Free Phone 116

LATEST NEWS

KEEP CHILDREN SAFE FROM COVID 19

PPC Matopos Marathon hailed as a huge success

Zimbabwe’s only ultra-marathon, the just ended PPC Matopos 33-Miler, has been hailed as a huge success by its organisers, PPC Zimbabwe Ltd.

This year being its 7th edition, the cement manufacturers received much more in return for its investment that saw the total prize money being boosted by 300 percent to nearly $50 000.

PPC Zimbabwe Managing Director Kelibone Masiyane expressed satisfaction with the 2019 edition of the marathon that attracted a record field of 3 752 runners in all categories.

“We are thrilled with the way the PPC Matopos 33-Miler Ultra Marathon turned out this year. The overall attendance was amazing, though we did anticipate a huge crowd.

The level of organisation was near impeccable and we hand it to our partners, sponsors and everyone who worked so hard to make it such an overwhelming success. It was well worth the huge investment in time and money that we all made,’ he said.

Andrew Chimbidzikai of Black Rhinos Athletics Club won the Men’s 33-Miler (53km) Ultra Marathon for the second time, the same for Chiedza Chokore of Mr Pace who took the Women’s version, which she clinched for the second time running.

The winner of the women’s category of the 21.1 km Half Marathon was Caroline Mhandu of ZPCS while another Black Rhinos Athletics Club runner, Moses Tarakinyu, won the Men’s race.

Mr Masiyane added that everything worked like clockwork on the day and there were no complaints.

For this he paid tribute to the sterling efforts of a well organised marketing team, and congratulated them for a job well done. He also reserved special praise for the runners who he hailed as the stars of the event.

“The runners really lived up to expectations, contributing to a really entertaining and exciting race. That alone contributed to making the marathon one that will be remembered for years to come. Every individual athlete and participant makes the PPC Matopos Ultra Marathon what it has become,” he said.

The success of the ultra marathon was made possible by the strong partnerships that the organisers have forged with companies, individuals and the community of Bulawayo. These include the Bulawayo Athletics Club, Bulawayo Athletics Board, Champion and ZOL, among many others.

The organisers have promised that next year’s edition of the PPC Matopos 33-Miler Ultra Marathon will be even bigger and better.

“There is no turning back for us as the official sponsors of the event,” said Masiyane. “Given the rising popularity of the race, we anticipate an attendance closer to 5 000 runners in all categories combined in 2020.”

PPC Zimbabwe is donating the proceeds from this this year’s event to Childline Zimbabwe, whose work is regarded as irreplaceable in the lives of countless children across the country.

Featured

RT @InfoMinZW: #PostCabinetBriefing 1/ Cabinet approved the Children's Amendment Bill 2021. The Bill - widens and criminalises instances of…
@childinezim has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and abuse. We need to keep the communities we… https://t.co/ExnWshOWwC
@childlinezim joins the rest of the world in celebrating #DrowningPrevention day. Drowning is amongst the 10 leadin… https://t.co/gnS6ZCNgYE
RT @promobileafrica: Breaking down registration process to the Mbare community where we are doing ground work for the upcoming uplift progr…
Yesterday the @116 center in Bulawayo hosted the Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Public Service and Social Welfa… https://t.co/7bojISqJcC
#lockdown has changed routines for children. It brings a lot of sadness, depression and anxiety. You can call… https://t.co/7z3ly4oWf5
#childlinezim is implementing a parenting program in Bulawayo known as "Sinovuyo" which aims at building lasting re… https://t.co/33SMCCcy8C
RT @WHO_Zimbabwe: Just found out you are a confirmed contact for #COVID19? Here is what you should do to protect your family 👪 and friends…
RT @GOAL_Global: "The project comes at a time when children's vulnerabilities have increased and thus the need to create safety nets to pro…
Today is World Youth Skills Day. Young people need to be empowered with education in order for them to become skill… https://t.co/Egxw4Oiddc

Contact Us

  • Head Office:
  • 31 Frank Johnson Ave, Eastlea, Harare
  • E-mail: 116@childline.org.zw
  • Free Phone: 116
  • Landline: +263 242 252 000