Apr 16, 2010, 6:03 PM
Modou Bah and Mariama T. Jallow, natives of Alagie Kerou and Essau, respectively were given a consolation prize of D500.00 each after being crowned as champions of the first-ever Ndungu Kebbeh short-distance road marathon, organised by Ndungu Kebbeh Youth and Sports Association held at the village last Saturday.
Modou Bah who won the male category completed the 8km distance in a time record of 23 minute, while his fellow champion in the female category, Mariama Jallow who won the female road race finished the 5km distance with only 10 minutes on the clock.
Omar Yankateh of Kasiwa and Awa Jobe of Ndungu Kebbeh were also awarded a cash prize of D300.00 as the runners-up, while Tijan Loum and Fatou Ceesay both natives of Ndungu Kebbeh received a consolation prize of D200.00 each.
The athletes who came out first, second and third positions, respectively in both categories, according to the co-ordinator of the event, Jim Kebbeh have both gained an automatic qualification to the famous Brufut Marathon, billed for December.
Jim, however, was overwhelmed with the way the event was organised although he was little bit unimpressed with the turnout.
He further seized the opportunity to thank Momodou Max Jallow, whom he described as a true and dedicated servant of Ndungu Kebbeh, noting that without Max the event would not have been possible.
Jim further seized the opportunity to thank all those who joined them in making this event a success, especially the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mambanyik Njie who have spared his time to graced this wonderful and spectacular occasion and challenged them to continue giving support to them at all times.
Meanwhile, other participants who were not lucky enough to be among the first and third positions were each awarded certificate in appreciation of their wonderful performance during the road race.