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All roads leads to Kwahu for Easter Marathon

April 21, 2019 |by Myka | 0 Comments | Athletics, Trending

The 2019 Easter festivities draws near and one place in Ghana, called Kwahu, would be the center of attraction, with series of activities.

Key among such activities is the 2019 Kwahu Easter Mountain Marathon (KEMM), which forms part of activities of the Kwahu Traditional Council (KTC), as they look to boost tourism and foster healthy living among the Kwahu populace and Ghanaians as a whole.

The uniqueness of the Kwahu Marathon is captivating, as it is the only marathon in the country, that provides a lot of challenge to athletes taking into consideration the fact that, one has to climb and descend the mountains many times before getting to the finish point.

The 42.195 km marathon starts from Nkwawkaw Goil Filling station through the hills of Obomeng and the fascinating landscape of Mpreaso, Beepong, Nkwatia and Abetifi with Abene being the end point of the marathon, provides an exciting but enduring experience for athletes.

Richard Sekyere, a Russia based Ghanaian student who is a long distance runner described the KEMM as the best marathon in the world because it is on the mountains.

“Anyone who excels in this marathon is capable of excelling everywhere,” he added.

Though the event is in its second year, the marathon has attracted top athletes all over the country, with the likes Denzel Poin, Akuka Williams, Raja Lagble, Prosper Awuah, Ishmeal Arthur, William Amponsah among others have registered for the event.

This is an indication of a keen competition, as the registered athletes have demonstrated over the years that, they are top athletes who are capable of providing keen competition on the day.

To spice up the day, is a number of Kenyan athletes, who have all confirmed their participation in this year’s marathon with at least 1000 athletes expected to compete in the second edition of the marathon.

This year’s prize package for winners of the marathon is indeed a juicy. A sum of GHc 20,000 has been set aside by the organizers of the program as well as various electronic gadgets, decoders, assorted items, among others for 20 outstanding athletes.

The ultimate winner would have a sponsored trip to participate in the Beijing Marathon and also compete in major marathons around the world.

Sponsors of this year’s KEMM include Goil, StarTimes, Mobisoko, Asempa FM and Bel Beverages.


Kwahuhene to launch Kwahu Marathon

March 7, 2019 |by Myka | 0 Comments | Athletics, General News, Trending

Accra, March 7, GNA – Daasebre Akuamoah Agyapong II, the Kwahuhene and President of the Kwahu Traditional Council (KTC), will on Monday, March 11, launch the second edition of the Kwahu Easter Mountain Marathon (KEMM), at the Esono Gyimah Mampong Adjei Palace, Abene, Kwahu.

The launch would be the second in series, after the Accra launch two weeks ago, at the head office of Startimes Ghana Limited.

According to a statement from the organizers, Medivent Consult, Dasebre Akumoah Agyapong II, would use occasion to throw more light on preparations so far for the competition, expectation of athletes and other key issues on the competition.

It said, Dasebre Akuamoah Agyapong, would be supported by other wing chiefs of the KTC.

It added that, the decision to perform another launch in Kwahu, was part of the activities to create more awareness about the event and attract more participants and sponsors.

“Again as the main venue of the event, it is significant to give Kwahu a sense of ownership,” it added.

Also in attendance would be Mathew Vikuba Nantiere, winner of the 2018 Kwahu Easter Mountain Marathon.

The 23 year old Fire Officer, is expected to defend his crown this year, as the competition seem to have grown bigger with interests from athletes in Kenya and Ethiopia.



Kenya’s Mutua joins list of athletes for Kwahu Marathon

March 6, 2019 |by Myka | 0 Comments | Athletics, General News, Trending

By Dennis Osei Gyamfi, GNA

Accra, March 06, GNA – Erastus Mutua Mumo, an experienced Kenyan long distance runner will join a host of other top runners for this year’s Kwahu Easter Mountain Marathon (KEMM) in the Easter region of Ghana.

The Kwahu Easter Mountain Mountain, is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, from Nkawkaw to Abene, covering a distance of 42.2 kilometers.

Mutua born in Mombasa, has participated in a lot of international competitions including; Incheon in Korea 2013, Ahmadabad in India 2015 and Taipei in Taiwan.

He is a registered member of the International Association of Athletes Federation (IAAF).

