Nkonde lifts title at KZN Cross Country Champs

2010-08-03 00:00

SIYABONGA Nkonde opened around 300 metres on the very experienced Thubalethu Phaku to lift the title at the KZN Cross Country Championships at Laddsworth School in Hilton on Saturday.

The course, which utilised laps of the school and the adjacent St Anne’s College, provided an interesting but challenging combination of open running and strength-sapping twists and turns.

The bronze medal went to Senzo Nkosi, who was just 500 metres off the pace, while the senior women’s race was totally dominated by Sibongile Shezi in 32 minutes 47 seconds for the 8 km race. Hleziphi Ncayiyane was the closest competitor just less than five minutes adrift.

The men’s 35-39 category produced one of the closest finishes with Justin Hand continuing to show a good turn of speed to win in 27 min 24 sec ahead of Petros Nkosi, with only 56 sec separating first from third-placed Bheki Ngubane.

Hand’s performance came one week after running a 1 hr 13 min time in the SA Half Marathon championships in PE.

Anne Weedon provided the exceptional performance of the women’s age categories, covering the 4 km in 18:18 to secure gold for the 60-64 group. Weedon’s time placed her sixth overall, was good enough to take bronze in the 45-49 group and she outran winners in both the 50-54 and 55-59 categories.

The championships were used as a mainstay for the selection of the provincial team to the SA Championships to be held in Tshwane in September.

After a conservative start to the 15th edition of the Braai Ketts Longest day race, Hillcrest’s Barry Trevor-Roberts moved up through the field to ease past early leader Sibonelo Mashimane shortly after the first quarter of the race.

In spite of the searing heat, Trevor-Roberts was able to amass 122,33 kilometres in the allocated 12 hours, while up-country visitors Henk Moen from Irene and Lukas van der Merwe from Standerton secured second and third places with 119,67 km and a distant 107,57 km. Van der Merwe’s performance was, however, sufficient to add the 50-59 age group title.

Defending champion Lizette Botha led from the start and was the only women to top the 100 km mark with an eventual total of 101,33 km. Botha was also the first in the 40-49 age category. Durban Athletics’ Veronica Mahlati was second with exactly 96 km, just under four kilometres clear of the first novice, Brenda Mitchell from host club Collegians Harriers.

KZN Cross Country Championships (Hilton Harriers)

Senior men (12km): 1Siyabonga Nkonde 36:44, 2 Thubaletu Phaku 37:29, 3 Senzo Nkosi 38:09

Junior Men (18+19) (8km): 1 Thabani Chogwe 24:46, 2 Cosmos Mzobe 25:43, 3 Cebo Myeza 25:45

35–39: 1 Justin Hand 27:24, 2 Petros Nkosi 27:56, 3 Bhekithemba Ngubane 28;20

40–44: 1 Mark Smith 36:26, 2 Dean Wight 38:52, 3 Achim Braig 42:27

45–49: 1 Simon Russell 29:24, 2 Lawrence Herron 32:09, 3 Martin Birtwhistle 32:24

50–54: 1 Tim Dubery 31:21, 2 Jan Kroegelemberg 32:02, 3 Tony Lewis32:22

55–59: 1 Elias Mahlaba 31:31, 2 Lawrie Raubenheimer 32:17, 3 Andre’ Booysen 34:54

60-64: (6km) 1 Eric Quibell 23:22, 2 Les Smith 26:28, 3 Andy Watson 27:03

65-69: 1 Andrew Spence 25:01, 2 Moray Calder 32:01, 3 Ken Griffiths 34:59

Senior Women (8km): 1 Sibongile Shezi 32:47, 2 Hleziphi Ncayiyane 37:17, 3 Nana Sigubudu 37:54

Junior Women (18+19): 6km 1 Mphumelelo Mnyandu 22:07, 2 Puseletso Dladla 23:12, 3 Mtokozo Mhize 23:29

40-44: (4km) 1 Lisa Munchna 16:29, 2 Ursula Cockbain 17:58, 3 Jenny Sutton 18:13

45–49: 1 Kylie Griffin 17:28, 2 Janine Engels17:52, 3 Cindy Marquiss 18:57

50–54: 1 Debby de Koning 19:71, 2 Blanche Moila 19:51, 3 June Watson 20:31

55–59: 1Jane Dickinson 19:18, 2 Sandy Fismer 19:43, 3 Sheree Kirsten 22:29

60–64: 1 Anne Weedon 18:18, 2 Jan Phelan 20:17

65–69: 1 Lien Botha 20:14, 2 Gill Tregena 22:57

Braai Ketts Longest Day 12 hour race.

Men: 1 Barry Trevor-Roberts HV 122.330 Km, 2 Henk Moen Irene, Pretoria 119.670 Km, 3 Lukas van der Merwe Standerton 107.570 Km, 4 George Waswa UKZN 103,42 km, 5 Paddy Collins Kersney Striders 101,69 km

40–49: Chris Koch Irene 101.0 Km

50–59: Lukas van der Merwe Standerton 107.57Km

60 Plus: Ray Williams Ntl Carb 85.670 Km

Women: 1 Lizette Botha Toti 101.33 km, 2 Veronica Mahlati DAC 96.0 km, 3 Brenda Mitchell CH 92.010 Km

40–49: Lizette Botha Toti 101.330 Km

50–59: Thaira Ahmed Woodview 83.36 Km

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