Paradza, Hall clear winners at KwaMashu

2012-08-15 00:00

MALVERN Paradza was clear winner in Sunday’s KwaMashu half-marathon, taking almost 300 metres out of Julius Tenai, with Khanyisa Nkinqa a distant third.

Tenai added the 35-39 age award to his winnings, while regular KZN provincial runner Michael Langa showed a return to form in winning the 60-plus category, just failing to break the 90-minute barrier.

Cape Town-based Candice Hall had over a kilometre in hand in the women’s race, crossing the line in one hour 31 minutes and 22 seconds. Nonsikelelo Mbambo of Hall’s previous club, Natal Carbineers Club, was second, with Iris Ndlovu completing the podium and taking the 35-39 age group in 1:40:23.

Bernard Phalatsane’s winning time of 33 minutes 59 seconds was a clear indication of the stiffness of the 10 km course. He is certainly capable of running around three minutes faster than this on a flatter course, but still did sufficient to put Mziwenkosi Mjaja into second spot by over 200 m. Phalatsane was also victor of the 35-39 age group, where third placed Nkosinathi Ngcongo was runner-up in 34:46.

Sbongile Mpanza also completed the double of open and 35-39 category wins in the women’s race in a time of 45 minutes 41 seconds. Mpanza was well clear of runner up Zama Mokoena, who had Nana Sgubudu on her shoulder at the line.

With the KZN cross-country championships being held on Saturday, there was a larger than normal turn out at Lahee Park for the final league meeting prior to the selection of the team for the SA Championships at Toti on Saturday, September 8.

Klipriver Striders’ Sphmandla Nyembe took the honours in the men’s 12 km event around the Pinetown sports club venue, taking 39 minutes 17 seconds for multiple laps of the hilly course, with Funinkosi Ngqoyingilp 38 seconds adrift, and his Ladysmith-based club-mate, Thembinkosi Maphalala, a distant third.

Cary Ann Smith appears to have timed her peak to perfection, taking 31 minutes six seconds for the women’s eight kilometres and relegating Savages Makhosi Mhlongo to second position by only 50 metres. Patricia Bahlmann was third.

Saturday’s provicnial championships will be held over the same course and with the same competition programme as the SA championships at Toti’s Hutchinson Park.

The first event starts at 9 am, and due to the use of chip timing, athletes are asked to pre-enter through the KZN Atheltics office by calling 031 312 9374

In an unfortunate clash of fixtures, Saturday’s 15 km Witness Capital Climb goes head-to-head with the provincial cross-country championships.

The Witness Capital Climb is one of the oldest races on the calendar and challenges runners on a steep climb to the top of World’s View and back down the helter-skelter drop of Town Hill to the City of Choice. There is a new route for this year’s race with both the start and finish re-locating to Voortrekker High School.The main 15 km event starts at 8 am and entries are available at www.witness.co.za or Mr Price shops.

The full results will be in The Witness on Monday.

On Sunday, the action moves to the south Durban suburb of Merewent for one of the fastest 10 km courses in the province. Pat Pather (0837391248) has more details of the event, which starts from Dhubri Road Sports Ground at 7 am. Also on Sunday, there’s a trail run or multi-sport offering at Albert Falls Dam. for more information log on to www.maxcluer.co.za

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