Mumo’s personal best achievement was in the Incheon Half Marathin in Korea, where he recorded 1:03:06 and the Ahmadabad Marathon in India with a record time 2:17:54.

The second edition of KEMM, was officially launched at the Head Office of StarTimes Ghana Limited, Airport in Accra on Tuesday, February 26.

According to the organizers, this year’s Marathon would see participants compete for a total prize package of GHC 20, 000 and this would include, electrical gadgets, products from sponsors and an opportunity to participate in international marathons.

Over 1000 athletes are expected to compete in this 42.2 kilometer marathon with three winners in both the male and female categories having the chance to compete in the Beijing Marathon.



KTC to embark on “Operation 1,000” for Kwahu Marathon

February 27, 2019 |by Myka | 0 Comments | Athletics, General News, Trending

head of the 2019 Kwahu Easter Mountain Marathon (KEMM), the organizers, have launched “operation 1,000 participants” – a campaign to improve participation in the marathon.
The Kwahu Easter Mountain Marathon, which is in its second year, is expected to attract at least 1,000 participants across the country, hence the decision to launch the campaign.
The campaign is expected to target all schools in the Eastern Region and Kwahu especially and across the country.
The event, which is in the second year, is already receiving massive attention from athletes and corporate bodies, is fixed for Saturday, April 20, from Nkawkaw to Abene, covering a distance of 42.2 kilometers.

Nana Obeng Akrofi Darte I, Mpraeso Baamuhene of Kwahu Traditional Council (KTC), who launched the event on Tuesday, disclosed this to the media.

“Our target is to get at least 1,000 participants to compete in this year’s event. We have learnt from the previous event and we are coming out better and bigger this year.

“It is for this reason that we involving all schools in Kwahu and Eastern Region to a large extent, as well as embark on intense outreach activities to boost participation.

“Our target is to get at least 1,000 participants to compete in this year’s event and we are not leaving any stone unturned to realise this target.

“We made a modest target of 500 last year but we did not realise that, due to some lapses on our part. We have corrected those mistakes and we are looking forward to great event,” he added.

The Kwahu Easter Mountain Marathon is an initiative of the Kwahu Traditional Council (KTC) and Medivents Consult.


Introduce sports courses in tertiary institutions- Sports Minister

February 17, 2019 |by Myka | 0 Comments | General News

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr Isaac Asiamah has implored tertiary institutions to introduce sports courses such as athletics training, physical education and sports medicine in their school curricula.

He said it was equally important for them to invest in sports business as a way of attracting the youth to nurture and develop their careers in sports.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Director-General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Professor Peter Twumasi during the inaugural ceremony of the Ghana Technical University Sports Association (GHATUSA) games, Mr Asiamah said the government was committed to using tertiary institutions as the hob to develop various sports disciplines in Ghana.

Speaking on the theme, ‘Harnessing a meaningful role to promote sports through education’,Mr Asiamah said tertiary institutions had a big role to play in organising sports through educational policies.

For his part, the Director-General of the NSA, Professor Twumasi pledged the sports authority’s support for the development of sports in tertiary institutions and called on stakeholders to use sports as a tool for national growth and development.

About 300 athletes from the 10 technical universities in Ghana will compete for honours during the GHATUSA games. The disciplines included men and women athletics, basketball, badminton, football, handball, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis and volleyball.

An opening football match between the Accra Technical University and the Kumasi Technical University ended in a one all drawn game at the Accra Sports stadium.


Raymond French claims sprints double titles

February 17, 2019 |by Myka | 0 Comments | General News

Raymond French from the Takoradi Technical University (TTU) became the centre of attraction during the final of the Ghana Technical University Sports Association (GHATUSA) athletics competition held at the El-Wak Sports Stadium in Accra.

After stunning the spectators to win the men’s 100m event with a time of 10.65 seconds, French was on hand again to clock a time of 21.21 seconds to claim gold in the 200m event to a standing ovation from the spectators who converged on the stadium.

Isaac Botsio also from TTU clocked a time of 10.73 sec. to place second in the 100m, while Abdul Rashid Saminu came third with a time of 10.85 sec, and in the 200m men’s event, Iddrisu Musah of TTU came second with a time of 21.79 sec, with Emmanuel Mensah Oduro from Kumasi Technical University clocking 21.93 sec to win the bronze.

