Kenyans on song at Berlin Marathon

2012-10-04 00:00

KENYAN training partners Geoffrey Mutai and Dennis Kimetto topped the headlines this week, winning the Berlin Marathon in 2:04:15 and 2:04:16, with Kimetto setting the world’s fastest ever marathon debut. Both athletes were on course for a world record up to 35km, but the 2:42 minute per km surge at 32 km took its toll and saw the duo slow to 3:06 around the 37 and 41 km marks.

Mutai not only walked away with around R600 000 in prize money and time incentive, but virtually secured the million dollar prize in the world major marathon series.

This competition is held over the five major marathons in the world and would now require Wesley Korir to win the Chicago marathon this month, and then come first or second in New York a couple of weeks later in order to beat Mutai’s 75-point total.

Johannes Kekana won South Africa’s oldest race, the Bonita’s City-to-City 50 km, taking the 40-49 age group award in the process. It was almost three minutes before Joseph Mphuti crossed for second place, with Vusi Malobola third, just 250 metres adrift.

The race was run from Wanderers in Johannesburg to Centurion, which is considered a downhill run, with the women’s race being led home by Tshifhiwa Mundalamo who took the R30 000 first prize just over a minute ahead of Charne Bosman, with Zimbabwean Lizih Chikore third. Pietermaritzburg’s Kerry Koen, the first South African home in Comrades 2012, was fourth in 3:32:26.

Previous SA marathon champion Benedict Moeng won the PetroSA marathon in Mossel Bay ahead of the squad of foreign runners who chase the R60 000 prize money. Tanith Maxwell of Boxer club was the first South African woman home and placed fifth overall.

Locally, Sibonelo Duma won The Saints Thorntree 15km race from St Charles College up to the Hesketh conservancy and back ahead of Phuma’s Menzi Ngcobo.

Although Suzette Botha failed to break the one-hour barrier by a mere nine seconds, she totally dominated the women’s race, with Nonsikelolo Mbambo over two kilometres adrift.

Mfanafuthi Ngubane of host club uMhlathuze won the Tonevale Game Farm 16 km, leading Bluff Meats Bernard Phalatsane into second by 56 seconds. Nomcebo Mthethwa led the women’s field home with her uMhlathuze club colleague Sthabile Mnyandu next in line some 500 metres adrift.

Internationally, this weekend the focus is on Saturday’s World Half Marathon championships in Karvarna, Bulgaria, where South Africa has both a men’s and women’s team led by Stephen Mokoka and Rene Kalmer.

Locally, runners from throughout the country converge on Scottburgh for the annual Goss and Balfe South Coast marathon, which starts in Scottburgh at 6 am and runs up the old coast road to Hutchinson Park, Toti.

This is predominantly a pre-entry event with entries taken on www.eventtiming.co.za, or at Hutchinson Park on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. The race is both a Comrades and Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon qualifier. Des has more details on 082 806 0348.

The other race listed for the weekend is the annual Orange Grove Imamba 15 km up in Empangeni. The race starts from the rugby club and offers a 10 km run and walk distance. Shadrack Mncwango has more details at 072 437 1347.

The Saints Thorntree 15km results

Men:

1. Sibonelo Duma Boxer A C 51:24

2. Menzi Ngcobo Phuma KZN 51:32

35 to 39: Sandile Makhaye Phuma KZN 52:58

Women:

1. Suzette Botha Escom A C 60:09

2. Nonsikelolo Mbambo Natal Carb. 68:06

3. Thobeka Zondo Natal Carb. 69:55

35 to 39: Charlene Swanepoel Escom A C 77:04

Thorntree 10km run results

Men: Martin Ngwenya Mr Price 36:35

Women: Jenet Dlamini Umzinkulu 45:47

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