Bindura was set alight as hundreds of daring athletes thronged the town for the much hyped cross country competition seeking to secure places for the forthcoming interprovincial competitions.

They battled against the hard surface, the scotching sun on bare feet, and their sweat watering the path to glory.

For some, sportsmanship was all that mattered making everyone a winner.

Athletes in the cadet under 14,16,18 20 and open categories drawn from Mbire, Mazowe and Guruve among other districts did not disappoint the watchful eye of former great, Artwell Mandaza.

Also in the spectator bay was the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Mashonaland Central, Senator Monica Mavhunga who commended the athletes’ enthusiasm.

“Let us all take a leaf from Taflow and make sport a vibrant activity in our province so that we produce champions at national events. Recently we laid to rest a hero in our province in Dr Oliver Mtukudzi, proving we can excel through art and sport,” said Senator Mavhunga.

National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe board member and Mashonaland Central Athletics Association Chairperson, Pretty Mawire challenged stakeholders to promote athletics at grassroots level.

“It is my wish to have more clubs, we are encouraging schools to form smaller clubs and bring athletes to such competitions for development,” she said.

Five victorious athletes from each discipline will now participate in inter-provincial competitions set for Kwekwe.

Each of the 1st placed winners were given t-shirts and $50 prizes money courtesy of the benefactor, Tafadzwa Chitiyo.