Marathon winner’s race plan worked well

2016-03-09 06:00
PHOTO: sourced  Prodigal Khumalo (front) won the 2016 Maritzburg Marathon.

PHOTO: sourced Prodigal Khumalo (front) won the 2016 Maritzburg Marathon.

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THE winner of the annual Maritzburg Marathon Prodigal Khumalo says his plans to win worked out well.

Khumalo said he did not worry about other athletes, especially the household names in the race, but ran “his race”.

“I am glad that what I planned fell nicely together. I told myself not to worry about who is present or who the winner might be. My aim was to run my own race, chase my target and the time I wanted to do.

“I’m getting ready for Comrades Marathon and I wanted to be convinced that my preparations are going well. Winning the Maritzburg Marathon has confirmed everything, and I’m happy,” said Khumalo.

The Zimbabwean-born Khumalo said his focus is on the “Big C”.

“My concentration is entirely on Comrades Marathon and I can say ‘so far so good’.”

Khumalo (Maxed AC) clocked 2:26:44 to win.

Runner-up was Sipho Ngxongo (Ethekwini AC) registered 2:34:19 and in the third place was Temo Rampuko (Fastway) in 2:35:12. Fourth position went to Lovemore Chabata (Maxed - 2:37:36).

The ladies main race (42,2km) was won by Lisa Collett (Nedbank AC 3:09:09). In the second place was the local favourite and former event winner Candyce Hall (Carbineers AC - 3:11:51), Sherona Govender (third position - Run for Fun AC - 3:12:22) and in the fourth place was Sarah Wilson (Westville - 3:13:35).

Other results:

Veterans: 1 Nkosikhona Dlamini (Phuma) 2:46:16, 2 Bongani Ngobese (Osizweni) 2:55:05, 3 Joseph Mandizha (Formula One) 2:56:25.

Masters: 1 Marius Carstens (Alberton) 3:12:23, 2 Edmund Mngadi

(Stella) 3:12:30, 3 Shannon Clark (Dolphin Coast) 3:15:40

Grandmasters: 1 Reuben Gema (Ixopo) 3:45:09, 2 Sivalingum Thambu (Save Orion) 3:46:31, 3 Tim Briscoe (Durban) 3:53:25.

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