Mariano EssouThe 22 year old middle and long distance runner who trains with Olympic marathoner, Lusapho April, is surely a 2016/2020 Olympic marathon prospect! This youngster hails from the small town of Uitenhage (known for it’s cross country and top middle distance athletes).

“Personally, the fact that I’m not just big on sport, but also big on God’s word, is a blessing. I don’t achieve all of my achievements on my own, it is with the help of my coach Karen Zimmerman and God” says the humble Essou.

Mariano holds the following pb’s

800 – 1:55
1500 – 3:44
5000 – 14:10
10km – 28:45
15km – 45:51

This is brilliant times, being only 22. And at the USSA 2014 champs this year he showed his heart and character as he ran head to head with the top athletes like Gladwin Mzazi and Stephen Mokoka, not letting go and fighting till the end, even leading parts of the race where he finished overall 3rd behind these two big guys Mokoka and Mzazi.

“I grew up doing athletics and I won’t exchange it for anything. I’m building up experience and I will see the “big guns” at World Champs etc. Everyday I learn what sport means to me” – Mariano Essou

EC Media Manager – Adriaan Aldridge together with Reginald Hufkie