Athletes in the stable of Nigeria’s foremost Marathon and Road Races Club, the High-Altitude Athletics Club of Jos, Plateau State, have vowed to break the longstanding men’s national record in the full marathon at the 2020 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
The current national record of 2 hours 15 minutes was set by Army Officer, Abass Muhammed, about three decades ago.
High Altitude Head Coach, Steve Nuhu told journalists on Monday that, “Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is our premium event and there is no better place to set a new national record than our best race as the attention of the world media will be on us” .
With all the nation’s elite runners, including Emmanuel Gyan and Deborah Pam under his stable, Nuhu would not reveal which of the runners are primed to break the national record.
“ I won’t talk about that, but all I can tell you is that we are coming to Lagos with about 30 runners. Some 25 are ready now and by the end of the month, the other five will be ready. But I can assure you that one of these runners will set a new national record”.
Nuhu said he is proud that Nigeria is the nation that is behind the biggest one-day event in Africa.
“Everywhere I go out, I sing the praises of the organizer and sponsors of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. We have been able to prove to the world that we can organize a world-class event like New York or Paris Marathon in Lagos”.
Nuhu is especially proud of a member of the athletics family Yussuf Alli who has seamlessly transmitted from being a long jumper to organizing road races and marathons.
“Alli is a pride to the athletics family. To move from field event to becoming of the best managers of road races and marathons is not a small feat. He has nurtured the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon to become a Silver Label Race within four years, this is a huge achievement. I hope I will be lucky one day to spend enough time with him and learn from him,” said Nuhu.