Phaku proves he is KZN’s top short-distance runner

2010-05-11 00:00

THABULETHU Phaku once again proved he is the best short-distance runner this province has had in recent years when he again added the provincial 10 km championship title to his extensive list of honours.

Phaku eased ahead when it counted to claim a four-second advantage over Thobani Changawe of the Willie Mtolo club, winning in 30minutes and 19 seconds. Although not a very fast time it was a useful performance, given the climb from the old Sugar Mill Casino up to the Mount Edgecombe Golf Estate entrance.

However, it must be a concern in the province that there are still no youngsters on the road-running scene capable of regularly posting times in the 28 to 29-minute region.

Third place went to another well established athlete, Moses Lepheana of the Boxer Club, who was also first in the 35 to 39 category.

The Boxer club also secured the 40 and 50-year categories through Peter Sehloho and Nicholas Dlamini respectively, and took top honours in the women’s race with a much improved performance from Puseletso Dladla, who finished in 35:59.

Cary Ann Smith came second, some 80 m adrift, with yet another Boxer athlete, Janene Carey, taking third (and first in the 35 to 39 age group_ — but over 400 m off the pace.

Wellington Chidido of Mr Price won the half-marathon, edging out the Formula One duo of Collen Makaza and Comrades champion Steven Muzhingi, just a few strides adrift.

Chidido’s time of 1:07:05 is probably worth two to three minutes’ reduction on a flatter course and this indicates that both Formula One men are ready to defend the awards they won in the 2009 Comrades.

With Papiwa Chingadayi winning the 35-39 age group and Alicien Manake taking the women’s honours, the Bluff Meat-sponsored Formula One Club dominated the half-marathon in the same fashion that Boxer took charge in the 10 km championships.

Manake had over 700 m advantage on Iris Ndlovu of Boxer, with Sibongile Mpanza third.

The host club’s Muhle Mkhwanazi won the Canon Richards Bay club’s RBM 32 km in a relatively slow 2:01:49, but 600 m clear of Mbongeseni Jiyane and Rasta Sibiya from the uMhlathuze club. Melanie van Rooyen, made it a double victory for the Richards Bay Club when she took the women’s title in 2:18:16.

KZN 10km Championship

Men: 1.Thubalethu Phaku DUT 30:19, 2. Thobani Chagawe WMAC 30:23, 3. Moses Lepheana Boxer A C 30:27

Women: 1. Puseletso Dladla Boxer A C 35:59, 2. Cary Ann Smith Mr Price A C 36:14, 3. Janene Carey Boxer A C 37:43

Half-marathon

Men: 1. Wellington Chidodo Mr Price A C 1:07:05, 2. Collen Makaza Form 1 A C 1:07:09, 3. Steven Muzhingi Form 1 A C 1:07:10

Women: 1.Alicien Manake Form 1 A C 1:29:00, 2 Iris Ndlovu Boxer A C 1:32:00, 3. Sibongile Mpanza Boxer A C 1:32:00

RBM 32

Men: 1. Muhle Mkhwanazi CRBAC 2:01:49, 2. Mbongeseni Jiyane Umhlathuze 2:03:20, 3. Rasta Sibiya uMhlathuze 2:03:27

Women: 1. Melanie v Rooyen CRBA C 2:18:16, 2. Simone Scrase CRBAC 2:35:07, 3. Izelle Geyser CRBAC 2:38:45

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