By George-Patrick Bediaku
The winner of this year's 27th Accra Milo Marathon, Alhaji Kassim Mohammed, has said that the good organisation of the competition helped him to win it.
Kassim walked away with Gh¢ 12,000 after he beat last year's champion, Kenyan Alex Kimeli to the first position. He said that the competition this year round was much tougher.
"This year was more competitive, compared to last year's and two years'. This year, I did not face the challenges I did last two years. Two years ago, the organisers kept shouting orders and it was a distraction to me. But this year, I did not face any of those. So I ran freely, I enjoyed it. I also enjoyed the way the fans were cheering me on."
The winners of the male and female categories of this year's competition, Alhaji Kassim Mohammed and Elizabeth Bortsor, will represent Ghana at the next Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014.
Kassim took the opportunity to ask for assistance, as they prepare for the grand event.
"We plead with Ghanaians to assist us during training. We need financial assistance and help with mobility. Because of the traffic situation in Accra, you can't train on the road during the day.
"If you go outside Accra, sometimes, the weather can also affect you. If you try to train during the day, you could be knocked down. So any form of help will be greatly appreciated."