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Tshoba and Mabone take the half marathon at Bestmed TuksRace

Kgosi TsosaneBEFORE the sun rose this morning, over 12,000 people gathered at the University of Pretoria field to participate in the biggest road running event in the Gauteng, the Bestmed TuksRace.

Winners of the 21.1km Open Men’s race are Vuyisile Tshoba (Rockies) in a time of 67:50 in first place, followed by Jeffrey Gwebu (KPMG) in a time of 68:04 and Collen Mulaudzi (TUT) in a time of 68:29 in third place.

Liziwe Mabone (AMPA) came in first in the 21.1km Open Women’s race in a time of 82:19 with Samukeliso Moyo (Maxed Elite) coming in second in a time of 88:31, and Caroline Wostman (KPMG) in a time of 90:30 in third place.

Kgosi Tsosane (pictured) of Nedbank took the day in the 10km Open Men’s race in a time of 30:22 followed by Kwanele Mthembu (Prestige) in a time of 31:17 and in third place, Collen Mailola (Nedbank) in a time of 31:22.

Tsosane commented on his win, “After struggling with minor injuries for two years, my hard training has paid off and I’m happy to win the 10km race.

This is all part of my training to quality for the Olympics, and I will also be taking part in the Senior Track and Field Championship in May this year.”

Irvette van Zyl (Nedbank) came in with a timing of 33.55 in the 10km Open Women’s race, beating last year’s winner, Rutendo Nyahora (Nedbank) who came in second this year in a time of 34:56. In third place was Glenrose Xaba (Eskom) in a time of 35:54.

Professor Gloudien Spies, Chairperson of Tuks Marathon Clubs, said, “We were delighted with the record turnout this year, especially families who participated in the 5km and 1km race. It was great to see the joy and enthusiasm early this morning at participants set out. Although the race attracts the elite athletes, we also encourage families, social and fun runners and walkers to participate.”

Gert Oosthuizen, Deputy Minister of Sport said at the prize giving ceremony, “Our mission is to create a winning nation and sport has a language that transcends all barriers. It is very exciting to see the growth of the Bestmed TuksRace over the last 6 years and see how this partnership has gone a long way to promote a healthy lifestyle for all.”

“Bestmed and UP acknowledge the sponsors, which include Audi Hatfield, Automotive Investment Holdings, Ford Hatfield, Iemas, 4D Health, Mediscor, and Run a way Sports. Their involvement has enabled this race to become one of South Africa’s most sought after and premier road running events, and we look forward to an even better race next year,” concludes Dries La Grange, CEO of Bestmed.

 

 

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