Great running weather conditions greeted the 250 plus athletes who took part in the Kowie Striders 27km and 10km road races in Port Alfred last Saturday.
Great running weather conditions greeted the 250 plus athletes who took part in the Kowie Striders 27km and 10km road races in Port Alfred last Saturday. It was shortly after the final athletes arrived at the Port Alfred Country Club that the windy conditions picked up, wreaking havoc with the national University Boat Races just a few kilometres away.
The 27km event started from the Big Pineapple in Bathurst and saw athletes running about five kilometres on tar before heading to port Alfred along the gravel road. The final four kilometres were also on tar as athletes headed through town to the finish line.
The 10km race athletes started from the Port Alfred Country Club and ran through the streets of Port Alfred.
First home in the 27km was Anele Maliza of Nedbank Running Club in a time of 1 hour 32 minutes and 50 seconds. The first Grahamstown local home and third overall was Basie Boneparte of Albany Road Runners in 1:39:30 and he was also the first veteran (40-49 years age category) home.
The winning woman was Alae Brand of Port Elizabeth who finished in 1:55:19. First local woman home and second overall was Terri-Lynn Penney (Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club) who was also the first sub-veteran (35-39 years) in 2:02:15.
Richard Foss of Albany was first in the 50-59 age category.
Winner of the Kowie Striders 10km was former Two Oceans Ultra Marathon winner George Ntshiliza (Nedbank) in 33 minutes 57 seconds. First local home was Rooi Rikhotso (Run/Walk For Life) who finished fourth overall in 38:30. First woman home was Rhodes University Athletics Club member Melanie Bruce-Miller in 48:36. Karen Meyer (Run/Walk For Life) was third woman home and the first veteran in 57:17.
Kowie Striders 27km Grahamstown finishers:
3. Basie Boneparte (Albany Road Runners) 1:39:30
11. Thembinkosi Mdyogolo (Nedbank Running Club) 1:50:09
13. Melikhaya Jacobs (Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club) 1:52:15
14. Malibongwe Mbelu (Run/Walk For Life) 1:52:17
16. Mario Hockly (Albany) 1:53:09
27. Lionel Blaauw (Run/Walk For Life) 2:00:26
28. Terri-Lynn Penney (Run/Walk For Life) 2:02:15
29. Stephen Penney (Run/Walk For Life) 2:02:16
35. Richard Alexander (Albany) 2:05:41
37. Andrew Slaughter (Albany) 2:05:59
39. Richard Foss (Albany) 2:07:23
40. Martin Bekker (Albany) 2:07:27
42. Sophie Smith (No club) 2:08:22
67. Brian Bannatyne (Albany) 2:21:09
94. Colin Meyer (Run/Walk For Life) 2:30:55
96. Philippa Field (Mazda Athletics Club) 2:31:26
110. Hubeert Botha (Albany) 2:38:04
130. Laura Forster (Albany) 2:48:52
182. Billy Futter (No club) 3:42:47
185. Lynn Marshall (No club) 3:51:11
190. Danika Marquis (Run/Walk For Life) 4:09:06
191. Thomas Shone (No club) 4:09:07
192. Alanna Marquis (No club) 4:09:07
Kowie Striders 10km Grahamstown finishers:
4. Rooi Rikhotso (Run/Walk For Life) 38:30
6. Revan Fillis (Albany) 40:36
12. John Galela (Run/Walk For Life) 45:36 – second in the 50-59 age category
13. Melanie Bruce-Miller (Rhodes University Athletics Club) 48:36
15. Paul Schaerer (Rhodes) 52:58
16. Harry Porthen (Albany) 54:59 – third in the 50-59 age category
20. Peter Stockwell (Albany) 56:28 – first in the 60-69 age category
21. Stavie van Aardt (Albany) 57:16 – second in the 60-69 age category
22. Karen Meyer (Run/Walk For Life) 57:17 – first in the 40-49 age category
23. Peter du Toit (Run/Walk For Life) 57:40 – second in the 40-49 age category
27. Nicole Craig (No club) 1:00:00 – second in the 40-49 age category
28. John van Onselen (Run/Walk For Life) 1:01:00.