An exciting marathon season building

2013-10-23 00:00

WILSON Chebet kept the marathon momentum going in Sunday’s Amsterdam Marathon by setting a new course record of 2:05,35, and pulling Birhanu Girma and Bernard Koech under the 2:07 barrier. It was Chebet’s fourth sub-2:06 race.

Valentine Kipketer won the women’s race in 2:23,02 and the continuation of fast times is raising the prospects of something special from the very high-class fields lined up for Sunday’s Frankfurt Marathon and the following week’s New York race.

With the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon clocking up over 2 000 entries in the first week of opening its 56 km race, and Comrades reaching over 11 000 entries already, runners are beginning to plan for these feature events in the 2014 season.

Qualification with a sub five-hour marathon was dealt a blow with the cancellation of the Soweto Marathon set for November 3, but locally, this week sees the launch of the Weekend Witness Maritzburg Marathon, which for the past few years has proved to be the country’s most popular Comrades qualifier. Entries for this race are due to open on November 4, but expect some exciting announcements later this week.

Two other races have been cancelled in the past week, the first being the Chiltren Nite Race, which was to be held on November 22. The club has not only been unable to get sponsorships, but has also had difficulty finding a suitable route that meets the safety requirements in accordance with the Safety in Sport Act.

For the second year, Durban Athletic Club (DAC) has announced the cancellation of its Calder Cup and Sulin Trophy 10 km events, citing a lack of sponsorship. This is the country’s oldest club and these races are popular as they are traditionally the last major events on the coast each year, and attract both locals and visitors. Last year, the race was taken over by another club and it is to be hoped that this will be the case for 2013, particularly now that the new promenade and Blue Lagoon areas have been completed and allow for an easier race route. At present, however, the final races of the year will be Westville’s Illovo 15 km challenge on December 8 for coast and Midlands runners, and the KwaZulu Weavers Holiday 21 km in the berg on December 15.

• The only race this weekend is the Duke of York 16 km, which has a new course, starting at the Ashburton horse training centre at 7 am on Sunday, and finishing at Bishopstowe Hall. This is no longer a fast downhill race, but includes 450 m of total ascent, so it has a completely different character from previous years.

There will also be a five-kilometre fun run, and buses will be available to take runners back to the start after prize giving. Gold, silver and bronze medals and certificates will be provided to finishers under three hours. More information is available from André at 082 318 5137.


The Swift Half Marathon Challenge


1. Philani Buthelezi, Klip River Striders 1:07,32

2. S. Ngubese, Phuma KZN 1:07,46

3. Joseph Kwenyo, Form One AC 1:07,50

35 to 39: Sandile Makhaye, Phuma KZN 1:11,58

40 to 49: Richard Dlamini, Phuma KZN 1:14,05

50 to 59: Willie Majambozi, Boxer AC 1:29,26

60 to 69: Robin Archer, QBH 1:45,39

Junior: Maradonna Ngcobo, Phuma KZN 1:14,40


1. Makhosi Mhlongo, Savages AC 1:23,13

2. Slindile Chili, Spar C/ville AC 1:23,50

3. Sarah Grey, Coll Harr 1:34,09

35 to 39: Nonsekelelo Mbambo, Natal Carbs 1:35,35

40 to 49: Sibongile Zugubu, Eskom AC 1:35,45

50 to 59: Debby de Koning, Eskom AC 1:48,39

60+: Sandy Fismer, Hilton Harr 1:50,34

Junior: Slindile Chili, Spar C/ville AC 1:23,50.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.