Mandizha wins Bearing Man Stainbank Cup with hundred metres in hand

2010-12-07 00:00

BLUFF Meats Formula One athlete Joseph Mandizha opened a telling gap over Zimbabwean Richard Nene to win Sunday’s 37th Bearing Man Stainbank Cup, which takes a taxing tour of Yellowwood Park.

Mandizha had over 100 metres in hand as he hit the line in 51 minutes 13 seconds for the 15 kilometre race, with Nene and Chatsworth’s Thabiso Ngalonkulu still dicing out the minor places.

Mandizha also secured the 35-to-39 age group, while Nene had a two-stride lead at the line, which he crossed in 51 minutes 34 seconds.

Jenna Challenor continued her comeback, adding victory in Yelloww­ood to last week’s dominati­on of the Stella Tribute race.

This time round, the Boxer athlete failed to break the one-hour barrier by 15 seconds, giving a clear indication of the challenge of the course, which includes a tour through the Stainbank conservancy.

Bluff Meats’ Alicen Manake was her closest competitor, but she finished almost three minutes adrift in 63,08, having opened 800 metres on Juan Mare Cooper of the Khoza club.

The Stainbank 15 has maintained the same sponsorship from the Bearing Man Group for its entire 37- year history.

This is an indication of the popularity and success of this event, which typically signals the start of the festive season in KZN racing.

Next week’s Illovo Westville 15 will again attract a massive field with runners opting for fancy dress and easy running with their clubs rather than racing the mountainous tour of the Westville suburb.

This leads on to the final race of the year, which is a fast, flat 10 km on NMR and the Moses Mabhida area hosted by Durban Athletic Club on December 19.

Annerien van Schalkwyk finished third in the 2010 Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon at the weekend, taking two hours 35 minutes and 33 seconds to become the sixth-fastest South African woman of all time over the marathon distance.

Van Schalkwyk missed second place by one second and finished only 11 seconds behind Kenyan winner Irene Koskei. The Commonwealth champions took the tape in two hours 35 minutes and 22 seconds.

Van Schalkwyk joins Tanith Maxwell as a qualifier for the 2011 World Championships in South Korea.

She said, “It was a very strong line-up for this marathon. We were very worried about the weather as we all knew how humid and hot it can get in Singapore.

“I am thrilled with my performance as it is my first competitive marathon.”

Kenneth Mungara gave Kenya the double victory with a relatively slow 2:14,06 in the men’s race.

 

BEARING MAN GROUPSTAINBANK CUP 15 KM

Men: 1. Joseph Mandizha F1 51,13; 2. Richard Nene Mr P 51,34; 3. Thabiso Ngalonkulu Chats 51,37.

35 to 39: Joseph Mandizha F1 51,13.

40 to 49: 1. Herbert Mazongolo Toyota 58,08; 2. Alan Ndlovu West 59,18; 3. Sibusiso Ntuli Ned 60,03.

50 to 59: Maxwell Ngwengwe Toyota 61,43.

60+: Petros Shumi Zabalaza 69,45.

Women: 1. Jenna Challenor Boxer 60,15; 2. Alicen Manake F1 63,08; 3. Juan Mare Cooper Khoza 63,29.

35 to 39: Nana Sigubudu Boxer 76,32.

40 to 49: 1. Lise Muchna PDAC 69,31; 2. Jenny Sutton YWP 70,09; 3. Jeanette Davidson DHSOB 70,57.

50 to 59: Wendy Fitzmaurice WEST 1:19,52.

60+: Maureen Perry Chiltern 1:38,35.

Walk men: Professor Cele Toti 1:24,31.

Walk women: Khethiwe Memela Boxer 1:41,02.

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