Runners excel in Old Mutual race

A successful second edition of the Old Mutual Athletics Club (OMAC) Race took place in East London on Saturday with members and fellow participants showing much enthusiasm throughout.

The 21.1km, 10km and 5km distances started and finished at Hamilton Sports Club.

Hanlie Botha, winner of the women’s 21.1km, said she’s happy with the win.

HOME AND DRY: Hanlie Botha won the women’s 21.1km category. Picture: DEAN VENISH

“I just came back from the Two Oceans Marathon so this was quite an easy route for me.” Most of my training had been geared towards Two Oceans, so I didn’t have to do too much for this one,” said Botha.

She is now training in readiness for the Nelson Mandela Bay SA Half Marathon Champs on July 27 in Port Elizabeth.

Lukhanyo Ngxoko is happy with his training which resulted in him clinching first place in the men’s category.

“I train everyday and it’s something that I enjoy, so I did expect to win the race. My only disappointment is that I didn’t make my desired time,” Ngxoko said.

HOME AND DRY: Lukhanyo Ngxoko, won the men’s 21.1km category. Picture: DEAN VENISH

He said he was lacking sponsors, and, at times it was even difficult to acquire a pair of trainers – and warm tights. The next races in Ngxoko’s sights are the Mdantsane half marathon on May 26 as well as the SA Champs in Port Elizabeth.

Speaking on behalf of OMAC, Boitumelo Lepman said more than 1,200 runners had entered the race.

“We are grateful for the trust and partnership from businesses that supported us. We are look forward to the third edition,” which promises to be even bigger and better,” said Lepman.

Results are as follows:

Men’s 21.1km:

  • Lukhanyo Ngxoko (Boxer AC) – 01:07:14

  • Luthando Hejana (OMAC) – 01:08:28

  • Yanga Malusi (Zwelonke AC) – 01:08:57

Women’s 21.1km:

  • Hanlie Botha (Born 2 Run) – 01:22:41

  • Megan Dempster (Born 2 Run) – 01:25:08

  • Cherise Sims (Boxer AC) – 01:26:32

Men’s 10km:

  • Lusapho April – 00:30:10

  • Zuko Kupiso (Born 2 Run) – 00:30:19

  • Sibusiso Magwaza – 00:32:47

Women’s 10km:

  • Tara Schwulst (Born 2 Run) – 00:40:37

  • Cindy Schwulst (Born 2 Run) – 00:41:09

  • Refiloe Masipa (Mzansi AC) – 00:45:03

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