'Mabhunu over doing it'

MUTARE - Elijah Mabhunu, who has dominated this year’s long distance races, is in danger of running himself to the ground according to local athletics official.

At the weekend, Mabhunu chalked up his sixth win of the season when he romped to victory at the Old Mutual Mountain Run half marathon with a time of 1:05:15 only a week after he won the Gutu Half Marathon.

The 25-year-old has already won the Matopos, Victoria Falls, Kariba and Tanganda races this year alone.

He has also participated at the Old Mutual Bulawayo 10km Run, the Westgate Half Marathon, and the Gauteng Half Marathon in South Africa.

Manicaland Athletics Board chairperson Jopshua Mutame feels Mabhunu putting a lot of strain on his body which will shorten his running career.

“An athlete should ideally only participate in three marathons in a year,” Matume said.

The standard practice for marathon runners is that they take a day’s rest for every kilometre they ran.

This translates into 42 days rest after every race but local long distance runners are not following these guidelines.

Matume said it will be hard for this current generation of long distance runners to emulate the likes of Tendai Chimusasa and Abel Chimukoko, who all had prolonged running career because of the way they chose their races.

However, Mabhunu and his colleagues are being forced to put their bodies on the line due to the low prize funds.

“I didn’t think l would win after the Gutu Half Marathon last weekend,” said Mabhunu.

“We end up participating because the races are few. It’s different from South Africa where you have a race every weekend and you can pick which ones you want to participate in.”

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