A week of broken records for SA runners

2013-05-16 00:00

IT has been a record-breaking week for South African runners, with Johan Cronje coming eighth in the Doha Diamond league 1 500 metres, still fast enough to take 0,1 seconds from Johan Landsman’s 3:33,56 set in August 1993.

Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop won the race, which was run on Cronje’s 31st birthday, in 3:31,13.

At the other end of the distance-running scale, Johan van der Merwe set an African record covering 333,02 km in two days in the EMU six-day and 48-hour race in Hungary. Van der Merwe is dominating the South African ultra running scene and just missed Wally Hayward’s 24-hour record by three kilometres in April, but made no mistake with the African record set by Namibian Johannes Gawaxamab in 2001 in the Ruimsig six-day race.

The Polokwane-based Van der Merwe, who was entered in the six-day event, took only 46 hours to achieve the record, before resting to minimise his damage over the remaining four days.

In the Woodview half-marathon held around Mount Edgecome on Sunday, Mangaile Khatoane was the clear victor.

The Phantene athlete took a relatively pedestrian one hour, 10 minutes for the undulating course, with Boxer’s Thembinkosi Gumede second almost two kilometres adrift and Malusi Dlomo filling the final podium place.

The 10 km was a closely fought affair, with Moses Ndodzi of Bluff Meats crossing the tape on second ahead of Kenyan Julius Tenai in 31:34. Sakhile Mthembu was only six seconds adrift for third.

Janene Carey was first in the women’s race in 38:57, the only woman to break 40 minutes.

Westville’s Gill Tregenna is running better with each year and at the age of 71 set a record for the 10 km distance in Sunday’s Woodview 10 km, taking 55 minutes 55 seconds for the new course. This is her second record in as many months as she covered the Umgeni Water 15 km in 89 minutes 12 seconds. Both records are awaiting ratification, but it would seem that she will be one of the top performers in this weekend’s SA 10 km Championships in Durban.

The SA championship race commences at 8 am from King’s Park athletics, but is preceded by a mass event hosted by Phoenix Villagers at 6 am. This is open to everyone who can cover 10 km in 1 hour, 50 minutes or faster. Entries will be taken on Saturday afternoon and before the start of the race. Access to parking and stadium will be from Umgeni Road as NMR Avenue will be closed to traffic.

The other event on the KZN fixture list for the weekend is the next of the cross-country leagues, which is hosted by Savages at Westridge stadium at noon. The standard programme will be run and a large turnout is expected as many runners focus on their final wind-down to Comrades.


Woodview Half Marathon


1. Mangaile Khatoane (Phantene) 1:10:20, 2. Thembinkosi Gumede (Boxer) 1:15:42, 3. Malusi Dlomo (Nedbank) 1:16:53.

35 to 39: 1. Lonwado Magwa (Inanda) 1:20:51.

40 to 49: 1. Thembinkosi Gumede (Boxer) 1:15:42.

50 to 59 1. Willie Majombozi (Boxer) 1:23:43.

60+: 1. Hank Vos (Nedbank) 1:52:21.


1. Siyabonga Mkhize (Inanda) 1:23:41.

Open Women

1. Fikile Mbuthuma (Nedbank) 1:29:33, 2. Nonsikelelo Mambo (Natal Carbineers) 1:33:45, 3. Pat Damman (Forest) 1:33:45.

35 to 39: 1. Precious Duma (Chatsworth) 1:36:44.

40 to 49: 1. Pat Dammann (Forest) 1:33:45.

50 to 59: 1. Elize Cilliers (Savages) 1:47:27.

60+: 1. Linda Bell (Quensburgh) 2:07:36.

Open Men 10km

1. Moses Ndodzi (Formula One Bluff Meats) 31:34, 2. Julius Tenai (Phantane) 31:35, 3. Sakhile Mthembu (Phantane) 31:41.

35 to 39: 1. Julius Tenai (Phantane) 31:35.

40 to 49: 1. Michael Ndlovu (Mafukuzela) 37:41.

50 to 59: 1. Siyabanga Jali (Boxer) 44:37.

60+: 1. Lindsay Rogerson (Riverside) 45:07.


1. Phani Mbhasobhi (Inanda) 36:18.

Open Women

1. Janine Carey (Boxer) 38:57, 2. Thenjiwe Gumede (Inanda) 42:05, 3. Maureen Slack (Westville) 44:01.

35 to 39 1. Sibongile Mpanza (Boxer) 46:18.

40 to 49: 1. Janine Carey (Boxer) 38:57.

50 to 59: 1. Clare Mangan (Riverside) 50:26.

60 +: 1. Gill Treggena (Westville) 55:55.


1. Thenjiwe Gumede (Inanda) 42:05.

21km Walker Men 1. Eddie Singh (Verulam)



1. Babongile Memela (Natal Carbineers) 2:15:26

10km Men

1. Sboniso Ngcobo (Inanda) 57:06.


1. Ingrid Bolt (Athletics North) 1:12:05.

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