Mokoka back after impressive debut

2010-11-12 00:00

STEPHEN Mokoka returned from the Seoul Marathon this week with a time of 2:08:33, which is one of the fastest debut marathons of recent years.

Mokoka has already earned the South African Cross-country, 10 km and Half- marathon Championship titles and clearly has the potential to take over the marathon mantle from Hendrick Ramaala, who battled in last Sunday’s New York Marathon.

Ramaala pulled out around halfway citing a sore toe that he believes might have been broken.

Although Haile Gebrselassie announced he was retiring within hours of pulling out of the New York Marathon, news reports this week quoted his manager, Jos Hermans, saying there may well be another race in the Ethiopian’s legs.

South Africans will keenly await news to see if the “Emperor” will be in a position to fulfill a previous decision that he would run Comrades in 2013, after building up to the London Olympic Marathon 2012.

If he were to tackle the 89 km classic, which is scheduled to be an up-run, there would be a very good case to suggest he could set a new course record. He would be the fastest runner ever to line up for the Comrades.

This Sunday sees the annual Edendale 10 km run and walk organised under the Comrades Marathon Association from Wadley Stadium at 7 am.

This is the third year of the event and is part of the Comrades development project, which commenced with the initiation of a club in the township.

The CMA used their expertise to empower the local committee and club members to organise the race, which offers R10 000 in prize money with a R2 500 first prize.

The course starts with an uphill and winds its way around Edendale. T-shirts and medals will go to the 10 km runners and medals for the five-kilometre distance.

There is an additional R250 incentive for the winners if they break the course records, which are held by Elmore Sinbanda (30 mins:8secs) and Olivia Chitate, who ran a time of 36mins:34secs.

More information is available at 033 897 8660

More than 40 runners get their day in the limelight on Sunday with the annual Bluff Veterans Half’-marathon, which starts from Fynnlands Combined Sports Club at Little King’s Park.

The race starts at 6 am and only accepts runners over the age of 40, but a 15 km walk is open to younger participants, making it a family affair.

Grant Howes has more details at 083 225 9815.

In a rare but welcome move, there will be ASA level one and level two coaching courses held in the City of Choice from December 3-5 at Voortrekker School. The cost of the courses is R100 and candidates must register with the KZN office by November 26.

The courses cover all disciplines of athletics.

More details are available from the KZNA office at 031 312 9374.

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