Frans untouchable in Vulumzi High fun run

2019-07-24 06:01

HUNDREDS of roadrunners braved the chilly, rainy weather conditions during the Vulumzi High School 5km Fun Run in Motherwell on Saturday.

The race started and finished at Vulumzi High School, with members of the community supporting the roadrunners.

Ikhamva Athletics Club member, Melikhaya Frans, was untouchable as he won the race in grand style.

Frans registered the fastest personal best time of 14:39. Frans ran the first 3km under three minutes per kilometre, but he speeded up considerably in the last 2km.

Frans told PE Express that his coach, Michael Mbambani, had a 5km best of 14:40, but Frans managed to run faster than the time set by his mentor.

“The weather was fine and the course was fast to enable the athletes to record their personal best times. I had no tough opponent in this race, so I decided to break the record time of my coach,” said Frans.

Second place went to Andile Motwana with a time of 14:57, while Luyanda Tshangana came third with a time of 15:42.

Ntombesintu Mfunzi was the first senior lady to cross the finish line with a time of 18:29, while Ndileka Mvakwendlu came second in 18:49, with Sipholkazi Nojoko finishing third in 21:09.

In the junior men’s section, Sinawo Poti was the first runner home, in a time of 16:36.

The second runner was Anele Voorman with a time of 17:17 while Aluta Masele finished the race third in 17:30.

In the junior ladies’ section the competition was very close. The winner was Liyema Mbusi with a time of 27:09, only one second ahead of runner-up, Khanyisa Mqoko with a time of 27:10.

The third finisher was Iviwe Mafana with a time of 35:01.

The whopping prize of R5 000 for the school with the most entries going to Motherwell High School, with their principal, Richie Sonkwala, becoming the first educator to cross the finish line. Vulumzi deputy principal, Nono Quza, was the first female educator.

In the primary school category, Mdengentonga and Vezubuhle received R5 000 and R3 000 respectively because of their number of entrants in the race.

The PE Express sports correspondent received a gold medal for covering the event.

Vulumzi High School principal, Mzimkhulu Fina, thanked the sponsors, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Envirosev and LoveLife for making the race a successful event.

“The sponsors played a very crucial role in making this event a success. We commend them because the event attracted many athletes and community members,” said Fina.

ANC Ward 59 Councillor, Mazangwa Dano, thanked the parents, learners and the law enforcement officials.

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