The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is attracting growing interest across the world each year and a testament to that is reflected in the number of high-profile runners competing for honours annually in Lagos.

For the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, as many as 35 Gold, 13 Silver and 12 Bronze Labelled Runners have already registered to be part of the event.

Yusuf Alli, the General Manager for the Lagos Marathon, expressed delight at the interest being shown by the big names to run at the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.

“This is fantastic! It is obvious that top runners across the world like the Lagos Marathon as they have been signifying their interest, from Kenya to even Australia,” Alli stated.

The former African Record holder in the Long Jump event predicted that a new course record might be set at this year’s marathon due to the strong field of athletes that would be on parade.

“This year’s marathon will definitely be better than the previous ones. The quality of elite athletes coming have improved a great deal, so we are confident of a good show,” the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon General Manager assured.

One of the big names competing at the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is David Barmasai Tumo from Kenya, who won the 2011 Dubai Marathon.

Also, his compatriots, Jacob Kibet Chulyo and Moses Kigen Kipkosgei are in the mix for action, as well as Samuel Gebremichael who now does his thing for Australia.

The female field also boasts of some of the top runners in the world including the likes of Agnes Jeruto Kiptocich who finished as runner up in the 2017 Paris Marathon.

Caroline Cheptanui Kilel, winner of the 2011 Boston Marathon, as well as Georgina Rono and Risper Jemeli Kimayo, are all pencilled down to run at the Lagos Marathon.

The 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will take place on Saturday, February 2.

Yemi Olus is a Senior Sports Writer and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games and IAAF World Championships. She has also freelanced for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and currently hosts a weekly Track and Field column in the Vanguard Newspaper.


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