Mkwanazi opens 200 m gap over Phalatsane to win run

2009-10-27 00:00

MUHLE Mkwanazi won Sunday’s Tonevale Game Park Run held outside Empangeni on the KZN north coast.

Mkwanazi took one hour, five minutes and six seconds for the tour of the game park, opening a 200-metre advantage over Nedbank’s Bernard Phalatsane.

Rasta Sibiya from host club Umhlathuze was third a further 150 metres off the pace in one hour, six minutes and 36 seconds. Sibiya was also the first in the 35-39 age group.

Nomcebo Mthetwa and Kalani Buthelezu were the only women to get under one-and-a-half hours. Mthetwa pulled almost a minute from her Umhlathuze club-mate by the finish, while Boxer’s Maria Mthembu took third place and once again secured her top place in the 35-39 category. Host club athletes took the honours in all other age groups and Yvonne Irmscher won the ladies’ walk in one hour, 59 minutes and 12 seconds.

The fact that the leading male athletes took over an hour to complete the 16 km distance is a measure of not only the toughness of the course, but also the heat during the race.

The best running of the route was the jeep track around the park perimeter, but the challenge of hills and footing were largely offset for the majority of runners by the scenery and ability to spot game.

The race saw an amazing 70% increase in numbers over last year, which is no doubt a good indication of the boom being experienced as more and more people line up for the challenge of Comrades 2010.

As of last night there were only 1 060 entries left for previous Comrades runners. It is expected that the 15 000 limit will be reached by tomorrow night.

“We have had over 100 runners entering at the offices today,” said Craig Fry, media manager at Comrades House. “Normally around 80% of the previous year’s runners return. It’s very unlikely we will be able to take entries by the October 31 deadline and we know there is a growing interest from novices, so the 20 000 total limit is very much in view.”

Results:

Men: 1. Muhle Mkwanazi CRBAC 65:06, 2. Bernard Phalatsane Ned 65:58, 3. Rasta Sibiya UAC 66:36

35 to 39: Rasta Sibiya UAC 66:36

40 to 49: Amos Nkosi CRBAC 72:25

50 to 59: Barlan Govender Chatsworth 82:18

60+: Jerome Mswane UAC 1:47:09

Walker: Abraham Mbhele Eskom 1:45:47

Ladies: 1. Nomcebo Mthetwa UAC 88:34, 2. Kalani Buthelezu UAC 89:27, 3. Maria Mthembu Boxer 95:54

35 to 39: Maria Mthembu Boxer 95:54

40 to 49: Priska Ntuli UAC 1:48:40

50 to 59: Trish Winterboer UAC 1:52:27

60+ Linda Vivian UAC 1:57:18

Walker: Yvonne Irmscher UAC 1:59:12

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