14 JUNE 2020

90KM DOWN RUN

History 2006-2009

RACE RESULTS

2006 Up (81st Race)
 Date Friday, 16 June
 Weather Mild with scattered cloud throughout the day.

 Temperature – Min/ Max:

 
 PMB 8/21
 DBN 13/23
 Start Venue/Time Durban City Hall, West Street / 5:30
 Finish Venue Alexandra Park Oval
 Time Limit 12 Hours
 Official Distance 86.700 km

 Winner’s Average Speed:

 
 Men 15.512 km/hr (3m 52s /km)
 Women 14.083 km/hr (4m 16s /km)
 Entries 12066
 Starters 10857
 Finishers – Total 9848
 Men 8239
 Women 1609
 Medals – Gold 20
 Silver 505
 Bill Rowan 1979
 Bronze 4727
 Vic Clapham 2617
 % Finishers / Starters 90.8


THE MENS RACE

Ideal running conditions greeted the contestants when they arrived at the start. This was a relief in view of the cold and wind that, the night before, indicated inclement weather for race-day.

Climbing Cowie’s Hill – 17 kilometres from the start – two runners had broken away from the pack. Fanie Matshipa (1h 01m 17s) and Frans Chauke (1h 02m 48s) were followed in quick succession by Fusi Nhlapo (1h 10m 28s), Brian Zondi (1h 04m 30s), and Magnus Michelsson (1h 04m 48s). Four minutes later the big names stormed through in a huge group.

Matshipa retained the lead, passing Drummond, at halfway, in 2h 39m 31s with an 18-second advantage over Chauke. These two built a substantial lead of eight minutes over third placed Leboko Noto, and ten minutes over the main group.

On the tough section to Cato Ridge, Matshipa fell out of contention as the flying Chauke swept past at a speed that raised questions whether the Up Record would survive the day. He went through Cato Ridge in 3h 41m 12s, with Noto next in 3h 44m 18s. A very reduced pack trailed by in 3h 47m.

Over the gentle, undulating climb to Umlaas Road, the real race commenced. Initiated by a Brian Zondi surge, with only Oleg Kharitonv and Jaroslaw Janicki responding, the three went past the highest point together in 4h 25m 08s.

Kharitonov (5h 07m 52s) was leading at the crest of Polly Shortts, and when Zondi (5h 08m 55s) and Janicki (5h 10m 13s) followed, it apperared that the top three places had been decided.

However, that was not to be. Janicki faded (to eventually finish 6th) and Kotov put in one of his signature finishing bursts to storm through while others wilted.

Kharitonov sailed, untroubled up Polly’s and held a comfortable two-minute lead as he crossed the finish line in Alexandra Park.

RESULT

1st Oleg Kharitonov Russia 5h 35m 19s
2nd Brian Zondi South Africa 5h 37m 32s
3rd Vladimir Kotov Belarus 5h 40m 56s
4th Grigory Murzin Russia 5h 41m 26s
5th Fusi Nhlapo South Africa 5h 41m 43s
6th Jaroslaw Janicki Poland 5h 42m 06s
7th Andrew Kelehe South Africa 5h 44m 20s
8th Mncedisi Mkhize South Africa 5h 44m 28s
9th Frans Chauke South Africa 5h 46m 01s
10th Leboka Noto Lesotho 5h 47m 29s

VETERANS (AGE 40 – 49)

1st Vladimir Kotov (48) Belarus 5h 40m 56s
2nd Andrew Kalehe (41) South Africa 5h 44m 20s
3rd Christopher Mabengeza (40) South Africa 6h 00m 06s


MASTERS (AGE 50 - 59)

1st Peter Camenzind (55) Switzerland

6h 18m 37s

2nd Aubrey Watson (54) South Africa 6h 41m 39s
3rd Cornet Matomane (54) South Africa 6h 44m 22s

GRANDMASTERS (AGE 60 +)

1st Johannes Mosehla (64) South Africa 8h 19m 43s
2nd Calie Beneke (70) South Africa 8h 25m 44s
3rd Francois Hofmeyr (64) South Africa 8h 37m 40s

THE WOMENS RACE

The foreign presence was hammered home with devastating effect. The first five Gold Medals went to visiting runners; four Russians and Germany’s Maria Bak, in fourth place. South Africans finished in positions 6 to 10. A definitive pounding and… Olesya Nurgalieva didn’t run.

By the top of Cowie’s Hill, the four leading contenders had already made their intentions known. Elena Nurgalieva, Marina Bychkova and Tatyana Zhirkova all went through in 1h 14m 55s, with Maria Bak (1h 15m 46s) and Marina Myshlyanova (1h 16m 57s) following. Other than swapping positions intermittently among themselves, they retained the top places through to the finish.

Passing through Drummond in 3h 06m 24s, the position was Nurgalieva, Zhirkova and Bychkova with just strides separating them. Myshlyanova was fourth in 3h 10m 52s and Bak, fifth (3h 14m 19s). The leading trio’s time at the halfway mark was fast, but not exceptional.

Nurgalieva and Zhirkova went ahead, lifting the pace considerally, during the run to Cato Ridge, passing through together in 4h 08m 57s. If the pace was maintained, the existing Up Record would be in jeopardy. Then followed Bychkova (4h 49m 23s), Myshlyanova (4h 20m 10s) and Bak (4h 22m 26s).

When the quintet went past the checkpoint at Umlaas Road, the top five places had been finally decided; the only changes being the time gaps between them but, significantly, a new record was imminent.

Bychkova hung on valiantly but eventually, she could not deny Nurgalieva another win and a new Best Time of 6h 09m 24s.

RESULT

1st Elena Nurgalieva Russia

6h 09m 24s

New Best Time Up

2nd Marina Bychkova Russia 6h 12m 58s
3rd Tatyana Zhirkova Russia 6h 27m 21s
4th Maria Bak Germany 6h 31m 07s
5th Marina Myshlyanova Russia 6h 38m 51s
6th Farwa Mentoor South Africa 6h 41m 32s
7th Yolande Maclean South Africa 6h 47m 03s
8th Riana van Niekerk South Africa 7h 04m 37s
9th Madeleen Otto South Africa 7h 17m 08s
10th Grace De Oliveira South Africa 7h 24m 11s

VETERANS (AGE 40 – 49)

1st Maria Bak (47) Germany 6h 31m 07s
2nd Marina Myshlyanova (40) Russia 6h 38m 51s
3rd Grace De Oliveira (44) South Africa 7h 24m 11s


MASTERS (AGE 50 - 59)

1st Rae Bisschoff (53) South Africa

7h 34m 25s New Best Time Up

2nd Styntjie Prins (52) South Africa 7h 50m 07s
3rd Linda Potgieter (53) South Africa 8h 07m 40s

GRANDMASTERS (AGE 60 +)

1st Thea Kruger (62) South Africa

9h 27m 29s New Best Time Up

2nd Hazel Quilliam (61) South Africa 9h 40m 48s
3rd Jenny Allebone (62) South Africa 9h 59m 51s
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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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