Two Cities in One Ladies Race
For the first time in its history, the popular Totalsports Ladies Race, presented by Asics, took place in two venues at the same time, and close to 10 000 runners, joggers and walkers united across the country to participate in the seventh edition of the race in Bellville, Cape Town, and its debut running at the Emmerentia Botanical Gardens, in Johannesburg.
The ladies race was held in celebration of womanhood, and the combined the JHB and CT races managed to raise an amazing R24,930 in aid of CANSA, an organisation constantly striving to reduce the impact of cancer by promoting health in all communities within South Africa.
Thousands of supporters, family and friends gathered at both venues to welcome the athletes home, while girl group NKD and the spectacular Bala Brothers kept the crowd on their feet in Cape Town and Johannesburg respectively.
In Cape Town, mother of two Bulelwa Mtshagi (Mr Price Celtics) outran her competitors, and led for most of the 10km race to take victory in the open category, in a time of 37 minutes and 2 seconds.
Mtshagi recently returned from injury and was delighted with her performance. "This was definitely not be my fastest time ever, but I’m happy with my performance as I only just resumed training again after my injury.
“It was a great race, although the wind was quite troubling later in the race," said Mthsagi.
Running barefoot, Nomvuyisi Seti (Mr Price Western Province) crossed the finishing line in a close second place, finishing in 37 minutes and 35 seconds, with team-mate Kathleen Shuttleworth in third place, in 39 minutes and 27 seconds.
At the same time, Ivette van Blerk (20), running for Mr Price, crossed the line in Johannesburg with a finishing time 37 minutes and 34 secs, and according to the Joburg champ, she started off strong, but expected to be overtaken soon after the 6km mark.
“Even though I led from the beginning, I thought I might have started off too strongly and was worried about being overtaken on the 6km mark,” said Van Blerk after her victory.
“I did however manage to keep my lead, and am happy with my performance on the day. I must admit that running with men (dressed as women) is always fun, and actually makes it difficult to distinguish whether you are in the lead or not!
“The good thing, though, is that it makes you run faster," says van Blerk. Moleboheng Mafata (22) came in second with a time of 37 minutes and 53 secs, with Cornelia Joubert (19) in third with a time of 38 mins and 3 secs.
In the 5km Totalsports Ladies Race, Sylvia Tshetlanyane was the first lady home at Emmerentia Botanical Gardens, and she insisted that the race was fantastic.
“I had such a good time,” said Tshetlanyane. “My strong point as an athlete is my high endurance level, and this definitely helped me today with all the hills that we had to climb. I had a great race and will definitely be back next year.”
In Cape Town, junior athlete Martha Lotter showed amazing pace to take the 5km race.
Once all the Totalsports Ladies Race runners had crossed the line, athletes gathered in anticipation for the lucky draw where a participant from Cape Town and Johannesburg each stood the chance of winning a magnificent Nissan Micra.
Michelle Keevy from Melkbosstrand, and Shenaaz Saunders from Johannesburg celebrated National Women’s Day in spectacular form, as they each drove off in a zippy Nissan Micra.
For further information on the Totalsports Ladies Race presented by Asics, contact Top Events on 021 511 – 7130 or visit the Total Sports website
, and you can also read more about their commendable efforts at the CANSA website