VAC in weekend triple header

2017-10-19 06:00

VERULAM Athletic Club posted a triple header this past weekend with the Saturday 4km and 8km time trials followed by Sunday’s 5km, 10km, 12km and 15km Airport Challenge and FNB City Surf 10km challenge in Durban.

This week also saw the completion of the sixth Verulam Child Welfare Community Charity Run hosted by Verulam Child Welfare, Verulam Athletic Club, and sponsors, Spar Golden Gate. Verulam Athletic Club speedsters Vukani Maphumulo posted his sixth consecutive win in the Child Welfare challenge while Pretty Ngidi made it a winning first double for VAC capturing the first female position.

The FNB Durban Surf 10km challenge saw over 6000 runners and walkers taking to the streets of Masabalala Yengwa Road in Durban - the start of the inaugural race.

The streets and promenade were awash with blue in a well organised race that saw South African and all-Africa records tumble with Ugandan and Rio Olympic runners taking centre stage in both the top 10 men and women.

Beena Maharaj and Shirley Sundree Ramlagan posted 1:17 finishes ahead of Beena Maharaj in 1:19. Both posting their 10-10 challenges. Dolly Shamlall eased through a minute later in 1:19.

Tharushka Sookoo finished ahead of Pam Sookoo with Dasen Naidoo and Amith Ramsunder in 1:32. Anand Naicker continued to complete his club 10 -10 challenges with a moderate 1:42. Saturday’s 4km and 8km continues to provide ideal training, and consistency pays off. Logan Naidoo posted a 53:06 finish ahead of Sundree Ramlagan and Tharushka Sookoo on 1:00.

Bobby Ramlagan, VAC chairman, attempted his first 4km after a prolonged period of ill health.

Novice runner Reema Harripersad, a regular in time trials finished a minute later.

Udeshan Phillip led the 8km in a sub-one hour 58:54 finish ahead of a Krish Naidoo and Velvan Nair in 1:05.

Shirley Narainsamay, Beena Maharaj and Pam Zwane followed through as leading ladies in 1:13 with Naidoo and Maharaj also completing the VAC challenge and Durban Surf double.

Ben Padayachee made a welcome return after a short absence and eased through in 1:15. Zanele Mkhize returned after an accouchement lay-off and posted an impressive 1:15 with Andrew Dlamini also finishing in 1:15.

This weekend also sees the annual VAC 30/10km Challenge comprising of 10km and 30km runs and walk. The annual event takes in King Shaka International Airport before turning to the Watson Highway and returning after passing the N2 overhead bridge. – Supplied

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