14 JUNE 2020

90KM DOWN RUN

History 2010-2015

RACE RESULTS

2010 Down (85th Race)
 Date Sunday, 30 May
 Weather Cloudy early morning, warming to hot and cloudless at midday.

 Temperature – Min/ Max:

 
 PMB 6/21
 DBN 15/25
 Start Venue/Time Pietermaritzburg City Hall / 5:30
 Finish Venue Kingsmead Stadium
 Time Limit 12 Hours
 Official Distance 89.208 km

 Winner’s Average Speed:

 
 Men 16.283 km/hr (3m 41s /km)
 Women 14.360 km/hr (4m 11s /km)
 Entries 23567
 Starters 16482
 Finishers – Total 14338
 Men 11210
 Women 3128
 Medals – Gold 20
 Wally Hayward 12
 Silver 599
 Bill Rowan 2304
 Bronze 6563
 Vic Clapham 4840
 % Finishers / Starters 87.0


THE MENS RACE

Stephen Muzhingi’s demolition of Leonid Shvetsov in 2009 prompted the question “Has the era of foreign domination ended?”

When the field of nearly 16 500 left the Pietermaritzburg City Hall, in perfect running weather at 5:30, by 11 o’clock the answer would be known.

Leading the field on its journey to Durban was the usual group of top standard marathon performers whose sole objective was the lure of the hotspot prizes on offer.

Behind them two groups, which contained all the main contenders, developed. Stephen Muzhingi was the pace-setter in the first group that included Peter Muthubi, Charles Tjiane and Lucas Nonyana. The following group had Vladimir Kotov as the driver. Hotspot chaser, Wellington Chidodo was timed through Drummond at 2h 37m 15s after which he soon faded to nowhere.

Tjiane, who had broken away from the main group, went through halfway with an advantage of eight minutes over the Muzhingi group. This was, perhaps, a wake-up call to those behind who probably realised that it was Tjiane who, in 2009, led all the way to Pinetown and was caught, as he tired, on the run-in to the finish, to eventually take third place. Maybe this was the year for him to last all the way.

Muzhingi, Claude Moshiywa, Bethuel Netshifhefhe and Fanie Matshipa set off in pursuit of the leader. Unlike last year, Tjiane unexpectedly faded and was walking as he neared Winston Park, but his lead was so great that the Muzhingi quartet finally reeled him in at Kloof.

Unknown to everyone, though, Ludwick Mamabolo and Bongmusa Mthembu, both lost in the main pack through halfway, were turning in a storming run over the final quarter of the race.

Moshiywa accelerated on the big drop down Field’s Hill where, firstly Netshifhefhe, and then Muzhingi drifted off the pace. The crowd at Kingsmead went into raptures on hearing that a South African was leading the race through Pinetown.

Moments later the raptures were silenced when the big screen at Kingsmead showed Moshiywa walking towards the foot of Cowies Hill. Muzhingi had recovered and went into the lead and stayed there, crossing the finish line more than six minutes before Mamabolo arrived, with Mtembu another two minutes adrift.

Returning to the question “Has the Russian strangle hold been broken?”

The first Russian home was Grigory Murzin in 21st place.

Apart from Muzhingi (Zimbabwe) and Noto (Lesotho, 9th) the remaining Gold medals fell into South African hands.

In positions 11 to 20, Prodigal Khumalo (Zimbabwe) finished 11th with South Africans filling out the rest.

RESULT

1st Stephen Muzhingi Zimbabwe 5h 29m 01s
2nd Ludwick Mamabolo South Africa 5h 35m 29s
3rd Bongmusa Mthembu South Africa 5h 37m 49s
4th Fanie Matshipa South Africa 5h 39m 53s
5th Fusi Nhlapo South Africa 5h 40m 26s
6th Claude Moshiywa South Africa 5h 43m 04s
7th Petros Sosibo South Africa 5h 45m 58s
8th Peter Molapo South Africa 5h 46m 19s
9th Leboka Noto Lesotho 5h 48m 45s
10th Peter Muthubi South Africa 5h 49m 10s

VETERANS (AGE 40 – 49)

1st Petros Sosibo (40) South Africa 5h 45m 58s
2nd Grigory Murzin (40) Russia 5h 59m 08s
3rd Elias Mabane (41) South Africa 6h 09m 57s


MASTERS (AGE 50 - 59)

1st Vladimir Kotov (52) Belarus

5h 51m 38s New Best Time Down

2nd Eloi De Oliveira (52) South Africa 6h 36m 33s
3rd Aubrey Watson (58) South Africa 6h 40m 56s

GRANDMASTERS (AGE 60 +)

1st Jan Meyer (60) South Africa 8h 04m 01s
2nd Freddy Khashiri (63) Zimbabwe 8h 04m 59s
3rd Robert Edouard-Betsy (61) South Africa 8h 06m 52s

THE WOMENS RACE

While great joy flowed from the result of the Men’s Race, there was little joy for local supporters in the Women’s Race with visitors taking seven of the Gold medals; five of them – including the top three positions – going to Russia. Again it was Farwa Mentoor who led the local challenge; finishing fifth.

Mentoor was indisputably the top South African woman of the decade and, in all probability, the greatest ever. It is unfortunate that her peak – she earned nine Golds from nine starts – arrived during the wrong decade.

The race, as a spectacle was a disappointment, as it appeared that the Nurgalieva twins would, again, have things all their own way. They once again adopted their proven tactic of going to the front from there gun and staying there. At Camperdown, twenty-six kilometers into the race, they already held a four-minute lead over Marina Myshlyanova and that was how it remained the entire way into Durban. When they entered Kingsmead Stadium, the contrived result gave Elena a one-second victory over Olesya, the distance back to Myshlyanova had stretched to thirteen minutes.

RESULT

1st Elena Nurgalieva Russia 6h 13m 04s
2nd Olesya Nurgalieva Russia 6h 13m 05s
3rd Marina Myshlyanova Russia 6h 26m 03s
4th Kami Semick USA 6h 32m 55s
5th Farwa Mentoor South Africa 6h 38m 41s
6th Lizzy Hawker England 6h 39m 43s
7th Irina Antropova Russia 6h 44m 27s
8th Lindsay van Aswegen South Africa 6h 46m 52s
9th Adinda Kruger South Africa 6h 51m 15s
10th Anna Pichtova Russia 6h 51m 34s

VETERANS (AGE 40 – 49)

1st Marina Myshlyanova (43) Russia 6h 26m 03s
2nd Kami Semick (43) USA 6h 32m 55s
3rd Lindsay van Aswegen (41) South Africa 6h 46m 52s


MASTERS (AGE 50 - 59)

1st Angela Sadler (50) England

7h 50m 05s

2nd Wendy Fitzmaurice (56) South Africa 8h 11m 05s
3rd Marie Wolmarans (51) South Africa 8h 12m 43s

GRANDMASTERS (AGE 60 +)

1st Jan Phelan (61) South Africa 9h 07m 57s
2nd Carrol Cronk (60) South Africa 9h 18m 30s
3rd Maria Bernardino (62) Brazil 9h 38m 05s
2011 Up (86th Race)
2012 Down (87th Race)
2013 Up (88th Race)
2014 Down (89th Race)
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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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