Big names battle for honours at Access Bank Lagos Marathon


All is now set for the eighth edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon which holds on Saturday as a Gold-Label race.

A total of 50,000 athletes, including 76 foreign runners from 22 countries across the world, will participate in the marathon.

Among the world-class foreign runners billed to compete are Kenya’s John Komen, who won the 2019 Athens Marathon in 2:16:34; his compatriot Barmasai David and Hayla Worku, who ran 2:07:32 at the Houston Marathon where he emerged champion in 2014.

The Managing Director of Nilayo Sports Management Limited, the organisers of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Bukola Olopade, is hopeful the invited foreigners will give a good account of themselves.

He appealed to Lagos residents to see the race as their own, adding that the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon had put Nigeria on the world map.

“Considering the good weather we have at the moment, I am sure some of the foreign runners will achieve good results by finishing below two hours nine minutes. That will be a big boost to the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, and for residents in Lagos, we will continue to appeal to them to see this event as their own.”