VAC in Mandela 10km run

2016-12-22 06:01
The male top three finishers and female finishers of the Mandela / 1860 commemoration run. Photo: supplied

The male top three finishers and female finishers of the Mandela / 1860 commemoration run. Photo: supplied

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WITH a typical humid summer’s day welcoming runners and walkers to Blue lagoon, the second edition of the Mandela – 1860 Indentured commemorative challenge night race saw over 600 runners and walkers take to the promenade in a night race experience – the only of its kind in the beachfront promenade added to the holiday festivities.

Nedbank’s Vumani Mlaba in 30.26 and Sarah Kruger in 43.15 made it a Nedbank double in the men’s and females’ 10km run ahead of Mawande Hlongwe and Malusi Dlomo.

Iris Ndlovu and Roshini Natesan secured the second and third ladies titles respectively, with Roshini also securing the 50+ category ladies first position. Pat Fisher made it a 2015 – 2016 double in claiming victory in the ladies 60+ category. Nhlanhla Khanyile led the men’s walk in 50.59 ahead of George Setlakho and Ronnie Rangasamy of Verulam Athletic Club (VAC). Boxer’s Zelda Schultz continued her winning ways in the ladies walk in 5.31 ahead of Pamela Corlett and Anita Johannes.

Juniors Nkosinathi Afrika Nene from Kwandegezi and Phumelelo Khuzawayo took the juniors prize. The 5km fun run continues to grow with over 250 participants from across all age groups taking to the start along the river banks and the beachfront before the Suncoast Casino turnaround.The youngest participant, a six-month-old baby, with her parents enjoyed the attention along the route earning her first medal.

VAC extends its sincere appreciation to all sponsors and stakeholders who made this community commemorative run a success. Tharushka Sookoo, Pam Sookoo, Sunil Sewnarain, Dhasen Naidoo scored a Mandela and Big Hill Double, while Renuka and Jason Moodley, Shereen Sunker, Shirley Narainsamy and Beena Maharaj finished the Mandela challenge as team VAC.

VAC’s Ronnie Rangasamy secured his first podium finis in the men’s walk.

On Sunday, a contingent of VAC members took to the Sugar Rush start to attempt the Big Hill 10km and 21.1km Challenge. Menzi Enoch led team VAC in the half marathon in 1.41 ahead of Paul Mthembu in 2.07. Anita Sewnarain, shook off her injury rustiness and posted a credible 2.20, despite the searing heat. Sunil Sewnarain led team VAC in the 10km race in 1.13 ahead of Tharushka Sookoo, Pam Sookoo and Sundree Ramlagan in 1.25. Bobby Ramlagan eased through in 1.37. Dhasen naidoo, Anand Naicker and Brenda Peters and Feroza Luckan commenced their 10x10km challenge with pleasing results.

Members are reminded that time trials and development runs will resume after the festive break in the first week in January 2017.

Big Hill Challenge results:

21.1km run

Menzi Enock 1.41, Paul Mthembu 2.07, Anita Sewnarain 2.20

10km run

Sunil Sewnarain 1.13, Tharushka Sookoo, pam Sookoo and Sundree Ramlagan 1.25, Dhasen Naidoo 1.43

10km walk

Bobby Ramlagan 1.37, Anand Naicker , Brenda Peters 1.43, Feroza Luckan 1.44

For more details, call 083 783 6363. - Supplied

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