Sibonelo Duma king of Ronnie Davel race

2009-01-12 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG-based Sibonelo Duma beat almost 600 runners in the 31st Ronnie Davel Memorial race in Hilton on Sunday.

One of the largest fields in recent years lined up in ideal running conditions for the 16 km route that winds its way up from the city into the Mondi forests. The recent rains may have reduced the heat and humidity for the racing, but threw in the additional challenge of maintaining stability.

A quartet, including Duma, Sandile Lembethe and Zimbabwean Richard Nene, made quick work of the steep initial tar roads before entering into the forest shortly after three kilometres. Their rhythmic group running was put under pressure as they commenced the switch-back 1,5 km climb to halfway.

Maintaining a constant uphill pace Duma and Mr Price’s Lembethe found themselves without challengers at the 8 km mark and proceeded to test each other on the downhill towards the dam.

It was the final climb in the forest that proved Lembethe’s undoing, as the strength of Duma gave him the edge before the helter skelter downhill back to the finish, where he crossed the line with a 150-metre advantage in 56min 5sec.

After over-cooking mid-race, Zimbabwean Nene was able to regain composure to take the final podium place over 80sec adrift.

Diminutive Janine Carey surprised many with her display of strength running that saw her completely dominate the race from the gun. Her powerful and lively stride gave her an almost one-minute advantage at the start of the major climb to halfway.

Second-placed Danielle Adlam was further delayed through poor footing that saw her become one of many who appeared determined to take a bath in the puddles along the route. Displaying the true grit that this course calls for, Adlam continued with such intensity that her second place was still the best part of a kilometre ahead of third-placed Miya Lawrie, who also secured her now-normal first 40 to 49 status.

Duma and Carey’s winning times were around 17% slower than would be expected for a normal road course, but Sunday’s Davel presented excellent racing-training for the KZN team members and those runners preparing for February’s Nedbank Durban City marathon and SA Championships.

Ronnie Davel

Men

Open: 1 Sibonelo Duma Boxer 56:05, 2 Sandile Lembethe Mr Price 56:35, 3 Richard Nene Boxer 57:23

35-39: Thys Smit Boxer 64:25, 2 Stefan Wilmans West 68:46

40-49: Michael Henning UKZN 64:20

50-59: Joseph Dimagude IND 77:14

60+: Neil Perrott Sav 84:17

Women

Open: 1 Janine Carey Boxer 71:19, 2 Danielle Adlam Boxer 74:30, 3 Miya Lawrie Boxer 78:35

35-39: Janine Carey Boxer 71:19, 2 Cathy Wiseman Forest 80:57

40-49: Maya Lawrie Boxer 78:35

50-59: Wendy Fitzmaurice West 85:23

60+: Dapheny Edwards CH 2;03:30

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