‘Hot finish’ for athletes in Uitenhage Human Race

2018-03-08 06:01
<Councillor Charmaine Williams (left) and Councillor Plaatjie (right) congratulate the Uitenhage Human 30km race winners, Nkosinathi Madyo and Ntombi Mfunzi.          Photo :SUPPLIED

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THE NMBM Legacy Project 30km Uitenhage Human Race which started and finished at Derek Ferreira Rugby Stadium on Saturday was won by Itheko club athlete Nkosinathi Madyo in 1: 38:53 with Ntombesinthu Mfunzi first female home in 2:00:03.

The event was well supported and enjoyed fair conditions with little wind and a hot finish.

Kabelo Melamu of KPMG took second place in 1.39.04 with Amos Nyongo of Motherwell Athletics club in third position with a time of 1:39:19.

Popular local athlete, Ntombi Mfunzi, who is currently training with Alec Riddle, had not planned on defending her title and a podium finish as she is in strict training for the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon.

“I planned not to push myself too hard and keep an average of 4min/km for a 2 hour finish,” said Ntombi.

“I am very happy with my performance as I ran to a disciplined training plan and surprised myself with a win.

“I am looking forward to improving on my personal best time at Two Oceans which is a 3.52 finish from 2012. With my current fitness levels I feel I can improve on this time and achieve a top five finish”, said a motivated Ntombi.

Zintle Xiniwe of KPMG, was the second woman home in 2:02:23 with Bulelwa Simae, of Nedbank running club, Western Cape, in third place with a time of 2:05:14.

Evergreen Alan Taylor won the 60-69 category in 2:18:26.

Adriaan Gerwel, of Ikhamva athletics club, won the 10km run in 32:26. Luthando Nxanisa, of Ikhamva athletics club, was the first female home in 40:34

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