Brummer Jr takes mile honours at Summer Series

2010-12-21 00:00

ATHLETICS South Africa’s R5 000 incentive for the first sub-four-minute mile survived the four-event Yellow Pages Summer Series held around the coastal venues of eastern and western Cape.

The closest to winning the cash was Dean Brummer, the son of Deon Brummer, a middle distance athlete from the 1980s and 1990s who shared the spotlight with the SA mile record holder, Johan Fourie.

Brummer junior made his move 200 m before the bell to open a significant lead over pre-race favourite Samson Ngoepe at the Parow track in Cape Town this weekend in the final event of the series.

“I knew that guys like Samson Ngoepe and Maties’ Jacques Pretorius have very strong kick finishes, so I had to time my race to perfection,” said Brummer, after taking line honours in 4 min 07.94 sec.

Ngoepe was next best in 4:11.12, followed by Duane Fortuin (4:14.81).

Wet weather looked set to destroy the 29th running of the Calder Cup 10 km on Sunday, but five minutes before the 600-plus runners went under the gun the rain stopped long enough to let Nedbank’s Enock Manyande secure victory.

There was little to separate Manyande, club-mate Mthethwa Goqo and Bluff Meat Formula One athlete Joseph Mandizha over much of the single-lap NMR and beachfront course.

In the final kilometres the Nedbank duo were free of Mandizha and Manyande had 30 metres of comfort when he crossed the line in 30 min 53 sec, with Goqo desperately trying to hold on to the slipstream.

The Formula One Zimbabwean finished in 32:01 for third.

The Bluff Meat-sponsored club also provided the victor in the women’s Sulin Trophy.

Alicen Manake was completely unchallenged, securing the trophy in 37:34, exactly six minutes clear of Stella’s Jadi Clark.

While the dedicated road runners wound up their 2010 season on Durban’s beachfront, a hardy group looking for more adventurous running went 15 km up the coast.

Eric Ngubane won the inaugural Umhlanga Carnival Trail race over a tough, but scenic, 16 km course that took runners through cane and included a few river crossings.

Ngubane’s winning time of 1:09.39 seconds is a clear indication of the route’s challenges and is well off the normal pace of this talented Comrades Marathon runner.

“I am feeling strong! The route was tough, but very nice and extremely beautiful,” Ngubane said.

“I am training for Comrades and this type of running makes your legs and ankles strong.

“Getting on to the roads is easy after trail running.

“I highly recommend using trail running as preparation for ultra marathons.”

Second place went to Mzwamandla Zondi in 1:18.53, and third to Mark Matthews (1:19.43), whose wife Mandy was in a dice with Natasha Papini, and Debbie Eaton for the honours in the ladies section.

Matthews had the advantage as they closed on the finish, taking the tape in 1:34.47, not even 100 metres clear of Papini, who had to give an extra effort to hold off Eaton.

A local runner simply named as Blessing won the KwaZulu-Natal Weavers 23 km race from Bergville to Winterton on Saturday, outrunning the well-established Washington Zuma in 1:19.05.

Zuma was over 100 metres adrift at the line and another 80 metres ahead of third-placed Thembinkosi Maphalala from the KZN Striders club.

Tracey Zunckel won the women’s race, adjudged to have the lead over Sarah Scott.

Zibongile Zuzubu from the Eskom Gijimas was third.



Calder Cup 10km

Men: 1. Enock Manyande Nedbank 30:53, 2. Mthethwa Goqo Nedbank 30:59, 3. Joseph

Sulin Trophy

Women: 1. Alicen Manake F1 37:34, 2. Jadi Clark Stella 42:34, 3. Sandy de Beer SANDF 43:00 .


KwaZulu-Natal Weavers 23km

Men: 1 Blessing IND 1:19:05, 2 Washington Zuma Mr P 1:19:25, 3 Thembinkosi Maphalala KZN Striders 1:19:34

Women: 1 Tracey Zunckel 1:43:22, 2 Sarah Scott CH 1:43:22, 3 Zibongile Zuzubu Eskom 1:47:07


Umhlanga Festival Trail Challenge

Men: 1. Eric Ngubane 1:09:39 2. Mzwamandla Zondi 1.18.53 3. Mark Matthews 1.19.43 4. Grant Harper 1.24.43 5. Paul Worsnip 1.25.08

Women: 1. Mandy Matthews 1.34.47 2. Natasha Papini 1.35.11 3. Debbie Eaton 1.35.29 4. Jane Brewer 1.38.59 5. Tarryn Holding 1.39.27

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