Kalmer second fastest over 32 km

2011-10-19 00:00

RENÉ Kalmer produced SA’s second fastest ever 32 km time in the BASF in Vanderbijlpark on Saturday, crossing the line in 1:56:42. The national record is held by Frith van der Merwe, who recorded her 1:53:40 in 1989.

Wilson Chebet won the Amsterdam Marathon in 2:05:53, with the next seven dipping under two hours and eight minutes. This takes the number of sub 2:08 marathoners to 87, showing just how far the world has progressed and how far behind SA has dropped since 1985 when both Zithulete Sinque and Willie Mtolo ran just over 2:08 in the national championships.

Chebet’s sub 2:06 is the 13th achieved this year, which is a record, despite the fact that New York and other fall marathons are still to be run.

Ethiopian Tiki Gelana took the honours in the women’s race in 2:22:08, almost three minutes clear of runner up Eyerusalem Kuma.

Following the growth of trail running throughout South Africa, the president of Athletics South Africa (ASA), James Evans, has set up a meeting at the Constantia Nek Restaurant in Cape Town on October 29 to look at the future of the sport and ASA’s involvement.

The meeting is open to all interested parties.

For the first time a five-athlete team was sent to the World Ultra Trail Championships in Ireland on July 9.

Back in KZN, all clubs, athletes and interested persons have been invited to a meeting at the Westville athletics clubhouse on Saturday at 10 am.

Saturday’s meeting was called by over 26 clubs who are angry that the KZN Athletics executive, beset by a fraud scandal, has rejected the call for a council meeting.

The executive is required to hold two council meetings and an AGM in the year, but by rejecting this call it is in breach of the constitution. It was hardly surprising that the request was rejected as the clubs had proposed a vote of no confidence in the executive.

Evans said ASA will not step in at this time as the KZN president has provided a report on the fraud. However, it is unlikely that Evans would have the necessary support for action against KZNA as the KZN executive members form 25% of the ASA executive.

For further information about Saturday’s meeting call Kevin Bradfield at chairman@savages.co.za or 082 556 4966.

The Stella Tribute 15 km on November 27 is the latest race to be cancelled for the lack of willing sponsors.

Race organiser Cecil Sher said, “There appears to be a sponsor shift towards triathlons, mountain biking etc.

“The troubles in the administration of our sport does not augur well for obtaining future sponsors.”

On Sunday Hulamin Athletic Club host the Swift Edendale half-marathon and 10 km races, which start at 6 am.

The race route has been modified to provide an improved start and to certify the distance of the event, which has attracted local and visiting runners. The start is at Hulamin in Camps Drift and takes runners past Sukuma School and the Imbali Clinic before returning along Moses Mahbida Road.

Walkers are welcomed in the 10 km and five kilometre fun run events, and there is over R12 000 in prize money to be earned. Entries will be taken at the venue on Saturday between 2 pm and 4 pm and from 5 am on the race morning.

Alex Anthony has more details at 072 209 0092.

The only other race on the fixture list for this weekend is the Vusi Nxumalo Half-marathon in Ulundi, on Saturday.

The race will follow a new route and starts from the Ulundi regional sports grounds at 6 am. Walkers are welcomed in both the 21 km and associated 10 km distances. Mbuyiseni Dladla has more details at 082 817 1535.

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