Ngamole excels in Wings for Life

-wotameSTAYING ahead of the catcher car for 59.84km, 35-year-old marathon runner Coolboy Ngamole from Nedbank Running Club is the South African winner of the first Wings for Life World Run.

He ranked sixth in the global men’s race despite less-than- ideal conditions in a cold and wet Cape, beating thousands of runners participating around the world.

South African women’s race winner and Nedbank Running Club clubmate Ntombesintu Mfunzi was third in the world. She ran 47.57km before the catcher car eliminated her.

Raising more than ß3-million (R44-million), 100% of entry fees from all races goes towards funding research to help find a cure for spinal cord injury.

“This race was a very new experience and I was happy to be running alone at the front, I was very comfortable. I unfortunately started cramping at about 52km, but I tried to maintain my pace and go as fast as I could, ” Ngamole said.

“Knowing I was running for people who can’t, and not just myself, made the experience so worthwhile,” Mfunzi said.

At midnight hundreds of runners of all ages and abilities set out from Boschendal Wine Estate in Franschhoek, the South African venue of this unique event. A total of 35397 runners in 32 countries started at precisely the same time, racing ahead of a catcher car instead of towards a finish line.

The global Wings for Life World Run men’s winner was Lemawork Ketema from Ethiopia who competed in Donautal, Austria. He ran a total of 78.57km.

Norwegian Elise Selvikvag Molvik who ran in Stavanger, Norway, is the global women’s winner, completing 54.79km. – Mogan Segadavan

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