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John Hamlett


28 January 2019

A new course record for Carné Bosman, and podiums galore. That’s the haul for the Murray & Roberts Running club following their third week of competition in the black and yellow.
Multiple national champion, Kesa Moletsane, nailed down a superb time of 12 minutes 38 seconds for the 4km event at the Leon Botha memorial race in Bloemfontein, first thing on Saturday morning.
In the Cape, Danette Smith won the Red Hill 36km, Rory Scheffer secured 3rd place overall and Nic de Beer commanded second place in the Veterans (over 40) category.
At the Akasia race in Pretoria on Saturday, Leilani Scheffer took the win over the standard marathon distance in a time of 2 hours 55 minutes and 36 seconds. Her teammate, Lesego Hlako, was second just 18 minutes off the pace. That set the tone for a host of fine performances over the same distance the next day at the 37th edition of the Johnson Crane event in Benoni.
The 2016 Comrades Marathon champion, Charné Bosman, obliterated her course record at the Johnson Crane in a time of 2:44:52 (18th place overall), an improvement of almost five minutes on her mark from the same year that she was victorious at Comrades.
“I felt superb all the way,” Bosman (43) said. “I averaged 148 beats a minute and never felt as if I was racing. This is a very good indicator that I am in better shape than when I won three years ago,” the Pretoria based runner said.
In the men’s race, ever-green Thulane Magagula was in contention until the last eight kays, but his 2:29 still took him to the top step in the Veteran category and fifth overall. A victory by almost 15 minutes in the end. Thulane is planning an assault on a sub-six hour Comrades on 9 June.
Siegfriedt Heydenrych (2:46:33) and Carly Kent (3:17:56) secured third place in their respective Veterans’ category. In the women’s Masters’ category, Karen Brough took second and Val Watson (3:49:59), secured the top spot on the podium in the Grandmaster category for the black and yellow.

In the women’s half marathon in Benoni, the Bedfordview based club, took two podium places. Olympian, Christine Kalmer, stopped the clocks at 78:50. This was Kalmer’s third consecutive podium in three races, two of which were wins. Salome Cooper secured third in 87 minutes in the women’s half marathon. The 56-year old media professional, Arnold Geerdts, took fifth in the Masters’ category, clocking a time of 1:36:16. 
In the 10km contest, Philani Buthelezi secured another 2019 win, completing the course in 31:04. 21 year-old, Dylan van der Merwe finished fifth in 31:51, while Chante Dixon carried the black and yellow to a win over the same distance for the top step in the junior category in 38:30, finishing fourth overall.
From the East Rand to the Far East, in the Osaka Women’s Marathon in Japan, Cape Town based, Nolene Conrad, secured 16th place in a time of 2:36. This was her first appearance in Japan and a worthy one it was non-the-less.
Murray & Roberts Running Club chairman, Ed Jardim said: “Cape to Japan and everything in between, we provided a stunning set of results yet again - this team is full of stars.”

Images & copy: Courtesy Murray & Roberts Running Club

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