Seven Days of Multisport
This week we look to the 5150 Ekurhuleni African Champs, Soweto Marathon, then jet to the New York Marathon and the 20th XTERRA World Champs and an induction into the Hall of Fame for one of South Africa’s favourite multisport athletes.
5150 Ekurhuleni African Championships
Sun 1 Nov 2015. The 5150 Ekurhuleni African Championships, part of the Ironman franchise, was held in and around Germiston lake. The race consists of a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run. Tough conditions didn’t hamper the action. In the men’s race, Henri Schoeman dominated from the start with a solid performance to claim the victory. Michael Davidson (who is currently on top form after a second place in the Ironman 70.3 Durban, winning the 2015 Table Mountain Challenge trail run and a close second place at the inaugural Discovery Duathlon Sandton a week before the 5150) put in a stellar performance from sixth place at the start of the run to finally claim second overall, beating Bradley Weiss to the line by seconds.
In the women’s race, Andrea Steyn showed her class on the bike and held on to first overall and her third consecutive Ekurhuleni African Championship title ahead of Cindy Schwulst, one minute behind Steyn and nearly five minutes ahead of third place Lucy Zelenkova.
For more on the race check out 5150 Ekurhuleni African Championships.
XTERRA World Championships Maui, Hawaii
Sun 1 Nov 2015. There was the expected dirt-spraying action, with Josiah Middaugh taking the win. “Fifteenth time is the charm” Middaugh said at the finish line. Middaugh has been racing Xterra for 15 years with two runner-up finishes in Maui. Braden Currie took second place and Ruben Ruzafa in third position.
Reigning XTERRA world champion Flora Duffy, who lives between Boulder, Bermuda, and Stellenbosch, successfully retained the title. She was followed by Lesley Paterson in second place and American Emma Garrard in third.
For images, race info and results check out XTERRA Planet.
Old Mutual Soweto Marathon
Sun 1 Nov 2015. On to Soweto with the popular Soweto Marathon seeing slower times across the board compared to last year with high temperatures and strong wind, but still sterling performances for Nedbank’s running team. Sintayehu Legese Yinesu took first place in the men’s race in a time of 2:23:20 with an average running pace of 3:24 minutes per kilometre.
In the women’s race, Harriet Jepchumba Chebore claimed top spot, beating Amelework Fikadu Bosho in the final 200 metres in a time of 2:49:52 and an average speed of 4:02 minutes per kilometre. Yinesu and Chebore both took home a R200,000 pay cheque or just under R5,000 per kilometre. Not a bad morning in the office.
Full results Soweto Marathon.
TCS New York Marathon
Sun 1 Nov 2015. Further afield in the New York Marathon, Africa was well represented with runners from Kenya and Ethiopia making up all three spots on the men’s and women’s podiums.
South Africa’s Caroline Wöstmann took part in the female Elite field and went on to run her marathon personal best (2:44:26) and 18th woman. She took to Twitter after the race to say: “Not what I was hoping for today, really suffered in the second half and had to dig deep to get to the finish, but I have had a good year so not too disappointed.”
Stanley Biwott won the men’s race in 2:10:34 running the 42.2 kilometre course at an average speed of 3:06 minutes per kilometre. Geoffrey Kamworor followed close behind finishing in 02:10:48 and rounding off the podium was Lelisa Desisa 02:12:10.
In the women’s race there was no lack of speed with Mary Keitany winning her second New York Marathon in a time of 02:24:25. Aselefech Mergia took second place in 02:25:32 and Tigist Tufa third in 02:25:50
Results from the TCS New York Marathon.