19 Jul 2015 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 19 JUL (NAMPA) Namibian Defence Force long distance runner Eliphas Shuuya won the Windhoek City Run here on Sunday after beating Martin Ntinda of the Namibian Police Force with a time of two hours, 34 minutes.
Windhoek Harriers Walking and Running Club and Nedbank Namibia sponsored this years Windhoek City Run.
The annual event this year took place at the Zoo Park along Independence Avenue.
About 500 athletes participated in this year race, which included running distances of 42.2 km, 21.1 km and 10 km, and walking distances of 10 km and 5 km.
Shuuya came first in the 42.2 mens category followed by Ntinda who was just a minute behind him with a time of two hours 35 minutes.
Pinehas Embashu came in third with a time of two hours 39 minutes.
In the 21.1 km run, Kenyan athlete Semi Tum came first with a time of one hour nine seconds, followed by Frans Hosea and John Uatelile.
Ester Haitope won the women's 21.1 km run category in one hour and 38 seconds, and the 16-year-old Clarissa Stofberg came in second with a time of one hour and 58 seconds.
Thomas Rainhold won the mens 10 km run, while Alina Armas dominated the womens category after beating Helena Iipinge with a two-minute gap, finishing the run with a time of 1:37 54 seconds.
Speaking to Nampa after the race, Shuuya said the race was very difficult due to the hilly roads.
The last 20 km of the race was very difficult, because I had to fight with going up and down on the hills. But I should thank my running partner Embashu who kept me busy until the last three kilometres of the race where I started leaving him.
This is really good preparation for the Lucky Star marathon that I will be taking part in later in the year, he said.
Ntinda, who came second, said he did not train well for the marathon but he is hopeful of improving in his next race.
In the 2014 edition of the Windhoek City Run, Aaron Tjivambi won the males category while Ottilie Aimwata won the womens category.