Bonny Island Marathon 2020: Three years and bigger

The Bonny Island Marathon for the past 3 years continues to inspire hope among young, and aspiring athletes while providing opportunities for leisure runners to run for their individual causes.

2020 saw a more controlled- number of participants due to the Coronavirus guidelines by the NCDC, yet it is cementing its foot year by year as the biggest sports-tourism event held in Bonny Island of Rivers State, Nigeria.

What started as a community event is now attracting global attention,with the likes of Supersports, Rhythm 93.7 FM, Wave FM PH, Groth Network, Accurial media (USA) etc supporting asmedia partners.

The 2020 edition which held on Saturday 12th of December featured an upgraded 21 kilometresrace which kicked off from the prestigious Finima Stadium and ended at the Government Primary school in the very Grand Bonny Kingdom.

BIM 2020 Winners (Statistics by Reltech)

Nkeki Maina ended the 2020 Bonny Island Marathon as the fastest man finishing at a record time of 62 minutes 30 seconds.

He finished more than 8 minutes before Egu Michael and Godspower Benson coming second and third at 70 minutes 4 seconds and 70 minutes 5 seconds respectively.

Nkeki Maina broke the record previously held by the 2019 winner,Nengiya Wilcox who finished the race in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 30 seconds. Wilcox was also thefirst "Indigenous Winner."

Top Men

  • 1st     NKEKI YAKUBU MAINA     -     62mins 30secs
  • 2nd     NKEKI EGU KELECHI MICHEAL     -     70mins 4secs
  • 3rd     GODSPOWER BENSON     -     70mins 5secs
  • 4th     NENGIYE WILCOX     -     90mins 10secs
  • 5th     HAMADJAM SOUDI     -     95mins 40secs
  • 6th     EMMANUEL ZACHARIAH     -     99mins 0secs
  • 7th     VICTOR JOSEPH     -     100mins 2secs
  • 8th     PETER DIAWAIRA     -     130mins 7secs
  • 9th     LUCKY VICTOR BANIGO     -     140mins 10secs
  • 10th     JEREMIAH ARIBIBIA     -     145mins 0secs
  • Top Women

    Bonny Island Marathon is an all-inclusive race with a special category for women. AGBOWO MODESTER who is the latest winner and the 'Iron Woman' in this category finished at exactly 150 minutes 6 seconds. Followed closely on second position by ALLAPUTA NENGI at 160minutes 20 seconds with JANE FRANCIS CHUKWUMA coming third by finishing at 181 minutes35 seconds.

    Top Runners (Leisure Category)

  • THANKGOD OGBUEHI
  • BLESSED FRANCIS
  • TAMUNOSIKI ADURUDIBO
  • RICHES AARON JUMBO
  • MICAH MIRACLE BENSON
  • TOBIN GIFT
  • ISONG ANDREW
  • NWACHUKWU KENNEDY
  • SAMUEL JUMBO
  • SIMEON BARA

  • Nkeki Maina received a cheque of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (NGN200,000) for winning the Marathon. While Egu Michael and Godspower Benson received One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (NGN150,000) and One Hundred Thousand Naira (NGN100,000) only, respectively for coming second and third.

    With strict compliance to COVID-19 guidelines and a range of safety measures in place, BonnyIsland Marathon recorded "No casualties" for the third consecutive time. Many thanks to ourhealth and safety partners notably; Delta Hospital, Channel Clinic, General Hospital, Pan OJ Clinic, Federal Road Safety Corps, Rotary Club of Grand Bonny, Bonny LGA Sanitation Committee, Bonny Youths Federation (Director of Security) and the Finima Youth Congress (Traffic Team).

    The organizing partners of Bonny Island Marathon notably Bonny Island Magazine represented by Boma Halliday; Yungneph Images represented by Prince Brown wishes to extend a deep appreciation to the Amanyanabo of Grand Bonny Kingdom, King Edward Asimini Williams Dappa Pepple, the Executive Chairman, Bonny LGA - Hon. Engr. David Rogers irimagha; the Vice-Chairman - Hon. Anengi Barasua including Mr Hope Furo the Lead Sponsor and other key stakeholders.

    Bonny Island Marathon comes with an exciting atmosphere. It typically culminates with a fiesta and side attractions. In the last three years, it has been greeted with much acceptance and it is becoming one of the most anticipated events in the Island region of Rivers State, attracting participants across Nigeria, and recently globally.

    According to Maina, winner of the Bonny Island Marathon speaking to newsmen: "When I started. I did not think I'll win. With amazing athletes all running, including the winner last year.But with hard work, I was optimistic and here I am. I thank everyone who inspired me and the Bonny Island Marathon organisers for giving me the opportunity."

    Prince Brown, co-organiser of the Bonny Island Marathon expressed his gratitude to all partners, sponsors and contributors. Stating that there is currently plans in place for a biggeredition come next year, with high prospects in sight. "We are happy for this success. Our plansfor next year will be bigger. It is our ambition. We hope Covid-19 restrictions relax a bit with a more open atmosphere come 2021." He said.