Mavhunduke Races Through in London

RACING in the this year's Virgin London marathon for the first time was an eye opener for Harare Athletic Club member Cashington Mavhunduke.

Cashington Mavhunduke
Cashington Mavhunduke

"For me, it was exciting sporting event.The supportive large crowds from the side-lines were amazing. It lifted my competitive running spirit. Although, it was tough I was glad to make it to the end", said Mavhunduke.

The runner, a new-comer in the veterans Over-40 age group maintained a constant pace up to the 25kilo-metre mark, slowed down a little there-on to finish 451st in 2hours 48minutes and 14seconds.

Striding home past the finishing line out of a staggering field of well over 35 000 runners was a considerable achievement, especially beating the three-hour time barrier.

Mavunguke said, his participation in the marathon was more of a sporting holiday which he greatly enjoyed and paid tribute to his Club headed by Marc Pozzo and captain Colin Colgrave.

The big London marathon event was dominated by Kenyans who occupied five of the six podium finishes with Wilson Kipsang winning the men's title in 2hrs 4mins 44s and Mary Keitany taking the women's prize in 2hrs 18mins 37s.

Zimbabwe has had notable involvement in the London marathon in recent past years when Nkosiyazi Sibanda of Blanket Mine near Gwanda competed and finished in a credible 19th position while Harare's Cuthbert Nyasango was hired by the organisers as a pace-setter for the elite runners.

Meanwhile, Nyasango is one of the top marathon runners in the country and likely to make the team for the upcoming London Olympic Games.

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