Moshiywa expects emotional return to PMB for Mandela race

2013-07-27 00:00

COMRADES Marathon champion Claude Moshiywa is the big drawcard for next month’s Mandela Day Marathon.

It will be an emotional return to the city for the man who became the first South African up-run winner of the Comrades in 21 years.

Moshiywa will run the 10 km race that begins at the Howick Sports Ground and ends at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site just outside ­Howick.

“I feel honoured to be running this race,” Moshiywa told Weekend Witness yesterday.

“I’ll only be doing the 10 km race, but I hope to return next year to run the full 42 km,” he said, adding that he would be taking it easy with his training ahead of the race.

He had this to say about being back in the City of Choice: “I get a rush of adrenaline every time I think about Maritzburg … it’s going to be nice to be in Maritzburg again.”

After being invited by the organisers to take part, he said he was hoping to run a time of around 30 minutes, but he said he didn’t think he would win.

“There are a lot of juniors taking part. I can’t compete with them,” he said.

Also taking part in the race will be three-times Comrades winner Stephen Muzhingi, and Moshiywa said he looked forward to racing against the Zimbabwean.

“It’s going to be nice running with Stephen.”

Muzhingi, who is at home in Zimbabwe, told Weekend Witness he too was looking forward to running in his first Mandela Marathon.

But he hasn’t done much training since the Comrades due to an injury and would also only take part in the 10 km race.

“I don’t think I’ll be in shape in time for the marathon, but I look forward to being back in Maritzburg,” Muzhingi said.

Entries for the race on August 25 close on Thursday next week.

The marathon will begin at Manayi Hall, while the 10 km and 4,6664 km will begin at the Howick Sports Ground and Midmar respectively.

One of the participants in the 4,6664 km race will be Mandla Mandela, Madiba’s grandson.

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