Boxer’s Nkonde finishes 250 metres ahead of nearest rival to take KZN Cross-country 2011 crown

2011-08-17 00:00

NOT surprisingly Siyabonga Nkonde was crowned KZN Cross-country 2011 Champion on Saturday where he opened 250 metres over the opposition in the 12 km race.

Nkonde, who recently finished sixth in the SA Half-marathon Championships, put the Boxer club on the top step of the podium, taking only 35 minutes 55 seconds for the four-lap course around Gelofte School. Bonginkosi Zwane was the nearest competitor with Mandeni club-mate Senzo Nkosi completing the podium exactly two minutes adrift.

Jenna Challenor secured the ladies’ title to give Boxer the double and leaving Cary Ann Smith as the only other woman to break 30 minutes on the eight kilometre course.

Challenor's time was 28:13, while Smith was disappointed with her outing. “I’m not sure what was wrong, but I just felt heavy-legged today. There was nothing I could do to lift the pace,” said the Nedbank athlete.

Loveness Madiza of the Phumanyati club finished with a credible 31:45 to keep under the average of four minutes per kilometre.

BoxerSuperstores showed their ability to achieve a standard of excellence both in and out of the competitive arena.

Not only did their top athletes lift both titles, but also their sponsorship of the championships gained solid approval from the participants with many claiming that it was the best organized KZNA championships in recent years. The KZN team to the SA Cross Country Championships in Bloemfontein on September 17 will be selected from these results and is expected to be announced in the next week.

The big event this weekend is the Witness Capital Climb 15 km, which will once again commence from outside the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 8 am on Saturday.

This is one of the more challenging races, with runners facing an initial kilometre drop before tackling the steep climb to conquer World’s View.

There is an award for the first person past the highest point near the aerial. From there it’s a helter-skelter descent to the finish at Voortrekker School.

Participants have to be a minimum of 15 years old to enter the main event, but there is also a five kilometre fun-run and walk for younger or less enthusiastic participants.

Entries will be taken on Friday at Voortrekker School from 12 pm to 6 pm and on race morning at the City Hall from 6.30.

Tony Morrison has more details at 083 374 9502.

The big event in Durban on Sunday will be the Merewent 10 km, which has reverted to the community route as opposed to the out-and-back on Tara Road that many runners found too flat. The race commences at 7 am from the Dhubri Road grounds and is open to runners and walkers. Pat Pather has the details at 083 739 3468.

Up in northern KZN the Nongoma club host the Isitolo Esikhulu Half-marathon from Kwagqikazi main gate at 7 am. There are both 21 km and five kilometre fun-run events.

Traditionally the first 20 runners receive gold medals the next 60 silver and the remainder badges. Mphathiseni Manqele has more details at 083 432 9566.

Runners should note that Sunday’s Corridor Half-marathon from Umzinkhulu Town Hall has been cancelled. Themba Gumede has more details at 072 844 0734.

Walkers will be out on the road again on Saturday for the KZN 30 km Championships, which commence at 6 am. This will be a precursor to the sub youth and primary school track-league at Kings Park event.

Entries for the walk close tomorrow and the event will be used for team selection to the SA walk Championships.

The Boxer Superstores KZN Cross Country Championships – Gelofte School

Open Men 12km: 1. Siyabonga Nkonde Boxer A C 35:55; 2. Bonginkosi Zwane Mandeni A C 36:40; 2. Senzo Nkosi Mandeni A C 37:55.

Men 30 to 34 8km: 1. Ewold Grobler Toti A C 27:02

Men 34 to 39 8km: 1. Nicolas Mgadu Nedbank A C 27:08; 2. TBeki Ngubane Boxer A C 27:48; 3. Jonathan Edwards HV 27:52.

Men 40 to 44 8km: 1. Elais Madlala Escom 30:02; 2. Steve Muchna PDAC 30:26; 3. Brendon Meyer Chiltern 31:36

Men 45 to 49 8km: 1. Willie Majombozi Boxer A C 28:50; 2. Simon Russel PDAC 29:18; 3. Mandla Dumakudu Boxer A C 29:42

Men 50 to 54 8km: 1. Jan Koegelenberg Mr Price A C 29:21; 2. Tim Dubery YWP A C 31:38; 3. Ian Grey Chiltern 32:56.

Men 55 to 59 8km: 1. Elais Mahlaba Savages 31:55; 2. Bongani Ndlovu Zabalaza 32:28; 3. Aubery Roberts West A C 33:09.

Open Ladies 8km: 1. Jenna Challenor Boxer A C28:13; 2. Cary Ann Smith Nedbank A C 29:59; 3. Loveness Madiza Phuma KZN 31:45.

Ladies 40 to 44 4km: 1. Lise Muchna PDAC 15:23; 2. Shani Silver West A C15:36; 2.Ursula Cockburn MAC 16:22.

Ladies 45 to 49 4km: 1. Kylie Griffin WEST A C16:35; 2. Janine Engels PDAC 16:46; 3. Lynda Bridges Toti 18:09.

Ladies 50 to 54 4km: 1. Blanche Moila Savages 18:05; 2. Linda Wolhurter Hilton Harr 18:15; 3. Di Wearne West A C 18:36.

Ladies 55 to 59 4km:1. Judith Grove Hilton Harr 17:36; 2. Sandy Fismer Hilton Harr 17:42; 3. Jane Dickenson RWFL 18:01.

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