Red-hot He­jana leaves ‘bus’ gasp­ing

Daily Dispatch - - Classified/sport - By BOB NOR­RIS

HEAVY rain last year, hot and hu­mid this year and yet race times at the Xerox Light­en­ing Fast 10km were very sim­i­lar – even where the ac­tors may have been dif­fer­ent.

A strong bus of men went out hard with Luthando He­jana hav­ing said he was go­ing to run eas­ily with his Real Gi­jima’s ju­niors. How­ever, he might have looked around at the start and changed his mind.

A very fast first kilo­me­tre put se­ri­ous pres­sure on some of the young men who went out with him and as a re­sult they paid the price.

Last year’s win­ning time of vis­it­ing run­ner Amos Ny­ongo, of Ikhamvu AC was 30:49 with He­jana beat­ing that by 14 sec­onds.

Last year, Easy Eq­ui­ties Born 2 Run’s Nto­beko Xiniwe was sec­ond and again this year it was a Born 2 Run ath­lete, but a ju­nior, Lithobe Men­zeleleli, who was the run­nerup in 32:44, with Nkosi­nathi Nzingo of Ned­bank third.

Mal­ixole Kali­deni of Old Sel­bor­ni­ans fol­lowed, chased by three Born 2 Run mem­bers – Nikelo Lol­wana, Athe Sik­wezi and top masters run­ner Makaya Ma­sumpa.

In com­par­ing rac­ing con­di­tions, it is in­ter­est­ing that Ma­sumpa fin­ished in 35:03 which is five sec­onds quicker than last year. His club­mate Rod­well Sims was the sec­ond master home.

The top vet­eran run­ner was Mn­deni Zulu of host club Ox­ford Strid­ers. He ran su­perbly in record­ing a 35:37 fin­ish ahead of Over­tak­ers top ath­lete Xo­lile Maschi­cila.

Stephanie Smith brought her out­stand­ing year’s rac­ing to an end on yet an­other high, win­ning in a per­sonal best time of 37:14.

She has run per­sonal best times over ev­ery dis­tance from 5km through to the Com­rades Marathon.

Caryn Late­gan proved that she is well and truly back to rac­ing af­ter a long lay-off due to in­jury. Late­gan was sec­ond in 40:09, beat­ing off the chal­lenge of Old Sel­bor­nian An­drea Ranger who edged her last year. Ranger fin­ished in 40:51.

Top vet­eran Karen Davis fin­ished third over­all and was fol­lowed home in the age group by her Born 2 Run col­leagues Michelle Con­roy and Janet Kieck.

The top master was no sur­prise with Run/Walk for Life’s Sharon Wood cruis­ing to a win.

Si­novuyo Mafu of Born 2 Run was the first ju­nior woman home.

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