Pero Sompi runs his first marathon – and wins
400 runners from eight countries on River Nile
Great Egyptian River Nile International Marathon
Fri 28 April 2023
Under the motto “Egypt, the gift of the Nile”, the partnership of inDrive and the Great Pharoahs Runners ran the 2023 Great Egyptian River Nile Marathon with more than 400 runners from eight countries.
A sensational result was achieved by Pero Sompi (DRC), who arrived in Egypt just four hours before the start of the race and was collected from the airport personally by race director Ahmed El-Nady. Running in his first ever full marathon, Pero Sompi finished in 2:53:19 and won gold for the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Zatara Ilunga Mande (DRC), who ran the Olympic Marathon in London in 2012, and Ahmed Noury (EGY) ran the half marathon together under the motto “Peace between Africans”, with Ahmed Noury winning out in 1:11:02.
In addition to the marathon, half marathon and 10k, inDrive also created the “inDrive 5k Youth Race” to support young runners under 16. The fastest runners in each category in this event were Mohamed Foley Mostafa Salem Suleiman (17:05) and Zainab Al-Hassan Al-Wardani Taher Sablah (19:24). All young participants went home with an official medal and running t-shirts and sports bags sponsored by inDrive.
The day concluded with a victory ceremony for all winners. The next Great River Nile Marathon will take place on 12 April 2024.