Nedbank win is a boost for Ramaala

2008-10-06 00:00

Marathon runner Hendrick Ramaala won Saturday’s Nedbank Bloemfontein 21 km city race in 63 minutes 55 seconds, edging out Lesotho’s Masilo Matjane by a mere one second at the line.

The pair were neck and neck coming down the final straight at the Free State Stadium to end an exciting race around the city and provide Ramaala with an important confidence booster before he departs to the United States for another crack at the New York Marathon.

Ramaala, who battled in Beijing, will be hoping to regain the form that he displayed in 2004 when he won the ‘Big Apple’ race.

René Kalmer returned to the Free State capital, winning the women’s race in 74 minutes 25 seconds — 14 seconds slower than her 2007 time. Lesotho’s Mamorallo Tjoka was runner up 33 seconds off the pace.

Half-Marathon Bloemfontein

1. Hendrick Ramaala Nedbank 1:03:55, 2. Masilo Matjiane Toyota(LES) 1:03:56, 3. Tsotang Maine Toyota(LES) 1:04:01, 4. Lungile Gongqa MRP 1:04:01, 5. Kelvin Pangiso (ZIM) MRP 1:04:06

Women: 1. Rene Kalmer MRP 1:14:25,

2. Mamorallo Tjoka Boxer LES 1:14:58 3. Helalia Johannes Boxer NAM 1:15:27, 4. Irvette van Blerk Nedbank 1:15:41, 5. Tabitha Tsatsa Boxer (ZIM) 1:16:21

• Boxer athletes also took both men’s and women’s honours in the Mahindra Thorntree 15 km challenge hosted by the Saints Club.

Sibonela Duma and club-mate Khulekani Ngubane stamped their authority on the race. Only Mr Price’s Sandile Makhaye was able to offer any form of challenge on the scenic race that saw the Boxer duo as the only athletes to break 50 minutes. Duma, who made his break at 11 km, was first home in 48 minutes 37 seconds, 150 metres ahead of Ngubane.

Amanda Bradshaw climbed to the top of the podium over one minute clear of Collegians Harriers’ Kerry Koen and 500 metres ahead of Debbie Eaton.

Harriers won the team award.

Thorntree Challenge 16km hosted by Saints Athletic Club:

Men: 1. Sibonela Duma Boxer 48:37, 2. Khulekani Ngubane Boxer 49:11. 3. Sandile Makhaye MrP 50:29

35 to 39: Hlanganani Hlongwane Nedbank

40 to 49: Gerald Dlamini CH 58:16

50 to 59: Joseph Duma Verulam 62:42

60+: Moray Calder HH 73:46

Junior Philani Ngcobo CH 53:58

Team: Boxer

Women: 1. Amanda Bradshaw Boxer 63:59, 2. Kerry Koen CH 65:00, 3. Debbie Eaton CH 65:55

35 to 39 .Geetha Maharai Verulam 81:20

40 to 49 Mary Mvelase Boxer 72:22

50 to 59 Sandy Fismer HH 72.48

Women’s team: Collegians Harriers

• KZN racing commenced with Friday night’s Coca Cola Hamilton half-marathon on a two-lap course around Ladysmith. Richmond Nsutha of Newcastle Harriers earned victory in 72 minutes 58 seconds, having outrun Nambithi Striders’ Sazi Ndaba by 50 metres. Sandile Khulu made his long trip from the north worthwhile by placing third in 75:14.

Escourt’s Judith Geldenhuys won the women’s event in one hour, 38 minutes and 45 seconds, ahead of Nanzikeke Mbamba with Maria Mthembu third

The Stonebridge half-marathon on Sunday was won by Zimbabwean Richard Nene in 72:22, almost 10 minutes ahead of Nedbank’s Mandla Dlamuka.

Iris Ndlovu made it another double for Boxer when she won the women’s race in 93 minutes 57 seconds.

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