Annual PMB Spar Women’s race success

2015-08-27 06:00
Teboho Masehla celebrates her win in 36.10 at this year’s Maritzburg Spar Women’s race.

PHOTO: ROGAN WARD Teboho Masehla celebrates her win in 36.10 at this year’s Maritzburg Spar Women’s race.

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THEY came in their numbers, in different heights, shapes, sizes and colour.

Some came just to have fun or go with the flow, but top athletes fought tooth and nail for honours.

The local annual and popular Spar Women’s race was big and attracted 4 028 participants at The Oval at Alexandra­ Park.

The winner was experienced Johannesburg­ athlete, Teboho Masehla in a time of 36:10.

In second place was Hammarsdale’s Makhosi Mhlongo (36:20) and third position went to Lindokuhle Gabela (Muden AC-39:17).

The fourth place was claimed by Nomcebo Mthethwa from Umhlathuze AC (39:22).

Masehla was lucky to have won the race because the Hammarsdale-born athlete, Mhlongo worked very hard, led the pack from the onset and was only overtaken by the winner when they were just about to enter the finishing area.

“She [Mhlongo], really gave me tough time on the road.

“She took the lead from the start and I ran behind her most of the time.

“Maybe towards the end my experience helped and I managed to overtake her before we entered The Oval.

“The route was nice and the race was well organised,”said Masehla.

Mhlongo said she did not mind losing the race on the final stages because Masehla was one of the best athletes in the country.

“I don’t mind at all - it’s the name of the game.

“It was a good battle between us and I’m happy for her and she is one of the quality athletes in South Africa.”

The good news is that local fans will be able again to see Masehla in action during the Mandela Marathon because she will be doing the 21,1km and later travel to Cape Town for a marathon (42,2km).

“The former president Nelson Mandela made history for our country, so I also want to part of history by taking part in his race.”

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