National lotto SA marathon: Ngamole wins race, but Moeng takes the title

2010-10-04 00:00

COOLBOY Ngamole, running in the colours of Nedbank Gauteng, won the National Lotto SA Marathon Championships in Durban on Saturday morning, a race that literally saw his opposition being blow naway in strong south-easterly winds.

Mafikeng-based Ngamole was always among the dozen leaders who battled a 25 km/h headwind from Moses Mabhida Stadium south through the city on to a 12 km out-and-back on the Ruth First highway towards uMlazi.

After a cautious five kilometres in 16 minutes 12 seconds, the effect of the consistent drive into the energy-sapping wind caught runners up between 10 km and 15 km, where the pace dropped dramatically through to the turn at 18 km. There were still eight runners in the group as they went through halfway in 1:08:45, at which point Ngamole started to ease away.

Running a slightly faster second half, the Nedbank athlete crossed the line in 2 hrs 16 min 19 sec to take the R20 000 first prize.

The SA championships are about bringing pride to those running in provincial colours, and second-placed Benedict Moeng from Athletics Gauteng North (AGN) won the national title.

The 27-year-old was over 600 metres adrift, but had a secure lead over Doctor Mtsweni, who earned the championship silver by working his way through exhausted contenders in the final kilometres. The bronze medal went to Central Gauteng’s (CGA) Butiki Jantjies in 2:19:45.

Three-time Comrades up-run winner Vladimir Kotov, the only entrant from Western Province, provided one of the performances of the day by setting a new provincial 50-plus record for the distance in 2:31:17. He was over 12 minutes ahead of silver medallist Charle Vilikazi (2:43:30) and Jumario Khuzwoyo (2:50:40).

Although CGA’s first senior runner, William Mokwalakwala, only finished seventh overall, the province’s depth assured them the team prize ahead of the Nedbank Central Gauteng club team and AGN.

Jantjies’s storming 40-plus performance set the foundation for CGA to add the age-group team award, with AGN the runners up.

As with the men’s race, the women’s championship title went to second-placed Lindsay van Aswegen, who just failed to break thre hours for the course, making this one of the slowest recent marathon title times. However, Van Aswegen’s 3:00:30 also secured her victory in the 40-49 category.

The overall honours went to Zimbabwean Samukeliso Moyo who opened a staggering three kilo­metre lead to take the tape in 2:48:56, with Gladys Lekwareni awarded the silver medal for her 3:01:47, and Gauteng North team-mate Catherine Skosana closing the podium place in 3:02:43.

With the withdrawal of defending champion Riana van Niekerk and AGN’s number two, Charné Bosman, only Central Gauteng had enough runners to make the team award.

Although both senior and the 40-plus champion, Van Aswegen was counted in the age-group team, giving Central Gauteng the age-group award and a clean sweep across all team awards.

Despite home ground advantage, KZN fielded a small team of nine runners with only Robert Edourd- Betsy winning a medal.

The Yellowwood park athlete placed third in the 60-plus category behind Don Charles and Jan Meyer of Central Gauteng, who completed the distance in 3:17:59 and 3:25:06.

Men: 1 Coolboy Ngamole (NedCGA) 2:16.19; 2 Benedict Moeng (AGN) 2:18.03; Doctor Mtsweni (AMPU) 2:19.09; 4 David Ngakane (NedCGA) 2:19.38; 5 Butiki Jantjies (CGA) 2:19.45; 6 Seun Moleshoia (AMPU) 2:20.03; 7 William Mokwalakwala (CGA) 2:20.09; 8 Enos Matalane (AGN) 2:20.14; 9 Vincent Seng (CGA) 2:20.41; 10 Ludwig Mamabolo (CGA) 2:21.53.

Women: 1 Samuekliso Moyo (MPKZN) 2:48.56; 2 Lindsay van Aswegen (CGA) 3:00.30; 3 Gladys Lukhwareni (AGN) 3:01.47; 4 Catherine Skosana (AGN) 3:02.43; 5 Thobile Ngwane (MPKZN) 3:11.10; 6 Alison Jordaan (ASWD) 3;11.35; 7 Jane Mudau (AGN) 3:11.54; 8 Mirriam Mooki (AGN) 3:16.04; 9 Sarah Mahlangu (CGA) 3:16.53; 10 Annatjie Botes (ASWD) 3:19.19.

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