Segoaba and Njeya score 15km up run victories

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RUFUS BOTHA

Former team competition medalist for South Africa at the World 21km Championships, Samuel Segoaba, experienced no difficulties in winning the Bloemfontein Striders Engen Crossing to Engen Curie 15km road race in Bloemfontein on Saturday. 

This years’ race, which started at Engen at College Crossing and finished at Engen in Curie Avenue is regarded as the 'up run' as athletes finish a couple of metres higher in altitude than the starting point. This alternates annually and next year will see the 'down run', starting at Curie Avenue.

Segoaba finished in a decent inland and 'up' time of 46:55 and left second placed, Chabeli Sidwell (48:04) more than a minute in his wake. Khothatso Mokone had to settle for third in 48:39, but he got the better of his Kovsies teammate, Boy Soke (fourth, 49:38), a second shy of a minute in front of the latter. 

In the women’s race it was all systems go for the star of Free State long- and ultra-distance runner, Paulina Njeya. Njeya stopped the clock at 58:45 to score a runaway victory over the silver medalist, Elmari Goodchild (1:00:22). 

Maryna Swanepoel (1:01:09) was nearly a minute behind Goodchild to claim the bronze medal position.

The other category winners were:

Men: 40 to 49 years: Sihlalo Xwazi (51:48), 50 to 59 years: Sydney London (1:03:53), 60 years plus: Paulus Mpho (1:16:35), juniors: Louis Botha (57:31), walk: Mthembi Chauke ( no time recorded). 

Women: 40 tot 49 years: Johanette Jacobs (1:17:13), 50 to 59 years: Adéle Bosch (1:14:19), 60 years plus: Huibrecht Prinsloo (1:24:35), juniors: Welmari Volschenk (1:06:50), walk: Miemie Kleingeld ( no time recorded).