Assembly Members For 2014 Obudu Mountain Race

The Cross River State government has concluded plans to add the executive and legislative races when the 10th edition of the Obudu mountain race holds next year.
According to the state governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, this became necessary owing to the fact that sports and health go together.
Liyel Imoke added that the Obudu Mountain race is being used by the state to create values for young people, saying that it is not just about the mountain race.
“Come 2014 when the 10th edition will commence, there will be an addition to the race. Next year, we shall be having a state executive and legislative races to add a spice to the Obudu mountain race.
“I was thrilled when I saw the High Commissioners of the UK and Italy and also the Commander of the British Military Attaché, all competing in Obudu on Saturday.
“We use sports and tourism to brand the state and so far so good, we are seeing the results,” concluded Imoke, who was thrilled seeing high commissioners of different countries participate during the ninth edition held last wekend.
Meanwhile, Kenya’s Rono Philemon emerged the overall winner of the 9th Obudu Mountain 11.25km Race, which was concluded on Saturday, as he ran a time of 1hr 43mins on the mountains to cart home the star cash prize of $50,000.
Ethiopia’s Abebe Dimkesa who was expected to defend his title successfully, only managed a time of 1hr 57secs to finish in the second position, while Uganda’s Geofrey Kusoro came third with a time of 1:02:08secs.
Dimkesa took home the cash prize of $20,000 for his effort while Kusoro carted home $10,000 with no Nigerian male finishing in the top ten position.
In the female category, Ethiopian lades dominated the race, as Yalew Gayet’s time of 58:55secs earned her the most coveted crown, just as Salem Abera conquered the mountains in 59:55secs for the second position.
On the heels of Abeta was Benta Afera, who finished in an hour for the third position and had same cash prizes as their male counterparts, but it is on record that no one has retained the title at Obudu Mountain race.
Goyet Gideon was the first Nigerian to finish in the 9th Obudu Mountain race, as he ran a time of 1:11:03secs, while Emmanuel Gyang came second among his compatriots after running a time of 1:11:11secs.
For their efforts the first Nigerian to finish the race got $2,000, while the second position got $1,500 and the third Nigerian to conquer the mountains settled for $1,000.
In the female category, Deborah Pam finished 8th amongst all the women that ran the race in Obudu. However, she won the first position amongst the Nigerian female with a time 1:04:29. Nuhu Elizabeth clinched the second position while Olumudi Aderonke finished third.
In the 5th African Mountain Championship, Team Nigeria finished third in the women’s category, while Team Kenya emerged overall winners, and Team Cameron came third.
In the male category, Team Uganda came tops, while Team Kenya was second. Team Nigeria finished in the third position in the race.
-Source: sportsdayonline.com.


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