Some of the country’s top athletes descended on the picturesque Boland town of Riebeeck-West this weekend to take part in the 31st PPC Riebeek Bergmarathon. Anda Lubelwana was first across the 42.2km finish line in a time of 02:32:02. He was closely followed by Siyabulela Mpongwana and Ncedo Makunga in second and third place respectively. Adele Waldron crossed the finish line in a time of 03:17:45 – taking first place in the ladies’ 42.2km race and coming 16th overall. The 21.1km half-marathon was also hotly contested, finally being won by Siviwe Nkombi and Tanya Posthumus. The 10km race was won by Heinrich Wagner.Hosted by PPC and the Swartland Athletics Club, over 2 000 runners took part in the Bergmarathon this year. Supporters from the PPC plant and local community were out in full force to cheer everyone on – including international cricketer JP Duminy, who participated in the 10km with beneficiaries from his NPO the JP21 Project, former Springbok rugby player Morné Du Plessis, and Runner’s World deputy editor Lisa Nevitt. They were joined by PPC CEO Darryll Castle and other members of the PPC executive team. Heinrich Wagner of Elana Meyer’s Endurocad Development Academy was the first of the team’s three development runners to cross the 10km finish line – their participation having been sponsored by PPC this year. Race veteran Brian Rothman came home to overwhelming applause as he completed his 31st race this year. He is the marathon’s longest standing supporter, having competed each year since the race’s inception. The race, which transforms the quiet town of Riebeeck-West into a bustle of celebration and activity each August, attracted a mix of past competitors and new entrants this year – bringing much needed investment to the community and boosting local tourism.“We’re delighted by another great turnout this year, and thank and congratulate everyone who participated,” said Bernard Venter, PPC Riebeek Factory General Manager. “We’re thrilled that so many people could join us to celebrate 31 years of PPC’s involvement in the Riebeeck-West community, and look forward to building on this partnership well into the years to come.” Anda Lubelwana said he was excited to win the race.“I trained very hard for this race and I am very excited to have won it. It will make me tackle every race with confidence,” he said.