By Memory Chamisa
SEASONED long-distance athlete, Caroline Mhandu continued with her good form after romping to victory at the inaugural Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) Commissioner General’s half marathon held at Chikurubi this Sunday.
It was all about endurance and supporting each other as hundreds of people including professional and amateur athletes took part in the inaugural ZPCS Commissioner General’s goodwill fund half marathon at Chikurubi Prison in Harare.
It was only befitting that the race was won by ZPCS Athletics Club’s Caroline Mhandu who romped to victory in one hour and twenty minutes.
“I am happy that I have won as this is also part of training for the next marathon in October,” she said.
Veteran Misheck Sithole who had disappeared from the long-distance scene bounced back in style.
“The course was tough but I managed to endure it and win. I have used this as part of my training for other marathons I’m going to take part in later this year,” said Sithole.
Even amateur athletes had fun competing against professionals.
ZPCS Commissioner General Moses Chihobvu, who also took part in the five-kilometre fun run together with his commissioners, highlighted the importance of assisting vulnerable families.
“This is going to be an annual event as it joins other fundraising initiatives like the golf tournament that is done annually.
“We have our officers who have since departed and left behind widows and children and the onus is on us to ensure that the families they would have left behind are well taken care of, children continue going to school as we cannot forsake our own.
“It is also pleasing to see that corporates came in to support us and this goes a long way in mobilising resources for other projects to be undertaken,” he said.
To cap off the day and soothe athletes from the muscle stretch was the vibrant ZPCS band that wowed the crowd with good music and saw others taking to the stage to showcase their dancing skills.