Ishmael Arthur vows to win Accra Inter-City Marathon

Arthur Ishmael The Unsung Hero In Ghana Athletics

Early Life

Arthur Ishmael is a semi – professional middle and long distance athlete from Ghana. Arthur Ismael was born at Agona Mankrong Junction in the Agona East Municipality, Central Region, Ghana. Arthur Ismael started running at an early age from his village at Agona Mankrong Junction. Ismael is part of the famous running club in Ghana which is based in Agona Swedru, Central Region. The Daakye Runners Club is currently the only club in Ghana that has produced most of the middle and distance runner’s athletes recently. Most of the competitions that are organised in Ghana for the past 10 years have been dominated by this club. Nevertheless they also have a name when it comes to Western African championships. Arthur Ishmael The Unsung Hero In Ghana Athletics


Arthur Ismael started his primary education at the Joy Preparatory School and also continued to the Junior High School and completed in 2013. Arthur Ishmael became the best athlete during his basic school days and won multiply awards during the annual Basic School and Junior High School days. Arthur Ismael was also a very intelligent student in class. After he completed Joy Preparatory School he got admission to the Swedru School of Business (SWESBU) due to his athletic background. He was well known at the Agona Swedru Municipality and its environment.  Arthur Ismael started the Swedru School of Business in the year 2013 and become a pivotal athlete for his school.

Arthur Ismael made a history during his high school days. He led the Swedru School of Business (SWESBU) to win the Inter Zonal Games and continue to win the Super Zonal Games as well. Arthur Ismael won the best athlete of the year in Swedru School of Business (SWESBU) continuously. Arthur Ismael successfully completed Junior High School in the year 2016.


Event Year Distance Position
Central Regional Championship 2013 -2016 5000 meters 1st
Milo Junior Marathon 2013 5000 meters 1st
Inter School Super Zonal Cross – Country 2015 5000 meters 1st
Inter School Super Zonal Games 2015 5000 meters 1st
Kwahu Easter Marathon 2017 42 kilometers 1st
Asante Akyem Marathon 2018 42 kilometers 2nd
Millennium Marathon 2018 21 kilometers 1st
Asante Akyem Marathon 2019 42 kilometers 1st
Dubai International Marathon 2019 42 kilometers  
National Cross – Country Championship 2021 12 kilometers 2nd
Sekondi-Takoradi Half Marathon 2020 21 kilometers 3rd


Arthur Ishmael also qualified for the upcoming All African Cross – Country Championship which was to be held in Lome, Togo. The African Cross – Country Championship was postponed to unknown date due to the covid-19 pandemic.



I want to become a world champion and compete in the Olympic Games. I want to be able to motivate the youth and upcoming Ghanaian athletes to be able to strive and achieve more. There is no limit on any human on this earth.


God is my main motivator. As I have relied on Him, He has never failed me and I believe everything is possible. So I do my best in everything and where ever I found myself.


In the Ghana Armed Force (GAF), we have rules and regulations which govern our daily routines. I usually train on my off days when we have not been released for sports camping. But when we are released I get a lot time to train as long as I want without any restrictions. I join the Ghana Armed Force (GAF) in 2019 and passed out as a soldier in 2020.

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Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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