Gaterite Challenge a resounding success

2017-04-06 06:03
The top three in the 10km female walkers (from left) Lill Parker, Belinda Hope and Pamela Corlett. Photo: supplied

The top three in the 10km female walkers (from left) Lill Parker, Belinda Hope and Pamela Corlett. Photo: supplied

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THE Verulam Athletic Club hosted the 15th anniversary Gaterite Challenge sponsored by Gaterite Cash & Carry at the Verulam Recreational Grounds recently.

VAC pulled out all stops to bring to the running fraternity a quality event that surpassed all expectations. There was a record field in the 42.2km marathon of 816 entrants, 613 in the 21.1km half marathon and 289 in the 10km run and walk.

Team VAC and Gaterite ensured all refreshment stations were well stocked and provision of additional hydration for the Comrades Marathon qualifiers were in place.

Schools as far as Ndwedwe and Stanger graced the event in their numbers and enjoyed the goodie bags, medals and refreshments.

Comrades gold medalist, Prodigal Khumalo from Maxed Elite took the first place in 2:31:33, two minutes ahead of Luzuko Mdeliswa of Arthur Ford in 2:33:36 who edged Lovemore Chambata by nine seconds in the dash to the finish line for the top three contenders.

Team VAC worked extremely hard with race directors Bobby Ramlagan and Brenda Peters.

Maureen Parry was the toast of the ladies with an incredible first position in the 60+ category in 5:02:04.

Makhaye Sandile from Phuma KZN, Eloi DE Oliviera together with Grace De Oliviera made it a husband and wife double category winning combination taking first position in their respective 50-59 age categories.

Richard Dlamini walked away with the 60+ category scoring a double for Phuma KZN in the 40+ and 60+ age group winners.

Local lass Loveness Madziva, sporting Nedbanks colours eased through the 21.1km half marathon in 1:19:15 ahead of Maya lawrie, also the winner of the 40 + age category in 1:31:39.

Nomthandazo Mlotshwa came in third in 1:35:05. Junior Ruvashnie Rickilall from Ugu Athletic Club scooped the junior female category in 2:48:27.

Babongile returned to her best form scoring a 2016-2017 double in the female walkers’ category securing first in 2:28:48 ahead of Susan Young in 2:40:19. Elsie Du Buisson from Riverside harriers eased through in 2:47:46

The men’s 21.1km half marathon run was led by Mlungisi Sibiya from Umkomaas in 1:14:26 ahead of Junior Smile Nxumalo in 1:16:07 from one of KZN’s fastest growing clubs, Hollywood Bets Athletic club.

Lucky Madlala from QBH finished five seconds later who also took first prize in the 35-39 age category. Grant Robson from Sydenham eased through easily in securing the 50+ age group, while Jonathan Pillay secured first in the men’s 60+ age category.

KZN Aaron Mahlangu easily posted first position in the men’s walking category ahead of Mdunge. Local Falcons walker Edward Singh returned to the podium, a regular top three walker in 2:30:58.

Hollywood’s Mbhasobhi Gumede led the 10km male run in 32:47 ahead of Mcebisi Jali in 34:12. Lindalani Zondi, sporting Amaqhawe colours completed the third position in 34:55.

Roshnie Natesan led the female 10km in 48:29 ahead of Canen Dreyer in 51:12. The ladies walk, re-introduced as part of the 15th anniversary Gaterite Challenge provided a spectacle with only two seconds separating the top two finishers, was won by Belinda­ Hope in 1:13:12 ahead of walking partner Pamela Corlett in 1:13:14.

Lil Parker easily finished third in 1:21:11. Nic Barrie took first position in the mens 10km walk in 1:08:57 ahead of Chatsworth A.C Anilkimar Bhana in 1:16:37.

Michael Mostert finished third in 1.17.05. Men’s juniors were led by Simphiwe Ntuli from Inanda Qadi in 39:56 ahead of Vuyo Zuma from UKZN and Tristan Boysen finished in 57:25.

VAC said in a statement: “Team VAC also recognizes the fantastic support from local clubs, Verulam Falcons, Phoenix Villagers, Ubuntu Striders, Woodview and Tongaat panthers. Our anchor sponsors Gaterite Cash and Carry for 15 consecutive years, Co-ee our beverage sponsor, as well as the many goody bag sponsors merit our commendations.”

Bilal Sulaiman and Fatima Hoosen representatives from Gaterite that drove the initiative from the sponsors side together with MD Afzal Ally from Gaterite, extended their appreciation to all participants, members and their families that made this yet another unique day in the KZN running calendar.

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