marathon.jpgThere was a strong field of young and old entries for the 21st Ferbruary Movement 21km race held in Highfield to honour and cherish the life of President Robert Mugabe.

The race was making a comeback on the local athletics calendar after it failed to take off last year after organisers faced challenges in mobilising resources.

Most top and middle distance runners lined up with veterans and juniors to compete for honours.

Elmore Sibanda won this year’s edition of the 21st February Movement 10km road race for the first time in his career.

The New Zimbabwe Steel athlete had settled for consolation places in the previous edition but took just a little less than half-an-hour to claim the US$600 first prize in the senior men’s section.

The race, held in Highfield as part of the celebrations to mark President Robert Mugabe’s birthday, witnessed most of Zimbabwe’s top road runners taking part.

 

Sibanda won the event in 29 minutes 39 seconds as he beat favourite, Cutbert Nyasango into second place.

The race started at President Mugabe’s house with Sibanda and Nyasango in the leading pack, running neck-and-neck until the 8km mark.

Constance Nyasango, won the senior women’s Open race as she shrugged off her sister-in-law, Faith Nyasango into second place.

Muchaneta Gwata came third as Lizzy Chokore and Samukeliso Moyo occupied the next slots.

Hosea Goredema of Dzivaresekwa was the first junior man home as he romped to victory in this category with Prince Ncube of A-Academy and Takunda Chihava of Nemakonde also getting medals.

As if to match the President for age several veterans took part in the race dominated by youngsters but the old veterans held their own.

Freddy Kashiri, who continues to defy his age led the veterans.

Former US citizen, 76-year old Albert McGhee who missed the last three races since it started due to injury says he will continue to run the race as long as he is able.