Mashele 3rd in tightly contested SA 21km Champs
June 28, 2017  

The South African Half-marathon Championships in Port Elizabeth boiled down to a humdinger of note with only 43 seconds separating the first five athletes.

Stephen Mokoka seemed to have mastered the art of winning the national 21km title. He timed his race to perfection outlasting Elroy Gelant to win in 1:01:21. It was the seventh time he managed to win the championships.  Gelant crossed the finish line nine seconds later with Precious Mashele (Nedbank RC) a further 26 seconds adrift.  Melikhaya  Frans was fourth in 1:01:58 and  Khoarahlane Seutloali fifth in 1:02:04.

The women’s race was won by Cornelia Joubert in a time of 1:12:31. Rutendo Nyahora  was the first Nedbank Running Club athlete to finish. She crossed the line in fifth place clocking 1:14:58.

**The 58th running of the Don Lock Memorial 8 km in Claremont, one of South Africa's oldest short road races, also led to an exciting duel between the front runners. In the end Sibusiso Muywuza (UWC) proved to be the strongest runner taking the victory in 25:19. Mthandazo Qhina (Ned RC) raced to a second place finish in 25:28 with Oliver Stewart (AAC) third in 25:59.

Siboniso Soldaka (CPUT) won the 15km in 47:58 with Akhona Makila (VOB) second in 48:15 and Mthandazo Qhina (Ned RC) third in 48:45.

**Eric Ngubane seemed to have recovered from his Comrades exploits as he won a 23km trail run in uMhlanga.
**Delani Mkhize finished second in the Yellow Wood Park League 8km cross country race. His time was 27:55.
 Ntokozo Mkhize was second in the women’s 10km race running 42:25 with Hleziphi Ncayiyana finishing fourth in 57:37.

**The Nedbank Running Club athletes made a clean sweep at the McDonalds2McDonalds 10km race in George taking the top three positions in the elite men’s and women’s races.

Donovan Jantjies won in 32:44 followed by John April in 33:14 and Anderson Ncube in 34:04. The women’s race was won by Stephany Petro in 38:28. Melissa van Rensburg finished second in 38:38 and Annatjie Botes third in 43:20.