Steep run on South Coast sees slow times

2010-10-12 00:00

VERULAM’S Xolani Mthembu won Sunday’s annual Scottburgh to Amanzimtoti South Coast Marathon after moving into the lead only in the final three kilometres of the scenic but challenging course.

It was Mr Price’s Richard Nene and Samuel Pazanga who led the field from just before halfway at Ilfracombe.

Pazanga called it a day around 28km, taking a ride with the race referee, while Nene’s smooth striding rhythm took him through to the final steep and destructive climb from Winklespruit to the outskirts of Toti, where he was reduced to a walk.

With a two kilometre downhill within his grasp the Zimbabwean surrendered the lead to Mthembu.

The Verulam athlete used the downhill to maintain a 150 metre lead over Silwayiphi Mathews from the Eskom club before breaking the tape in 2 hours 39 minutes 16 seconds.

Third place went to Thembinkhosi Gumede from the Boxer club. Nicholas Njadu was fourth and second in the same age group in 2:43:44. Only the first 20 runners beat the 3hr barrier, highlighting the course difficulty.

In what many would consider a suicidal mission, Lindsay van Aswegen ran two marathons in a week, taking line honours in 3:17:05. The Toyota athlete was the second woman and first South African in last weekend’s Championship, and then ran the Harrismith Mountain race on Saturday before lining up for the Scottburgh Marathon on Sunday.

Kenyan Samson Kiplagat and his Bluff Meats Formula One team colleague, Jari Munyaradi, finished one-two in the half-marathon. Professor Mollen secured third in 1:09:46.

South Africa’s leading marathoner, Tanith Maxwell, only two weeks after running a 2:32 marathon in Berlin, had a gentle cruise from Ilfracombe to Toti in a relatively easy 1:26:21, with 40-plus-year-old Maya Lawrie second.

Maxwell’s 14th position shows the stiffness of the course, which attracted close to 500 runners.

Muhule Mkhwanzi was the decisive winner of Saturday’s BHP Billiton 15km race up the north coast. Mkhwanzi, of host club Canon Richards Bay, was a full kilometre clear of the field when he crossed the line at Bay Hall in 49:32.

Ntombela Mthethwa scored a useful victory over the evergreen Simone Scrase in the women’s race, breaking the tape in 1:05:07. Beatrice Hlope was a distant third in 70:46.

South Coast Marathon

Men: 1 Xolani Mthembu Verulam 2:39:16, 2 Silwayiphi Mathews Eskom 2:39:42,3 Thembinkosi Gumede Boxer 2:43:13 , 4 Nicholas Njadu Mr Price 2:43:44, 5 Thandabantu Khaluza Boxer 2:43:44

Women: 1 Lindsay van Aswegen Toyota 3:17:05, Erica Walker Natal Carbineers 3:30:17, 3 Iris Ndlovu Boxer 3:38:48, 4 Megan Finestone Westville 3:38:49, 5 Julie Fourie hillcrest 3:40:11

South Coast Half-Marathon

Men: 1 Samson Kiplagat (KEN)F1 68:24, 2 Jari Munyaradi F1 68:52 3 Professor Mollen Mr Price 69:46

Women: 1 Tanith Maxwell Boxer 1:26:21, 2 Maya Lawrie Boxer 1:27:07, 3 Sarah Scott Collegians Harriers 1:31:53

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