Delightful win at women’s race

2017-08-23 06:00
Celebrating after finishing the race (from left) Rutendo Nyahora (second - Nedbank), Kesa Molotsane (winne r- KPMG) and Ivette van Zyl (third - Nedbank) at the Maritzburg Spar Women's 10km Challenge on Sunday August 20.PHOTO: supplied

Celebrating after finishing the race (from left) Rutendo Nyahora (second - Nedbank), Kesa Molotsane (winne r- KPMG) and Ivette van Zyl (third - Nedbank) at the Maritzburg Spar Women's 10km Challenge on Sunday August 20.PHOTO: supplied

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KESA Molotsane (KPMG) had a classy run in the inaugural Grand Prix series of the Maritzburg SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge on Sunday, winning in a convincing time of 34:21, followed by Rutendo Nyahora (Nedbank) in 34:34 and Irvette van Zyl (Nedbank) in 34:37.

In the penultimate race on the Spar Grand Prix, the leading lady extended her domination over the log. Out of the starting blocks, Irvette van Zyl (Nedbank) edged to the front of the pack, leading marginally for majority of the race, with Lebogang Phalula (Boxer) and Rutendo Nyahora (Nedbank) tailing her closely on her shoulder.

Out of nowhere, the star runner started her assault to the front with about four kilometres remaining.

Looking strong, she charged her way through the runners, joining the top three, matching their pace for the last few kilometres of the run. Striding away from Van Zyl as they wound their way to the stadium, she secured her position on the top step of the podium, cementing her first spot on the log.

Having started the 2017 series with a first in Cape Town,a first in Port Elizabeth, a second in Durban and third in Pretoria, she went into the Pietermaritzburg race with a decent 19 point lead ahead of Van Zyl.

“I really enjoyed the run today, it was a really nice route. I love the hills, I grew up in a hilly area, so they don’t bother me.It was cold, and I took a while to warm up, but I am really glad that I ran.

“It was a good test before I take on the 5 000m in World Student Games in Taipei this week. I am the only South African running the 5 000m and I want to do my country proud, so today [Sunday] has motivated me and given me the opportunity to challenge myself.” - Supplied

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