Strong southerly wind slows National Lotto runners

2010-10-05 00:00

TRANSKEI-based Lungisa Mdedelwa had a R2 500 pay day for winning the National Lotto 10 km that complemented the SA Marathon championships in Durban on Saturday. Mdedelwa edged a three second advantage over Central Gauteng’s Sibusiso Nzima as they hit the final track bend to take the tape in 30 minutes 27 seconds.

Lungile Congqa from the Mr Price club was the first local athlete home in third place after a race long tussle with Samuel Pazanga who was fourth in 30 minutes 48 seconds. The top seven finished under 32 minutes.

Lebo Phalula opened a significant lead in the ladies race to take the honours in 36 minutes 30 seconds. Gauteng based Mpho Mabuza was second in 37:21 while Makhosa Mhlongo was the first local athlete in 38:36. The slow times give an indication of the strength and effect of the southerly wind that destroyed the marathon and 10 km times.

In marathon terms this would equate to around a four to five minute slowing at the front of the mens marathon race and six minutes for the leading women.

Washington Zuma strung out the field in Sunday’s Saints Thorntree 15 kilometre challenge from St Charles College in the City of Choice. Zuma took 51 minutes 50 seconds to cover the course that climbs up through Hayfields to the Hesketh conservancy and back. His time provides a measure of the stiffness of the climbs.

Lawrence Sibiya and Philani Ncgobo finished second and third.

Ncgobo was also the leading junior in the field.

It was no surprise that Kerry Koen led the women’s field over the line. Koen has made considerable improvement in standard since her move to the Nedbank club from Collegians Harriers after the 2009 Comrades and recently set a new course record for the tough Mont Aux Sources 50 km.

Koen had almost four minutes lead over University’s Kirsten Williams with Sandy Fismer completing the podium in a distant 1:12:15.

Gill Tregenna, who won the 60 plus category in the previous day’s 10 km at the SA Marathon Championships in Durban, made it a double payday by taking the same category in the Saints race.

Encouragingly for Collegians Harriers Thembeka Bhengu provided the club with a double in the Junior category in one hour 24 minutes.

Local runner Philani Buthelezi won the annual Hamilton Nite race half marathon through the suburbs of Ladysmith on Saturday night in one hour 13 minutes and 51 seconds over 600m clear of KZN Striders Thomas Maphalanga with Boxer’s Zuzi Ndaba a distant third in one hour 19 minutes and 46 seconds.

Xoli Nadida completely dominated the ladies race taking one hour 36 minutes and 35 seconds for the 21km tour, with Newcastle Harrier, Anne Erasmus the closest competitor in 1:51:53 and first 40-49 year old.

KZN Striders provided the final podium place through Lushabo Sbo, who was over two and a half minutes adrift.

George Gotgaka and Mike Hlatswayo added to the lustre of KZN Striders by winning the 40-49 and 50-59 categories respectively.

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