SA senior athletes head to Stellenbosch to compete for Moscow places

2013-04-10 00:00

THE focus this weekend will be on the SA Senior track and field championships, which have been switched to Stellenbosch as the track at Green Point is not yet complete.

This event is the main opportunity for the country’s top track and field stars to claim a place in the team to the World Athletics Championships in Moscow in August.

With the loss of the Yellow Pages sponsorship and a battle royal continuing in the boardroom, there has been alarmingly little focus on the championships. It is not clear which athletes will be present for the two-day event, which could see a number of new names earning the titles.

The recent Old Mutual Two Oceans brought together a number of running legends from the past. Participants included Comrades gold medallist Bob de la Motte, Bruce Fordyce, Bernard Rose, Mark Plaatjes and Zola Pieterse who were among the many runners who excelled in the 1980s. Plaatjes, the winner of the 1993 World Marathon Championships, finished in position 449 in 4:27:13, while De la Motte accompanied his family in the 21km.

On the KZN North Coast Thelumusa Sibiya won Sunday’s Tronox marathon in 2:34:13, an indication of the difficulty of the Empangeni-based course, which saw Nicole McNurry lead the women home in 3:38:10.

Bernard Phalatsane was the only runner able to break 80 minutes on the half-marathon version taking 1:14:08.

Teacher Matende won the Helios Oasis half-marathon, taking 1:9:33, well clear of the nearest challenger, Walter Mjwara. Tebogo Masehla outran Pat Damman to win the women’s race in 1:28:55. Damman added the 35-39 age category to her rewards and Nonseikelo Mbambo was third.

Julius Tenai was an outright winner over the 10 km.

Janene Carey won the women’s race with Kate Gounais second.

This was the first of a number of races held over the flat, fast King’s Park courses.

This weekend the focus is on the postponed DAC Calder Cup 10 km which doubles as the KZN Championships and starts and finishes at Kings Park.

More details of the race can be had from the KZN Office or Kitty Konar on 0827680738.

The Arthur Creswell Memorial 52 km will be run from Bergville to

Ladysmith this weekend. This is one of the best and easiest qualifiers for Comrades as it has a 52 km distance with a 54 km qualifying time. In addition the race, which starts from the Bergville Farmers Hall, has only Child’s Hill (from 16-19 km) as a barrier between the two towns. Late entries are taken at R140 on race day, while a 21km will follow an out and back route from the finish at Ladysmith sports hall.

There is also a Khanyasile Foundation five kilometre fun run on Friday. More information is available from Johan van Dyk at 0765367070.


Tronox Marathon Empangeni

Men: 1. Thelumusa Sibiya (Ulundi) 2:34:13, 2. Victor Ngubelanga (Maxed Elite) 2:39:40, 3. Bhekukwenza Ngubane (Maxed Elite) 2:43:46.

Women: 1. Nicole McNurry (Mthunzini) 3:38:10, 2. Somone Scrase (Nashua Richards Bay) 3:41:08, 3. Zetu Mnyandu (NRB Harriers) 3:41:35.


Men: 1. Bernard Phalatsane (Bluff Meats) 1:14:08, 2. Phumlani Sibiya (Mtubatuba) 1:20:24, 3. Sfiso Mthiyane (NRB Harriers) 1:28:54.


1. Nomcebo Mthethwa (Mhlathuze) 1:28:14, 2. Andile Cebekhule (NRB Harriers) 1:50:02, 3. Liesel Brenduls (Nashua Richards Bay) 1:50:42.

Helios/Oasis Crescent Half-marathon

21,1 km


1.Teacher Matende (Form One) 69:33, 2. Walter Mjwara (Nedbank) 71:56, 3. Sylvester Maindi (Form One) 72:06


1. Tebogo Masehla (Ind) 88:55, 2. Pat Damman (Forest Hills) 89:36, 3. Nonseikelo Mbambo (Natal Carb) 93:03

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