Edendale draws speed specialists

2008-11-10 00:00

THE impressive R13 000 in prize money on offer in Sunday’s Build-It Edendale 10 km attracted the province’s speed specialists, who made their way to Wadley Stadium.

The men’s race was dominated by foreign runners competing for the Boxer and Formula One clubs, with Zimbabwe’s Elmore Sibanda and Richard Nene to the fore.

His having competed in last week’s Nedbank Soweto Marathon, it is no surprise that Nene was first to drop from the lead pace, which was being determined by Formula One’s Samuel Paradza and Sibanda. Given the challenging nature of the course, Sibanda’s winning time of 30 minutes 8 seconds was considerably faster than expected, even though he was chased into the finish by Paradza.

The Mr Price club had a clean sweep of podium places in the women’s race, with Olivia Chitata outrunning diminutive Poppy Mlambo. Chitata had a 30-second advantage over Mlambo. The third spot going to Nomsa Ntsethe.

The race was supported by Msunduzi Municipality and hosted by the Comrades Marathon Association as part of its development programme.

It was a full house of 150 runners and walkers who spent 12 hours circumnavigating their way around the King’s Park athletics track from 6 pm on Saturday to 6 am on Sunday morning. The Longest Nite 12-hour race has become a popular feature of the local ultra scene, attracting participants from all over the country.

One of the biggest club representations came from uMhlathuze on the north coast, who had 37 competitors taking part.

James McAllister took just a couple of hours to get into his rhythm and into the lead, which he maintained through the dry, overcast conditions to amass a total of 267 laps.

McAllister’s strongest competition came from Gert van Wyhe, who trailed McAllister by a dozen laps, with Hamilton Langa from uMhlathuze just under 5 km adrift.

In the women’s race, yet another uMhlathuze athlete, Linda Vivian, produced one of the best performances of the night by notching up 102,2 km, over 18 laps ahead of second-placed Elise Stander.

In the associated walk event Escom’s Frank Hope won the men’s race with 85,21km and Rosenee Padaycee took the honours in the women’s walk.

The Verulam club had to run a waitlist for this year’s race and by the end of the event were being pressured to open their entries for the 2009 event, which will continue to have a 150-entry limit.

Build-It Edendale 10 km Wadley Stadium

Men: 1 Elmore Sibanda Boxer 30:08, 2 Samuel Paradza F1 30:44, 3 Richard Nene Boxer 31:36

35 to 39: Edward Chimombo F1 34:57

40 to 49: Patrick Mkhize Ngwenya 39:09

50 to 59: Joseph Dumakude VAC 42:27

60+: Petros Shumi Zabalazi

Women: 1 Olivia Chitata MrP 36:34, 2 Poppy Mlambo MrP 37:04, 3 Nomsa Ntsethe MrP 40:50

35 to 39: Sibongile Ziqubu RWFL

40 to 49: Mary Mwelase Boxer

50 to 59: Sandy Fismer HH

Longest Nite 12 hours track race

Men: 1. James McAllister uMhlathuze 107,11km; 2. Gert v Wyhe E.G striders 102,15km; 3. Hamiton Langa uMhlathuze 97,29km

Women: 1. Linda Vivian uMhlathuze 102,20km, 2. Elise Stander uMhlathuze 94,80km, 3. Shakum Tramjee DAC 89,88km

Men walk: 1. Frank Hope Escom 85,21km, 2. Raj Dhanelle Orion 73,53km

Women walk: 1. Rosnee Padaycee Escom 84,57km; 2. Therea v Wyk QBH 81,13km; 3. Linda Engelbrecht uMhlathuze 73,96km

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