Murray & Roberts Running Club Delivers Podiums Galore and Vorentoe Running Academy Domidates at Northvaal Champs

The Murray & Roberts Running Club’s athletes shone again this past weekend. Ranging from the ten kay distance, all the way through to a very quick half marathon.

 At the PetroSA 10km, half and full marathon in Mossel Bay on Saturday morning, Philani Buthelezi came second in the ten kay event, in just over 30 minutes, while 22 year-old Dylan van der Merwe just missed breaking 32 minutes over the same distance and finished fifth overall. In the half marathon, Benedict Moeng raced to a 64 minute 29 second clocking in his build up to representing South Africa at the World Athletic Championship over the marathon distance in Doha in September. Moeng did not ease up for this one and used it as an indicator of his speed going into what is undoubtedly the biggest race of his career. He was exactly 61 seconds off the winning time in fourth place. In the women’s race, Janie Grundling clinched fifth place in 81:35.

 In the standard marathon, perennial performer Charne Bosman, ran a 2:49:22 for third place overall and a resounding victory in the over-40’s category. Vuyisle Tshoba, making his debut over the taxing distance, set a personal best with his 2:22:30 for ninth place overall.

 In Potchefstroom, in the Northvaal Championship at the North West University’s cross country course, the Murray & Roberts Vorentoe Running Academy had to pull a rabbit out of the bag. They dominated the junior girls’ race when they took six places in the top ten. However going into the boys race, the “Vories" were 24 points behind but came storming back to win comfortably, making it eight wins since 2010! A truly remarkable performance!

 In KwaZulu-Natal, Comrades gold medallist Jenna Challenor, continued her good form by taking the victory over the 10km distance at the Mandela Marathon in 36 minutes.

 At the Discovery half marathon run from the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg, Mia Morrison ran to a convincing victory in the half in 86:21. That led the way for Irene Gonzalves to clinch a podium spot in the veterans section in a tad over 94 minutes. Karen Brough, making a return to racing after recent injury, took first in the over-50’s in 1 hour and 45 minutes. In the 10km race, Anet Coetzee’s victory made it a treble for the black and yellow at the popular race, as she claimed the top step of the podium in 40:01

 Team manager Dana Coetzee said: “We are consistent over so many distances and I believe that the team spirit in the black and yellow is also unsurpassed. Every weekend I am astounded at the level of competitiveness that our team can produce over a wide range of distances. Benedict’s run is a good indicator of his ability to run under 2 hours and 11 minutes for the marathon race in Doha. If he is able to perform there, like he did in Mossel Bay without easing off on his marathon training, he will be a top ten finisher”