Ghanaian athlete Amponsah sets off for the Great North Run in Newcastle

Sport Athletics Amponsah Run


Ghanaian long-distance runner William Amponsah has left for the United Kingdom (UK), as he prepares to take part in the Great North Run in Newcastle.

The 21 kilometer marathon, scheduled for September 11, 2022, would see the decorated long-distance runner compete against the thousands who are expected to take part in the marathon.

Amponsah, who is from Daakye Running Club in Swedru, Central Region, secured an elite spot in this year’s race and would face Kinelesa Bekele, who is a former world record holder in the 5,000 meters and 10 race 000 meters.

Amponsah, who recently competed at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, said he loves competing against the best runners around the world and will do his best to make Ghana proud.

“I am very happy to be taking part in this year’s Great North Run and I will do my best to improve my time in the 21 km. I know I’m up against some of the best runners around the world and that motivates me to do better.

“I would like to thank everyone who has helped me on this journey, including Prof Kwasi Yankah, Captain Kweku Afriyie Attah, Mr Robin Todd and officials of the Ghana Athletics Association,” he said. .

The 22-year-old, who is Ghana’s most decorated long-distance runner, is the current record holder in the 1000m and 5000m at the Ghana University Sports Association (GUSA) Games.

Amponsah has won many marathons in Ghana including Kwahu Easter Mountain Marathon, Millenium Marathon and Sekondi-Takoradi Marathon among others.

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