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Local runners take the top spots

Once again Nedbank Running Club’s top athletes conquered the fourt annual 10km race of the Connie Mulder Centre.

01 July 2011 | Raymond Moeng

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In the early stages of the race, Enoch Manyandi from Westonaria, was in the leading group with team mates, defending champion Mtetho Goxo, Vincent Kutoane and Tebogo Masilo.

After the three kilometre mark, Manyandi made his intentions of winning the race known — he broke from the group to claim victory in this race in a time of 31:53. Hot on his heels was team mate Vincent Kutoane from Mohlakeng and finished the race in 32:23. Third place went to Tebogo Masilo with a time of 32:56.

Enoch says: "I had to get away from the leading pack and the three kilometers mark was the ideal time to accomplish this. However, I would have preferred if the second runner could have given chase as this would have pushed me to finish the race in a faster time. I believe that if I was challenged I could have finished the race under 30 minutes.” According to Enoch, this victory could not have come at a better time. “This was an ideal preparation race to prepare me for the South African 21 kilometre championships which will be held at Port Elizabeth."

In the women section, a local girl, Cornelia Joubert who runs in Randmark colours had a comfortable win with a time of 40:57.She was followed in second position by Chrizani Smith from Nedbank in 46:23 and Jeanette Mckenzie from Nedbank running Club was third with a time of 48:47.Cornelia says: "I have recovered from an injury that prevented me from competing for the last three months. So I am really glad that I won this race. However, the competition was not that stiff this year. “

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