The women’s 100m saw a close contest between Benedicta Hagan of the Cape Coast Technical University (CTU) and Charity Opoku of Accra Technical University (ATU). While the latter came first with a time of 12.94 sec, Opoku followed closely with a time of 13.09sec.

Abdulai Salamatu from the Tamale Technical University (TATU) was the victor in the women’s 200m race, clocking a time of 26.04 sec. She was followed closely by Charity Opoku of ATU with a time of 26.30 sec, while Benedicta Hagan from CATU came third in a time of 26.51 sec.

The men’s 400m final, which was keenly contested for, saw Daniel Otibu from Accra Technical University clocking a time of 48.25 seconds to emerge winner, with Ernest Amoako from the Kumasi Technical University (KTU) coming second with a time of 48.93 sec, while Razak Odoom from ATU followed with a time of 49.46 seconds.

Ethel Amissah from ATU won the women’s 400m race before school mate Hawa Amadu stopped the time at 1.72 seconds for the second position and KTU’s Rabiatu Mohammed stopped the clock at 1.01 seconds.
The 5,000m men’s final saw Mark Owusu from TATU beating a pack of 16 others to win with a time of 15:58.6 minutes, followed by Fuseini Issah from KTU in 16:04.7 minutes and Matthew Akpanglo from ATU in 16:18.8 minutes.

The women’s 3000m followed suit with Elizabeth Ewusie from TATU coming first with a time of 11:03.3 minutes followed by Wasilatu Ibrahim from TATU in a time of 11:20.4 minutes and Christiana Ahoma from Koforidua Technical University (KOTU) in a time of 11:44.6 minutes.

In the women’s 800m, Rosemary Arthur from TATU came first in the time of 2:22.2 minutes while fellow schoolmate Florence Narkotey placed second with a clock stoppage of 2:24.0 minutes and Vivian Fosuah of KTU coming home in the third position in a time 2:24.0 minutes.



Arthur, Elizabeth in historic Millennium Marathon victories

February 17, 2019 |by Myka | 0 Comments | General News

The 2018 Millennium Marathon last Saturday produced a new winner as 19-year-old Ishmael Arthur from Agona Manko Nkwanta in the Central Region was crowned winner of the male 21km race at the Independence Square in Accra.

Arthur, a graduate of the Swedru Business School, finished first in a time of 1:08:09 ahead of John Kudanu and last year winner and pre-marathon favourite, Malik Yakubu who finished within 1:08:53 hours and 1:08:58 hours.

In the female 21km race, Elizabeth Azure also curt a slice of history after retaining the title after crossing the finish line in a time of 1:19:31 hours.

Elizabeth, a 21-year-old Level 200 student of the University of Development Studies completed the highly competitive race first ahead of Ramatu Abdullah, 14, and Judith Bayele, 16, who finished within 1:27:06 hours and 1:31:52 hours in that order.


Women’s 21 km winner, Elizabeth Azure (left), with first and second runners-up Ramatu Abdullah and Judith Bayele

Arthur, who trains at the Daakye Gym at Swedru, told the Graphic Sports that he put in a lot of work and deserved the victory.

“It’s unbelievable because this is my first time participating in the Millennium Marathon. I trained a lot. I never stopped training, especially these last few weeks because my target was actually to win and I thank God for making this dream a reality.”

Elizabeth, who was second in her debut competition in 2016, said she had her eye on the top prize because it would afford her to compete outside Ghana.

“I trained hard for this particular event because I heard that the winner would represent Ghana at one of the international marathons,” said the women’s champion.


Ishmael Arthur (middle) flanked by first runner-up, John Kudanu (left) and second runner-up Malik Yakubu

For their prizes, Arthur and Elizabeth each took home $2,500 in cash and medals. In addition, they will also get opportunity to participate in the 2019 Dubai Marathon to be held in January.

The second and third placed athletes each received $1,500 and $1,000 in cash, medals and souvenirs from sponsors.

In other categories, renowned para-athlete Raphael Botsor won the male wheelchair male event ahead of Yakubu Abubakari and Maclean Atsu who finished second and third respectively.

In the female five-kilometre race, youngster Ammakyie Kening finished in first position in a time of 14:45:35 minutes to take home $500 as the winner’s prize, followed in that order by Vivian Fosuah (15:04:55) and Regina Aontett (15:10:07).


