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- Updated: September 1, 2013
Mapaseka┬á ÔÇ£SpeedstarÔÇØ Makhanya romped home in a record 33min 37sec to win the Pretoria leg of the SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge at SuperSport Park on a chilly Saturday afternoon.
Her emphatic victory means the Transnet runner is virtually assured of winning the SPAR Grand Prix prize of a Nissan Micra car after the Johannesburg leg of the Challenge series in October.
Last year’s Grand Prix winner and London Olympian Rene Kalmer, finished second in 33.56 and her Nedbank teammate (and also Olympian), Irvette van Zyl (formerly Van Blerk) was third, in 34.21. Rutendo Nyahora (Nedbank) was hot on her heels, in 34.32. The first four all broke the record (34.50) set by Kalmer in 2011.
ÔÇ£I had a great run,ÔÇØ said Makhanya.
ÔÇ£Rene and I ran together for a while, but I pulled away from her at about five and a half kilometres.┬á It was quite a tough course ÔÇô hilly and windy ÔÇô but I was quite comfortable until the last two kilometres, which were downhill and really hard on my legs.
ÔÇ£But when you win, you forget about all the discomfort,ÔÇØ she beamed.
Kalmer, who was coming back from an injury that she sustained during the Boston Marathon, said she was happy with her run. ÔÇ£I wanted to make the top three, and I did,ÔÇØ she said.
ÔÇ£My time was a minute faster than last year, and I really feel I’m back in the groove, after a year of injury and illness.ÔÇØ
Van Zyl, also a former Grand Prix winner, has also been plagued with injury, and had to withdraw from the World Championships marathon in Moscow earlier this month because of knee problems, and she was delighted with her third place.
ÔÇ£I had a great day today,ÔÇØ she said. ÔÇ£I’ve had so many problems with injuries ÔÇô my knee, and a foot that goes numb ÔÇô but today I was able to run the whole race without stopping.┬áThird today was like a win for me.┬á My knee is fine and I’m having treatment for the numb foot, so I can control it now.ÔÇØ
Van Zyl said she had been in about 20th position at the start of the race.┬á ÔÇ£I slowly caught them up, one by one.┬áAt about seven kilometres, I caught up with Rutendo Myahora, and she didn’t want me to pass her, but then I was able to pull away from her at about seven kilometres.ÔÇØ
Makhanya is best known as a track runner, and is aiming to move up from 800 metres to 1500 and 5000m.┬áShe is also planning preparing to run a marathon early next year.
ÔÇ£My heart is still on the track, but I love these races, and I have worked very hard to win the Grand Prix.┬á I really feel I’ve earned it,ÔÇØ she said.
Open: 1 Mapaseka Makhanya (Transnet) 33.37; 2 Rene Kalmer (Nedbank) 33.56; 3┬á Irvette van Zyl (Nedbank) 34.21; 4 Rutendo Nyahora (Nedbank 34.32; 5┬á Jenna Challenor 35.04; 6┬á Christine Kalmer 35.21; 7 Myrette Filmater 35.32; 8 Cornelia Joubert 35.35; 9 Diana-Lebo Phalula 36.01; 10 Nolene Conrad 36.14
Junior: 1 Alicia Labuschagne 39.33; 2 Olivia Labuschagne 41.33; 3 Cindy Labuschagne 41.43
Veteran: 1 Thabitha Tsatsa 36.42; 2 Ronel Thomas 39.42; 3 Janene Carey 40.05
Master: 1 Grace de Oliviera 42.42; 2 Elsabe Brink 45.34; 3 Frances van Blerk 45.38
Grandmaster: Sonja Laxton 44.30; Lyn de Bruin 49.39; 3 Patricia Shaw 54.14
Great Grandmaster: 1 Deirdre Larkin 57.29; 2 Mavis Stadler 62.37; 3 Jeanette Loots 65.00