Jari breaks men’s record, Van Rooyen emerges as fastest woman

2013-02-25 00:00

MUNYA Jari provided the fastest-ever winning time in the 17-year history of the Weekend Witness Maritzburg Marathon yesterday when he burst through the line in two hours, 22 minutes and four seconds.

Jari fought off challenges from Samuel Pazanga, of the Maxed club, in the second half of the race, but used the short steep final climb at 39 km to break free and open an insurmountable lead, which by the line was over two minutes. Jari sliced 31 seconds off Pazanga’s previous course best set in 2010. Nedbank’s Mosoumuniuh Morapalla came through for third in 2:25:11.

Melanie van Rooyen, KZN’s bronze medallist in the SA marathon championships three weeks earlier, passed Candyce Hall shortly after half–way to dominate the ladies with a time of two hours, 56 minutes and 24 seconds. Lauren Calenborne of the Westville club took third and was second to Van Rooyen in the 35-39 category in 3:15:07.

Samuel Kiptum outran Sibongile Duma in a hard fought half marathon race that shared the overcast and cool running conditions.

The early leaders set a blistering pace through the city going through two kilometres in six minutes, six seconds, with Duma closing during the College road climb to five kilometres, which was passed in 15:22.

However, it was the more conservative approach by Kiptum and Micheal Mzobe which paid dividends and saw Duma under pressure as he passed the airport.

Although Kiptum appeared to have the better of the ex-Collegians athlete, Duma rallied again on the climb from Hesketh to New England road and it was only a final kick that gave the Kenyan the advantage as they closed in on the home of the Natal Carbineers, with Kiptum taking line honours in one hour, eight minutes exactly and Duma 60 metres adrift.

Mzobe hung on bravely to complete the podium in 1:08:37.

Eskom’s Suzette Botha won the ladies race and the 40-49 age group with her impressive running in the ladies race to record one hour, 20 minutes 40 seconds.

Despite her age, Botha eclipsed many younger contenders, including Jenna Challenor, who had to accept the runner-up position in 1:21:31 and Danielle Adlam who closed the podium in 1:25:19.

This year saw the introduction of a 10 km distance, which was won by KZN provincial and South African athlete, Syiabonga Nkonde in a very useful 30 minutes and nine seconds. Boxer and Provincial team-mate Thobani Change presented the greatest challenge finishing second, while Mthembu Sakhile of the new Inanda-based Phatane club was a distant third and first junior in 32:28.

Olympian Tanith Maxwell was over 400 m clear of Puseletso Dladla in the ladies race securing her victory in 36 minutes 38 seconds with Kenyan Daisy Kipngetich third in 38:36.



1 Munyaradzi Jari Toyota 2:22:04, 2 Samuel Pazanga Maxed 2:24:08, 3 Mosoumuniuh Morapalla Nedbank 2:25:11

35-39: Skhumbuzo Dlamini Boxer 2:31:21, 2 Justic Nkosi Phuma 2:34:26, 3 Mduduzi Gwala Maxed 2:34:42


1 Melanie van Rooyen RBAC 2 : 56:24, 2 Candyce Hall Nedbank WP 3:11:36, 3 Lauren Calenborne West 3:15:07

35-39 1 Melanie van Rooyen RBAC 2: 56:24, 2 Lauren Calenborne West 3:15:07, 3 Wendy Morgan West 3:16:29,


1 Samuel Kiptum Phantane 1:08:00, 2 Sibonela Duma Boxer 1:08:12, 3 Michael Mzobe Phantane 1:08:37


1 Suzette Botha Eskom 1:20:40, 2 Jenna Challenor Boxer 1:21:31, 3 Danielle Adlam Boxer 1:25:19



1 Siya Nkonde Boxer 30:09, 2 Thobani Chagne Boxer 30:15, 3 Mthembu Sakhile Phantane 32:28


1 Tanith Maxwell Boxer 36:38, 2 Puseleto Dladla Savages 38:03, 3 Daisy Kipngetich Phantane 38:36

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