Yose sprints to first Washie gold

Border run­ner on top of the world after win­ning ul­tra race

Go! & Express - - Sport - QHAMANI LINGANI and ETHIENNE ARENDS

MCEBISI Yose is a brides­maid no more when it comes to the gru­elling Washie 100 Miler.

Yose is “over the moon” after fi­nally win­ning the ul­tra marathon from Port Al­fred to East Lon­don over a dis­tance of 160km, in a time of 15:54:05 last week­end.

What makes his achieve­ment even more pleas­ing is that he had three times pre­vi­ously come in sec­ond. With the win­ner of the pre­vi­ous three races, Jo­hann van der Merwe, not par­tic­i­pat­ing in this year’s event, the All Stars run­ner, who was pre-race favourite, had his time to shine – and boy did he shine!

Yose might not have been as blis­ter­ingly quick as Van der Merwe, but was over­whelmed by the win nonethe­less.

“I’m re­ally happy [to have won]; it’s great. I’m over the moon,” Yose said, as he held onto his four-year-old son, Mabu­fike, as tears streamed down his face.

“I feel like I am on top of Mount Kil­i­man­jaro. This is a great achieve­ment and I am so proud.”

“We had prob­lems along the way but we con­quered. I am do­ing it again next year if my body and God al­lows me. The only thing I can im­prove is my fin­ish time – and it has al­ways en­cour­aged me. My fam­ily's sup­port and ev­ery­one else who sup­ports me, en­cour­ages me and I am for­ever thank­ful,” the ath­lete said.

And, in­deed, the sup­port from his wife, Andiswa, was un­wa­ver­ing.

“I sup­port him fully. I never ques­tioned him when he came home late at night and said that he had been out train­ing,” she said at the fin­ish line.

“I didn’t ques­tion him, be­cause I knew he was train­ing to win! [And] What a win­ner he is; he never walked for the en­tire race be­cause he was fit and strong.”

Mark McCal­gan from Amanz­im­toti, came in sec­ond and Si­fiso Msane of Chee­tahs in Mthatha fin­ished in third, al­though, a few kilo­me­tres from the end, it seemed that this would not be the case.

As the front men passed the East Lon­don Air­port, it looked like the Border/Kei re­gion would grab a rare one- two in the men’s race, but drama fol­lowed on the ap­proach to the Buffs Club.

Msane was sec­ond at the 122km check­point, but McCal­gan chased him down and passed him with just a few kilo­me­tres to go, to pip him for sec­ond place in 16:25:52.

Msane in third place, fin­ished in a time of 16:33:12.

In the women’s race, Jo­han­nes­burg’s Me­gan Davey, won her third Washie with a com­mand­ing per­for­mance. Her first-place fin­ish in 18:25:50, was her sec­ond-best ever.

Only her 2013 race, when she fin­ished third over­all was faster, by just 3:13.

Davey, who also has two sec­ond-place fin­ishes to her credit, said: “It was lovely, I re­ally en­joyed it. My times are all pretty sim­i­lar and I am just so happy to be back run­ning again”.

In sec­ond place was Hazel Moller of Bed­ford­view Coun­try Club. Novice run­ner He­lene An­der­son from RunA­va­tion in Pre­to­ria, fin­ished third in 20:08:38.

Amer­i­can vis­i­tor Elaine Sty­pula was fourth in 21:28:40.

East Lon­don’s fa­ther and son team Cyril and Des­mond Bekker, started and fin­ished to­gether in 24:57:12.

At the prize giv­ing, Cyril, 64, said: “Never again, never”.

Pic­tures: ETHIENNE ARENDS

PROUD PAIR: Mcebisi Yose and son, Mabu­fike, cel­e­brate after Mcebisi won the 40thWashie 100 Miler run from Port Al­fred to East Lon­don at the week­end. Mcebisi, who on three pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions, came in sec­ond, kept his cool to win his first Washie

RAC­ING AHEAD: Mark McCal­gan (422) passes Si­fiso Msane on the East Lon­don beach­front, about two kilo­me­tres from the fin­ish. That crit­i­cal mo­ment meant McCal­gan took sec­ond in the Washie 100 Miler ahead of Msane in third

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