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Gov. Ambode and Herbert Wigwe Presenting Abraham Kipton with the $50,000 cheque

Gov. Ambode and Herbert Wigwe Presenting Abraham Kipton with the $50,000 cheque

The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, with over 20,000 athletes had participants from 13 nations registering to compete for 92 million naira, the prize money for completing the standard 42.195 kilometres marathon.

The marathon sponsored by Access Bank, started at the National Stadium, Surulere at 7 am, taking runners through the major roads of the Old Lagos, the Third Mainland Bridge to the Lekki – Ikoyi Bridge, terminating at the Eko Atlantic City in Victoria Island.

Abraham Kipton of Kenya was the first to cross the finish line at 2:16:21 with Kipkemboi Hosea (Kenya) and Debebe Tolosa (Kenya) finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. Halima Hussein Kayou of Ethiopia was the first female to cross the finish line at 2:38:36 with Alice Timbill (Kenya) and Aberash Feyase (Ethiopia) finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively for the overall female category.

Sharubutu Philibus from Nasarawa State was the 1st Nigerian male to cross the finish line while Dinatu Yohanna from Taraba State finished as the 1st Nigerian female.

The event was hosted by Gbenga Adeyinka and had performances from Olamide.

The 42km race is a metaphor for life, the message is for individuals to stay on track and focus on their journey” said Herbert Wigwe, CEO/MD Access Bank PLC “We would like to take advantage of this Access Bank Lagos City Marathon to request that you join your resources with ours to meet the needs of the underprivileged in our society,” he concluded.

There was also a professional wheelchair race of 25km for special athletes.

The world class marathon had in attendance Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State; Solomon Dalung, Federal Minister for Sports; Deji Tinubu, Chairman Organizing Committee Lagos City Marathon; Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, President of the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE); Osayi Alile, Head Access Foundation, and others.

Abraham crossing the finish line

Abraham crossing the finish line

Abraham Kipton(Kenya) 1st Kipkemboi Hosea (Kenya) 2nd and Debebe Tolosa (Kenya) 3rd and their prizes

Abraham Kipton(Kenya) 1st Kipkemboi Hosea (Kenya) 2nd and Debebe Tolosa (Kenya) 3rd and their prizes

Abraham Kipton(Kenya) 1st Kipkemboi Hosea (Kenya) 2nd and Debebe Tolosa (Kenya) 3rd

Abraham Kipton(Kenya) 1st Kipkemboi Hosea (Kenya) 2nd and Debebe Tolosa (Kenya) 3rd

Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Medals

Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Medals

Athletes at the start line at the National Stadium

Athletes at the start line at the National Stadium

Athletes on Ikorudu Road along Palmgrove

Athletes on Ikorudu Road along Palmgrove

Athletes on the 3rd Mainland bridge

Marathoners

Marathoners

Badoo performing I Love Lagos at Access Bank Lagos City Marathon

Badoo performing I Love Lagos at Access Bank Lagos City Marathon

Debebe Tolosa (3rd) receiving his $30,000 cheque

Debebe Tolosa (3rd) receiving his $30,000 cheque

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode giving his speech

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode giving his speech

Gov. Ambode and Herbert Wigwe Presenting Abraham Kipton with the $50,000 cheque

Gov. Ambode and Herbert Wigwe Presenting Abraham Kipton with the $50,000 cheque

Gov. Ambode and Herbert Wigwe, Hon. Dalung and the decorated Top 3 Nigerian Male Athletes

Gov. Ambode and Herbert Wigwe, Hon. Dalung and the decorated Top 3 Nigerian Male Athletes

Gov. Ambode, Hon. Dalung, Herbert Wigwe and others

Gov. Ambode, Hon. Dalung, Herbert Wigwe and others

Gov. Ambode, Hon. Dalung, Herbert Wigwe and the top female athletes of the marathon

Gov. Ambode, Hon. Dalung, Herbert Wigwe and the top female athletes of the marathon

Gov. Ambode, Hon. Dalung, Herbert Wigwe,The Top 3 Nigerian Male Athletes and others

Gov. Ambode, Hon. Dalung, Herbert Wigwe,The Top 3 Nigerian Male Athletes and others

