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Mayoral Road Race attracts more entrants

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Herbert Rachuene
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More than 2 700 runners from as far as Gauteng entered the fifth annual Polokwane Municipality Mayoral Road Race staged at the old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.
The event, organised by Polokwane Municipality in collaboration with Polokwane Athletics Club, saw professional and amateur runners partaking in the 21,1 or 10 km races and 5 km fun run.
The big winners on the day were Desmond Mokgobi from Boxer Athletics Club who won the 21,1 km men’s open race in a time of 1:04.52. He received R10 000 in prize money and a gold medal.
In the 21,1 km women’s open race Louisa Leballo from Transnet Athletics Club stood a cut above the rest when she won the race in a time of 1:17.03. For her achievement she received R10 000 and a gold medal.
Steven Mokoka from Transnet Athletic Club won the men’s 10 km open race in a time of 30:40. He took home R5 000 and a gold medal and so did Zimbabwean Constance Nyasanyo who won the women’s
10 km category in a time of 35:48.
There were also junior, open, veterans, masters, grand masters and great-grand masters categories for both male and female.
Executive Mayor of Polokwane, Thembi Nkadimeng said she was happy with the turnout and also appreciated the commitment shown by the athletes. “Last year we had 1 700 participants in the event. We are happy to have surpassed the figure this year and that shows the growth of the event,” Nkadimeng said.
She also stressed that the city is proud to announce that this race has found its place in the South African athletics calendar and it is part of Limpopo Athletics Association and Athletics South Africa activities. “The race has been rising from strength to strength since its launch in 2011. From next year the race will be a qualifying leg for the Comrades Marathon,” Nkadimeng said.

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Steven Mokoka from Transnet Athletic Club won the men’s 10 km open race in a time of 30:40. He took home R5 000 and a gold medal.

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Peter Mosia from Rand Atheletic Club won the Veterans category of the 10 km race in a time of 34:57. He took home a gold medal and R1 500.

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Israel Madibana from Eskom Gijima Athletics Club won the Veterans 10 km race in the 50 years category in a time of 38:31.

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Zimbabwean athlete Constance Nyasanyo won the 10 km ladies’ open race in a time of 35:48. She walked away with R5 000 and a gold medal.

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Yolanda du Plessis from Run Walk for Life Athletics Club won the 10 km walk for ladies in a time of 1:15, 56.

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Louisa Leballo, Transnet Athletics Club runner, won the won the 21, 1 km women’s open race to walk away with R10 000 and a gold medal.

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Polokwane Executive Mayor Thembi Nkadimeng before the prize giving.

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Kamogelo Masemola from Zebediela Athletics Club won the 10 km junior men’s open race in a time of 33:33.