Buffs Marathon results
Nedbank’s Zingisile Marikeni won the Old Mutual Buffs Marathon in East London in a time of 2 hours, 28 minutes and 6 seconds.
Marikeni stayed to the rear of the large lead bus that pulled away from the field shortly after the gun. “I had been told that there were some visiting runners, so I stayed at the back to let them run their races,” said Marikeni whose preparation for the race included training on the sand dunes at Kidds beach.
The pack slowly whittled down to three runners after half way with Gijimas’ Mzukisi Kebeni, Anele Miliza and Marikeni remaining together, before Marikeni made his move just prior to the long downhill leading to Abbotsford.
“By half way the group was small and I decided to push and then I pushed again around 28km. I was told that I had a long lead so was able to handle the hills as I wanted,” said Marikeni.
The Nedbank runner made an unchallenged ascent of the notorious Willasdale Hill and then opened the gap to over three and a half minutes at the finish to record a new personal best. Marikeni added the 35-39 category award to his overall prize money.
“I have to compete in one more half marathon in my build up to the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon where I hope to improve my best to below three hours thirty.”
Maliza held on for second while Thanda Rhafuza was able to account for Kebeni on the final run, to take third in 2:37:33, only nine seconds ahead of the Real Gijimas’ man.
The long trip from Durban paid off for Lize Muchna who had a comfortable victory in 3 hours, 9 minutes and 38 seconds. The Pinetown and Districts runner’s greatest competition came from local lass, Stephanie Ackermann who took the early lead. Muchna reeled in the Oxford Strider shortly after half way and proceeded to extend her lead until the 32km mark where she hit a bad patch.
“It was a great event. This is my first marathon in over four years and I trained specifically for it,” said Muchna who recorded her first win at the distance and added the 40-49 year age category award.
“As we headed towards the hills I started to battle. It was my hardest effort in a marathon. Previously I have done marathons as preparation for Comrades, but this one was about a real time over the marathon distance and my coach told me that Buffs was the one to go for. I’m glad I did – I enjoyed it and I’m happy with my time.”
Ackermann closed the gap back to 600 metres by the finish, with Randburg Harriers’ Paula Quinsee securing the final podium place in 3:14:56.
Although the early start saw an almost ideal 18oC degree temperature, it wasn’t long before the heat and humidity started to take its toll on the field, with many early runners finding it impossible to maintain their initial intensity.
1. Zingisile Marikeni, Nedbank 2:28:06
2. Anele Maliza, Nedbank 2:31:41
3. Thanda Rhafuza, East Griquas 2:37:33
4. Mzukisi Kebeni, Real Gijimas 2:37:42
5. Thabiso Mohapi, Bloem AC 2:39:11
35-39: 1. Zingisile Marikeni Nedbank 2:28:06, 2. Doran Fritz Oxford Striders 2:43:06, 3. Coolbert Lolwana Nxarhuni 2:47:25
40-49: 1. Makaya Masumpa Oxford Striders 2:39:54, 2. Andades Retu Queenstown Harriers 2:43:20, 3. Thembinkosi Mdygold Nedbank 2:43:38
50-59: 1. Shaun Meiklejohn Nedbank KZN 2:45:52, 2. Lizo Tomas IND 3:00:12, 3. Zwelake Kutta Wicks 3:09:05
60+ : 1. Sam Damane Oxford Striders 3:26:39, 2. Simon Mokone Bloem 3:34:58, 3. Paulus Mpho Bloem 3:44:34,
1. Lize Muchna, PDAC 3:09:38
2. Stephanie Ackerman, Oxford Striders 3:12:24
3. Paula Quinsee, Randburg 3:14:56
4. Terri-Lynn Penny, RWFL 3:21:12
5. Andrea Ranger, Old Selbourne 3:21:40
35-39: 1. Gretchen Maree Oxford Striders 3:56:02, 2. Celmarie Louw Nedbank 4:29:46, 3. Annamarie Acton Old Selbornian 4:49:50
40-49: 1. Lize Muchna PDAC 3:09:38, 2. Paula Quinsee Randburg 3:14:56, 3. Tammy Dennill Westville 3:28:08
50-59: 1. Lindsay Watkeys Westville 3:39:00, 2. Adele Bosch Nedbank Bloem 3:41:55, 3. Jennifer Rigby Kearsney Striders 3:43:16
60+ : 1. Willemina Smuts Nedbank Bloem 4:06:07, 2. Gail Mclellan Varsity Old Boys 4:34:14, 3.Naome Nxumalo Savages 5:06:21