Jun 7, 2013, 12:22 PM
Three athletes namely, Andrew Jarsey, Mariama T. Jallow and Sajuka Joof all celebrated victories over their opponents as the 15th edition of the Njawara Marathon dubbed "Run for Njawara Maternity Ward" came to an impressive and successful conclusion in Njawara village on Saturday.
The athletics trio made a remarkable performance to secure the top prizes in events such as the 10, 5 and 3 kilometers races under the cheers of a capacity crowd, including the press.
Andrew Jassey completed the 10 kilometre race, which started from Badibou Kerewan to Njawara at an impressive timing of 35.43 minutes, and the young athlete who made no secret of his desire to excel to a better athletics standard was rewarded for his outstanding performance as he walked away with a cash prize of D1, 200.
Jassey was followed by Amadou Bah, while Amadou Sinn occupied the third spot.
Mariama T. Jallow won the girls marathon event to record her 5th Njawara Marathon title. She did so with an impressive timing of 22.2 minutes and in stunning fashion. Jallow who also received a cash prize of D1, 000 was followed by her comrade and friend, Sita Sanneh, with Alimatou Badjie, a Canadian national, securing the third spot with a cash prize of D800.
Sajuka Joof who became the winner in the 3 kilometer race along with his fellow competitors all walked away with learning materials, following their outstanding participation in the marathon.
The ultimate objective of this year's marathon is to raise the require funds in a bid to upgrade and maintenance the Njawara Maternity Ward, which according to Mamut Touray, the chairperson and youth leader of Njawara Marathon association, is benefiting more than 3000 people within the catchment area.
"Njawara Marathon association has registered and continues to register significant successes, ranging from the establishment of the maternity ward to the provision of school furniture worth around D200, 000, among other successes, since its establishment in the 90s. Touray used the occasion to thank their sponsors Banjul Breweries, BDV and Qcell for their contribution in the success of the event.