VAC in Comrades qualifier

2017-11-09 06:00
Members of the Verulam Athletic Club at the Sunfields Special School open day are Anand Naicker (left), Renuka Moodley, Shireen Sunker, Juanitha Deenanath, Ronnie Rangasamy, Ameetha Singh, Sarah and Anand Naidoo.PHOTO: SUPPLIED.

Members of the Verulam Athletic Club at the Sunfields Special School open day are Anand Naicker (left), Renuka Moodley, Shireen Sunker, Juanitha Deenanath, Ronnie Rangasamy, Ameetha Singh, Sarah and Anand Naidoo.PHOTO: SUPPLIED.

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THE Verulam Athletic Club ensured an event filled weekend of athletics with the Saturday time trial followed by Sundays Airport Run, the Goss and Balfe Marathon and Half Marathon as well as community outreach programme at Sunfields Special School.

Velvan Nair led team VAC in the time trial and Airport Run with grandmaster Jayce Moodley pounding the road’s stride for stride and posting exemplary times.
Reema Harripersad continued to be a model of consistency and has joined the ranks of Beena Maharaj, Shirley Narainsamy, Ronnie Rangasamy and Dolly Shamlal.

Making a return for a double this weekend, Raeesa Bayat has regained her confidence and is easing back after an injury with a well-executed run on both Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday saw members also making the trek to the South Coast for the Goss and Balfe Marathon and 21.1km Half Marathon.

The marathon used as an early qualifier for both the Two Oceans Marathon and Comrades Marathon next year brought smiles to Simon Blose, who with limited training posted an incredible sub four hour 3.56, a minute ahead of Krish Naidoo in 3.57.

Sthembiso Nzama, who joined VAC mid-year, with just a few half marathons under his belt was extremely pleased with himself with an early qualifier with a 4.18 finish in the undulating and energy sapping course.

Anita Sewnarain, VAC’s sole Comrades finisher this year also booked her place into both the Two Oceans Marathon and Comrades Marathon next year.

The half marathon was led by Udeshan Phillip in 2.26 ahead of Shirley Narainsamy who led the females in 2.54. Tharushka Sookoo in 3.08 Pam Sookoo eased through a minute later in 3.09.

VAC also continued its community outreach programme this weekend at Sunfields open day, a games day with a difference.
Anand Naicker, Anand Naidoo, Sarah Naidoo, Ronnie Rangasamy, Renuka Moodley, Shireen Sunker, Ameetha Singh and birthday girl Juanitha Deenanath represented VAC at the community project providing voluntary services on Saturday.

Members are reminded that banquet mileage cards closed on Sunday, October 29.

They are now due and must be submitted by this Saturday latest for banquet awards planning.
Time trials every Saturday commences at 5am from Gaterite Centre and the public is welcome to attend this free event.

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