|R.A. Manjula Dilhani.
Ajith Bandara of Rangama Wellawa and R.A. Manjula Dilhani of Punnanpuwa emerged winners in the third leg of the Nestomalt Mini Marathon which was held at Kurunegala yesterday.
The 16 km race saw Bandara return a time of 50.35.8 while the women’s race which was run over 10km saw Dilhani reach the tape with a timing of 60.05:2.
Two other marathons was held concurrently which was both run over 10kms with M.A. Gayan Madusanka of J.R. Jayawardena MMV Dummalasuriya winning the boys event with a timing of 34.38.8 and P.M. Sureka Sewwandi of Bingiriya MMV taking the girls category with a timing of 41.15.1.
The Nestomalt Mini Marathon organized by the Athletics Association of Sri Lanka with the support of the Education Ministry and the Police and sponsored by Nestle Lanka Ltd saw the participation of nearly 1000 runners.
The first three winners of all the four Nestomalt Mini Marathon will be awarded with cash awards plus a trophy. The Mini Marathons are being conducted to identify runners who could be put to training to take part in meets at Asian and international level. The fourth and final leg of the Nestomalt Mini Marathon is scheduled to be held on September 26 at Galle.
Men’s – 1. Ajith Bandara (Rangama, Wellawa) 50.35.8. 2 K.G.R. Samankumara (Sorabora, Mahiyangana) 50.76.1. 3. D.M.P. Bandara (Wattegama) 52.54.7).
Women’s – 1. R.A. Manjula Dilhani (Punnanpowa) 1.05.2. 2. K.G. Samanthi Chandrani (Monaragala) 1.08.1. 3. M.P.I. Dilrukshi (Chilaw) 1.13.1.
Boys – 1. M. Gayan Madusanka (J.R. Jayawardena MMV Dummalasuriya) 34.38.8. 2. H.A. Mohan Sathjaya (Awulagama MMV) 35.28.7. 3. W.M. Dinesh Priyantha (Hulugalla MMV) 35.50.2.
Girls – 1. P.M. Sureka Sewwandi (Bingiriya MMV) 41.15.1. 2. H.M. Nalani Yashoda (Mahasena MMV, Nikeweratiya) 42.08.1. 3. R.M.P. Dilhani Kumari (Minuwangata MV) 42.25.1.