Mlambo, Dlamini win city race

2013-08-19 00:00

THIS year’s Capital Climb went ahead without a hitch as over 1 500 runners took part in the annual race in the city on Saturday morning.

The men’s race was won by Malibongwe Dlamini who came in with a time of 51:30.

Poppy Mlambo was first to cross among the women in a time of 64:00.

Organiser Tony Morrison told The Witness yesterday that Dlamini’s time was about two minutes off the record.

“Poppy Mlambo won the women’s race in a very good time also and just missed out on the record,” Morrison said.

He added that both Dlamini and Mlambo were not first-time winners.

“They’ve been here before and they’ve both won it,” he said.

He added that as in other years, the race was well supported.

“There was a large Maritzburg community, and there are some who came from other parts of the province as well like Estcourt, Ladysmith and Newcastle. I know of one runner who came down from Johannesburg,” said Morrison.

He added that it was also well supported among athletes. He believed the reason for this was that it was one of the few Saturday morning races in the country.

“A lot of races tend to be on a Sunday,” he said.

“The feedback that we’ve received has been positive and a lot of people are looking forward to next year’s race,” Morrison said. He said that they usually started preparing for the race six months in advance.

Another drawcard for the race was the prizes that were given to race participants via a lucky draw.

“We had Blomeyer’s Electrical donate some electrical appliances so we gave away microwaves, washing machines and flat-screen televisions as part of the draw.”

There were also vouchers from Parklane Spar worth R500 to give away.

“It was a lovely day [to hold a race], and the weather was good,” he said, reiterating that the feedback they had been given was good.

Nhlanhla Tshabalala and Sibonelo Duma came second and third behind Dlamini, while Sanfisiwe Mbanjwa and Pat Dammann finished behind Mlambo.

Morrison said the winners of the race won R500 in prize money, with second place taking home R250, and R200 going to the runners finishing in third.

The annual race has been part of the Pietermaritzburg sporting calendar since 1976. Comrades Marathon legend Bruce Fordyce has participated and won it in the past.

• lunga.biyela@witness.co.za

RESULTS

OPEN MEN: 1. Malibongwe Dlamini Coll Harr 51:30

2. Nhlanhla Tshababa Boxer A 52:12

3. Sibonelo Duma Boxer A 52:30

4. Thuso Mosiea Nedbank A 53:43

5. Bongmusa Mthembu Maxed Elite 53:44

35 to 39: 1. Menzi Ngcobo Maxed Elite 54:07

40 to 49: 1. Nkosi Dlamini Phuma KZN 60:35

2. Sipho Mbokazi Phuma KZN 62:58

3. Ben Zuma Ind 68:25

50 to 59: 1. Willie Majombozi Boxer A 63:46

2. Neil Neat Forest A 71:40

3. Lloyd Boughtow Virgina A 75:08

60+: 1. John Sage West A 78:41

2. Robin Archer QBH 86:10

3. Joey Rampali VA 89:50

First Man to the Top - Worlds View:

1. Malbongiwe Dlamini

OPEN WOMEN: 1. Poppy Mlambo Boxer A 64:00

2. Sanfisiwe Mbanjwa NATAL Carbs 70:38

3. Pat Dammann Forest A 70:53

4. Nhlanhla Vilakazi 70:59

5. Hayle Bentham Coll Harr 72:31

40 to 49: 1. Pat Dammann Forest A 70:53

2. Vicky Crookes Coll Harr 79:30

3. Jenny Tyers West A 80:04

50 to 59: 1. Sheree Kirsten West A 88:53

2. Liz Brown Coll Harr 90:26

3. Elize Herbst West A 96:46

60+: 1. Jane Dickinson RWFL 82:40

2. Erma Stephens Escom A 105:34

First Woman to the Top - World’s View:

1. Poppy Mlambo

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