Cool weather makes for fast running in Hillcrest Marathon

2012-02-15 00:00

SINCE the 1980s the Hillcrest Marathon has been the first major on the KZN fixture list and this year’s race — under the new sponsorship of Nosa — was no different, with an excellent weekend entry in ideally cool, overcast conditions.

Prodigal Khumalo led the marathon runners through halfway, but was unable to keep his pole position on the second lap, where Hamalila Venry made the going to take the tape in two hours 22 minutes and 39 seconds. Venry’s club-mate, Shingarai Badza, was over a kilometre off the pace, with Khumalo third.

The strong-running Maya Lawrie crossed the line 500 metres clear of Debbie Perry. Robson Chigara and Teacher Mteande were first and second in the half-marathon.

Janene Carey, newly-promoted to the 40-49 age group, took line honours in 1:25:18 from PDAC’s Lise Muchna.

The fifth Junior-Senior Track and Field League meeting will be held on Saturday and as now has become standard. Entries will close tomorrow evening for the events.

In a last-minute and controversial move, the fifth league, which should have been held last weekend, was cancelled by KZN executive member Mangethe Zwane, in order to avoid a clash with a schools meet.

This has reduced the preparation opportunities for KZN athletes in their build-up to the national Yellow Pages Series, which forms the basis for selection to the London Olympics.

In a rare piece of positive news for athletics, Athletics SA and the schools association last week announced that there would be a single national championship for junior athletes. In past years independent competitions were held, which often saw two different champions for a particular event and age group.

The new combined event will bring more athletes to the championships as they can be selected to represent their school body or their athletic province, and the greater depth is sure to provide a higher standard of competition.

The new South African Junior and Schools National Track and Field Championships will take place in Germiston from March 29-31 and not from March 30-April 1 as previously indicated

Durban has lost the rights to host the second Yellow Pages track and field series meeting, which will instead be held in Potchefstroom on March 24.

This Saturday Newcastle Harriers host the Old Mutual Battlefields 5 in one event that offers distances from five kilometres to 50 km. This is a pre-entry event only. Entries closed on February 8.

Sunday sees the Zabalaza half-marathon at Cato Ridge commencing at 6 am. Bongani Ndlovu has more details of the race at 073 225 4146.

RESULTS

NOSA Hillcrest Marathon 42 km

1 Hamalila Venry (Bluff Meats) 2:22:39, 2 Shingarai Badza (Bluff Meats) 2:26:50, 3 Prodigal Khumalo (Mr Price) 2:28:07.

35 to 39: 1 Xolani Nolanda (Toti) 2:51:45.

40 to 49: 1 Joseph Mandizha (Bluff Meats) 2:39:26.

50 to 59: 1 Eloi De Oliveria (Boxer) 2:48:32

60+: 1 Tim Briscoe (Durban) 3:06:19

Women:

1 Maya Lawrie (Boxer) 3:06:01, 2 Debbie Perry (Boxer) 3:08:37, 3 Lauren Calenborne (Westville) 3:11:23.

35 to 39: 1 Debbie Perry (Boxer) 3:08:37

40 to 49: 1 Maya Lawrie (Boxer) 3:06:01

50 to 59: 1 Grace de Oliveria (Boxer) 3:16:46.

60+: 1 Linda Vivian (Umhlathuze) 4:22:38

Hillcrest 21 km

Men:

1 Robson Chigara 1:09:19, 2 Teacher Mtende (both Bluff Meats F11;10:01), 3 Thuso Mosiea (Mr Price) 1:11:12

35-39: 1 Thuso Mosiea (Mr Price) 1:11:12

40-49: 1 Paul Eichart (Westville) 1:19:46

50-59: 1 Shaun Meiklejohn (Nedbank) 1:23:16

60+: Michael Langa (Athletics North) 1:31:05

Women:

1 Janene Carey (Boxer) 1:25:18, 2 Lise Muchna (PDAC) 1:30:35, 3 Wendy Morgan (Westville) 1:34:16

35-39: 1 Wendy Morgan (Westville) 1:34:16

40-49: 1 Janene Carey (Boxer) 1:25:18.

50: 1 Sandra Fismer (Hilton Harriers) 1:42:08

60+: 1 Judy Conlin (Harlequin Harriers) 2:32:34

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