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Tuesday, January 9 2018 | NEW ERA SPORT 19 Half-marathon to add spark to annual Rössing road race … Ageless Naigambo out to stamp authority Staff Reporter Swakopmund One of Namibia’s most hotly contested road racing events, the popular annual Athletics Namibia (AN) national marathon championship, the Rössing marathon, takes place in Swakopmund Saturday, February 10. The race includes two running events, namely, the 42.2-kilometre standard marathon and the shorter history of the race’s 27-year existence, a half-marathon (21km) has been added this year. N,000 each for the men’s and ladies open winners, with the runners-up in both categories will be the recipients of N,000 each, while will walk away with a each. ishers will receive a N,000 each with taking home N0 each in the marathon, while an extra N,000 cash bonus is up for grabs should the marathon record tumble in the open categories. the half-marathon winners is N,000 each for both men and ladies winners. Many expect the newly introduced halfmarathon to become a popular event on the Namibian athletics circuit. The 10km Uranium Relay for Erongo mine workers only and the 5km Fun Walk, also offer inter- ous categories, while proceeds collected in both events go to the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) for Both the standard and half-marathon start at 07h00 followed by the 10km run at 07h15, while the 5km Fun Walk and Uranium Relay get underway at 09h00. Registration is on Friday, February 9 between 18h00 to 21:00 at Entry forms and other relevant information can be obtained from the Rössing website at www.rossing.com or contact: Frank Slabbert of Swakop Striders at tel. 064 405788 (h) / cell 081 240 email@example.com. na, Alwyn Lubbe of Rössing at tel. 064 520 2436 (w) / cell 081 122 5201/Alwyn, Lubbe@riotinto.com Kaino Nghitongo of Rössing at tel. 064 520 2286 (w) / cell 081 316 2885, KainoIyalooNdeumono.Nghitongo@ riotinto.com. Maturing like good wine… Namibia’s veteran long distance queen Beata Naigambo will be amongst the hot favourites to claim top honours in the newly introduced half-marathon at the annual Rössing Marathon, next month. Proud winners… Last year’s Rössing Marathon race champions Paulus Iyambo (left) and Helalia Johannes proudly display their medals after the grueling 42. 2-kilometre road race. Rural mini-marathon hailed as huge success … As event organizers invite new ideas, input Staff Reporter Okanguindi annual Okanguindi Village Mini Marathon and members from the entire village have expressed gratitude towards all those who came en masse to participate and witness the annual gathering, and also applauded all the generous sponsors who enabled the noble event to go ahead unhindered. “This overwhelming support reinforced the dreams of the or- forge ahead by spreading the event in an effort to continue for many more years to come, as we want to unearth and nurture the untapped talent of long-distance runners for the growth of long-distance running in the country,” reads a statement objective is to introduce and nurture a culture of local long-distance runners, while at the same time joining fellow countrymen and women who are already active with the hope of producing local and international future champions. After hosting this sixth successful village mini marathon, the all interested parties to come up with constructive and professional advice and to please join hands and provide initiatives and direction on how to improve this annual event to the level of national and international standards. Potential interested parties are requested to contact the following members: Hungiree Wilson Billawer (pub- 081 140 5673; Putens Tjihoreko (president) at 085 550 2246; Seven Kamundu (chairman) at 081 301 4303, Mbahepura Kahungi (secretary) at 081 295 5374.