Kenyan Abraham Kiptum wins Lagos City Marathon

Access Bank Lagos City MarathonA Kenyan National – Abraham Kiptum has won the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon!
The winning time was 2 hours, 16 minutes, 21 seconds for the marathon which kicked off Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere and ended at Eko Atlantic in Victoria Island.
Thousands of runners registered for the race which had a $50,000 winner’s prize.

The Winning Moment

2nd & 3rd Place

Access Bank MD Herbert Wigwe

Access Bank MD Herbert Wigwe

Medals

Medals

32 Comments on Kenyan Abraham Kiptum wins Lagos City Marathon
  • Le coco February 6, 2016 at 10:27 am

    wow.. congratulations… amazing.. you are all winners..

  • Blah blah February 6, 2016 at 10:35 am

    So we can go out now?

  • Beebee February 6, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Congrats to him.. After spending close to 4 hours on the road due to the marathon and still could not get to my destination.

  • xag February 6, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    No working sewage and water treatment systems, drainage issues, rubbish heaps everywhere, no electricity, traffic gridlock, security issues, urban planning violations, potholes and other hazards. These are not the issues, its Lagos Marathon for charity. Have they finished dealing with the beggars every day on the road in Lagos or the youths without jobs who need real charity? Nigerians and superficial packaging. They want to package like New York and London on the surface but don’t want to do the hard work and fix the rotten problems underneath. A city where open sewage and health hazards face people going to work everyday. Most expensive slum in the world and una dey dey form Champagne life instead of dealing with the basics. Nonsense. When Rick Ross them will come and shoot a music video showing how 90% people really live in Lagos una go dey vex because they aren’t showcasing the Ikoyi and V/I 1% lifestyle. The level of Champagne consumption and G-wagon acquisition is not a metric for assessing development in the real world, true development is about how 80% of your citizens live not the fact that there are gargantuan mansions in Banana Island inhabited by the 1%. Bunch of jokers.

    • triple o! February 6, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      No vex

    • NaijaPikin February 6, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      But why so mad. How is this a bad thing. There is poor health care in naija, this is a preventive measure to combat that. How is it a negative? Raising money for charity, how is that a negative.

      You can’t keep waiting for everything to be perfect. Do the little you can, when you can. Even the New York you speak about has beggars, homeless, jobless and hungry.

      • xag February 6, 2016 at 2:24 pm

        Nigerians love negative comparisons. So by your logic, having Boko Haram around is okay because Somalia ,Iraq and Afghanistan have terrorism too, let us keep quiet until Nigeria turns to one of those countries. Or we should have just left the Ebola thing alone because people were dying elsewhere too. What is the per capita poverty rate in New York? What is the unemployment rate in London compared to Lagos? Make una dey there dey accept mediocrity in the name of “e go better” and “Jesus will come down to fix it”.

    • A. J February 6, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      You couldn’t have said it any better, thank you for your comment.

    • sha February 6, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      My sentiments exactly!

    • I no send February 6, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      E ma binu @ xag but generalising people living some where as jokers is a bit harsh.

    • SWAGG1 February 6, 2016 at 8:10 pm

      Totally support your READ.

  • stefini February 6, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    MEHN,HE TRIED O,CONGRATS TO HIM,I ALWAYS KNEW A FOREIGNER WOULD WIN,ALSO BIG CONGRATS TO THE NIGERIAN THAT GAVE HIS BEST TO STILL FINISH AMONGST THE TOP 10…SO THE MEDALS AND CERTIFICATES FOR ALL THOSE THAT PARTICIPATED AND MDE IT THROUGH THE FINISH LINE? NOT BAD

  • ABC February 6, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    @xag you took the words right out of my mouth. The superficial packaging is what exactly what Nigerians and Nigeria represents.

  • prince February 6, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Nigerians and bad blood. complains at almost everything. You that are complaining of the bad roads, poor electricity what have you done or what are you doing to change or impact lives in your sphere of contacts.
    Appreciate what people are doing, you’re there vomiting rubbish. RECEIVE BRAIN!!!

