Winners during the Voice of the Church (VOC) half Marathon walked away with E13 600 cash prize that was awarded to the first 3 runners to cross the finish line in both males and females’ categories. The marathon which was run at
Zakhele sports ground in Manzini was deemed a huge success by the organizers, VOC, which attracted over 1000
participants from individuals to club athletes. Speaking on behalf of VOC Pastor Nkosinathi Gumedze said the
turnout surprised them as they had not anticipated it. He said the marathon was inspired by the need for people to
exercise the body even as it is a Christian thing to do. Gumedze said they saw it right to spread the message
of the body being an integral part of the Great Commission. He went on to quote the scriptures in the book of
3 John chapter 1 verse 2 where John the Apostle talks about prospering and staying in good health. In conclusion
Gumedze urged the nation at large to support the VOC radio station through prayer as well as financially, saying
in that way the station will grow. In the end, all seemed to have won as even those who did not make it to the
first three were awarded with medals branded ‘VOC’.

…12-year-old shines at the marathon
The Second finisher in the 10 km race under the ladies’ category was 12-year-old Senelile Tsabedze who went
away with E800 and a Bible. Being the youngest winner Tsabedze drew all the attention, earning the admiration
of the spectators. She clocked 42:50 minutes, opening a wide gap between her and Gugu Mthembu who came third,
clocking 03:30 minutes. The shy Tsabedze said she was a bit disappointed as her aim was the gold medal. She said
she had a number of medals under her sleeve, mostly of gold, won during school competitions, adding that she’d
always wanted to make a name for herself as an athlete.

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