Joy Abiye of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps won the 8th edition of the Lagos Women Run on Saturday, making it the second time she emerged as a champion of the tournament, Sunday PUNCH reports.
Abiye defeated thousands of runners to take home the N1.5m price money at stake after finishing the Open race with a time of 39:13:78secs.
The second and third place winners went home with N500,000 and N300,000 respectively, while the first 20 participants got various cash prizes.
A native of Okitipupa, Ondo State, Abiye returned with a time of 33:41:4secs to win the 10km Lagos Women Run in 2021 and received the cash prize of N1m.
The 2023 tourney which had over 50,000 women from all over the world registering for the event and 7,000 participants flagged-off at 7.00 a.m. at Tafawa Balewa Square and finished at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, running the loop of Lagos Island and part of Victoria Island to end at the stadium.
Coming second at the Open race was long distance runner, Deborah Pam, from Plateau State.
Patience Dalyop and Elizabeth Nuhu also from Plateau came third and fourth respectively.
On winning the race for the second time, Abiye said she was excited.
“I am very excited winning again because I trained well for this and prepare myself mentally and I scaled through.
“I was unable to win last year and I subsequently came fourth because I had injury. But this year I gave myself to it and thank God I won,” the 31-year-old said.
Co-ordinator of the race, Tayo Popoola, while expressing happiness at the completion of another successful event, noted that, the race is not all about running or winning prices but a statement of empowerment.
“The Lagos Women Run is not all about running; it empowers women to overcome challenges, conquer stereotypes and break barriers.
“It sends a powerful message that Lagos women are strong, confident and unstoppable. And as they run through the city’s streets, they inspire and uplift others, proving that they can achieve anything they set their minds on,” she said.
In the Veteran race, 45-year-old policewoman, Helen Mamman, won the race with a time of 50.11.5secs and claimed the N300,000 cash prize while the second and third got N200,000 and N100,000 respectively with the first ten finishers also going home with cash prices.