Tightly contested finish expected in U’hage

2019-03-13 06:01
With Frans Melikhaya defending his 2017 title, a fast and tightly contested finish is predicted for the 30km race. Itheko club athlete Nkosinathi Madyo won the 30km race last year in 1: 38:53.Photo:SUPPLIED

With Frans Melikhaya defending his 2017 title, a fast and tightly contested finish is predicted for the 30km race. Itheko club athlete Nkosinathi Madyo won the 30km race last year in 1: 38:53.Photo:SUPPLIED

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THE first event of the Legacy Project races, presented by Eastern Province Athletics in partnership with Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, will be held this Saturday, March 16.

The Uitenhage Human Race, which includes a 30km road race and a 10km and 5km family run/walk, will start and finish in the Derek Ferreira Rugby Stadium in Rosedale, Uitenhage.

Top local athlete, Frans Melikhaya, of Ikhamva Athletics Club, who won the 30km Human Race in 2017 in 1:30:54, will be participating this year, along with Mbongeni Ngxazozo, Lungile Gongqa, Nkosinathi Madyo, Andile Motwana and Gift Chigomarawa, which could result in an exciting finish, while Ntombesintu Mfunzi, of Nedbank Running Club, will be defending her winning time of 2:00:03, as part of her training for the Hannover Marathon.

Michael Mbambani, of Eastern Province Athletics, announced that the 30km course had been certified by the International Amateur Athletics Federation and that the 10km route is a fast out-and-back course.

All finishers will receive a medal. Gold medals will be awarded to the top 10 men and women, followed by 150 silver and bronze medals to all finishers within the cut-off time. Bronze medals will be awarded to all the 5km finishers.

The cost for the 30km run is R100, and R60 for the 10km. Runners over the age of 65 in the 30km race will only pay 50% of the race fee. The temporary licence, required for the 30km and 10km races, is R40.

The entry fee for the 5km is R25. Enter online at www.webtickets.co.za or entry forms are available from Brian Bands, The Footballer, Action Sports, Sportsworld, Sportsmans Warehouse in Port Elizabeth or Brocketts in Uitenhage.

Registration and late entries will take place at the Derek Ferreira Rugby Stadium in Uitenhage from 16:30 to 19:00 on Friday, March, 15 and from 5:00 on the morning of the race.

For more info contact Mike on 079 149 6796, or EPA on 041 374 2818.

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