Happy with second place

2019-03-27 06:00
PHOTO: sourcedBongumusa Mthembu.

PHOTO: sourcedBongumusa Mthembu.

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THREE-TIME Comrades Marathon champion Bongmusa Mthembu confirmed his place for the 2019 edition of the race in June by successfully tackling the Deloitte Challenge Marathon in Durban on Sunday.

The “Bulwer Bomber” came second in a time of 2 hours 22 minutes and 29 seconds, with Siyabonga Nkonde taking first place in 2:21:07 and third spot going to Thulani Mdletshe in 2:27:09.

Said Mthembu: “I had so much fun at the Deloitte Challenge. The supporters’ love warmed my heart, as usual. I’m happy with second place. Congratulations to Siyabonga Nkonde for taking first place. And thanks to my team Arthur Ford, my manager Sibusiso Ncanani and my coach Xolani Mabhida.

“Everything is going good.”

In the women’s race of the Deloitte Challenge, Janie Grundling took first position by clocking 3:00:07, followed by Simone Verster in 3:12:27 and Candice Jenkinson in 3:12:54.

The Comrades’ oldest finisher last year, Alf Burgess, won the men’s 70-plus category, but failed to qualify for the Comrades Marathon because he finished 10 minutes outside the qualifying time when he clocked 5:00:08.

The 42,2 km event, hosted by Dolphin Coast Striders, was run from Ballito to the Durban beachfront.

One of its key organisers is former Comrades Marathon Association chairperson and runner Barry Varty.

The 94th edition of the “Ultimate Human Race” on June 9 will be the 48th Up Run in Comrades history.

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