In it for the long run

Christian Bezuidenhout nears the finish line.

Estella Naicker

MISTY hills, tranquil landscapes and a gentle rain set the scene for the Gooderson Willem Boshoff Memorial Half Marathon on Sunday.

This annual event hosted by the Vryheid Athletics Club (VAC) drew athletes from all over Northern KwaZulu-Natal despite the inclement weather of the previous day.

As the popular saying goes, “Runners don’t get rained out, they get rained on.”

Smuts van der Nest, who spoke on behalf of the VAC, said the Gooderson Natal Spa proved once again to be the best facility for recreation, and for hosting an event like this.

“The club greatly appreciates the support from the Gooderson Group and its commitment to service par excellent. This year there was a 21.1km race, a 10km race, and a 5km fun run. Hopefully, we will include a 42.2km as a Comrades qualifier in 2018,” said Mr van der Nest.

The club thanks its members, who were prepared to put in the time and effort to ensure another successful event.

“A great thank you to NTT Toyota, NRS School, PG Glass and Natal Spa for hosting the water points. The athletes appreciate the friendly water points and snacks supplied, especially the back markers. Thanks to all the other people and businesses that made an input toward the success of the event. VAC would like to invite the AbaQulusi community to come out to Gooderson Natal Spa in 2018 for the best event in Northern Natal. Once again, thank you to the staff of Gooderson Natal Spa for their friendly assistance,” concluded Mr Smuts.

The results of the event were as follows:

21.1km Run – Mens winners:

1st – Sphamandla Simelane from Assegai Athletics Club (1:12:55)

2nd – Basil Mazibuko from Osizweni Athletics Club (1:14:29)

3rd – Lindokuhle Sikhosana from Assegai Athletics Club (1:15:46)

1st in 35-39 years category – Joel Khumalo from Biggarsberg Athletics Club (1:28:42)

1st in the 40-49 years category – Sipho Hlowayo from Vryheid Athletics Club (1:27:45)

1st in the 50-59 years category – Mandla Minisi from Vryhied Athletics Club (1:33:50)

1st in the 60+ years category – Robbie Lundie from Assegai Athletics Club (2:08:35)

1st in the Junior category – Sphamandla Simelane from Assegai Athletics Club (1:12:55)

1st Walker – Riaan Joubert from Newcastle Harriers Club (3:06:41)

21.1km Run – Ladies winners:

1st – Xoli Madida from Natal Carbineers Athletics Club (1:35:54)

2nd – Gina Schefermann (1:36:18)

3rd – Jeanine Theron from Vryheid Athletics Club (1:42:38)

1st in the 40-49 years category – Sanet Westermeyer from Vryheid Athletics Club (2:01:16)

1st in the 50-59 years category – Tes Lundie from Assegai Athletics Club (1:53:06)

1st in the 60+ years category – Cathy De Beer from Vryheid Athletics Club (2:14:29)

1st Walker – Dot Moynihan from Biggarsberg Athletics Club (3:06:42)

10km Run – Mens winners:

1st – Mkonza Khulekani from Mevas Athletics Club (00:39:56)

2nd – Sbonisu Ngcobo from Dumbe Running Club (00:40:11)

3rd – Sanele Ngcobo (00:41:59)

1st in the 40-49 years category – Mishak Lebwaba from Vryheid Athletics Club (00:47:58)

1st in the 60+ years category – Smuts Van Der Nest from Vryheid Athletics Club (01:26:29)

10km Run – Ladies winners:

1st – Hlobie Madida from Newcastle Harriers Club (00:46:29)

2nd – Natasha Jansen Van Vuuren from Pongola Athletics Club (01:03:46)

3rd – Thobe Masondo (01:06:55)

1st in the 50-59 years category – Annelene Van Rensburg (01:34:43)

  AUTHOR
Estella Naicker

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