GREEN DREAM TEAM DOMINATION
May 23, 2018  

The Green Dream Team racked up victories at several races on the road and trails the past week. While Comrades gold medallist Gerda Steyn proved she is Comrades ready with her speedy 10km victory at the RAC 10km, teammate Deanne Horn took first place at one of South Africa’s top 2-day trail running events.

Steyn stormed to first place at the RAC/Sweatshop 10km in Randburg, crossing the line in a time of 35:38 on a very undulating course, proving she is in fine form for the big day. 

Horn made sure she flew the NRC flag high on the trails with her domination of the ITEC Oxpecker Trail Run, one of South Africa’s top 2-day trail running events. Horn took the women’s title in an overall time of 2:39.

At another top event in the country Joel Mmone did the Green Dream Team proud when he made it into the top ten at the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, a race which was stacked with a stellar field indeed. Mmone finished in 34:35, placing himself amongst the first twelve men to run faster than 35 minutes. Veteran teammate Vakalisa Kopolo finished 3rd Veteran (39:48). 

The NRC women did exceptionally well at this race, especially within their age categories. While Rudo Mhonderwa finished 8th lady overall Obertina Kanyongo and Olga Howard finished 1st and 2nd Master ladies. Grandmaster Charmaine Cupido crossed the line as 3rd Grandmaster.

More great results followed at the Africa Day Half Marathon in East London with Lebenya Nkoka taking 2nd position and the ever-consistent Two Oceans gold medallist Ntombesintu Mfunzi finishing first lady. Bulelwa Simae took first Veteran.

The Polokwane Mayoral Half Marathon looked like a NRC time trial with 6 NRC ladies finishing within the top ten women. Mamarolla Tjoka, Rutendo Nyahora and Portia Ngwenya took the three podium positions while Jennifer Koech, Tabitha Tsatsa and Jacinta Mboani placed 4th, 7th and 8th, excellent results indeed from the NRC’s women’s team.

Youngsters from the NRC did exceptionally well this past weekend with great performances at the RAC 10km as well as the CGA Cross-Country in Orange Farm. One of the greatest performances came from 14-year-old Thabiso Sefatsa, who finished his first ever 10km in a time of 37:56, winning the U/15 category at the RAC 10km. Junior Kutlwisiso Sidinile not only took first Junior in 32:35 but also finished 8th overall.

 

RESULTS

FNB CAPE TOWN 12 ONERUN,?MILNERTON TO CAPE TOWN, 20 MAY 

MEN

Open

10. Joel Mmone (NRC) 34:35

Veterans

3. Vakalisa Kopolo (NRC) 39:48 

WOMEN

Open

8. Rudo Mhonderwa (NRC/ZIM) 42:02 

Masters

1. Obertina Kanyongo (NRC/ZIM) 50:07

2. Olga Howard (NRC) 52:42 

Grandmasters

3. Charmaine Cupido (NRC) 59:16 

 

AFRICA DAY HALF MARATHON, EAST LONDON, 20 MAY 

MEN

Open

2. Lebenya Nkoka (NRC/LES) 1:04:40

5. Kabelo Lesia (NRC/LES) 1:05:20

9. Sithembele Faneko (NRC) 1:06:40

WOMEN

Open

1. Ntombesintu Mfunzi (NRC) 1:18:36

6. Bulelwa Simae (NRC) 1:28:49 (1st Vet)

Veterans

1. Bulelwa Simae (NRC) 1:28:49

 

POLOKWANE MAYORAL HALF MARATHON & 10 KM, POLOKWANE, 19 MAY 

Half Marathon 

MEN

Open

9. Phillimon Mathipa (NRC) 66:25 

Veterans

3. Coolboy Ngamole (NRC) 70:16

Great Grandmasters

3. Pele Tshidukudamalema (NRC) 1:48:42

Juniors

1. Sakhile Dhladhla (NRC) 68:44

WOMEN

Open

1. Mamarolla Tjoka (NRC/LES) 77:55

2. Rutendo Nyahora (NRC/ZIM) 77:59

3. Portia Ngwenya (NRC) 79:12

4 Jennifer Koech (NRC/KEN) 79:26

7. Tabitha Tsatsa (NRC/ZIM) 85:36 (1st Vet)

8. Jacinta Mboani (NRC) 87:22

Veterans

1. Tabitha Tsatsa (NRC/ZIM) 85:36

10 km 

MEN

Open

2. Givemore Mudzinganyama (NRC/ZIM) 30:33

4. Jacob Malefo (NRC) 30:59

10. Tebogo Segalagala (NRC) 32:17 

Veterans

1. Enoch Skosana (NRC) 34:12

2 Phillimon Manyaka (NRC) 34:39 

WOMEN

Open

5. Joyce Netshifhefhe (NRC) 42:10

7. Hilda Molokomme (NRC) 42:59 

Veterans

2. Patience Nkosi (NRC) 46:20

 

RAC SWEATSHOP/ASICS 10KM, RANDBURG, 20 MAY

WOMEN

Open

1. Gerda Steyn (NRC) 35:38

6. Andronica Mokgotla (NRC)

MEN

Open

8. Kutlwisiso Sidinile (NRC) 32:35

10. Lucky Mtshali (NRC) 32:47

Juniors U/15

1. Thabiso Sefatsa (NRC) 37:56

Juniors U/18

1. Kutlwisiso Sidinile (NRC) 32:35

WOMEN

Juniors U/17

1. Amely Chauke (NRC)

2. Thembikile Mabunda (NRC)

 

EMADADENI HALF MARATHON & 10KM, KZN, 20 MAY

10KM

MEN

Open

2. Sibusiso Kubheka (NRC) 30:56

6. Phakamani Kunene (NRC) 31:56

Half Marathon

MEN

Open

1. Bonginkosi Mavuso (NRC) 68.02

Team Prize

Bonginkosi Mavuso

Thulani Manana

Mthembeni Nzama

 

ITEC OCPECKER TRAIL RUN, HALFWAY BETWEEN JHB & DURBAN, 19/20 MAY

WOMEN

1. Deanne Horn (NRC) 2:39

 

CGA CROSS-COUNTRY, LEAGUE NO 3, ORANGE FARM, 19 MAY

8KM JUNIOR RACE

2. Kutlwisiso Sidinile

6KM JUNIOR WOMEN

2. Welma Nkuna

U/15 Boys

7. Thabiso Sefatsa 

 

POLOKWANE EXECUTIVE MAYORS 10/21, LIMPOPO, 19 MAY

10KM

MEN

Open

4. J. Molefo (NRC) 30:59

Veterans

1. Eric Skosana (NRC) 34:12

2. P. Manyaka (NRC) 34:39

WOMEN

Open

3. H. Molokomme (NRC) 42:59

Veterans

2. P. Nkosi (NRC) 46:20

Half Marathon

MEN

Open

8. P. Mathiba (NRC) 1:06:25

Veterans

3. C. Ngamole (NRC) 1:10:10

4. P. Phakwayo (NRC) 1:11:28

WOMEN

Open

1. M. Tjoka (NRC) 1:17:55

2. R. Nyahora (NRC) 1:17:59

3. P. Ngwenya (NRC) 1:19

Veterans

1. T. Tsatsa (NRC) 1:25:36

2. J. Mboani (NRC) 1:27:36

 

BONJALA PLATINUM MUNICIPALITY 10/21KM, NORTH WEST, 19 MAY

Half Marathon

MEN

Open

1. E. Mothibi (NRC) 1:07:26

Veterans

3. J. Mabapa (NRC) 1:15:43

10KM

MEN

Open

4. M. Kgomotso (NRC) 31:27