Washie not for the faint of heart

The 43rd edition of the gruelling Washie 100 Miler came to a close on Saturday, with the last runners trickling in well into the evening.

As the name suggests, the race takes place over 100 miles (about 160km), with runners starting on the Friday evening and running through the night.

Traditionally, the race starts in Port Alfred and ends at Buffs Club in East London but due to construction along the R72, the starting point has been temporarily changed to Cathcart.

First to cross the finish line was Pietersburg Road Runners member Lucky Maahlo, who came in with a time of 15:36:01.
This was more than an hour slower than last year, when he also won with a time of 14:10:07 (Running elite tame Washie 100 Miler, August 2, 2018).

Following an hour behind, in second place, was Wandisile Nongodlwane of Murray & Robberts Athletics Club, with a time of 16:31:42. Third place went to Phikisile Menjenjalo of Old Mutual Athletics Club, who came in at 16:36:42.

In the women’s category, the first woman to finish was Marsha Muller of Mr Price who achieved a time of 18:57:16 and came in 11th overall.

Cornel Metcalfe of Carletonville Harriers, was not far behind in the second place and achieved a time of 19:01:52 and 12th place overall.

Third place in the women’s category, went to Sandra Malefetse of Fat Cats Athletics Club, who came in 22nd overall with a time of 20:30:10.

A full list of results is available online.

Pictures by Matthew Field

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