Mehluli Sibanda, Senior Sports Reporter
KADOMA-based athlete, Jacob Mugomeri, won the third edition of the Liquor Hub 10km Charity Fun Run held in Bulawayo yesterday.
The Zimpost runner claimed the senior men race in a time of 30 minutes 36.66 seconds followed by Blessing Waison of Black Rhinos and Blanket Mine’s Christopher Gondwe.
For his efforts, Mugomeri took home $500, while Waison was rewarded with $300 and Gondwe pocketed $200.
Patience Garauzive of the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) came first in the senior women section, followed by Neviah Maganzo also of ZPCS and ZRP’s Annie Chirisa.
Garauzive also took home $500 for her efforts, Maganzo ($300) and Chirisa ($200).
Joshua Chinanga of Masvingo won the junior men, closely followed by Dumo Mkhwananzi of Sparrows and Bradley Makuvure of Zvishavane.
Munashe Sarara of Mutare was the best junior woman, with Colletel Manyiwo from the same city taking second place, while Faith Nyathi of City Meats was third.
Prizes for the junior men and women were $150 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third spot.
In the men’s wheelchair category, Elfred Moyo of Danhiko pocketed the first prize of $200, with Samson Muroyiwa from Zvishavane taking second place and $150. Thandiwe Ndlovu of Richwood, Zvishavane, won the women’s event and the $200 prize money, while Margret Bangajena of Danhiko was in second.
Obey Makawa won the boys’ race followed by Diof Dube, while Pauline Tshuma was the girls’ event winner ahead of Nkazimulo Vundla. The first and second prizes in these categories were $25 and $15 respectively.
National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe president Tendai Tagara was the guest of honour at the awards ceremony, which was also graced by the sponsor, Bulawayo businessman Rajesh Modi, city mayor Martin Moyo and Zifa Southern Region chairman Musa Mandaza.
The awards ceremony was combined with those for the Zifa Southern Region, which are also bankrolled by Modi.
As part of the race’s charity contribution, groceries worth $5 000 were donated to Ingutsheni Central Hospital.