Mokoka takes line honours at F21 run

2010-04-20 00:00

MANY of South Africa’s top distance runners converged on Richards Bay on Saturday for the second Foskor F21 Half-marathon, which doubled as the KZN half-marathon championships.

Multiple SA road and cross- country champion Stephen Mokoka pulled away to create a 15-metre lead over Mr Price’s Kelvin Pangiso, taking the line honours in exactly one hour and 40 minutes.

A trio of Nedbank athletes combined with Durban University of Technology’s Thubalethu Phaku to provide the early competition.

Cross-country exponents Tshamano Setone, Xolisa Tyali and Lungisa Mselelwa were unable to live with the second-half pace of Mokoka and Pangiso, but diced their way to the line with Phaku, resulting in third to sixth place being separated by only 31 seconds.

Although sixth, Phaku once again earned the provincial title with his 65 minute, 32 second finish.

Ntombesintu Mfunzi and Tabitha Tsatsa had a similar dice in the women’s race with Mfunzi the victor in 1:18:23, 100 metres clear of Tsatsa and Irvette van Blerk comfortably positioned in third.

Boxer’s Jenna Challenor was the first KZN athlete in fourth position in an impressive 1:22:51, with provincial silver medallist Danielle Adlam separated by Paulina Njeya in the colours of Nedbank. Adlam crossed the line in 1:24:35, and Richards Bay athlete Melanie van Rooyen earned the provincial bronze.

Kelvin Pangiso won Sunday’s Dick King Half-marathon in 1:05:35, almost a ­kilometre clear of Moses Lepheana of the Nedbank club.

Lepheana had the consolation of winning his 35-39 age group, while Pangiso’s Mr Price club-mate, Joshua Sabad, closed the podium a further three minutes adrift in 1:11:32.

Carey Ann Smith dominated the women’s race and was the only woman to break the 90-minute barrier in 1:24:52 for the hilly but scenic course.

Mr Price’s Bomvaho Lusando and Nedbank’s Gere Vilakasi fought out the minor placing with Lusando taking a 28-second advantage to the line to finish in 1:31:30.

With just under 600 athletes completing the course in the two-and-a-half hour limit, it was disappointing that this traditional fixture was allowed to clash with the provincial championships in Richards Bay the previous day.

Nedbank’s Thulani Mtolo ran away from the small field in the Eskort Cavanagh Ultra held on a tough course around the Wagendrift Dam.

Mtolo had a lead of over one-and-a-half kilometres on Mdu Zondi of Natal Carbineers to finish in 3:31:22, with Mr Price’s Mduduzi Ndela taking the final podium spot in 3:39:27, just less than a minute adrift from Zondi. Veteran marathoner and Comrades runner Willie Mtolo won the 40-49 category in 4:02:04.

Pietermaritzburg’s Vicky Crooks won the women’s race, which saw the top three finish within seven minutes of each other. The Collegians’ Harrier opened a three- minute advantage over Natal Carbineers’ ultra runner Eric Walker to take the tape in 4:34:56. Sue Chapman of Saints closed the podium in 4:41:53.

 

FOSKOR F21 RICHARDS BAY (KZN HALF MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS)

1. Stephen MOKOKA 01:04:00; 2. Kelvin PANGISO 01:04:06 Mr Price Athletics; 3. Tshamano SETONE 01:05:01 Nedbank Athletic Club; 4. Xolisa TYALI 01:05:07 Nedbank Athletic Club; 5. Lungisa MSELELWA 01:05:12 Nedbank Athletic Club; 6. Thubalethu PHAKU 01:05:32 Durban University of Technology

Women: 1. Ntombesintu MFUNZI 01:18:23 Mr Price EP; 2. Tabitha TSATSA 01:18:47; 3. Irvette VAN BLERK 01:19:49 Nedbank Running CG Johannesburg; 4. Jenna CHALLENOR 01:22:51 Boxer athletic club; 5. Paulina NJEYA 01:23:16 Nedbank Athletic Club

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