Falcons triumphs at the Maritzburg City Marathon

2017-03-09 06:00
Mzwandile Shabani displayed great speed and endurance at the Maritzburg City Marathon.Photo: supplied Mzwandile Shabani displayed great speed and endurance at the Maritzburg City Marathon.

Mzwandile Shabani displayed great speed and endurance at the Maritzburg City Marathon.Photo: supplied Mzwandile Shabani displayed great speed and endurance at the Maritzburg City Marathon.

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THE Maritzburg City Marathon, half marathon and 10 km race were roaring successes, with over 6 000 runners and walkers gracing the event last weekend.

Checkout Verulam Falcons’ Mzwandile Shabani displayed great speed and endurance to finish the 42,2 km race in 2:52.

The charismatic youngster from Buffelsdraai ran at a blistering pace of four minutes per kilometre, to finish 26th in the open age category and 42nd overall in a field of 2 757 marathon runners.

The pressure was extreme at the front of the race but Shabani absorbed the pressure and pushed on to illustrate his resilient running spirit.

Another courageous runner, Bhekithemba Ncube, finalised his Comrades’ qualifier by completing the marathon in 4:57.

The key to Ncube’s success was his weekly long runs along the R102 in the intense heat and his regular training runs around the Waterloo area.

Veeran Ramnarayan returned to the half-marathon after missing out last year due to injury, and completed in 3:27, well under the 4:30 cut-off time.

Nearer to the home front was the 10th leg of the Asmal’s HyperSave Series.

This week, Ari Perumal stepped up both the mileage and speed to complete the 21 km route in 1:50. Bhekuthando Gcobo led the 15 km run in a time of 1:30.

Juniors Zaakir Adam and Leeshay Ashok Kumar exhibited worthy prospects in long-distance running when they successfully completed the 15 km run.

Every week, Zaakir has shown his grit and keenness by completing the 15 km distance with improved times.

This was evident on Sunday, when he was the second 15 km runner home. In the 15 km walk, Eddie Singh’s time of 1:48 gave him the first position.

An enthusiastic Susie Ruthuam led the 10 km runners, while her spouse Christy Ruthuam led the 10 km walkers. They finished in their respective disciplines in 1:18. Checkout Verulam Falcons AC club race (21 km and 10 km) is on April 2. Online entries are now open at www.eventtiming.co.za - Supplied.



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