Desmond Mokgobu took the 21.1km Men’s Open race title in the Bestmed TuksRace in a time of 65:28, while Thabita Tsatsa was the first to cross the line in the 21.1km Women’s Open race in a time of 82:55 on Saturday, at the LC De Villiers Sports Grounds at the University of Pretoria Campus.
Mokgobu, who came third in the 10km Men’s Open race in 2013 and second in the 21.1km Men’s Open race in 2012, commented, “I was very happy with my time today, as this race was an important part of my training for the Two Oceans Marathon.”
According to 41 year old Zimbabwean marathon runner, Tsatsa, who came in second in last year’s Bestmed TuksRace in the 21.1 km Women’s Open race says, “I was confident today, and excited to compete with all my fellow runners. As it was my first race this year, I paced myself in preparation to defend my title in the Two Oceans Marathon in April this year.”
Rutendo Nyahora, took the title for the second time in the 10km Women’s Open race in a time of 34:30. “The race was challenging due to the changed route, which had a lot more bends. It was exciting to run with my competitors, Lebo Phalula and Myrette Filmater and I’m looking forward to participating in the Spar Ladies race.”
Stephen Mokoka, who broke the record in the 21.1km Men’s Open race in 2012 and was champion in 2013, entered the 10km Men’s Open race at the last minute and won in a time of 30:06. “The route was more challenging but it was a great morning jog.”
The 21.1km Women’s Walk was won by Sandra Steenkamp in a time of 2:05.51; the 21.1km Men’s Walk by Wayne Steenkamp in a time of 98:25. The 10km Women’s Walk was won by Anel Oosthuizen in a time of 50:55; the 10km Men’s Walk by Lebogang Shange in a time of 42:35; and the 10km Wheelchair race was won by Christiaan de Wet in a time of 61:19.
Dries la Grange, CEO of Bestmed, commented on this year’s race, “After a threatening storm during the early hours of the morning, it turned out to be a perfect day for the race with an amazing turnout of elite athletes. Social walkers, wheelchair participants, runners and families along with their children, prams and dogs, participated in the 1km walk. We were also very privileged to have the support of our Honorable Deputy Minister of Sports, Mr Gert Oosthuizen during the event.”