Gemeda, Makhanya and Kalmer Share 10km Honours

by | Oct 13, 2013

The leader on the SPAR Grand Prix ladder, Mapaseka Makhanya in Transnet team colours, who won the Durban and Pretoria legs of the series, finished outside the top 10, but she had built up such a substantial lead that she will still receive the keys to the Nissan Micra presented to the overall Grand Prix winner.

Ethiopian Gezashigh Hunduma Gemeda, running in the Nedbank colours, romped to victory in the SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg on Sunday in a time of 33.49 minutes.

Gemeda on route to winning the 2013 SPAR Women’s Challenge in Joburg, on Sunday 13 October, 2013. Photo: Reg CaldecottSouth African half marathon champion Rene Kalmer (Nedbank) was second in 34.31, followed by Rutendo Nyahora, also Nedbank, in 35 minutes. Lebo-Diana Phalula (Maxed Elite) was fourth, in 35.37 minutes.

Running on the new route through some of Johannesburg’s leafy northern suburbs, Nyahora took the early lead, but the Ethiopian, who arrived in South Africa on Saturday, surged to the front after three kilometres, and retained her lead for the rest of the race.

“It was a lovely race – I liked the route and I enjoyed the atmosphere,” said Gemeda.

Kalmer said she had an awesome race. “It feels good to be running injury free again, and I was feeling very good. I didn’t know what to expect from Gezashigh, because I haven’t run against her before, but I tried my very best and I am pleased with the way I ran,” she said.

“I feel I am back in the swing of things, and I am looking forward to next year,” said Kalmer

“It is slightly bitter-sweet to lose to a foreigner running in my own club colours, but it is always good to test yourself against world class runners,” said Kalmer.

Nyahora, who won the first two races in the 2013 Challenge Series, said she was happy to be back in the top three in the race. “I finished fourth in Pretoria, so it was nice to feel I was back again. Third place was a victory for me.”

The leader on the SPAR Grand Prix ladder, Mapaseka Makhanya in Transnet team colours, who won the Durban and Pretoria legs of the series, finished outside the top 10, but she had built up such a substantial lead that she will still receive the keys to the Nissan Micra presented to the overall Grand Prix winner.

Irvette van Zyl, who was the only runner who stood a statistical chance at overtaking her, was unable to run on Sunday because of a knee injury.

Nearly 11 000 women took part in the 10km Challenge and the 5km Fun Run, which meant the designated charity, Reach for Recovery, which is a support group for breast cancer patients, received a substantial cheque. Race organisers received positive feedback on the new route: “There was one section after Killarney where we ran through a grove of trees, it was so beautiful. A great route.”

 

Leading Open Results for the Johannesburg SPAR Women’s Challenge, at the Wanderers Club in Illovo, Johannesburg on 13 October 2013:
1. Gezashigh Hunduma Gemeda (Nedbank) 33:49
2. Rene Kalmer (Nedbank CGA) 34:31
3. Rutendo Nyahora (Nedbank AGN) 35:00
4. Lebo Diana Phalula (Maxed Elite) 35:37
5. Lavinia Haitope (Nedbank AGN) 36:15
6. Cornelia Joubert (Nedbank CG) 36:29
7. Christine Kalmer (Nedbank CGA) 36:47
8. Jenna Challenor (Boxer AC) 36:54
9. Myrette Filmalter (Nedbank AGN) 37:01
10. Nolene Conrad (Nedbank CGA) 37.06
 
Junior:
1. Carina Viljoen (Hs Randburg Atletiekklub) 39:37
2. Nobuhle Tshuma (Elim Clinic AC) 40:25
3. Robyn Claire Katlenburn (Benoni) 41:46
 
40-19 years:
1. Ronel Thomas (Boxer) 40:48
2. Janene Carey (Boxer) 41:10
3. Gillian Sieling (Nedbank CGA) 41:12
 
50-59 years:
1. Grace de Oliveira (Boxer) 42:41
2. Elsabe Brink (New Balance) 45:32
3. Sandra Brookstone 45:55
 
60+:
1. Sonja Laxton (RAC) 45:59
2. Anne Bellomusto (Morningside Cc) 51:39
3. Penny Visser (Breakthru Midrand Striders) 55:13
 

(With editing by gsport)

 

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