Race overload means fewer stars for each event, and slower winning times

2013-10-09 00:00

HAILE Gebrselassie continues to grab headlines despite moving into the veteran category. The 40-year-old ran, won and set a new world age group record when racing Sunday’s Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run in Glasgow in a time of one hour, one minute and nine seconds, more than 30 seconds clear of his opposition.

• Saturday evening saw Philani Buthelezi cross the line of the Drakensberg Logistics Half Marathon Nite Race in one hour, nine minutes and 32 seconds with his Klip River striders team-mate Spmandla Nyembe second in 70:05 and Harrismith’s George Tshabalala third by a further 600 metres.

Mpumelelo Mnyandu made it a double victory for the Klip River club and was the only woman under 90 minutes, a barrier she broke by 45 seconds. Only six seconds separated Xoli Madida and third-placed Zanele Narathom.

Klip River completed their domination of the event by winning both the men and ladies team prizes.

• Locally, Joseph Kyengo won the annual Goss and Baulfe South Coast Marathon from Scottburgh to Toti, outrunning Pieter­maritzburg’s Sandile Makhaye, who was 300 m adrift. Babalo Msokona put the Stella colours on the podium for a third place.

Sibongile Ziqubu took honours in the women’s race after opening over 500 m on Pat Damman, who has become a regular face on the podiums this year. Ziqubu also won the 40-49 category while Monica Vorster, from Boksburg, secured both third place and first in the 35-39.

Menzi Ngcobo scored a victory in the half marathon in a slow one hour, 12 minutes, one second, with Boxer’s Janene Carey heading the ladies results.

The relatively slow performances in the South Coast Marathon are a reflection of the increased number of major marathons in September and October.

The Cape Town Marathon, Gauteng Marathon, PetroSA, and City to City 50 km are all high prize money events held over the last three weeks, which not only distracts from sponsors, but spreads the leading athletes over too many events. The same situation is set to repeat this weekend in Johannesburg where the Nike Jozi Run is being held on Saturday and yet the Spar Women’s 10 km final will be held from Wanderers the following morning.

A number of KZN athletes will be competing in the final of the series and they should be in the running for awards in the overall series.

The Boxer club have supported this series, flying club members to the various events and as such will be in the running for a good place in the club rankings. However, this will also see the likes of Grace de Oliveira, Debbie Perry, Janene Carey, Jenna Challenor, and potentially Tanith Maxwell out in search of overall and age group placings.

• Locally, this weekend sees the Spar Chesterville 10 km, which promises to be a hilly route with some great views of Durban and the university ridge.

The race commences from Chesterville Sports Ground and is open to both runners and walkers. Mandla Dlodlo has more details on 078 357 4495.

• Other events this weekend include the SA road walk championships which are being held in Cape Town this weekend, and the second leg of the Adidas Schools relay, which will be held on King’s Park track on Friday night.

Goss & Baulfe South Coast Marathon

Men 42,2 km: 1.Joseph Kyengo Form One A 2:26:02

2.Sandile Makhaye Phuma KZN 2:26:55

3.Babalo Msokoba Stella A 2:27:43

Women: 1.Sibongile Ziqubu Escom A 3:23:26

2.Pat Dammann Forest Hills A 3:26:13

3.Monica Vorster Boksburg A 3:29:46

Half Marathon

Men: 1.Menzi Ngcobo Maxed Elite 72:01

2.Jabulani Dlomo Bluff A 72:53

3.Patrick Nkosi NRB Harr 74:58

Women: 1.Janene Carey Boxer A 87:06

2.Amanda Kruger Coll Harr 87:29

3.Precious Duma Chatsworth A 94:24

Drakensberg Logistics Half Marathon

Men: 1.Philani Buthelezi KRS 69:32

2.Spmandla Nyembe KRS 70:05

3.Geprge Tshabalala Harrismith A 72:27

Women: 1.Mpumelelo Mnyandu KRS 89:15

2.Xoli Madida Natal Carbs 103:53

3.Zanele Mbonjwa KRS 103:59

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