of the well-known Windhoek Harriers Running Club will in the coming years aspire to bring a Marathon event that can rival the prestige of the Nedbank Comrades Ultra Marathon.

Up to 500 Athletes thronged Independence Avenue in Windhoek for the first Nedbank Citi Run marathon which took place last weekend.

This year the running distances included the 42.2 km, 21.1 km and 10 km, as well as walking distances of 10 km and 5 km and all the races started and ended at the Zoo Park in Independence Avenue.
The Windhoek Harriers Running Club assisted with the logistical arrangements to ensure that the runners enjoyed a safe and pleasurable race.
Speaking at the prize giving ceremony, Lionel Matthews, Managing Director of Nedbank Namibia, reiterated that “Nedbank is very proud to host a road running event with the assistance of the well-known Windhoek Harriers Running Club.”
He added,“In the coming years we will aspire to bring Namibia a Marathon event that can rival the prestige of the Nedbank Comrades Ultra Marathon.”
Eliphas Shuuya took first place in the 42.2 km senior category at the Windhoek City Run, scoring a time of 02 34 35.36, beating Martin Ntinda who had a time of 02 35 49.88. Pinehas Embashu came in third place with a time of 02 39 17.71. Losaliya Nambandja, the only female participant in the senior category secured a time of 04 19 43.55
First place in the 21.1 km category went to Samy Tum with a time of 01 09 27.68, while Frans Hosea took second place clocking 01 11 13.60. Coming in third was Jesaya Matheus with a time of 01 11 43.30. Sarti Eshitile won the women’s 21.1 km race in 01 24 51.78, Ester Haitope came second with a time of 01 38 38.05 while third place went to Rondengudus Gustav coming at 01 40 07.95. The event not only catered for athletes but also provided fun for parents and their children with activities such as face painting, balloon shaping and a jumping castle, while refreshing drinks and food was provided by local vendors.
Corporate Marketing and Communications Division of Nedbank Namibia, Mario Poolman said the race will certainly become a sporting highlight to road runners and will feature prominently on the local athletics calendar.

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