The athletes of the Nedbank Running Club dominance during the Kagiso Striders 21km led to them being victorious in the men’s and women’s team competitions on Youth Day.
Siyaya Khoza, Manager of the Soweto RC, is proud of the fact that four of his athletes finished in the top five men’s race. Joel Mnome won in 1:08:21 with Ntsindiso Mphakathi third in 1:09:09, Derocious Makhobalo fourth in 1:10:55 and Jonas Makhele fifth 1:11:15.
Khoza is of the opinion that the presence of the former Comrades champion, Claude Moshiywa, did a lot to inspire his athletes.
“I think it was a really good day for us. We decided that as club we want to beat the ‘winter blues’ by running and that is exactly what we did. We had 40 athletes competing.”
The women’s race was won by Andronica Mokgotla in a time of 1:13 with Jeanette McKenzie second in1:33.
The Nedbank RC athletes also dominated the junior races with Kutlwisiso Sidinile winning the men’s race in 1:14 while Welma Nkuna was the first to cross the finishline in the junior women’s race. Her winning time was 1:45.
Khoza is also proud of the fact that Ntsindiso Mphakathi went on to win the 10 km cross country race in Randburg on Saturday. Derocious Makhobalo was 4th in 4km men’s race and Kutlwisiso was 5th in the 8km for junior men.
*** Another good result for the Nedbank Running Club was Khaya Butele winning the Dave Spence Memorial 10 km in Guguletu in a time of 30:03.
***The Total Youth Day 10 km race in George fittingly turned played out to be a battle royal between youngsters. In the end it was the 19 year old Ruben Dlepu (Langeberg) who won in 31:30 beating the 18 year old Godwin Heyns (Nedbank RC) by only 37 seconds. The 20 year old Donovan Jantjies (Nedbank RC) finished third in 32:16.
The women’s race was won Kyla van Graan (Temp). Anel van Wyk (Nedbank RC) was second in 39:14 with the 16-year old Brittney-Ann Meyer racing to an impressive third place finish running 40:41.