Zwene Moreng and Anna Moeketsie claimed the bragging rights on Saturday during the 10th running of the Vodacom Fibre Rose Run, powered by OFM, the sound of your life, and Bloemfontein Courant, in Bloemfontein.
The popular event hosted by Pentagon Pistols features a gruelling 32- and 10-km race, and the 2019 edition was the biggest and best to date.
Runners in the City of Roses turned in their numbers at Emoya Estate on Saturday, and competitions from as far as Kimberley and Klerksdorp came to test their mettle as well.
Moreng (Eskom) dominated the 32-km race for men by earning a comfortable win in a rapid 1:48:30. Fresh off his win at the Vaal Marathon six days prior, Chabeli Nyedimane (32 GI) crossed the finish line nearly four minutes off the pace in 1:53:20 to claim second overall.
Wilfred Leeuw (SAPS), who is another well-known runner in Bloemfontein rounded off the podium in the men’s open race in 2:02:25.
Moeketsi (By Grace) showed a clean pair of heels to claim the women’s open title for 2019 in 2:17:58; some distance clear of her closet competitor, Paulina Njeya. Njeya, who runs for Kovsies, crossed the finish line in 2:24:24.
Mokulubete Likotsi (Mangaung) was the third lady to finish in a time of 2:43:34.
Thabo Sebotsa won the 10-km open race for men in a blistering 33:42, some 27 seconds clear of Nape Molejane, who came second in 34:09. Tshepo Nyapatse (Kopanong) was the third runner to finish in the distance in 34:14.
Yolanda van Vuuren (SANDF) won the women’s open race in 43:08, followed by Rozelle Cloete (Kovsies) in 45:29, and Lizaan Vermaak in 45:35.
32 km: 40-49 – 1st male, Samson Mkhize (SANDF) 2:08:38; 1st woman, Lorette Pretorius (Vitality) 2:42:07. 50-59 – 1st male, Coenie Bobbert (Klerksdorp) 2:52:14; 1st woman, Johannette Jacobs (Kovsies) 3:05:50. 60+ – 1st male, Antonie Nyabanyabo (SANDF) 2:34:38; 1st woman, Elsabe de Klerk (Nedbank) 3:18:59. Walkers – 1st male, Bongani Mathebe (Correctional Services) 4:11:02; 1st woman, Gayle van Heerden (SANDF) 4:02:02.
10 km: 40-49 – 1st male, Allistair Kingwell (Kovsies) 36:51; 1st woman, Yolanda van Vuuren (SANDF) 43:08.
50-59 – 1st male, André Bartleman (Kovsies) 49:12; 1st woman, Rozelle Cloete (Kovsies) 45:29.60+ – 1st male, Michael Roos (Bfn Striders), 50:57; 1st woman, Huibrecht Prinsloo (Bfn Achilles) 59:50.
Junior boys – Andile Khashu, 37:48. Junior girls – Eunika Venter 1:14:00. Walker – Philip Vogel. – MORGAN PIEK