Nyamutsita wins Vumba Mountain Run

MUTARE - Canisious “Navara” Nyamutsita finally claimed victory at the Old Mutual Vumba Mountain Run Half Marathon after peeping last years’ champion Millen Matende to cure his 2013 heartbreak.

Nyamutsita hit the ribbon in 1:14:55 ahead of Matende, who came home in 1:15:40 with Munyaradzi Jani far behind on 1:30:54.

Three years ago, Nyamutsita thought he had won the same race but was later disqualified after he had strayed from the course due to unclear markings.

This time there was no denying Nyamutsita the win.

“I’m so excited with this win. I wanted it so much since my disappointment in 2013…I trained so hard for this and even ran in pain as I’m injured,” he said.

Matende conceded defeat saying having won the event last year fellow racers would naturally have trained specifically to beat him.

“To defend a title is very difficult because everyone would have trained and planned for you,” Matende said giving credit to Nyamutsita for a deserved win.

There were no surprises in the women’s race with Rutendo Nyahora blazing home in 1:29:17 with Constance Nyasango a close second on 1:30:50.

Nyahora remained modest in her joy insisting she was not a mountain runner in spite of dominating the field over the past three years.

“I’m not a mountain race runner and this is the most difficult course in all the races I participate in. This is not an ordinary marathon but a mountain run,” Nyahora said.

Manicaland Athletics Board (MAB) chairperson Joshua Matume said the race was a major success and continues to improve with each year.

“After our migration from Leopard Rock to Vumba Botanical Gardens, we had a few challenges with the route but we continue to learn from our experience and had a more polished event this year,” Matume said.

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