Mnyandu improves on 2010 time to take tape

2011-01-18 00:00

VUSI Mnyandu won the Halyway Toyota Scottburgh half marathon over the undulating out and back course to Umkomaas on Sunday, beating a field of over 800 runners to take the tape in one hour, 10 minutes and 41 seconds.

The Mr Price athlete had opened his lead over Samson Kiplagat on the hills of the old South Coast Road, leaving the Bluff man in his wake for much of the race. Mnyandu’s time was an improvement over the 2010 time, which was remarkable given that accurate measurement of the course for this year had added around 150 metres to the distance of the 2010 event.

Zimbabwean Richard Nene filled the final podium position over a minute behind in 72 minutes 52 seconds.

South African marathoner Tanith Maxwell, who is currently in preparation for the Virgin London Marathon in April, used the race as training, keeping a constant but relatively easy pace at the head of ladies field. Maxwell comfortably took the tape in 1hr:23min:51sec — over 150 metres clear of Cary-Ann Smith who is continuing her comeback to competitive racing and now sporting the colours of Nedbank. Third place went to club colleague Loveness Madziva who also won the award as first junior.

Up country a large field of 5 500 runners lined up for the Dischem half marathon in Bedfordview. Xolisa Tyali won the race ahead of the vastly experienced Shadrack Hoff who was 40 seconds adrift at the finish line. Tyali’s finish time of 1:7:11 was one of the fastest in recent years and is a sure indication that the 23-year-old is going to make his mark in the up-coming cross-country races.

Irvette van Blerk won the ladies race ahead of her training partner Mpho Mabusa from the Nedbank Club who was seven minutes adrift. Van Blerk lead from the gun, crossing the line in 1:16:28.

With Annerien van Schalk Wyk having run a sub 2:40 marathon towards the end of last year and Rene Kalmer running 2:45 in the 2009 Soweto marathon, there are a few new ladies lining up at the head of the marathon rankings which could open potential of a reasonable marathon team for the 2011 World Championships in South Korea in August.

The Dischem race covers a challenging course which is particularly hilly in the second half and means that van Blerk’s time probably equates to a 72 half marathon and a 2:35 marathon potential.

Kalmer, who has been battling illness as the end of last year, once again struggled to run to her potential but was third in 1:23:55 only 20 seconds behind Mabusa.

Halfway Toyota Scottburgh Half Marathon:

Men 1 Vusi Mnyandu Mr P 1:10:41, 2 Samson Kiplagat Bluff 1:11:46, 3 Richard Nene Mr P 1:12.52

35 to 39: 1 Eric Ndovela SAP 1:15:10, 2 Duane Dicks West 1:17:42, 3 Sitha Hlophe Mr P 1:19:08

40 to 49: 1 Michael Langa Toyota 1:19:25, 2 Herbert Mazongolo Toyota 1:19:33, 3 Willie Majombozi Boxer 1:21:32

50 to 59: 1 Nicholus Dlamini Boxer 1:24:52, 2 Joseph Dumakude Veralum 1:27:49, 3 Mike Sutton Yellowwood Park 1:32:19

60+ 1 Michael Langa AN 1:35:15, 2 Petros Shumi Zabal 1:35:36, 3Andrew Spencer 1:41:44

Junior Kyle Storkey Stella 1:46:54

Ladies: 1 Tanith Maxwell Boxer 1:23:51, 2 Cary-Ann Smith Nedbank 1.24:32, 3 Loveness Madziva Nedbank 1:25:50

35 to 39: 1 Aurev Calen Borne West 1:37:09, 2 Wendy Morgan Chiltern 1:41:23, 3 Maria Mthembu Escom Gijima 1:48:27

40 to 49: 1 Jenny Sutton Yellowwood Park 1:38:22, 2 Megan Finestone West 1:50:11, 3 Tammy Dennill Westville 1:51:08

50 to 59: 1 Pam Rasmussen QBH 1:51:58, 2 Dawn Frankish 2:01:26, 3 Elize Cilliers Sav 2:01:32

60+ 1 Alet Engelbrecht 2:06:11, 2 Linda Bell QBH 2:13:03, 3 Maureen Parry Chiltern 2:19:30

Junior: Loveness Madziva Nedbank 1:25:50

Team: Westville A C:

Walker:

Men 1 Oxley Africa Boxer 2:18:27, 2 Eugene Johannes Sydenham 2:29:31, 3 Len Diedericks Highway 2:34:05

Ladies. 1 Khethiwe Memela Boxer 2:18:19, 2 Babongile Memela Ntl Carbineers 2:32:20, 3 Cecily Fraser Highway 2:36:10

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