The 2019 Lagos Women Run Marathon took place in the city of Lagos on Saturday and Hanifat Mustapha NB Sports Reporter shared her experience on it.
It all started on a very beautiful note earlier this morning. Women in Lagos cane out in numbers for the race not just Lagos Women alone but foreigners too. I Got to the bus station 5am to meet thousands of ladies, mummies and grand mother’s at the Teslim Balogun Stadium waiting for the bus to take us to the starting point which is the Tafawa Balewa square, Lagos.
In the bus, I met a young lady Chineye who is participating for the first time like me. She really look forward to getting to the to the venue and start the race as it is another step forward for her. While in the bus also, I overheard a woman saying that she left the house 4am all in the name of partaking in the Marathon and winning the prize money and gifts. Mere looking at her, she should be in her mid 40s, woooow.
It was a really good experience meeting them in the bus. Didn’t see something coming till we got to the venue. On getting to the starting point, we were given our waist bags and wrist band.
What really caught my eyes after getting those items was an old woman wearing a long skirt and snickers warming up she was joined by her mates and they started chanting Lagos slangs ( gbe body eee. Omo iya mi) while doing the Zanku legwork dance step. CHAIII. They really burst my brain.
Being too beautiful doesn’t mean he or she possess good character. This is the case of beautiful ladies struggling to get a bread spread sachet. One of the sponsors shared their products before we started the race.
What really baffled me was some lagosians attitude while they were sharing the product. They just rough handled the guy and collected the carton from his and started picking it themselves, the most ugly thing is seeing beautiful ladies tag Lagos slay mama’s in this act. It was really annoying.
The race was flagged off by the first lady of Lagos state in person Dr Mrs Ibijoke Sanwolu by 7:45am and everyone trooped out. Lagosians came out in good numbers to cheer us up.
I teamed up with Chineye you served as my motivator. When we got to Ijora Olopa bridge, I saw an athlete who took off her shoe’s and started running with her legs, she put the shoes under her armpit though. LOL.
A woman decided to end her race on the bridge but denied and said she was waiting for her friend while sitting at the pedestrian walk side. She maintained our pace till we got to Alaka Estate bridge were we stopped by to collect the second band, then we started walking down to stadium bus stop.
Something happened there also.
A lady joined us from the other side of the express road. When asked if she was running by a man she said yes that she just missed her way which doesn’t seem true because the other side of the bridge leads to the starting point. We started jugging again till we got to the finishing line and thank God we landed safely.
On getting to the finish line I just opened my water which I didn’t drink on the road and pour it over my head, got some fruits and pain relief courtesy of Emzor Pharmaceuticals.
The medal presentation also came to pass. The first position was awarded the sum of #750,0 00 second position went home with the sum of #500,000 while the third and 3rd and 4th and position were given #300,000 and #100,000 and other prizes.
We were entertained by Joe Boy and other fantastic Nigerians artists. An old woman also showcased her dance steps while mimicking late Fela Anikulapo Kuti to Wizkid’s song Caro. We were also given certificate of participation, and gifts courtesy of the sponsors.
I really had so much fun. I was a really go experience to have participated in the 2019 Lagos Women Run. I really wish to be there again next year, not for fun but the prize.