Running in the trail of history

2008-01-22 00:00

Sazi Ndaba won Saturday’s David Rattray Memorial Isandlwana Battlefields half-marathon, which follows the course of the 1879 Anglo-Zulu war and the battle of Rorke’s Drift where 139 British soldiers held out to over 4 000 Zulu warriors.

The Vultures’ athlete crossed the line in 75,42, over two minutes ahead of Gauteng visitor Richman Ntshuntsha and five minutes clear of local runner Bongani Msimango.

Mntuzini’s Sue Ann Sutherland and Biggarsberg’s Chantel Labus-chagne headed the women’s race with Sutherland having just over 100 metres advantage when she crossed the line in 1:53,41.

This year’s 21,1-kilometre race, previously known as the George Bunting Memorial, was held in memory of internationally renowned historian and tourism guide, Rattray, who was killed in his lodge overlooking Rorke’s Drift last year.

RESULTS

MEN: 1 Sazi Ndaba Vul 75,42; 2 Richman Ntshuntsha GTN Strider 77,46; 3 Bongani Msimango IND 80,30.

35-39: Sifiso Nthiyane Boxer 83,25.

40-49: Xhali Mazibuko Bigg 84,10.

50-59: Geoff Sales Harm 96,03.

60+: Noel Laurie Mag 2:10.

Team Boxer

WOMEN: 1 Sue Ann Sutherland Mntuzini 1:53,41; Chantel Labuschagne Bigg AC 1:54,23; Carin Franzen Vryheid 2:04,50.

35-39: Ronel Keeve Vryheid 2:08,04.

40-49: Carin Franzen Vryheid 2:04,50.

50-59: Lorraine v d Nest Vryheid 2:12,28.

60+: Lorna Rautenbach Mntunzini 2:11,14.

Halfway Toyota Half-marathon Scottburgh: The Boxer and Harmony teams fought for honours in Sunday’s Halfway Toyota Scottburgh Half-Marathon.

Runners from both clubs dominated the large bunch of early leaders, which included Godfrey Koki, Sipho Ngxongo and Mthembeni Nzama. As they closed on halfway, Mr Price’s Vusi Mnyandu took control with Boxer’s Koki making the greatest challenge. Koki has been training towards the Nedbank marathon and is beginning to show his previous form.

He closely tailed Mnyandu back to the finish where the Mr Price athlete secured victory in seventy minutes and 23 seconds, less than 100 metres ahead of Koki who also won the 35 to 39 age category.

An overly enthusiastic start saw Boxer’s Iris Ndlovu, Maria Mthembu and Nana Sigubudu leading the women’s race over the first four kilometres before Janine Carey’s more cautious approach paid dividends and brought victory in 87,35.

The major talking point among the field of over 550 runners who made the trip down the south coast were the high-quality running shirts given to all finishers, the value of which far exceeded the entry fee. This is sure to be a crowd puller if continued in future years.

RESULTS:

MEN: 1 Vusi Mnyandu MrP 70,23; 2 Godfrey Koki Boxer 70,46; 3 Mthembeni Nzama Harmony 71,59.

35-39: 1 Godfrey Koki Boxer 70,46.

40-49: Herbert Mazongolo Harm 78,03.

50-59: Omega Mkhize Highway 1:46,33.

60+: Alan Spence SCS 1:49,20.

JUNIOR: Senzeni Kheswa IND 89,15.

WOMEN: 1 Janine Carey Boxer 87,35; 2 Miya Laurie DHSOB 88,42; 3 Debbie Lamborn IND 89,04.

35-39: 1 Janine Carey Boxer 87,35.

40-49: Miya Laurie DHSOB 88,42.

50-59: 1 Wendy Fitzmaurice West 99,20.

60+: Gill Tregenna West 2:00,04.

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