Marathon season off to a flying start

2013-01-31 00:00

THE Dubai Marathon got the year’s marathon season off to a record-breaking start, with Lelisa Desisa (2:04:45), Berhanu Shiferaw (2:04:48), Tadese Tola (2:04:49), Endeshaw Negesse (2:04:52) and Bernard Koech (2:04:53) becoming the 22nd to 26th runners to break 2:05 for the distance, with Desisa.

In South Africa, Elroy Gelant continued his domination of SA cross-country by winning the trials in Boksburg, with Kgosi Tsosane, Desmond Mokgobu, Lucky Mohale, David Manja and KZN’s Lungisa Mdedelwa filling the top six places.

Lebo Phalula won the senior women’s eight kilometre race, with Mapaseka Makhanya second and Nolene Conrad, the SA champion, third.

KZN’s Adam Lipschitz finished fifth and will join Mdedlewa in the team for the Southern African Regional Championships in Lesotho on March 2.

The final team for the World Championships in Poland on March 24 will be determined from the results in Lesotho.

Athletics SA president James Evans said it was likely that only five athletes would be sent in each of the world cross-country teams as it was felt that a sixth member had not been a contributing factor in past years.

Zimbabwean Gilbert Mntandiro won Sunday’s Key Hire/Enforce PDAC 25 km from Waterfall to Pinetown, opening over 500 m on Boxer’s Sibonelo Duma and Thobani Chagwe, who finished second and third respectively.

Another Boxer athlete, Janine Carey, dominated the women’s race, which also secured her the top 40-49 award.

Nedbank’s Patricia Bahlmann was just under a kilometre adrift, with Lauren Calenborne of Westville third, a further 200 metres off the pace. Calenborne was first in the 35-39 age category.

The KZN marathon team, who are all age-group athletes, compete in the first combined SA Senior and SA Masters Marathon Championships, which has been moved to Oudtshoorn.

The three-lap course is expected to produce some reasonable times if the weather is favourable. A 5.30 am start has been arranged in the hope of avoiding the heat. Although without any stand-out star, the province has depth in the women, which could see them on the open team podium.

The main race this weekend is the Sparksport Challenge, offering both a 16 km and 32 km route.

There have been a couple of improvements to this year’s Sparksport event, with the climb up Stanley Copley drive to 45th cutting replacing part of both the 16 km and 32 km courses.

Anita (084 254 2468) has more details about the event, which starts at Sydenham Sports Club at 5 am.

There is a KZN Master Race 10 km and five kilometre walking event scheduled for Saturday, which competitive walkers may prefer to consider. Julian Joseph (084 627 1562) has details of that mini league, which starts at 6.30 am at Chatsworth stadium.

There will be a number of other track and field events in addition to the walks.

The Scottburgh Half-marathon, which was also scheduled for this weekend, has been cancelled. Gordon Hutton has more details at 031 266 9238.

PDAC 25km

MEN:

1. Gilbert Mntandiro (Maxed Elite) 1:19,19

2. Sibonelo Duma (Boxer) 1:20,38

3. Thobani Chagwe (Boxer) 1:21,39

35 to 39: Eric Ndovela (SCS) 1:27,01

40 to 49: Michael Ndlovu Mafu 1:34,19

WOMEN:

1. Janine Carey (Boxer) 1:46,01

2. Patricia Bahlmann (Nedbank) 1:49,52

3. Lauren Calenborne (Westville) 1:50,49

35 to 39: Lauren Calenborne (West) 1:50,49

40 to 49: Janine Carey (Boxer) 1:46,01

WALK

Men: Themba Qhanqiso (Tongaat Panthers) 2:23,54

Women: Babongile Memela (Ntl. Carb.) 2:39,15

SA CROSS-COUNTRY TRIALS – BOKSBURG

MEN:

1. Elroy Gelant (ASA ACNW) 37,26

2. Kagosi Tsosane (AGN) 37,56

3. Desmond Mokgobu (CGA) 38,02

WOMEN:

1. Lebo Phalula (ASA CGA) 30,23

2. Mapaseka Makhanya (CGA) 30,45

3. Nolene Conrad (ASA CGA) 31,32

JUNIOR MEN

1. Namakoe NkhasI (CGA) 25,36

2. Creel Chavalala (CGA) 26,19

3. Rantso Mekopane (ACNW) 26,22

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