Avikash Lal won the men’s half marathon event during the Munro Leys Suva Challenge at Ratu Cakobau Road in Suva, yesterday.
The 21-year-old from Nadi clocked 1hr 22m 20s while Kennol Narayan came second with 1.22.40.
The event was organised by the Suva Marathon Club where over 350 runners took part in the run.
Lal said he was grateful for the support of his sponsors, loved ones and is aiming to achieve more success in his sporting career.
“I thank my sponsor Volkswagen Autohaus of Fiji and my club president, Avinesh Kumar for supporting me all the way,” he said.
“My greatest strength was my parents who are both farmers and they have invested a lot in my sporting career. My next focus is the Oceania Games that will be in Suva in which I will be competing in the 5km and 10km events and after that I will be concentrating on the World Championship.”
Lal added that he just got back from taking part in South Africa, which really boosted his career.
“While in stay South Africa I was invited by the Kenyan and Ugandan coaches to train with them which I feel privileged to be part of. My experience in South Africa was great since I had being wanting to run in the world championship for this long. It was a learning experience and I got to learn a lot from the participants there as well.”
Lal said he is now looking for sponsors to assist him for his trip to Uganda and Kenya.
Meanwhile, Anna Cowley won the women’s half marathon event. The 43-year- old from Vuda clocked 1.57.41 seconds.
“It was pretty good I wasn’t really expecting to win and I really enjoyed the run,” he told SUNsports.
“It was good to be pushed by many competitors in the first half and it was a good run and we were blessed with the good weather.”