    • xag February 6, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      What is bad blood in asking that Nigerians live like human beings? If you’ve ever lived in a functioning city somewhere else other than Nigeria, you will understand my anger. Nothing bloody works in Nigeria and people are there hyping Lagos Marathon. Is that the issue? Let the government solve the damn basics and leave all this PR packaging abeg. It’s like rolling up your windows in the heat, because you want to pretend you have A/C in your car, so people will think you aren’t suffering. You’re asking me to change and impact lives as if I’m the one collecting toll-gate money or money for LASAA stickers. What did you vote in the government for, what do you pay tax and toll-gate fees for?

  • spicequeen February 6, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Well said xag

  • Smackdown February 6, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Kenyans should go home jare. Na every marathon dem go run? They win every marathon, boston, New York, etc..kilo de. We know they have the training because they run from one village to another looking for food. Abeg leave our Lagos marathon for Nigerians ooo.

    • nnenne February 6, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      @smackdown. … No man is an island. You need Kenyans and others. He rented a hotel and bought food shopped,, right? So also did the other visitors, right?
      Chances are that if we treated them well, by being accommodating, civil on the streets, these people and even those who haven’t come, will visit again and again.
      Hunny, tourism can help our economy. I think the marathon is a good idea because if well planned and executed, will bring in tourists.
      Now, other things like security, availability v clean water, stable electricity, clean environment, stable economy also matter.

    • A Kenyan. February 8, 2016 at 2:02 am

      No we won’t.

      If your marathon is called Lagos Marathon, and it prides itself as an ‘international marathon, then, it should welcome everyone without discrimination.

      I am East African and East Africans rule the world.

      I am Kenyan.

      If your race is going to be international, then, it has to live up to the name.

      We will always come there, blow it, take your Nairas and bring them back home.

      In the event that we aren’t able to, then, the Ethiopians, (our worthy neighbours I might add) can put things in order (on behalf of E.Africa).

      we also don’t mind Eritrea and Uganda.

      Thanks Nigeria. That was a good day in the office for Kenyans and Ethiopians.

      See you next year -2017

    • wele February 8, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      @Smackdown….this is not the 16th century…run from village to village for food????…do not be ignorant..travel and read more.. i bet Kenyans will win next year too…bye felicia.

  • Yemi February 6, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Emmanuel Gyang wasn’t the first Nigerian to finish the race. No Nigerian made it to the Top 10. I don’t know where people got that result from, because I covered the race. The first Nigerian male is Philip Sharubutu, and the first female is Mary Akor. Thanks!

  • nnenne February 6, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Oops! Cell phone and Auto correct. …meant , availability of clean water.

  • banke February 6, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    But why can’t we all just respect each others views even if different.. State your point without using abusive language.

  • Olajumoke February 6, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Congratulations to the winners and good job well done to them. My question is of what impact and value does the marathon contribute to Lagos state? That 1., a Kenyan had to go away with the coverted prize from Nigeria, take the money to his home country and probably invest or make a better living? How much of corporate social responsibility do financial institutions like Access bank and the likes as well as other organizations participate in and well?

  • Pray February 6, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Kipton, kator, kiptum??? What is his real name.

  • Ivy February 7, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Unfortunately it was a disappointing event. When the runners came through Lekki 1 there was no water. A lady had to buy pure water to share for the runners. To my most shocking was to see Lagos State staff in buses hoarding the water and lucozade to share among themselves. When would looting stop is my question. People were passing out because idiots in the government would steal drinks.