Gov. Ambode, Hon. Solomon Dalung and others

Gov. Ambode, Hon. Solomon Dalung and others

Halima Hussein Kayo and Hon. Minister Solomon Dalung

Halima Hussein Kayo and Hon. Minister Solomon Dalung

Halima Hussein Kayo crossing the finish line as the first female

Halima Hussein Kayo crossing the finish line as the first female

Herbert Wigwe - MD Access Bank

Herbert Wigwe – MD Access Bank

Herbert Wigwe with Special Athletes

Herbert Wigwe with Special Athletes

Herbert Wigwe with Special Athletes(Male)

Herbert Wigwe with Special Athletes(Male)

Hon. Solomon Dalung - Federal Minister for Sports

Hon. Solomon Dalung – Federal Minister for Sports

Hon. Solomon Dalung, Evang. Solomon Ogba and others

Hon. Solomon Dalung, Evang. Solomon Ogba and others

Kipkemboi Hosea (2nd) receiving his cheque of $40,000

Kipkemboi Hosea (2nd) receiving his cheque of $40,000

Top 3 Nigerian Female Athletes- Dinatu Yohanna (1st) and others being decorated

Top 3 Nigerian Female Athletes- Dinatu Yohanna (1st) and others being decorated

Top 3 Nigerian male athletes -Sharubutu Philibus (1st) and others

Top 3 Nigerian male athletes -Sharubutu Philibus (1st) and others

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8 Comments

  1. Olu

    February 8, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    – I heard a lot of people collapsed but I do not see those pictures here.
    – I heard there were no water stands for participants all thru the route.
    – I saw a picture of a runner who picked up a leftover Gatorade bottle from the street and drank the remaining content.
    – A lot of runners boarded buses to get to the finish line and they were still given medals for finishing the ‘race’
    – Some legitimate race finishers were turned back from the end zone because they didn’t finish ‘on time’.
    – People were not allowed to move around…. because of a marathon. what if there are medical emergencies? They could have just shut down some lanes along the race route.

    This is not rocket science..it is common sense …learn from other cities that have done it properly and take their best practices.

    We have a long way to go Nigeria.

  2. Tosin

    February 8, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    nna, people are trying sha. to be dey run kilometers.
    When is the next one? 2016 or 2017?

  3. titolu

    February 8, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    @ Olu, bros, try and be possitive…….Please!
    Cos if thats all you see…..smh!

    • Olu

      February 8, 2016 at 6:13 pm

      BN already showed the positive stuff…right?
      So..yea, to get a balance, I decided to talk about the other end of the spectrum…someone has to do it.
      We are not kids here (I think) ..so we should be able to take the good with the bad.

  4. naya

    February 9, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Errrmmm, is that 92million I see?*drops jaw*. Pls when is the next one?

  5. TEE

    February 9, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    I participated in this marathon, and i crossed the finish line. This marathon has to be the worst in the world!! BIG shame to Lucozade, Access bank and Lagos state governor!! The issues with this race? Jesus!! where can i [email protected] you only mentioned a small part of the issues. No water, no lucozade. We were buying sachet water from the streets. I didnt take a sip of lucozade all through the race. I had to buy coke at Adeniji and pepsi at Dolphine!! people were fainting and dehydrated, our medical mobile clinics didnt pick them up. they were looking for expats and foreigners to pick up. The guys at the water stand assisted in drinking up all the refreshments meant for runners. BRT buses picked people who couldnt finish the race and dropped them at the finish line….. you guessed right… they were given medals. We, that actually put in work even in the face of all the hardship, didnt get any medal. Did you ask why? because they gave it all to the BRT runners and probably kept some for their wives/ mistresses and children. after the race, there was no bus to take us back to stadium, knowing that most of us would have left our vehicle at stadium, the start line!! Mr Ambode, this is a disgrace!!!!
    I hope they dont even think of holding another one next year. Naija, we are from from there. Soooo pissed off!!

  6. Adjarho David Obaro

    February 10, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Am #Worldwrapperman, I ran the race to support #foodclique and #Africare and finished at 08: 05 : 00. There is room for improvement and I will advice all here to send a copy of this same complain to the commissioner of sport.Lets all add our own block to the grow of Nigeria.

  7. Aperez

    October 31, 2016 at 11:10 am

    The main problem with this marathon is that entry was free, which is why all of you can stand to complain this way. I have run multiple marathons and the main problem here is the Lagos Government bit off more than they could chew. free entry and an insane prize money means people who dont even know what a marathon is will apply to run. Mr. Obaro, the average marathon completion time is 4:30hr you completed yours in almost twice that time and you are complaining about lack of refreshment or medals ? Cut-off time is normal for races, the roads have to be re-opened and cleaned. I think it was a great achievement for Lagos and will be running in the next one

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