Onukogu Kanayochuqu Jubal
Organizers of the Lagos Women Run are reveling in the success of the marathon and have pledged that the event would get better by the year.
Tayo Popoola, coordinator of the 10km race in honour of the wife of the Lagos State governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, said the aim is to make the race one of the best athletics event on the local scene.
“We are happy with the way everything went; there were no lapses, as everything went according to our plans. What we are now looking forward to is to add more colours and glamour so as to arouse the interest of sponsors and more participants,” she said, while adding that the state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, is always happy when he sees women engage in sports events, with a common purpose of eradicating vices which negatively affects womanhood.
Mrs Ambode commended the participants for their zeal in participating in the event, stressing the importance of healthy living through sports. She was represented by the chairperson of the Eredo LCDA, Olajumoke Salisu, who pointed that the first lady is a caring mother who wants the best for women and children.
Olamide Adeseun emerged champion with a time of 41:04.66 seconds to cart home the top prize of N500,000 alongside other goodies. Fadekemi Olude, who beat Adeseun to the title at the inaugural edition last year, placed second with a time of 41.53:05 to get N100,000 while Faustina Ogbu came third with a returning time of 43.10:98 to get N50,000. Rewards went to 25 others, with various cash prizes and over 100 others also getting medals.
A top official of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Uthman Okunnu, said the state will continue to justify its position as the sporting hub of Nigeria, with more sporting events.