The Sunday Mail
Participants at yesterday’s Commissioner-General of Police’s 21 km Road Race have hailed the event as a platform to display their talent. The road race was last held in 2007, then sponsored by the Zimbabwe National Water Authority. Constance Nyasango (24), who defeated veterans Samukeliso Moyo and Tabitha Tsatsa, was pleased with the win but expressed reservations about the water points and the time factor.
“The first water point was at the 10km peg, which is not ideal as dehydration will have occurred. The race also should have started earlier – around 6am than 8.30am as it will be very hot,” said Nyasango who was competing in the race for the first time.
Her sister-in-law Faith came in third. Veteran athlete Tabitha Tsatsa, who came second, said it was a platform to keep in shape as she also prepares for the Two Oceans Marathon in South Africa.
“I am happy I have come to some speed work. Working hard and discipline has kept me in this game. Coming here also helps me to encourage the youngsters,” the 42-year-old said.
Wheelchair athlete Elford Moyo said the race provided good competition.
“I would like to thank the police for organising the race.
“But it is my plea that next time they could also consider us in events that have more prize money because of the effort we put and the wheelchair tyres are very expensive especially when damaged by these potholes. I end buying tyres with all the $100 prize money and my family will have nothing,” said Moyo.
Independent runner Wirimai Juwao won the Open men’s category followed by Jonathan Chinyoka of Prisons and his third-placed teammate Kelvin Pangiso.
The Commissioner-General’s speech was read on his behalf by Commissioner for Human Resources in the Zimbabwe Republic Police Nonkosi Ncube.
“Today’s confederation of participants is eloquent testimony of existing solidarity and co-operation between the Zimbabwe Republic Police and members of the public.
“It is pleasing to note that today’s race, which drew participants from both uniformed and members of the public, was characterised by an insatiable zeal to win as evidenced by the stiff competition exhibited by various athletes from the start to the finish line,” Commissioner-General Chihuri said.
“The high level of sportsmanship exhibited at this event encourages me to congratulate the winners for demonstrating the excellent performance. I would also like to commend the losers for giving the winners a good run for their money,” added Commissioner-General Chihuri.
Commissioner-General Chihuri commended sponsors Old Mutual for contributing to the success of the road race.