Smith and Maphanga take victory in Northerns marathon
Siblings Cobie and Carol Smith stole the show at the Benoni Northerns Athletics Club (BNAC) Kwikscaff Marathon on July 3.
The pair entertained the crowd as they paced to the finish area – with Cobie eventually winning the women’s marathon in 2:58:26, ahead of Carol who crossed the line in 2:58: 27.
Cobie, who also won the 30km event at the Colgate Race in May, told the newspaper she was pleased with her victory.
“I was pacing with my sister today. The course is flat with a few hills. Although it’s a bit difficult, it’s nice and easy to beat your personal best,” she said.
She said she would now focus on the comrades marathon.
2016 Comrades Marathon winner Charne Bosman was third in 3:03:53 to finish in the top three for Murray and Roberts.
Willem Maphanga crossed the line first to win the men’s 42.2km. Running under three minutes per kilometer, Maphanga stormed to the finish in 02:29:50 to secure victory and a place in the Comrades Marathon in August.
The Waterfall City Athletics Club runner expressed his excitement for finishing under 2:30.
“I’m happy because I wanted a classification for the comrades’ marathon. My goal was 2:30. It’s exciting to have achieved this. The most exciting thing is that I got there without preparing well for the race,” he said.
Maphanga’s teammate Tshepo Dikobo finished in 02:33:06 to complete a top two finish for Waterfall. Mr Price Sport’s Stanley Mofu completed the podium finishing in 02:33:12.
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Kate wins again
Local girl Kate van Jaarsveld dominated the women’s half marathon. The Farrarmere resident rode a strong race to secure first place in 01:25:11, earning her second victory this year after winning the women’s 15km at the Colgate Race.
With her family and home crowd behind her, victory was certain for the Murray and Roberts athlete.
“I felt like I was running comfortably. I ran slower than usual because it felt like there was no one behind me. I appreciated the road and the support of the people.
“A big thank you to my husband who always takes care of the children while I run in the morning. Thank you for all your support.
She admitted that her familiarity with the course gave her an advantage.
“I know the roads, the routes and where the climbs and descents are. I know where to speed up and where to slow down. The support from the crowd and the 42.2 km athletes was incredible. They knew I was the first lady and would cheer me on – which made me run even faster. I am proud of what I have done. »
Van Jaarsveld said that for now she will stick to shorter distances.
“I don’t think I’m ready for the Comrades. Maybe in a few years I’ll think about it.
Van Jaarsveld was followed by K-Way athletes Jeppe Holly Thomas, who finished second in 01:27:09, and Lauren Argall, who crossed the line in 01:28:12.
Nedbank runner Rory Scheffer won the men’s 21.1km, taking his victory in 01:12:45.
He said he was satisfied with his victory but disappointed with his time.
“I was hoping to finish in 01:10 but I just got over the flu. In the last 4 kilometers, I started to have a small point. I’m happy with the victory considering where I was, but I hope to do better next time.
Malose Mabote followed closely behind Scheffer, finishing in 01:13:18 and the boxer’s Juan Breytenbach completed the podium in 01:17:31.
Simphiwe Thombela and Huibrè Botes won the men’s and women’s 10 km.
A strong field of over 4,000 runners took part in the event, with most in the 42.2km vying for a comrades marathon classification, as the race was the final qualifying event in Gauteng for the ultra- marathon.
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