Njeya ready to hit the road in 2015

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RUFUS BOTHA

Long-distance star of the City of Roses, Paulina Njeya (Nedbank RC), seems ready for yet another excellent road race season following a brilliant 2014 season.

The 37-year-old Njeya is ready and raring to go after winning the women section of the first road race in Bloemfontein last Wednesday
(21 January). She scored a convincing win in the 10km at the Bloemfontein Striders road race in Langenhoven Park whilst rain came pouring down over the latter half of the event.

Njeya won in 37:33. Njeya was the first South African woman home at the prestigious Two Oceans ultra marathon (56km) in 2014 when she finished in a surprising fifth position. She beat the second South African woman by more than 10 minutes.

However, the action on Wednesday came in a mini war for second place. One of the Free State’s foremost distance runners, Annah Moeketsi (Transnet), thought she had the prize money for second place in her purse, but 38-year-old Teresa Richards (individual) had other ideas. Richards, the current world biathle senior woman champion and former national 1500m champion (u.17), was 20 metres behind Moeketsi. With only 200m to the finish, she beat Moeketsi on the line with one second in 39:28.

Khotatso Mokone (Kovsies), cruised to victory in the men’s race. He won in 31:18 and in the process left former South African representative (track, road racing and cross country), Boy Soke (33:57), way behind. Sipho Moitse (SANDF, 35:21) was third in 35:21.

The other winners are:

Men: 40 to 49 years: Pule Molosi (Nedbank Bloemfontein Achilles, 37:24), 50 to 59 years: Sydney London (Nedbank Bloemfontein Achilles, 40:04), 60 years plus: Antony Nyabanyaba (BMAC, 41:30), juniors: Louis Botha (Jim Fouché, 36:30), walk: Phillip Vogel (Pentagon Pistols, 1:09:00).

Women: 40 to 49 years: Zelda Prinsloo (Kovsies, 47:21), 50 to 59 years: Adéle Bosch (Bloemfontein Striders, 49:15). 60 years plus: Willemien Smuts (Pentagon Pistols, 57:41), walk: Miemie Kleingeld (Nedbank Bloemfontein Achilles, 1:07:19).