Long distance runner William Amponsah emerged the winner of the first ever Kushea Marathon held on Saturday in Assin Kushea in the Central region.
Amponsah clocked 1:04:26 to beat other competitors after racing from Assin Bonglow, the starting point and ended at the palace of the Chief of Kushea Ehunabobrim Prah Agyensaim VI and President of the Owirenkyi Traditional Council.
The 21-Kilometer race was part of the activities marking the annual Kantamanto festival by the people of Kushea.
Amponsah, who represented Ghana at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the 2022 Great North Run, both in the United Kingdom, took home a GH¢15,000 cash prize, a medal and a certificate from the organisers.
He was followed by Koogo Atia, a student of the University College of Education, Winneba placed second with a time of 1:07:08 and took home a cash prize of GH¢8, 000, a medal and a certificate.
Bassit Afful from Daakye Runners Club, Swedru in the Central region, made a time of 1:07:08, to pick the third position and was rewarded with GH¢4,000, a medal and a certificate.
In the Lady’s division, Sherifa Moro from the Ashanti region came first to receive a cash reward of GH¢15, 000, a medal and certificate, with Ramatu Abuulai placing second and Joana Assakiyaba in third place.
Ehunabobrim Prah Agyensaim VI commended all participants for their efforts and assured them that, the race would be an annual event and a permanent feature of the festival. –GNA