14 JUNE 2020

90KM DOWN RUN

History 1930-1935

RACE RESULTS

1930 Up (10th Race)
 Date Saturday, 24 May
 Weather Mild with fresh breeze.
 Start Venue/Time Durban City Hall / 6:00
 Finish Venue Alexandra Park Athletic and Cycle Track (The Duck Pond)
 Time Limit 11 Hours
 Approx. Distance 54 M
 Entries Unknown
 Starters 55
 Finishers – Total 29
 Men 29
 Medals-Silver 29
 % Finishers / Starters 52.7

 
THE MENS RACE

The runners were sent away at 6 a.m. in bright moonlight. Frank Hayes led the charge up Berea Road and headed the field over Tollgate. Close on his heels was the Johannesburg novice, Wally Hayward, who was, in turn, followed by Frank Munnery. These three had drawn well away from the rest, but Hayward went into the lead shortly thereafter. He kept pushing hard and reaching Pinetown in 1h 27m, had a lead of over 5 minutes from Munnery. Next through was Albert Marie (1h 35m 55s) and the Savage brothers, Jack and Bill in 1h 37m 30s. Hayes had already retired.

Weather conditions were favourable, with a pleasant chill in the air, which Hayward took full advantage of, increasing the distance between himself and the following pack all the time. He passed through Hillcrest in 2h 27m; 11 minutes ahead of Munnery and 17 minutes ahead of Jack Savage.

Botha’s Hill held no fears for Hayward and he dropped easily down to Drummond, arriving at the midpoint in 3h 20m. In second place, with half the journey behind them, was Munnery (3h 36m 05s). Then followed the Savage brothers, Jack (3h 42m 20s) and Bill (3h 47m 25s), Bill Cochrane (3h 48m 30s) with Fred Wallace and Phil Masterton-Smith running together (3h 51m 5s).

Hayward climbed Inchanga without any trouble, but the big hill wrought changes behind him. Once all the leading contenders had negotiated the hill, Hayward held a lead of two miles over Munnery, while Masterton-Smith had moved ahead of Wallace.

Hayward was still leading at Harrison but the first telltale signs were beginning to show. He struggled bravely until Cato Ridge where cramp forced him to stop for a massage. Although he was forced to walk on all the hills, he hung on doggedly while Masterton-Smith was picking up places as he passed those ahead of him. Hayward still led at Camperdown in 5h 13m 25s, followed by Munnery (5h 24m), Jack Savage (5h 27m) and Masterton-Smith (5h 30m).

By Umlaas Road, Savage had moved into second place, 14 minutes behind Hayward, with the flying Masterton-Smith another minute adrift. On the long downhill section, with Munnery and Savage tiring, Masterton-Smith moved into second position. With Hayward walking on the hills, the distance back to the chaser dwindled rapidly as Masterton-Smith took the hills with ease.

It developed into an enthralling battle as the end approached. The gap, however, was just too great. Hayward crossed the finish line a mere 37 seconds ahead of the gallant Masterton-Smith.   

RESULT

1st Wally Hayward South Africa

7h 27m 26s

2nd Phil Masterton-Smith South Africa 7h 28m 03s
3rd Frank Munnery South Africa 7h 39m 30s
4th

Jack Savage

South Africa 7h 44m 31s
5th Fred Wallace South Africa 7h 55m 24s
6th Piet van Rooyen South Africa 8h 15m 02s
7th Bill Cochrane South Africa 8h 20m 21s
8th Albert Marie South Africa 8h 20m 50s
9th Rubin Shapiro South Africa 8h 27m 14s
10th Bill Savage South Africa 8h 29m 42s
1931 Down (11th Race)
1932 Up (12th Race)
1933 Down (13th Race)
1934 Up (14th Race)
1935 Down (15th Race)

1921 BILL ROWAN

1923 ARTHUR NEWTON

1930 WALLY HAYWARD

1931 PHIL MASTERSTON-SMITH

1933 HARDY BALLINGTON

1933 MAX TRIM-BOURNEN

1952 TREVOR ALLEN

19353 WALLY HAYWARD

19358 JACKIE MECKLER

1975 ELIZABETH CAVANAUGH

1975 VINCENT RAKABAELE

1979 ALAN ROBB

1983 BRUCE FORDYCE

1984 LINDSAY WEIGHT

1989 FRITH VAN DER MERWE

1989 SAMUEL TSHABALALA

2013 ELENA NURGALIVEA

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