Renowned para-athlete Raphael Botsor (middle) won the male wheelchair event

Togolese Kakonissa Midouni won the male five-kilometre race ahead of Desmond Sarpong and Foli Quaye Ametepe to take home $500, $300 and $200 in prizes respectively.

This year’s event, themed “Run the Healthy Change in You” attracted thousands of participants both locally and internationally.

On the sidelines of the race, 42-year-old Amdiatu Seidu, a civilian employee at the Ministries Police Station in Accra, won a 2018 Nissan Kicks vehicle in a raffle draw conducted by the National Lotteries Authority.


Thousands of athletes participated in this year’s event

Arthur and Elizabeth were not the biggest winners of the day. There was also love in the air as the first ever Millennium Marathon wedding was conducted between two marathoners, Samuel Attuah and Doreen Asantewaa Nyarko, who participated in the five-kilometre race and were later joined in holy matrimony at the Independence Square.

The couple ran the race in their wedding outfit after which their union was blessed by Rev Isaac Aurthur amidst loud cheers from their families, friends and the large crowd.


Samuel Attuah and Doreen Asantewaa Nyarko ran the 5 km race before walking down the aisle to bless their marriage


Kwahu Easter Marathon would be an international event – Obomenghene

October 12, 2018 |by Myka | 0 Comments | General News, Trending

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22-year-old Nantiere wins

October 19, 2015 |by Myka | 0 Comments | Athletics, Trending

A 22-year-old student from Kumasi in the Ashanti Region won the main Kwahu Easter marathon race held last Saturday.

The 40-km race which attracted 97 contestants started from Nkawkaw to Abene, the traditional capital of the Kwahus.

The winner Vikuba Mathew Nantiere clocked a time of 1:57:13.

Nantiere received assorted items from GOIL, a decoder and a satellite dish from StarTimes.

Ishmael Arthur came 2nd with a time of 1:59:49 whilst the 3rd position went to William Amponsah who made it with a time of 2:03:17.

The 4th place went to Jonas Ayamga with Seidu Salifu taking the 5th position.

The first female to cross the finishing line was Precious Nyaaba and 11-year old David Mayi who placed 9th and were given special prizes.

Addressing the marathoners after the race, the paramount chief of the Kwahu traditional area Daasebre Akuamoah Agyapong II commended the winner for his hard work which enabled him to win the race.

He hoped that the race would become bigger in the near future as compared to others in other countries.

The chairman of the organising committee of the marathon Nana Effah Opinamang III commended GOIL for sponsoring the event.

He was of the view that more talents must be unearthed for the development of athletics in the country.


Vikuba Mathew wins maiden Kwahu Easter Mountain Marathon

October 19, 2015 |by Myka | 0 Comments | Athletics, Trending

Mathew Nantiere Vikuba, 22-year officer of the National Fire Service (NFS), emerged winner of the 31-Kilometer maiden edition of the Kwahu Easter mountain marathon.

The event, organized by Kwahu Traditional Council (KTC) and Medivent Consult, saw Vikuba, making a time of one hour, 56 minutes and 20 seconds to become the historic winner of the marathon.

The mountain marathon was aimed at changing the face of the annual festival.

Vikuba, also a student of Cape Coast University, had to fend off stiff competition from Ismael Arthur, William Amponsah, Ayamga Jonas and Seidu Salifu, who placed 2nd -5th with one hour, 59 minutes, two hours and three minutes, two hour and six minutes and two hour and 20 minutes respectively.

In an interview with GNA Sports Vikuba noted that they struggled to finish the event, since it’s their first time of doing a mountain marathon.

“We have participated in several marathons, but this mountain marathon being our first was a bit difficult, we had to endure more to make it through the curvy mountains because we had to climb the mountain for more than 30 minutes, which took a lot from us but it was worth it,” he stated.

According to him this would put him on his toes to train hard for more of such events in the future and be able to make it for himself and mother Ghana.

“I have the dream of working hard and becoming one of the best athletes for Ghana, this maiden Easter mountain marathon has really helped and conditioned me for the task ahead,” he added.

Vikuba, took home a 32 inch television set, products from Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL).

He would also have the opportunity to participate in the 2018 version of the Berlin Marathon to be held in September.

The event was sponsored by Ghana Oil (GOIL), Kofikrom Pharmacy, StarTimes Ghana, Mafa Media, Mr Tours Ticket Travel and Tours and Medivent Consult.

Source: GNA