VAC in Chatsworth Ultra

2017-05-04 06:01
Photo: suppliedVukani Maphumulo (pictured) was the leading Verulam Athletic Club runner completing the 56km in 4.39.

Photo: suppliedVukani Maphumulo (pictured) was the leading Verulam Athletic Club runner completing the 56km in 4.39.

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THE Verulam Athletic Club (VAC) participated in an eventful double-header weekend with the Autism Walk on Saturday and Chatsworth Ultra last Sunday.

The Autism Awareness walk hosted by Sunfields Homes Special School in partnership with VAC was a resounding success as part of VAC’s community outreach and social mobilisation programme that brought the Verulam CBD to a standstill with the participants painting Verulam in blue.

Local schools and Soul Buddyz clubs from Tongaat participated to align themselves with the awareness campaign. Sunday saw members participate in both the Airport Run and the Chatsworth 52km, 21.1km and 10km.

Taking in the undulating course, an ideal preparation run for the Comrades Marathon, Sifiso Mbonambi easily secured his Comrades Qualifier in 4h40 ahead of Simon Blose also a qualifier in 5h14. Paul Mthembu eased through inn 5h41 whilst Andrew Dlamini completed the 52km in 56h21.

Anand Naidoo led the VAC charge in the half marathon in 2h18 ahead of Tharushka and Pam Sookoo in 3h25, fresh from last week’s Two Oceans half marathon. Smiley Naidoo, was VAC’s only walker in the half marathon and came in a pleasing 3h14.

The inaugural 10km run saw an increase in the field for the race event and Chris Peters and Dominic Govender led team VAC in 1.27 ahead of Sundree Ramlagan, Dasen Naidoo, Renuka and Jason Moodley, Rajesh Ramdhularie in 1h35.

Brenda Peters, Bobby Ramlagan and Shereen Sunker eased through amidst much banter in 1.43. Queenie Naidoo finished a minute later whilst Dolly Shamlall made a welcome return after a long layoff with a successive weekend double in 1.50, shrugging off last week’s Two Oceans half marathon run.


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