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Peter Tulubae, winner of the SA Run 4 Cancer Ultra Marathon 48 km race.

Athletes celebrate life running SA Run 4 Cancer


The SA Run 4 Cancer Ultra Marathon Limpopo which was hosted in the city on Saturday saw slightly over 3 000 athletes supporting a good cause and while some competed on a serious and professional level others enjoyed the summer day and company.
Peter Tulubae, winner of the 48 km open race for men finished in 02:47.47, nearly a minute ahead of his nearest opponent, Charles Soza. Female 48 km winner Landi Maclean crossed the finish line in 03:19.10 with runner-up Jennifer Koech clocking in at 03:20.48. Tulubae and Maclean received an enviable R50 000 in cash each.
Ntekele Mohwetsi maintained a fast pace in the 32 km men’s open category to win in a time of 01:44.42. Tsega Mehari secured the first place in the female category in a time of two hours flat.
Desmond Mokgubu who ran at an average of three minutes ten seconds per kilometre finished the 21 km men’s category in a time of 01:07.01 while Glenda Ramashina claiming victory in the female category in a time of 01:33.15. The 10 km race seemed to be the second most popular distance with 739 entries. Vilton Pheeha outran his competitors finishing the race in just over 30 minutes and only two seconds before Tebogo Pulusa in the men’s open category. Helen Phanyane claimed first position in the female open category in a time of 31:03.
Almost 1 000 athletes entered for the 5 km fun run. Some brought along kids in strollers while others were running with placates in memory of those who either survived or has passed on due to cancer.
The race was organised in conjunction with Polokwane Athletic Club (PAC) and Run/Walk 4 Life. PAC Chairperson Corrie Calitz expressed his gratitude towards all organisers and athletes who ensured the success of the second annual SA Run 4 Cancer.

Story and photos: RC Myburgh

For full results:

Ntekele Mohwetsi, winner of the 32 km open race for men.

A tired Helen Phanyane after finishing first in the open category of the 10 km for women.

Michelle Thompson, runner-up in the female open category of the 21 km.

Vilton Pheeha, winner of the 10 km for men.

The 10 km runner-up, Tebogo Pulusa.

Winner of the 21 km, Desmond Mokgubu.

Simphiwe Zulu, first male veteran in the 21 km.

A happy Joseph Manyedi finishes the 32 km second in the open men’s category.

Best Ngwenya, the first veteran in the 32 km.

Louise van den Dool, the second female veteran home in the 21 km.

Lazarus Seroka of Pietersburg Road Runners, the first male master to finish the 32 km.