TWO OCEANS GLORY FOR THE NEDBANK RUNNING CLUB
They came, they ran and they conquered. That is exactly what the Nedbank Running Club’s Green Dream Team did as they dominated in every category at one of the most prestigious races in the country: the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.
Taking the win in the Women’s and Men’s Ultra as well as all three Top positions in the Men’s Half Marathon, the team’s success did not stop there. Various podium positions and wins in age categories as well as two team prizes made it clear that the Green Dream Team meant business.
Men’s Ultra Race
The 25-year-old Kenyan Justin Kemboi Chesire took the win in the Men’s Ultra race. Shortly after the halfway mark he started blowing away his rivals and by the 50km mark it was clear that he would be crowned the winner. In his first ultra marathon Chesire stormed to a 3:09:21 win by 68 seconds and become only the second Kenyan to win the Ultra marathon after John Wachira in 2009. Chesire's 3:09:21 is the fastest winning time since David Gatebe's 3:08:54 in 2013.
Teammate and former Oceans winner Lebenya Nkoka followed him home, finishing 2nd in 3:10:29 with Melly Kennedy Kiptoo finishing 4th in a time of 3:11:58.
A total of 9 NRC men finished in the Top 20 of the Open Men’s field.
NRC dominated further in the men’s race when Veteran Mike Fokoroni clinched first position in the Veterans Category in a time of 3:16:57. His teammate Lindile Tokota took 2nd position in the Masters Category finishing in 3:45:22.
More glory came when the 2nd Team prize in the Men’s Ultra was awarded to the NRC team.
Women’s Ultra Race
The women’s race belonged to 28-year-old South African Gerda Steyn, the newest star on the South African running scene. Steyn, who finished fourth at last year’s Comrades Marathon, ran a superbly executed race, dominating a very competitive and international women’s field.
She clinched the title in 3:39:31, finishing 2:25 ahead of Dominika Stelmach-Stawczyk of Poland. Steyn's time is the third quickest ever by a South African.
Just before the summit at the 46km mark Steyn started made her move. Once over the top, she reached 50km in 3:16:32, already 61 seconds ahead of a struggling Stelmach-Stawczyk. Steyn never looked back, storming to an incredible finish. South African sweetheart and former Comrades winner Charné Bosman made it two out of three podium positions for the NRC when she crossed the line third in 3:45:20. Bosman was also awarded first Veteran lady home.
A total of 5 NRC ladies placed in the Top Ten, with Loveness Madziva finishing 7th, Selam Abere Alebachew 9th and Ntombesintu Mfunzi claiming the last gold medal when she finished 10th in 3:59:26. Annatjie Botes took first Grandmaster lady home in a time of 4:49:12.
Apart from these excellent individual performances the NRC clinched 1st Team prize in the Women’s Ultra.
In the accompanying half marathon four out of the Top Ten positions belonged to NRC men. In fact, the men from the NRC took all three podium positions, with the win going to David Manja in 1:04:07. Teammate Namakoe Nkhasi followed 7 seconds later in 1:04:14 with Benard Kipkemoi finishing 3rd in 1:04:17.
Their teammate and Veteran Vakalisa Kopola placed 2nd in the Veterans category in a time of 1:17:49.
NRC’s Susy Chemaimak scored a podium position in the women’s race finishing 3rd in 1:17:01. She was followed home by Patience Murorwe who finished 4th in 1:17:32. A total of 6 NRC ladies placed in the Top 20.
Bulelwa Simae finished first Veteran in a time of 1:24:14 with Obertina Kanyongo 2nd in the Masters Category (1:34:43).
Another successful Two Oceans done and dusted for the NRC Green Dream Team. Onwards and Upwards to the 2018 Comrades Marathon!
OLD MUTUAL TWO OCEANS MARATHON (49TH) & HALF MARATHON (21ST), CAPE TOWN, 31 MARCH
1. Justin Kemboi Chesire (NRC/KEN) 3:09:21
2. Lebenya Nkoka (NRC/LES) 3:10:29
4. Melly Kennedy Kiptoo (NRC/KEN) 3:11:58
9. Moeketsi Mosuhli (NRC/LES) 3:14:52
10. Mike Fokoroni (NRC/ZIM) 3:16:57
1. Mike Fokoroni (NRC/ZIM) 3:16:57
1. Gerda Steyn (NRC) 3:39:31
3. Charné Bosman (NRC) 3:45:20
7. Loveness Madziva (NRC/ZIM) 3:56:17
9. Selam Abere Alebachew (NRC/ETH) 3:59:23
10. Ntombesintu Mfunzi (NRC) 3:59:26
1. Charné Bosman (NRC) 3:45:20
1. Annatjie Botes (NRC) 4:49:12
Team Prize Results (Ultra-Marathon)
1. NEDBANK RUNNING CLUB AGN - Gerda Steyn, Charne Bosman, Deanne Horn, Emmah Mathibela
40 – 49 (Ultra-Marathon)
1. NEDBANK RUNNING CLUB AGN - Ludwick Mamabolo, Claude Moshiywa, Ruben Setumu, Peter Mudupe
1. David Manja (NRC) 1:04:07
2. Namakoe Nkhasi (NRC/LES) 1:04:14
3. Benard Kipkemoi (NRC/KEN) 1:04:17
6. Joel Mmone (NRC) 1:04:46
3. Susy Chemaimak (NRC/KEN) 1:17:01
4. Patience Murowe (NRC/ZIM) 1:17:32
7. Rudo Mhonderwa (NRC/ZIM) 1:19:27
1. Bulelwa Simae (NRC) 1:24:14
Team Prize Results
40 – 49 (Half Marathon)
1. NEDBANK RUNNING CLUB CPT
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