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Lagos City Marathon: Ethiopian Lady Herpha Guta Is Female Winner (Photos)

Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda has won the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon 42km race in an unconfirmed record time of 2:15:04.

Ethiopian lady Herpha Guta has emerged as the first female to finish the 2018 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.. She did it in 2hrs38mins.

Participants defied an early morning rain to run in the race which started at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the rain which started at about 5 a.m. did not hinder participants who turned out in their thousands to participate.

 

Kareem Areola, 18, said the rain was not a hindrance to him.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, his wife, deputy governor, Adebule and former deputy governor, Pedro, at the race

“As you can see, a lot of people are under the rain enjoying themselves and I am also doing the same,’’ he said.

A student, Margaret Chime, 32, said that the rain was not heavy enough to dissuade participants.

“The turnout is impressive in spite of the rain because a lot of people are determined to participate,’’ he said.

Another student, Jimoh Ajibade, 14, said there was no way he could have missed the race because of the rain.

“I was here last year and I enjoyed myself and there is no way I would have missed it this year, so that is why I am here,’’ he said.

NAN reports that over 100,000 people participated in the IAAF Bronze Label Race which offers 208,000 dollars for grabs.

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