Wildschut tops in 10km challenge

2017-04-11 06:02
Adnaan Mohamed, president of the Central Athletic Club (left), hands over medals to Jasmienah Samuels of Hewat AC and Yusri Salie of Ommiedraai AC who competed in the club’s second annual race which consisted of a 10km and a 5km route through the streets of Newlands and Rondebosch on Sunday. The race started and finished at the famous Newlands Cricket stadium and attracted close to 4000 participants.

Adnaan Mohamed, president of the Central Athletic Club (left), hands over medals to Jasmienah Samuels of Hewat AC and Yusri Salie of Ommiedraai AC who competed in the club’s second annual race which consisted of a 10km and a 5km route through the streets of Newlands and Rondebosch on Sunday. The race started and finished at the famous Newlands Cricket stadium and attracted close to 4000 participants. (Rashied Isaacs)

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The Cape Cobras Central Athletics 10km Challenge took place in and around the Newlands Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

Thousands of runners braved the blustery conditions to put their best foot forward as Nadeel Wildschut of the Itheko Athletics club outclassed a field of more than 3000 runners to come out top in the 10km. Wildschut ran a blistering time of 30:26 to walk off with the first prize of R3500. He beat off a strong challenge from Lungile Gonca (30:38) from the Nedbank club and Sibusiso Madikizela (31.37) from MSA Multisport.

Bulelwa Simae (38.55) from the Nedbank club won the women’s race. Lee-Shay Williams (39.17) from the Velocity Athletic club was close on her heels with the evergreen Candyce Hall (39.33) from Carbineers third.

Adnaan Mohamed, president of the host club Central Athletic, says the second running of the race was a resounding success. He was happy with the turnout in both the 10km challenge and the 5km Fun Run.

“It was very windy on Sunday morning. This reminded me of the morning of the Cape Town Cycle tour which was cancelled because of the gale force winds earlier this year. However, it was particularly heart-warming to see that the runners were prepared to brave the chilly conditions and still come out in their droves to support our event,” says Mohamed.

This year the race was awarded Coca-Cola League status by Western Province Athletics (WPA) which encouraged mass participation from all WPA clubs. Most participants regarded the race as a last hit out before the Two Oceans half and ultra-marathon taking place this weekend.

“On behalf of Central Athletics we would like to thank all the community clubs like Top Form, Itheko, Ommiedraai, ARD, Kenfac, Walmers, MSA, Nantes and Hewat who supported our race. Pinelands Athletics Club also used our race as a graduation race for first novice 10km finishers. Our neighbouring club Celtic Harriers had a breakfast run. This contributed greatly to the tremendous vibe and festive atmosphere on the day,” adds Mohamed.


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