Nkonde and Dinde win Greater Edendale 10 km, municipality hijacks Sunkist Run for Fun route

2011-11-16 00:00

SYABONGA Nkonde, the province’s most successful short distance runner this year, won the Pick n Pay Greater Edendale 10km held from Wadley stadium Georgetown on Sunday in a time of 31 minutes exactly.

He accounted for Gauteng Striders’ Sibusiso Madikizela and Thubelethu Phaku in the final run in to the line. The top five runners finished within 180 metres of each other.

Onnely Dinde of the local Natal Carbineers had it all her own way in the women’s race where she was the sole runner to break the 40-minute barrier. Dinde finished over a kilometre clear of Nontokozo Mkhize, with Chesterville’s Slindile Chili finishing third.

Many of the province’s leading age group runners headed to the Bluff in Durban for the Seeff Properties Vets Half-marathon.

Mbongeni Sosibo headed the field, arriving back at the Fynnland Sports Club with a 130 metre advantage over Boxer’s Peter Sehloho, who was a further six minutes clear of his club colleague, Willie Majomboz.

Jenny Sutton of Yellowwood Park was the best of the women, finishing 250 metres clear of Durban High School Old Boys member Jeanette Davidson. Maureen Slack of the Riverside club was third.

The Old Mutual Two Oceans half-marathon is proving to be more popular than ever this year with over 11 000 out of a possible 16 000 entries captured by late Monday. The entries opened last Wednesday.

This year the half-marathon will follow a new route linking Old Main Road at Newlands with Edinburgh Drive and reaching the old route after 10 km. There will be two steep climbs in the course, which will now be about 30 seconds slower than the previous races.

Entries for the 56 km ultra continue to trickle in with the first 840 of the maximum 11 000 now secured.

Training programmes for both the ultra and the half-marathon are available at www.oldmutual.co.za.

With two weeks remaining to enter the 2012 Comrades Marathon there are 5 000 places still up for grabs before the November 30 deadline. In the Comrades there is no need to qualify prior to entry as long as the information is updated by early May. There is an 18 000 runner limit on the 2012 down run and entries are taken on www.comrades.com.

Rene Kalmer heads to Japan for the Yokohama Marathon on Sunday where she will be trying to break the magical 2:30 barrier and secure her place in South Africa’s Olympic team for London 2012.

The only local road race this weekend was to be the Run for Fun 10 km at the Sunkist Lifesaving Club from 6 am on Sunday.

Amazingly the municipality, having already given approval in principle for the race, last week withdrew permission for the Sunkist race, but has hijacked the same route for a Mayor’s Wellness Run over five kilometres.

KZN Athletics’ Dees Govender instructed a cancellation notice for the Sunkist event to be put out on Monday. Equally amazing is that the KZNA executive are seemingly accepting this situation although the Sunkist club faces a loss as they had bought T-shirts and items for the event.

Once again the KZNA president and executive are proving derelict in their duty to the clubs and members they are supposed to represent.

Rocky Pather has more details of the Sunkist event at 078 505 0055.

THE PnP GREATER EDENDALE 10km

Men:

1.Siyabonga Nkonde Boxer A C 31:00

2.Sibusiso Madikizela Gauteng St 31:04

3.Thubelethu Phaku DUT 31:08

Women:

1.Onnely Dinde Carbineers 37:00

2.Nontokozo Mkhize Escom Gijiams 41:04

3.Slindile Chili Chest. A C 41:20

SEEFF PROPERTIES BLUFF VETS HALF MARATHON

Men — 40 to 49:

1.Mbongeni Sosibo Nedbank A C 1:16:03

2.Peter Sehloho Boxer A C 1:16:32

3.Willie Majombozi Boxer A C 1:22:30

Women — 40 to 49:

1.Jenny Sutton YWP A C 1:35:53

2.Jeanette Davidson DHSOB 1:36:50

3.Maureen Slack Riverside Harr 1:38:55

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