One of the oldest and long distance running events on the athletics calendar, the Harare Athletics Club Peter Gradwell Marathon was a low key affair after it failed to attract top athletes on Sunday due to the lack of prizes despite being sponsored by Ecosure.

The race saw a good turnout of over 750 athletes mainly social runners, many of who were preparing for the Two Oceans, Soweto and Comrades marathons in South Africa.

The marathon winner, Cashington Mavhunduke of the Harare Athletics Club, who finished the 42km marathon in a slow time of just over 3 hours and 20 minutes, said he felt drained by the hilly and difficult course.

The first lady home was Bulawayo based Lynette Tom followed by Tara Howard.

The marathon runner had a endure some difficulties as the course was not clearly marked, forcing many to make the wrong turns at 6km, 12km and 21km as marshals were either busy on their phones chatting and/or taking selfies instead of directing athletes.

There was no bike in front to direct the lead runners the route despite being run along the familiar route.

The Ecosure HAC Peter Gradwell marathon is used as a qualifier for both the 2018 Old Mutual Two Oceans 56km and Comrades Marathon in South Africa.