Hibiscus Challenge well supported

2018-05-11 06:00
PHOTOS: suppliedSteve Maka, Andile Velem and Max Gono captured after completing the 2018 Hibiscus Challenge on Tuesday.

PHOTOS: suppliedSteve Maka, Andile Velem and Max Gono captured after completing the 2018 Hibiscus Challenge on Tuesday.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

THIS year’s annual Hibiscus Challenge 2018 held at the Ugu Sports and Leisure, South Coast has been used as qualifier by many 48 km runners for the 2018 Comrades Marathon.

The Hibiscus Challenge 2018, a fun-filled and fiercely competitive race, saw 1069 athletes participate in the popular annual marathon.

This is the third year the marathon took place since being initiated three years ago and formed part of Worker’s Day celebrations for participants.

The marathon attracted many professional athletes from other African countries such as Uganda, Lesotho and other provinces of South Africa also took part in the race.

The event consisted of three races, the 10 km, 21 km and a 48 km.

The marathon is hosted by Ray Nkonyeni Municipality in partnership with the South Coast Striders.

This year, the 48 km male race was won by Mahlomola Sekhonyana from Maxed Athletic Club in Durban, followed by Sithemele Fanekho from Nedbank Athletic Club while Pitso Malawe also took third position.

The 48 km female race was won by Fikile Mbuthuma from Ned Bank Athletic Club, Xoli Madida from Carbannes athletic club took second position and Maureen Dladla also from Ned Bank athletic club took third position.

In the 21 kms male race, Zama
Mokeana from Ned Bank athletic club led the race while Toni Mund from kid marathon took second position and Zandile Menze from Nedbank Athletic Club won third position.

The 21 kms female marathon was won by Babongile Memela from
Protea Striders, Xolisile Mwelase from Nedbank took second position and Pamela Corlett from Highway Athletic Club won third position.

Ray Nkonyeni Municipality mayor Nomusa Mqwebu, who was impressed with the race, said that next year there would be more improvement as the marathon grows yearly.

“I am very happy about the turn up of athletes who participated in the race.

“I hope next year the number will double and we will make sure that we are marketing the event.

“We also want to transform this marathon to attract more athletes,” said Mqwebu.

Mqwebu believed that this year the event will leave a legacy for the people of South Coast as it had a good economical spin-off.

Many restaurants, hotels and bed and breakfasts were fully booked over the weekend.

Meanwhile, race organiser, Kim Jones said that last year they had about 790 athletes participating in the race, but this year the number has been improved and gone up to 1 069 athletes.


Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.