  • Abbey February 7, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    I ran the marathon, organisation was relatively poor…. but i have hope that the organisers will listen to all the complaints and give us a better race next year. Traffic management for those heading to the marathon was poorly organised, a lot of runners arrived late or just crossed over to join the runners, instead of starting from the start point. One of the most painful aspect is for runners who made it over 41km but were refused access to the finish line as the security of Eko Atlantic locked their gate. Another extreme low was the shortage of water, i got my first drink of water at 16km, when i desperately grabbed 2 sachets of pure water (My saving grace was i took along a little bottle containing coconut water, the plan was to start drinking the coconut water once i made it pass the 21km mark, but as soon as i got to about 7km, i just had to take a sip, without that i probably would have stopped before i got to 10km mark and headed back home), psychologically i no longer had confidence in the availability of water at the various water stations (and true to my doubt, i only got 2 bottles of lucozade water at about 34km mark opposite law school). I had suffered some case of running tummy some hours to the race, while the marathon pamphlet had promised mobile toilet at least for every 5km covered, i sighted none apart from the ones at the start of the race.. i had to manage my situation, until i got to Bourdillon, and was able to get relieve at healthplus shop while buying lucozade energy drink and water (you have to understand i was fighting off dehydration). If not for the drinks i bought at healthplus shop i likely would have stopped walking. Security on the 3rd mainland was equally sparse, i hope none of the runners were mugged by some of the hoodlums that lined up the bridge.
    I am passionate about sport and i believe sport tourism could be a great asset in generating extra revenue for the country.
    If future Lagos Marathon races are upgraded to international standard, we can expect a large influx of foreigners will partake.. the success of dubai marathon and other marathons around the world is a testimony to that. I think Abuja too should have its own Marathon.
    If we are waiting for everything to be fixed, before organising a marathon, we might as well wait forever. I believe Boston Marathon is over 100 years old, if you are to go back 100 years ago, certain basic amenities that we now take for granted where likely not available then, but the leaders had the foresight to see the importance of promoting marathon races.

    • Somtoo February 8, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      hahahha. Abbey has killed me with laughter. Only you suffered these plights? Thank God your tummy didnt decide to disgrace you and have you running to the nearest koro to relieve it.
      Your comment is so hilarious and informative as well. Hope your tummy is better. E ku marathon o. Well done

  • ruarunner February 7, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    @abbey. I feel bad for you. no water ?? did they contract out the drinks? hoarding of drinks for runners? shame shame, may d hoarders get jedi jedi.. i wish other runners would share their experiences let us hear and learn.
    as for the other comments, everyone has valid points- its good to complaint. but how can we improve? the next marathon shld be better.

  • Ife February 8, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Volunteer communication was poor. I signed up as a volunteer as I felt the need to help in whatever area was necessary but I got no response to all emails sent and even after I informed the program handle on twitter and spoke to one of the coordinating members, I still did not get the necessary details, even till now. I mean, when you call for volunteers and you don’t send out details required when needed, you are indirectly reducing your work force pool.

  • Adeyeye kayode March 4, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    My own case ehn is the same,there was supposed to be water from 3km but there was none,I complained to the people enjoying themselves inside the ambulance and they promised to look into it.Secondly,when we got to third mainland,about 3 to 4 water station was empty.Mobile toilet was nowhere to be seen.I was fortunate sha to see a water sumbody dropped on the pavement and that kept me going till I got to where water was available.After third mainland,there was nothing like sport drink again only water all the way and I felt like do they want us to drown,only water no sport drink.All things being equall,I got to the finishing line and again no food as promised,no sport drinks as promised only loads of oranges and atthat point,my stomach was empty I mean empty with no food in sight,if I had known I would have joined some of the runners who bought bread and butter in ikoyi.The most painful part was that I had a blister on my two toes and those stupid volunteer auxiliary nurses didn’t know what to do about it and was passing me round,I don’t know were they got them so lazy and quack nurses.The one web cum pain me pass be say some volunteers packed bags of sport drinks meant for us home and even the so called police loaded their vans with sport drinks and we the runners couldn’t find any to drink.The stone that broke the camels back was that there was no bus to take us back home and there was a long queue for brt buses that are not even up to 4. A generous trailer driver stopped there was no container at its back so a lot of people climbed and sat on the containers space.It was very pathetic.Thanks for the medal and certificate that shows I ran and finished.No b sweet tory

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