Gaterite Marathon challenge a success

2018-05-17 06:01
PHOTO: SUPPLIEDPodium winners in the Verulam race (from left) Sakhiwo Manguzela, Wiseman Mthembu and Johannes Nkala.

PHOTO: SUPPLIEDPodium winners in the Verulam race (from left) Sakhiwo Manguzela, Wiseman Mthembu and Johannes Nkala.

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THE 16th edition of the Gaterite Marathon Challenge, which brought a wide array of visitors to Verulam from different countries, including Britain, France and SADC countries, was a roaring success.

The 42,2 km marathon provided the Comrades runners a final qualifying opportunity. While the half marathon and 10 km races were hotly contested.

Many runners from beyond the province made the trek to the North Coast town of Verulam to sample its unique brand of hospitality. With marathon runners receiving a goody bag, a free T-shirt and medal, and the half marathon and 10 km runners and walkers receiving T-shirts and goody bags, participants were treated to a course that took in the undulating R102, Watson Highway and King Shaka Airport, with airplanes landing and taking off nearby.

VAC received accolades for the fantastic refreshment tables stocked with ice-cold beverages, chips, fruit, biscuits and water.

Wiseman Mthembu from Amabutho eased through both the open men and junior categories in 32 minutes, ahead of Johannes Nkala from Mazed Elite in 34 minutes.

Nedbank’s Cherie Barnard won the women’s 10 km race in 42 minutes, a minute ahead of Anele Dlomo, with Dlomo being the first junior and second open female in the 10 km race. Dlomo from Maritzburg City broke the long-standing junior stranglehold of Inanda Qadi, with Asanda Ngubane and Mandisa Mkhunya finishing respectively in the 10 km junior category.

The walk saw grandmaster Wendy Coleman from Stella ease through in 1,18, ahead of local Celiwe Ndaba in 1,21. Anita Andhee from PDAC took third position in the women’s walk in 1,24.

Simphiwe Bhengu continued Inanda Qadi’s dominance in taking first position in the 10 km men’s walk in 56 minutes ahead of Chayan Singh from Pietermaritzburg in 1,10. Queensburgh Athletic club Robin Archer took home the bronze medal.

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