The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, which took place on Sunday, saw a mass field of just under 8000 entrants taking to the course.Last year’s winner, Asefa Mengstu Negewu, defended his title. Running in the lead pack, Negewu went through 10km in 30:18, some 13 seconds behind pace maker Henry Kiplagat. Kiplagat proceeded to pour on the pace and by halfway had extended his lead to 34 seconds. Kiplagat went through to the half marathon mark in 1:04.29 with the pack clocking 1:05.03. At 35km, Negewu threw down the gauntlet and pulled away from his rivals to cross the line in 2:10.01The women’s race saw some drama as pace maker Helalia Johannes went out at a blistering pace, dropping the main protagonists by the halfway mark, reached in 1:15.22. By 35km it was clear that, pacemaking duties fulfilled, Helalia Johannes was going for the win and when she saw the finish line two kilometres out, she must have thought that the win was hers. But literally within less than a kilometre to go, she was caught by Betelhem Moges who went on to win in 2:30.22, Johannes coming through six seconds adrift (2:30.28).