VAC gears up for Comrades Marathon

2018-06-07 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedGearing up for the Comrades Marathon are (from left) Zungu Mthokozisi, Krish Naidoo and Siyanda Makhanya.

PHOTO: suppliedGearing up for the Comrades Marathon are (from left) Zungu Mthokozisi, Krish Naidoo and Siyanda Makhanya.

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THE Verulam Athletics Club held its development run programme for the youth on May 26.

Team VAC was led by veteran Krish Naidoo, who is aiming for his 26th Comrades Marathon finish. He is fresh and rearing to go after his tapering club run, mentoring novice runners Mthokozisi Zungu and diminutive Sipho Silangwe, who is VAC’s pocket rocket from Buffelsdraai.

Following Naidoo was Raymond Muthen who is going for his double green – blue number reserved for the Comrades 20th finish.

Vukani Maphumulo said he is also optimistic that he is ready for the Comrade Marathon.

Praveen Sewnarain and Simon Blose are geared for their eighth run, and while Sewnarain is opting for altitude training in Gauteng, Blose is doing much of his training along the coast.

VAC said in a statement that Siyanda Makhanya, with three consecutive silver medals to his name,has regained form and is now injury free. “He is on par for his fourth medal and is hopeful for silver again this year, although his preference is the up run.

“Thabiso Mohale, VAC’s leading finisher last year, is poised for his back- to-back double medal.”

Club chairperson Anand Naicker said: “VAC hosts its annual Comrades pasta event at Mounthaven Primary School at 2 pm and members as well as their families and friends are invited as we pay tribute to the Comrades runners this year.”

He said the aches and pains event will take place at the same venue a week after the Comrades Marathon.

“Saturdays’ time trials at 6 am are open to all members of the public free, with both four kilometres and eight kilometres on offer, while Sundays see the option of five kilometres, 10 km, 12 km, 15 km and 21,1 km distances on offer. Gaterite Centre is the place to be if you want to be either a social runner, walker or competitive runner,” Naicker said.

The Comrades Marathon will be on June 10.

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