Collegians do well

2010-01-19 00:00

WASHINGTON Zuma took the line honours at the head of a field of 700 runners in Sunday’s Alex Wasps Half-Marathon.

Zuma and Boxer’s Tsepo Shelembe were never far from the front on the initial climb out of the city on Hesketh Drive and Murray Road, but secured the lead positions on the plummeting down of Richmond Road.

Tsepo battled on the steep climb out of Ritchie Road to Oribi eventually also surrendering his second spot to a late charge from Muzi Madikwa, while Zuma stormed ahead to take the tape in one hour 12 minutes and seven seconds. Tsepo clung to Madikwa’s tails, but was 22 seconds adrift in 1:13,24.

Madikwa was the first Collegians runner to finish, laying the foundation for the club to take back the team prize.

Suzette Botha, running in Eskom colours, dominated the women’s race from the gun to record a 1:24,13 on the challenging route around the city ­perimeter.

Kerry Koen, whose focus this year will be on earning a Comrades gold, was second just under three minutes off the pace, with Sarah Scott third, but leading a trio of Collegians women into the team prize.

Just fewer than 1 000 runners made the journey down the south coast for the Scottburgh Half-Marathon which this year was held over a new route out and back to Umkomaas.

The field was stretched on the undulating trip up the Old South Coast Road with Nedbank’s Eric ­Ngubane pulling away to victory in one hour 11 minutes and nine seconds, over 500 metres clear of his club mate Maxwell Ngwanzi.

Third place went to Stella’s star runner Nkosianathi Ngcongo whose selective racing sees him mounting the podium more frequently.

Maya Lawrie outran her younger competition to ­secure the overall honours and the 40-plus age categories in the women’s race in an impressive 1:27,10. Lawrie, who finished in 1:27,10, was well over two minutes slower than her flat-course time and the only women to break 90 minutes, giving an indication of the challenge and humid conditions encountered.

Local woman Debbie Lambouru, also competing in the 40-plus category, and last year’s winner, was ­second in 91:08, fewer than 100 metres clear of Caryly Dixon of the Durban High School Old Boys’ club.

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