Gwala marathon gains momentum

2016-03-25 06:00
Realeboha Lenyana at the finish with the mayor of Ubuhlebezwe Municipality, Zamo Nxumalo. Photos: Siphelele Nketo

Realeboha Lenyana at the finish with the mayor of Ubuhlebezwe Municipality, Zamo Nxumalo. Photos: Siphelele Nketo

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THIS year’s Harry Gwala District Marathon gained momentum, much to the delight of everyone

The 42km run started from Ibisi at Umzimkhulu, the 21km started at Umzimkhulu town, and the 10km started at Woodburn Estate near the kwaNokweja junction.

Realeboha Lenyana (24), of Mokgotho village in Lesotho won the 42km in 2:29 and walked away with R30 000.

His homeboy, also from Lesotho, Tsepang Ramoene (24) followed him in second place.

Speaking to Fever after finishing Lenyana said it is the first time he has won a 42km marathon.

“I am happy to win and I am looking forward to the Comrades Marathon. I don’t have a coach, I train myself,” said Lenyana.

“The marathon was tough, but I managed. At the start I told myself I want to be number one, but my homeboy, Lenyana, got it,” said Ramoene­.

The unemployed Ramoene said last year he came second in Harry Gwala Marathon.

“I am running in the Durban Marathon as a source of income,” he said.

The 2016 marathon drew a lot of interest because municipality officials also participated.

Harry Gwala district municipality mayor Mluleki Ndobe said: “This year we are happy to see runners from outside South Africa, including Kenya, Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

“This shows that many people are in line with our vision of promoting a healthy lifestyle.

“The municipality is to look at the gaps in order to identify mistakes and improve the marathon next year, and we are going to invite more sponsors to improve prizes.”

Sandy Fismer (60), who ran the 21km said: “I may look old, but I can run.”

Mother of two, Xoliswa Mwelase (60), from Durban, finished her 42km and said: “I want to encourage the youth to exercise so they live a long life.

“I have participated in many marathons including in East London, Pietermaritburg and Durban.

“This Harry Gwala Marathon is training for the JG Zuma Marathon.”

I am happy to win and I am looking forward to the
Comrades. I don’t have a coach, I train myself

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