BAY roadrunning queen Ntombesintu Mfunzi did the metro proud at the 56km Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town on Saturday.
The Nedbank AC athlete – unbeaten in metro races in distances ranging from 10km to the marathon – finished eighth overall in the women’s category and was the second South African woman home.
Nedbank, who top the standings in all three Eastern Province leagues – prestige, men and women – had an excellent day at the ultra marathon.
The men’s team of Mzolisi Makhanda, George Ntshiliza, Mila Pasiya and Anele Maliza won gold in the team event, beating the second team by just over an hour.
The over-40 team of Christopher Mabenbeza, Alfred Qogi, Adriaan Gouws and Welcome Loliwe won silver in their category.
Desmond Zibi, a silver medalist in the ultra several years ago, finished first in the men’s over-50 category.
DESPITE having to compete with both the Splash Festival and the Chocolate Run, the 36th Hobie Beach parkrun attracted a field of 329 participants with 72 achieving personal best times.
The event is a free timed run of about 5km run at 8am every Saturday in centres across the world. Although entry is free, participants have to register on the parkrun website and produce their bar code at each event.
Comrades legend Bruce Fordyce is the national director of the SA leg of the series.
On Saturday, visitors Warrick Jerrard and Jacqueline Paul completed their 60th and 54th parkrun respectively.
Keegan Cooke, 17, was first to cross the finishing line in 16:58.
The first woman home was Alison Heydenrych in 20:22 which was her personal best.
Dorothy Hart finished first in the 75-79 age group in 38:48.
Jamie Riddle, son of well-known triathlete Alec, won his age group (11-14) in 19:13, with Angie Ford winning the girls section in 23:30.
Aaron Fairley won the boys under-10 category in 34:00 with Jorja Hart winning the girls category in 38:28. – Mogan Segadavan