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
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