Impressive field

2009-11-17 00:00

KENYAN Wesley Ruto led home an impressive field in Sunday’s Greater Edendale 10-kilometre race which is marketed as part of the Comrades Marathon Association, KwaZulu-Natal development initiative.

With more than R13 000 in prize money and a first place reward of R2 500 it was no surprise that most of the province’s leading short-distance athletes were in attendance. There was nothing to choose between Ruto and the Durban University of Technology’s Thubalethu Phaku as they entered the Wadley Stadium, but as the pace increased towards the finish line the Kenyan was able to edge a two-metre lead over Phaku to take the tape in 31 minutes 18 seconds.

“I’m not particularly keen on downhill. I just couldn’t get a large enough break on the [up] hill to maintain my lead on the down,” said Phaku, who is still the province’s most consistent short-distance and cross-country athlete.

In spite of the ideal running conditions and early drizzle, many athletes were found wanting over the hilly township course with Mr Price’s Thabo Molefe securing third place in 31 minutes, 31 seconds, ahead of Moses Lepheana who now runs for the local Nedbank club. Lepheana added the 35-39 age category to his rewards.

As expected Tanith Maxwell dominated the women’s race but her time of 38 minutes, 20 seconds provides a clear indication of the course severity. Zimbabwean Alison Manake running in the colours of Bluff Meats Formula One was not only second, but she was also the first junior home in 40 minutes, 49 seconds with Thobile Ziqubu third over 200 metres off the mark.

With the vast majority of prize money going to well established athletes, Tanith Maxwell’s decision to donate R300 of her own prize money to the first junior woman from the Edendale community was well received and a fitting gesture from the international athlete.

The well-supported event drew a number of compliments, particularly regarding the efficient finish layout and a general high standard of organisation.

It was a theme that also prevailed in Stella’s Tribute 15 km held around Glenwood in Durban, where SAPS support and marshaling were of the highest standard.

Nedbank also secured the top of the podium in the challenging two- lapper, this time through their talented youngster Njabulo Phemuu who took only 49 minutes, 40 seconds for the course.

The host club’s Samuel Mwambula trailed the junior by just under 200 metres to finish in 50 minutes, 18 seconds with Mr Price’s Clement Nkosi in third by a similar margin.

Boxer’s Peter Sehloho once again won the 40-49 age grouping making the top 10 finishers in 52 minutes, 38 seconds, while his Boxer club mate Maya Lawrie not only secured the corresponding women’s category, but placed third in the open category in one hour one minute, 38 seconds.

Sehloho and Lawrie were using the event as part of their build-up to the Beirut Marathon in December, only to find out after the race that their sponsored invite to the 2009 race had been withdrawn and replaced with an invite for the 2010 event.

Sunday’s women’s race was won by Makhosi Mhlongo in 59 minutes­­, nine seconds having broken away from Boxer’s Cary-Ann Smith. Smith, who has been previously selected for South Africa, is on the come-back trail and should prove to be a force to be reckoned with by early next year.

A strong quintet from Johannesburg won the open section of Saturday’s annual KPMG Business Relay over a five-kilometre course from Kings Park Rugby outfields.

Seng Hlasa, Thuso Phasanane, Simon Mpholo, Thabo Seetso and Dumsani Mkhize took only 1:23,44 seconds to reach the 25 km total and had almost six minutes in hand over the Mr Price combination comprising athletes as opposed to employees. The Transnet team was third in 1:36,30.

This was the fourth successive win for the Johannesburg council team.

The women from Unilever finance­-Lipton won the women’s event while The Blenders from Sapref in KZN won the mixed category of the relay which this year celebrated its 25th anniversary. Over 1 000 teams took part in event, highlighting again one of the underutilised opportunities to attract more and younger members into the sport and clubs.


G reater Edendale 10 kilometre

Men: 1 Wesley Ruto Ned 31:18, 2 Thubalethu Phaku DET 31:21, 3 Thabo Molefe Mr P 31,31

35 to 39: Moses Lepheana Ned 31,33

40 to 49: Enoch Ngubane Mr P 38,43

50 to 59: Joseph Dumakude Verulam 40,18

60+: Petrus Shumi Zabalaza 45,31

Junior: Ramolifi Motsini IND 32,05

Women: 1 Tanith Maxwell Boxer 38:20, 2 Alison Manake zim F1 40,49, 3 Thobile Ziqubu Mr P 41,28

35 to 39: Sibingile Ziqubu Escom Gijimas 44:31

40 to 49: Lauren De Scaway Howick 47,11

50 to 59: Sandra Fismer HH 47,47

Junior: Alison Manake F1 40,49


Stella Tribute 15 km RaceMen: 1 Njabulo Phemuu Ned 49,40, 2 Samuel Mwambula Stella 50,18, 3 Clement Nkasi MrP 50,51

35 to 39: Edwin Manyokolo Mr P 52,53

40 to 49: Peter Sehloho Boxer 52,38

50 to 59: Jan Koegelenberg Mr P 59,16

60 +: Mbekiseni Mchunu Sav 1:07,29

Junior: Njabulo Phemuu Ned 49:40

Walker: 1 Khanyile Nhlanhla RWFL 1:19:41, 2 Oxley Africa Boxer 1:28,06, 3 Terrence Giles Wings 1:29,02

Women: 1 Makhosi Mhlongo SAV 59:09, 2 Cary Ann Smith Boxer 59,17, 3 Maya Lawrie Boxer 1:01,38

35 to 39: Hlezphi Ncyayiyana Ned 1:06,49

40 to 49: Maya Lawrie Boxer 1:01,38

50 to 59: Blanche Moila SAV 1:10,24

60 +: Gill Trengenna West 1:22,40

Junior: Puseletso Dladla Boxer 1:05,49

Walkers: 1 Memela Khethiwe Boxer 1:33,59, 2 Philipha Chidziwa Boxer 1:40:52, 3 Margaret Botes Eskom 1:43,33.


KPMG Business Relay, Durban

Provisional men’s teams: 1 City of Johannesburg 1:23,44, 2 Mr Price 1:29,01, 3 Transnet 1:36,30, 4 Sapref 1:43,27, 5 Graham Muller 1:47,00, 6 Toys-R-Us 1:48,21, 7 GFC Consulting 1:49,00, 8 RT Chemicals 1:49,45, 9 Futura Footwear, 10 SA Home Loans 1:51,00,

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