Sting in tail sorted out podium places

2010-01-26 00:00

MOSES Lepheana, who now turns out in the colours of Nedbank, had an almost 100 m advantage over his previous club mate Kevin Pangiso of Mr Price at the end of Sunday’s Huletts PDAC 25 km downhill race.

A massive field of over 1 800 runners lined up in the hot and humid conditions for the annual scramble from Waterfall Shopping centre up to Hillcrest then down through New Germany to Pinetown’s Lahee Park.

There was little to choose between the lead group for much of the race, but the telling sting in the tail of the final 5 km through New Germany sorted out the podium positions, with Lepheana taking the tape in one hour 16 minutes 58 seconds.

Third place went to another Mr Price athlete, Samuel Pengaza. Lepheana added the 35-39 age category to his winnings.

Boxer’s Danielle Adlam had a healthy lead over Mr Price’s Cary Ann Smith in the women’s race, with Adlam crossing the line in an impressive 1:40:24, 500 m ahead of Smith.

Melanie van Rooyen justified her long trip down from Richards Bay to secure third position in 1:46:36, causing a bit of an upset over Boxer’s Janine Carey, who seems to be struggling to find the form she displayed in early 2009.

While the times recorded in this event are normally considerably better than in other 25 km events in the country, it needs to be taken into account that the course drops over 9 m per kilometre as opposed to the limit of 1m/km for performances to be recognised in record terms.

In other respects, the PDAC 25 km is seen as a good indicator of early season form and it is clear that races will be experiencing bigger than normal fields as the year progresses towards the 85th Comrades on May 30.

On Saturday, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, Boxer’s Sibonela Duma and Escourt’s Judith Geldenhuys took top honours in the David Rattray Memorial Isandlwana to Rorkes Drift battlefield half-marathon.

Duma posted a time of 1:14:09 and Geldenhuys left her younger challengers in the dirt, covering the 21 km in 1:44:10 and winning the 50-59 age category. While Chantelle Labuschagne and Monica Botha were over 11 minutes adrift, they won the 35-39 and 40-49 age categories, and provided the foundation for host club Biggarsberg to secure the overall women’s team prize.

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