May 20, 2011, 2:26 PM
Gambia’s long distance runner Lamin Sanneh claimed his 5th Brufut Marathon title in the 16th edition of the Gambia’s most popular and consistent runs themed ‘Run against hunger’, on Saturday.
The long distance runner completed the 15km run from the Traffic light at the
Absentee, Ansu Sowe, who is one of
The run, which has received its usual local support with hundreds of cheering crowds along the Brufut highway, has also seen Mariama T. Jallow, one of
Lamarana Bah also retained 42 km cycling race after finishing it in 1 hour 36minutes. Sulayman Colley and Buba Jobe came out 2nd and 3rd.
Momodou E.F. Colley won the walk race. Kemo Ceesay and Jerry Manneh came out 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Ebrima L Manneh, Ousman Manneh and Sarjo Sanneh were the top three winners in the children’s 100m race for boys.
Fatou Jarju, Isatou Saidy and Fatou Binto Sonko topped the girl’s category.
The Brufut Marathon has now confidently won over 400 participants after starting with just 10 participants 16 years ago in a bid to promote sports as well as raise funds and sponsor needy students.
With major support from the Friends of the Gambia Association and the World Food Programme through Philippe Duterloo and Erik Berning, who donated food baskets as well as bag of rice for the BMRA’s popular raffle draw after a healthy fund raising by the duo, the event was staged successfully.
Participants walked away with bags of beans, rice, onions, iodized salt and cooking oil after winning in a colourful raffle draw coordinated by WFP’s Erik Berning.
As part of the event, Ba Jabbi, President of BMRA, delivered the opening statement, Momodou Max spoke on BMRA’s plans and Kebba Sonko of the National Environmental Agency delved on the environmental impact in the fight against hunger.
Philippe Duterloo, who also took part in the men’s 15km run with colleague Erik, delivered a speech on the fight against hunger.
The Alkalo of Brufut, Malamin Kajor Manneh, re-echoed his blessing and prayers for the success of the marathon.
The Keynote address was delivered by the Deputy Director for Sports, Pa Suwareh Faye, who also made a donation of D5,000 on behalf of the Ministry of Youth and Sports as part of their contribution to the event.