VAC blue team soars high in Comrades Marathon

2017-06-15 06:00
 Photo: suppliedVAC members who ran this year’s Comrades Marathon (from left) Vukani Maphumulo, Walter Mthembu, Enock Menzi and Simon Blose.

Photo: suppliedVAC members who ran this year’s Comrades Marathon (from left) Vukani Maphumulo, Walter Mthembu, Enock Menzi and Simon Blose.

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THE Verulam Athletic Club’s blue team soared to great heights in the Comrades Marathon on Sunday, June 4. Runners summoned their strength and the efforts of their fellow comrades to get them to the finish, and this they did in emphatic fashion.

With the weather reaching hot conditions at midday, especially in the up run, the energy-sapping hills took its toll on many of the thousands of runners as they wound their way up Polly Shortts - the final hill before descending to the new finish at Scottsville Racecourse.

VAC scored four Two Oceans and Comrades doubles this year and continued with the dominance of the novices in VAC and when the winner came home.

It remained a proud moment for VAC as Comrades 2017 winner Bongemusa Mthembu once donned the colours of Verulam Athletic Club before moving to a professional team.

Thabiso Mohale, novice in VAC silks romped home, as the leading Verulam athletic contender in an 7:51:30, clearly showing joy at the finish with his smile.

It was the novice day for VAC with Enock Menzi posting a bronze, together with his compatriot in a pleasant 8:50:06.

From the 5km time trials to the 86.3km in just over a year makes a remarkable achievement for the most “humble man in the club” who was eager to take in all the advice for the senior runners in the club.

Double veteran Sifiso Mbonambi eased through in 10:24:10 ahead of Simon Blose, who took his medal tally to eight, completing in 10:32:22.

Walter Mthembu, another of VAC’s dream team and also last year’s novice secured his back-to-back bronze medal in 10:45:39.

Krish Naidoo, the senior and veteran in VAC history finished his 25th Comrades as well as the Two Oceans.

Pranil and Anita Sewnarain scored their Comrades – Two Oceans double with a Vic Clapham 11:12:19 and 11:21:01 respectively.

Anita Sewnarain, VAC’s only and first female finisher secured her best time in her third Comrades finish, despite finishing the gruelling Two Oceans earlier this year.

Keeping to race instructions on keeping the first half “slow” and “pushing” through the second half proved to be the successful mantra for most of the VAC runners.

Raymond Muthen returned after an injury lay- off with a satisfactory 11:14:55 Vic Clapham finish securing his 18th Comrades medal overall.

Despite an injury plagued season, Allan Govender succumbed later in the race and put on a gallant effort before his injury took a toll on him.

Verulam Athletic Club records its appreciation to the many well wishers and sponsors that supported runners on the route.

Members are reminded that the Comrades aches and pains will take place on Saturday, June 10 at Mounthaven Primary at around 3pm. Members are invited with their families.



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