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The Racing Season thus Far in South Africa

by on October 1, 2012

Road Running is definitely looking up in South Africa. Yes the first half of the year everything is geared around Comrades and Two Oceans, which is probably the biggest reason that there are no really big paying marathons before August, but that is fine as who can argue with iconic world renowned races and pretty much the two big races all in SA want to win.

 

This year has seen some excellent races that are living up to International standards, especially on the prize money side. Which is fantastic and I have to applaud the race organizes and their sponsors for stepping up and seeing the value in Road running and really trying their best to make a difference.

 

My guys and girls have had a good two months on the racing scene in SA, and have had some awesoe debut performances. Bear in mind that running in SA is not as most big races in Europe on fast flat courses. Some of the races here are arguably the toughest marathon courses on the world stage, given the fact that they are very undulating with some very steep hills, so really not conducive to fast times.

 

July

Foskor Phalaborwa Half marathon – Winner – Jacquiline Nyetiepi (W)

August

Capital Climb 15km – Winner – Munyaradzi Jari

Mandela Marathon –    2nd – Munyaradzi Jari

September    

Gauteng Marathon –     1st Timothy Kibet

4th Ezekiel Tarus – (Debut)

8th Collen Makaza

11th Munyaradzi Jari (Was supposed to pace set)

3rd Pamela Kipchoge (W) Debut

Ethkweni Marathon     1st – Evans Taiget

2nd Wilson Kibet – (Debut)

Category – 1st Vet – Petros Sosibo

2nd Vicoty Chepkimoi (Debut)

Petro SA Marathon     2nd Matthew Kosgei (Debut)

1st – Peris Chumba (W)

3rd – Pamela Chepkoech (W)

 

L – R: Evans Taiget – winner, Wilson Kibet and Brighton Chipere

Matthew Kosgei (yellow Singlet) in action at the Petro SA Mossel Bay Marathon

What I have been most impressed with is the great performances of my marathon debut athletes, which is great for the future

Coming up will be the final big race in SA, which is the Soweto Marathon on 04 November. For this race I will be bringing in the “Big Guns” so to speak as I plan to finish the 2012 year on a big note, which will kick start us for 2013.

Will keep you updated as to the results, but for now, all I can say is that my guys and girls are really doing well and we are here to stay, and will continue to be a thorn in the side of the big name clubs who have all the budgets and have dominated running for too long now. Its time for change, so watch this space.

 

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One Comment
  1. plustenner permalink

    can’t wait!

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