Maxwell continues to set SA athletics on fire

2010-06-29 00:00

WITH KZN road racing sacrificed for the World Cup, Saturday’s Yellowwood Park Cross-country event attracted a good field of contenders, who were able to enjoy running on a glorious winter’s afternoon.

Thubalethu Phaku dominated the senior men’s race, opening almost 400 metres over Correctional Services’ Sifuninkosi Ngqoyingile to complete the four-lap course in 41 minutes and 10 seconds. Collegians Harriers’ Khulekani Ngubane was third in 42 minutes 51 seconds, holding off KZN Striders’ Siphwe Zwane.

Justin Hand, who has been sharpening his running in the Sunrise beach running series, was first over the line in the eight-kilometre age group event with Nedbank’s Sibusiso Htag only 100 metres adrift and first in the 40-44 category

Danielle Adlam was the fastest woman of the day after an early tussle with Savages’ Makhosi Mhlongo. The Boxer athlete came through the line in a useful 32 minutes 14 seconds to Mhlongo’s 32:41 with another Boxer athlete, Tholakele Sigududu, third.

Sigududu’s eight-kilometre open performance undoubtedly suffered from her earlier race in the masters four kilometre, where she finished fifth overall and second in the 40-44 age group in 18:50. Fastest around the two-lap course was Pinetown’s Lise Muchna, who recorded 16:50 to win the 40-44 category, while Kylie Griffin was second and first in the 45-49. Hleziphi Ncayiyana of the local Nedbank team was the first in the 35-39.

Tanith Maxwell won the Eersteriver 15 km outside Cape Town, setting a new personal best, which indicates she is on form for the upcoming SA Half-marathon Championships in Port Elizabeth early next month.

Finishing in 51:13, Maxwell cut a massive two minutes seven seconds from her previous best.

Maxwell has been focusing on her speed in recent weeks with a view to targeting a 72-minute half-marathon personal best around the flat fast Motherwell course outside Port Elizabeth.

Her next marathon will be finalised only after the announcement of the Commonwealth Games team, as she already has invitations for both the Berlin and Frankfurt marathons.

Eersterivier 15km – Western Province:

Men: 1 Fitskilo Diko Ned 46:11, 2Nkosinato Midyo MrP 46:13, 3 Neo Malemo Mr P 47:07

Women: 1 Tanith Maxwell Boxer 51:13, 2 Noleen Conraad UJ 3 Belewa Mkshagi MrP 54:54

YWPAC Cross Country Results – 26/06/10

Senior Men 12km: 1 Thubalethu Phaku DUT 41:10, 2 Sifuninkosi Ngqoyingile Cor Services 42:01, 3 Khulekani Ngubane CH 42:51, 4 Sphiwe Zwane KZN Striders 43:12, 5 Kyle Chettleburgh West 44:09

8km Masters:

35-39 1 Justin Hand DHSOB 30:02, 2 Duane Dicks West 31:52, 3 Steve Muchna PDAC 34:41

40-44 1 Sibusiso Htag Ned 30:56, 2 Goodman Mnoiadi Toti 33:18,

45-49 1 Simon Russell PDAC 31:30, 2 Lawrence Herron Toti 35:50, 3 Martin Birthwhistle YWPAC 35:53

50-54 1 Tony Lewis Mr P 34:46, 2 Andrew Daly West 35:17, 3 Jeff Speed Hilton H 35:27

55-59 1 Johan Kock Toti 33:45, 2 Phillip Van Niekerk Stella 35:16, 3 Elias Mahlaba Sav 35:32

60+ 1 Rob Eduoard-Betsy YWPAC 38:04, 2 Les Smith West 38:50, 3 Raymond Meyer Sav 40:25

Senior Women 8Km: 1 Danielle Adlam Boxer 32:14, 2 Makhosi Mhlongo Sav 32:41, 3 Tholakele Sigubudu Boxer 36:37, 4 Nombulelo Mbuli Ned 41:09, 5 Alison Biggs Hilton H 41:40

Women Masters 4km

35-39 1 Hleziphi Ncayiyana Ned 18:17, 2 Kim Hudson PDAC 27:35, 3 Taryn Jibbs Gillmers 35:11

40-44: 1 Lise Muchna PDAC 16:50, 2 Tholakele Sigubudu Boxer 18:50, 3 Ursula Cockbain Collegians H 18:54

45-49 1 Kylie Griffin West 17:58, 2 Janine Engels PDAC 18:29, 3 Cindy Marquiss West 19:47

50-54 1 Linda Wolhuter Hilton H 19:18, 2 Debby Dekoning Eskom 20:21, 3 June Watson PDAC 21:25

55-59 1 Sandy Fismer Hilton H 19:31, 2 Jane Dickinson RWFL 20:41,

60+ 1 Jan Phelan Hilton H 21:15, 2 Gill Tregenna West 23:28, 3 Aletta Engelbrecht SCS 25:19

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