Athletics alive and healthy in PMB

2015-05-07 06:00
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Ntsiki Mbambo was the first woman home in the Deloitte Challenge Marathon.

PHOTO: file Ntsiki Mbambo was the first woman home in the Deloitte Challenge Marathon.

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THE national athletics governing body, Athletics South Africa (ASA) may be embroiled in financial difficulties and far from controversy, but its athletes are still among the best and are proof that athletics in Pietermaritzburg is alive and healthy.

One of the athletes and a Natal Carbineer member Nonsikelelo Mbambo, affectionately known as “Ntsiki”, hoisted the Pietermaritzburg athletics flag high and took top honours during the annual road race in Durban last weekend.

Last Friday 1 May may be seen as Worker’s Day and a political event around the world, but it was important to the majority of ultra-runners, especially Comrades Marathon hopefuls, when they took part in the

Deloitte Challenge Marathon hosted by Dolphin Coast Striders.

The event started from the Lifestyle Centre, Ballito and finished at the Growth Point KPS in Durban.

Ntsiki came first in the open women’s section in 3:6:22 and is one of the passionate, talented and committed athletes and a popular figure on local streets, so winning this race was not surprising to many.

Second place went to another local athlete, Helen Buley of Collegians Harriers, who clocked 3:12:29 and Lisa Collett of Nedbank AC made it to third position in 3:12:33.

The open men’s section was won by experienced Shingi Budza (Maxed Elite in a time of 2:28:47). Runner-up was Garikai Madawo (Chatsworth AC) in a time of 2:28:59, and in third position was Pitso Malau (Tlokoa AC) in a time of 2:32:15.

It is encouraging to see that athletic events around KZN are still able to attract a big number of participants, especially those who came from Gauteng, the Free State, Mpumalanga and Limpopo

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