Irene Loritareng flies KZN flag in the Petro SA women’s race

2013-10-02 00:00

WILSON Kipsang eased away from Eluid Kipchoge in the final phase of the Berlin Marathon to set a new world record of two hours, three minutes and 23 seconds, which sliced 15 seconds from the previous record. This makes Kipsang the first athlete to break two hours, four minutes twice and the Kenyan has also broken two hours, five minutes four times.

The average top 10 finish in Berlin is now 2:04:18, making it the fastest marathon course in the world with Dubai second by 30 seconds. Kipchoge’s time is the fastest losing time in history. Florence Kiplagat won the women’s race in 2:21:13, ahead of Sharon Cheprop, who recorded 2:22:28.

German Irina Mikitenko improved the world 40-plus record to 2:24:54 for third place and five runners broke the two hour 30 minute barrier.

• Nationally, Cephas Motseibe won the Petro SA marathon in 2:18:24, holding off Nedbank’s Ghirmay Pasamire by six seconds, with Edwin Tikabo third a further 12 seconds later.

Irene Loritareng from the KZN Formula One club won the women’s race in 2:43:47, well clear of Thabita Tsatsa (2:47:11) with Jessica Kanda from the Mr Price KZN third in 2:48:20.

Boxer’s Thobani Chagwe dominated the half marathon, covering the course in 1:6:56 and eliminating the challenge from Toyota’s Jeffrey Gwebu, who was fully 350 m adrift at the line. Irvette van Zyl won the women’s 21 km.

• Locally, Jobo Khatoane won the annual Queensburgh Mineshaft 15 km in 47:15, with Thubelethu Phaku second by just over 100 m, and Sithebele Fanukho filling third in 48:17.

Poppy Mlambo continued her Soweto marathon preparation with a win in the women’s race in 58:56, the only woman to break the hour. Nedbank’s Patricia Bahlmann was a distant second in 61:24.

• This weekend sees the annual Drakens­berg Logistics Half Marathon Nite Race starting from Ladysmith Sports Club at 5 pm.

There are gold medals for all category winners and all finishers receive a goodie bag and a T-shirt. Walkers are welcome in the race and will start at 4.30 pm. All runners should remember to wear reflective belts or warnings. There is also a five- kilometre fun run. Caroline has more details on the event at 076 536 7070.

• The major race of the weekend is Sunday’s Goss Balfe South Coast marathon and half marathon, which runs up the old South Coast Road to a finish in Hutchinson Park, Amanzimtoti.

There is a train to take runners from the finish down to both starts that is scheduled for 6 am. The marathon commences in Scottburgh, whereas the 21 km is from outside Ilfracombe railway station. Desmond van der Merwe has details at 082 806 0348.

• Entries opened yesterday for a new event, the Molweni 32 km Trail Run in Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, which will be held in May next year and is limited to 250 entries. As this is expected to fill up quickly, runners are advised to get full details from There will be a six-kilometre prologue event the day prior to the 32 km in order to seed the runners on the course.

• Both the Comrades Marathon and the Weekend Witness Maritzburg Marathon won awards in the inaugural Mayoral Tourism Awards hosted by the Msunduzi-Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association (MPTA).

Queensburgh Mineshaft 15 km

Men: 1.Jobo Khatoane Phatane A C47:15

2.Thubeletu Phaku DUT47:53

3.Sithebele Fanukho Boxer A C48:17

35 to 39: Juluis Tenai Phatane A C51:38

40 to 49: Michael Ndlovu Mfukela A C56:10

50 to 59: Peter Sehloho Boxer A C56:13

60 to 69: Lindsey Rodgerson Riverside Harr71:36

70+ Poobalan Reddy Chatsworth A C86:03

Junior: Ndumiso Ndlovu Escom A C59:56

Team: Phatane A C

Women: 1.Poppy Mlambo Boxer A C58:56

2.Patricia Bahlmann Nedbank A C61:24

3.Cary-Ann Smith Nedbank A C66:22

35 to 39: Patricia Bahlmann Nedbank A C61:24

40 to 49: Pat Dammann Forest Hills67:10

50 to 59: Elise Cilliers Savages A C76:52

60 to 69: Pat Fischer Stella A C84:23

70+ Gill Tregenna West A C90:18

Junior: Ndomiso Khoza Natal Carbs80:00

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