MURRAY & ROBERTS RUNNING CLUB CONTINUES TO BUILD ON DEBUT MOMENTUM
21 January 2019
The Murray & Roberts Running Club again delivered stellar performances on the road, and throughout the country this weekend, clinching more than a dozen podiums in their black and yellow colours since the club’s debut just more than a week ago.
Starting off on Saturday morning in Potchefstroom, Mthobisi Baloyi took first in the Great Brick Run over 10km in 31:26, while up country, two-time Comrades gold medalist Rufus Photo, was third at the Seeff race in Polokwane. Club teammate Timothy Munzhelele was second over the race’s half marathon distance in Limpopo.
At the SA Cross-Country trials in Pretoria, Kesa Molotsane was victorious and is proving to be well on the way to becoming a dominant force again after a long injury lay-off. The Vorentoe Running Academy, which is funded by Murray & Roberts, also produced sparkling performances at the national event in the Junior men’s race over the 8km distance, when Realebogo Seopensengwe won in 25:37, with his school and Central Gauteng teammate, Tumi Lephotho, finishing fourth, just 22 seconds off the pace.
Staying in the capitol, Charné Bosman was first overall and thus also the first Veteran woman runner at the PWC George Claassen 10km in 38:36, with Vuyisile Tshoba’s, filling the third step on the podium in the men’s race in a time of 34:29.
In the Cape, Kerry-Ann Marshall carried her black and yellow colours through to a fine third place at the Hohenhort 15km in 57:42.
Finally, at the 50th running of the Garbie Springs Striders 32km, it was another female victory for Christine Kalmer, clocking 2:10:29. Kalmer is currently stacking up the miles for the marathon event at the World Championships in Doha in September, as she is named in the provisional national team. Stephen Caelers was second overall in 1:58:09, supported by Ryan Gibson who finished fifth. Siegfried Heydenrych was the first veteran in 2:03:10, at the East Rand’s biggest 32 km race.
Chairman, Ed Jardim comments: “This is our second weekend of racing in our brand new colours, but it certainly doesn’t seem like it, as the team continues where we left off last weekend. Our club was quick out of the blocks on debut and continued to build on that momentum. We are particularly proud of the Vories (Vorentoe Running Academy) lads who did a sterling job in Pretoria. Well done team!”
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