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Fernando Matos wins first race ever held in the tiny village of Monforte da Beira home of the newly open KATA Portugal Retreat

The first ever race in the village of MONFORTE DA BEIRA was held this morning Sunday June 23.  101 participants signed up for the 5k walk/run.  

58-year-old Fernando Duarte Matos from Castelo Branco was the overall winner clocking 18:23, a world class time on a course with a few hills.  First woman was a KATA (Kenyan Athletics Training Academy) athlete Lucy Murita  clocking 22:17.  Third was an Anderson Manor Retreat guest Jonathan Suah, an American living in Angola clocked 24:12.  In fourth was a naive from the village, Manuel Joao Brito Russo clocking 27:04.  

Both of the winners won a trophy, medal and 100 cash euros.  There was no entry fee.  Over 20 prizes were given out randomly and plenty of food and drink was provided.  

The president of the village was the official starter (see photo) after saying some opening remarks.  Thanks to our sponsors who were organized by Joao Santos and to Alberto Santos who along with Joao have gotten our Manor in shape for this event.  Both participated in the 5k.  

“My wife and I (Catherine Cross) met so many nice people today.   Welcome to our family.  We are looking forward to stage many more races from our Anderson Manor Retreat,” says Bob Anderson.

—- (Portuguese translation) 

A primeira corrida na nossa aldeia de MONFORTE DA BEIRA BAIXA foi um evento muito divertido.  101 participantes se inscreveram para nossa caminhada/corrida de 5 km.   Fernando Duarte Matos, de Castelo Branco, 58 anos, foi o vencedor geral com 18:23, um tempo de classe mundial num percurso com algumas subidas.  A primeira mulher foi a atleta da KATA (Academia de Treinamento de Atletismo do Quênia), Lucy Murita, marcando 22:17.  O terceiro foi o convidado do Anderson Manor Retreat, Jonathan Suah, um americano que vive em Angola com cronometragem de 24h12.  Em quarto lugar ficou um ingénuo da aldeia, Manuel João Brito Russo, com 27h04.  Ambos os vencedores ganharam um troféu, uma medalha e 100 euros em dinheiro.  Não houve taxa de entrada.  Mais de 20 prêmios foram distribuídos aleatoriamente e muita comida e bebida foram fornecidas.  

O presidente da aldeia foi o titular oficial depois de fazer alguns comentários iniciais.  Obrigado aos nossos patrocinadores que foram organizados pelo João Santos e ao Alberto Santos que juntamente com o João prepararam o nosso Solar para este evento.  Ambos participaram dos 5k.  “Minha esposa e eu (Catherine Cross) conhecemos tantas pessoas legais hoje.   Bem vindo a nossa familia.  Estamos ansiosos para realizar muitas outras corridas em nosso Anderson Manor Retreat”, disse Bob Anderson

(06/23/2024) Views: 737 ⚡AMP
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