SA’s Cross country squad named

2012-11-28 00:00

SAVAGES’ Putseletso Dladla and Junior Ayanda Mncube have been named in the SA Cross country squad of 24 for trials in January for the southern region championships.

These are followed in March by the world championships in Poland. Six members have been named in each of the senior and junior categories for the men and women.

The Toyota Club has an eight-man relay team competing in an international relay event this Sunday. The team has been preparing for this distance corporate relay for the past months and look to have a good chance of being the leading international team. Over 280 teams compete in this annual event.

This weekend sees two events.

The Heatonville 19 km being hosted by uMhlathuze on Sunday at 6 am from Addison Park in Empangeni. The event is one of the oldest on the fixture list and now runs in reverse from Empangeni to the Farmers Hall in Heatonville. The race is also linked with an interesting mountain bike race which means some of the route is off- road. Lionel Qwabe has more details at 084 429 0305

The second race of the weekend is Sunday’s Bearing Man BRM Stainbank Cup 15 km race around the scenic but hilly Yellowwood Park suburb.

The race starts from Barbet Road at 6 am and Fred Schoon has more details at 083 384 4053.

This will leave only a trio of events for the 2012 fixture list with next week’s Illovo Christmas 15 km challenge, being followed by the popular Weavers 23 km around Bergville and the traditional flat fast 10 km set for December 16.

Good weather but poor road conditions greeted those who took on the demanding Sani Stagger full marathon and downhill half-marathon last Sunday.

In something of a novel result, Richards Bay’s Praglathan Subramanian and Kearsney’s Patrick Wayne not only provided new names to local podiums in the half-marathon, but also surprised many younger challengers by taking first and second in the 50 plus age category. Subramanian’s one hour 31 minutes and 41 seconds was the fastest of the day and a full five minutes ahead of the Kearsney man. Grant Gordon took the 40-49 age category in 1:41:21.

Collegians Harriers’s Julie Hackland was the best among the women with a 1:47:10, while Riverside’s Maureen Slack added a win in the 40-49 to her second spot. Mandi Duthie completed the podium in 1:57:14

In spite of a enterprising and impressive run, Prodigal Khumalo was unable to break the course record in the up-and-back marathon stopping the clocks in 3:08:04. The Mr Price athlete was under a minute outside the record, but confirmed his Comrades potential opening.

Sani Stagger half-marathon

Men:

1. Praglathan Subramanian, 1:31:41

2. Patrick Wayne,1:36:45

3. Grant Gordon, 1:42:21

Women (21,1 km):

1. Julia Hackland, 1:47:10

2. Maureen Slack, 1:52:30

3. Mandi Duthie, 1:57:14

Sani Marathon Up Sani Up and Back

Men:

1.Prodical Khumalo, 3:08:04

2. Skhumbuzo Dlamini, 3:10:35

3. Eric Mgubane, 3:19:27

Women:

1. Tracey Zunckel, 3:56:08

2. Analie Heyns, 4:39:09

3. Iris Ndlovu, 4:39:41

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