Visitors dominate in Freedom Day event

LAST week’s outstanding performance in the 56km Two Oceans ultra took its toll on Bay runners this week as many failed to make the podium in the Freedom Day 10km race in Motherwell.

Ntombesintu Mfunzi, the second South African woman home in the ultra, was beaten into second place by KwaZulu-Natal visitor Zintle Xiniwe from New Balance Athletic Club.

This was only the second time in almost a year that Mfunzi was beaten to the tape in a Bay race, ranging from 10km to the marathon.

Another visitor, Thozama April from Gauteng North, finished third.

In the men’s category, another visitor, Anthony Godongwana, representing Transnet in Gauteng North, won in 29:18.

After the weekend’s race, defending champions Nedbank continue to dominate all the Eastern Province roadrunning leagues – men’s, women’s and participation. The league positions are:

Men:Nedbank 125, Charlo 100, Madibaz 95.

Women:Nedbank 125 Elite 114, Charlo 103.

Participation:Nedbank 549, Charlo 539, Despatch 495

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BRIAN Saunders was the first past the post in the 37th Hobie Beach Parkrun on Saturday, finishing in 17:32.

Adri Wessels was the first woman home in 19:55.

Peck Koopman and Lorna Brown- Morton, who competed in the 75-79 age group, finished in 38:57 and 43:58 respectively.

The race attracted a field of 360 participants, with 99 competing for the first time.

Although it was his first run in Port Elizabeth, visitor Nadhim Bayatti of High Fell Hill Runners, was competing in his 70th parkrun. – Mogan Segadavan

 

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