Phalatsane scoops the Sunrise and Van Blerk secures Spar Grand Prix spot

2011-06-21 00:00

BERNARD Phalatsane won the third leg of the Sunrise runs which was held down the South Coast at Scottburgh on Saturday.

The Nedbank runner was over a minute ahead of Senzo Miya when he crossed the line in 40 minutes and 49 seconds giving a clear indication of the difficulty of the off-road and beach course.

Phalatsane also won the 35 to 39 age category. Despite being under KZNA rules, the organisers in this series use age at the end of the year to determine the categories.

Nkosi Ntule closed the podium in 42:52 for third position.

Laura Hodgkinson and the experienced Maria Mthembu fought for the top spot in the ladies race that Hodgkinson took by 40 metres in 59 minutes 56 seconds.

Mthembu of the Boxer club had the consolation of adding the 40-49 age group to her rewards, while Jo Mackenzie secured third place another 40 metres adrift in 60:25.

Mackenzie was the winner in the 35-39 category.

It was a good weekend for Aletta Engelbrecht of the local South Coast Striders club who won the 60 plus category on Saturday.

Irvette van Blerk secured her position at the top of the Spar Grand Prix league with her low-flying victory that took a mere 32 minutes 50 seconds to cover the Durban Spar Women’s 10km race.

Van Blerk is now 14 points clear of Western Province’s Zintle Xinewe and has 21 points in hand over Annerien van Schalkwyk.

Van Blerk has improved with each outing, moving from fourth in the Cape Town leg to second in PE and a solid defense of her 2010 title this weekend.

Jenna Challenor remains the best of the KZN runners but is languishing back in eleventh position having missed the Cape Town opener due to illness. With 17 points, she is unlikely to get to the top most positions but good runs in Pretoria and Johannesburg could see her getting into the top seven.

Tanith Maxwell, with 16 points from one run, is in 14th position and is the only other KZN runner to make the top 20, while Grace de Oliveira heads the 40 plus category with 12 points to Maya Lawrie’s 10.

Lawrie, who has the faster race time, has only competed in the Durban event. Shani Silver from Kearsney Striders is in position five in the age category league.



1. Bernard Phalatsane Nedbank A C40:49

2. Senzo Miya Ind42:02

3. Nkosi Ntule Ind42:52

35 to 39:

1. Bernard Phalatsane Nedbank A C40:48

40 to 49:

1. Justin Hnad DHSOB45:51

2. Willie MajomboziBoxer A C46:54

3. Willie v Rensberg Ind50:41

50 to 59:

1. Siyabonga Jali Ind53:17

2. Lenard Beets YWP A C56:57

3. Gordon Truluck Ind59:42


1. Andrew Spence SCS53:11

2. Piet Vorster PDAC57:21

3. Nobby Clark Ind65:32


1. Laura Hodgkinson Ind59:56

2. Maria Mthembu Boxer A C60:13

3. Jo Mackenzie Ind60:25

35 to 39:

1. Jo Mackenzie Ind60:25

40 to 49:

1. Marie Mnthembu Boxer A C60:13

2. Greta De Wet Ind64:08

3. Marizelle Nicoll Ind64:45

50 to 59:

1. Kathy Scott Ind68:14

2. Karen Bargate NU70:18

3. Anne Chadwick West A C73:49


1. Aletta Engelbrecht SCS79:22

5KM: men

1. Simphiwe Zulu Mr Price A C18:36

2. Victor Ngubelanga Ind19:38

3. Sibusiso Ntuli Ind21:23


1. Simonay Weitz Ind23:39

2. Saskia Oliver Ind26:49

3. Cathy Patterson Ind29:13

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