Mtunzini Bush run the only local event this weekend as focus falls on London athletics

2011-08-03 00:00

WHILE Usain Bolt gave notice that he is coming onto form when he won the 200m race in Stockholm on Friday, Caster Semenya found the going hard as she plodded around the two lapper to finish a disappointing eighth in 2:01,28 in the 800 m. The current world champion never looked in it and was content to sit at the rear for the full race.

Jamaican Kenia Sinclair took the line in 1:58,21 with Malika Akkaoui the only other to break the two minute barrier. The focus this week will be on the two day Diamond League event at Crystal Palace in London, which builds up to the London 2012 Olympics.

At home, Sibonelo Duma, the

Pietermaritzburg-based Boxer runner, won the undulating Save Cash and Carry half marathon hosted by Orion Club in 1:13,09. Comrades gold medallist Bongumisa Mthembu trailing by less than 100 metres for second.

Kirsten Williams was the only lady to break the 90-minute barrier for the half marathon distance when she secured victory by crossing the line in 1:26.06. In doing so she took a useful scalp of Cary Ann Smith who was a massive four minutes adrift. With Williams and Grey already over the line it was no surprise that Collegians Harriers took the ladies team prize.

Henk Moen won the annual Braai Ketts 12-hour, longest day run around the cricket square at Collegians Harriers clubhouse in Pietermaritzburg with a useful 124 km in the allotted time. Hillcrest’s Julie Fourie won the ladies race with 105,5 km.

Siyabongo Nkondo, who is now a well-established member of the Boxer club was in a different league when he competed in the Vryheid Game park run. The youngster who recently finished sixth in the SA half marathon championships took only 50 minutes 41 seconds for the tough challenging 15 km distance.

Looking forward, the Golden Sun 25 km race in Tongaat has been cancelled making the Mtunzini Bush run the only event this weekend. The race commences at 7 am from the Mtunzini Townhall.

This 16 km event takes runners on a scenic and not too difficult tour of the Umlalazi Nature reserve. There is a combination of beach, dune, forest and off-road running.

Entries are taken at the Town Hall on Saturday between 2 pm and 5 pm and at the start on Sunday from 6 am. Paul Mannix has more details on 082 571 6559

With Women’s day on Tuesday August 9, Chatsworth athletic club host their annual women in action event from the Chatsworth stadium. There are 10 km and 5 km options available and Dees Govender has more details on 083 785 4333.

Collegians Harriers Braai Ketts Longest day 12 hour race:

MEN Most kilometres covered in 12 hours:

1.Henk MoenIrene A C 124 km

2.Patrick Mkhize Verulem A C 119,34 km

3.Nkosi Mvelase Escom Gijimas 115,33 km

4.Kristen Tiemey Hillcrest Vill 112 km

5.Kombokwakhe Khumalo SAPS 111 km

Ladies:

1.Julie Fourie Hillcrest Vill 105,50 km

2.Khaya Mhlati DAC 95,67 km

3.Jo Anne Piper Escom Gijimas 93,74 km

4.Lizette Botha RWFL 92,36 km

5.Sharda Narotham Escom Gijimas 89,59 km

ORION SAVE CASH AND CARRY 21,1 KM:

1.Sibonelo Duma Boxer A C73:19

2.Bongumisa Mthembu Mr Price A C73:46

3.Thsepo Shlembe Boxer A C75:01

35to39: Sandile Makhaye Mr Price 75:39

40to49: Richard Dlamini Mr Price 75:02

50to59: Simon Mbuyiza Howick A C97:57

60+ Eric Quibell Hillcrest Vill 95:41

JUNIOR: Philiane Ngcobo Coll Harr 79:47

Team: Mr Price A C

Ladies:

1.Kirsten Williams Coll Harr 89:06

2. Cary Ann Smith Nedbank A C93:25

3.Sarah GreyColl Harr 94:55

35to39: Lungile Nkosi Escom Gijimas 1:59:13

40to49: Mary Mvelase Boxer A C 1:48:15

50to59: Irma Stevens Escom Gijimas 2:17:29

60+ Margaret Usher Spartan A C 2:35:49

Team: Collegian Harriers

15 km Vryheid Game Park Challenge.

1 Siyabongo Nkondo Boxer 50:41, 2 Amos Twala Toyota 54:17, 3 Bongani Msimango Vryheid 54:48

35-39 Justice Nkosi Lancaster 59:52

40-49 Wilson Maphalala Nedbank 1:07:31

50-59 Andre Spies Newcastle Harriers 1:16:40

60+ Clive Buntting Biggersberg 1:54:18

Junior Mduduzi Hlatshwayo Mr P 56:44

Team Lancaster

Ladies

1 Xoli Madida 1:13;34, 2 Elizabeth Maphalala Nedbank 1:22:11, 3 Karien Gouws New Harriers 1:23:01

35-39 Joanne Mann HH 1:23:40

40-49 Shelley Geel CRBAC 1:38:25

50-59 Tes Lundie Assegaai 1:39:14

60+ Georgie Tasseron Vryheid 1:55:36

Junior: Sonelle Wilke Biggersberg 1:31:37

Team Newcastle Harriers

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