Quintin van Jaarsveld
Ugu Athletics Club hit the ground running as they started 2019 by hosting the Battle of Ramaloo Nandia Challenge on Sunday.
The 10km run and 5km fun run/walk started and finished at Port Shepstone Senior Primary, and was the club’s first official event under KwaZulu-Natal Athletics and Athletics South Africa rules and regulations.
Approximately 160 runners, including several families, enjoyed the respective runs and family-friendly vibe.
While most saw the event as a fun day out, there was prize money on the line.
Mziwenkosi Mjala won the men’s 10km run in 32 minutes and 42 seconds.
Mndiya Zama (33:37) and South Coast Striders runner Brind Chidzungu (34:07) completed the men’s podium, while Morne Classen (1:05.50) won the 10km junior race.
Striders athlete Zandile Dunywa won the women’s 10km run in 51 minutes and 26 seconds.
Two minutes back were runner-up and junior division winner Lelethu Nzimakwe (53:16) and Strider Lou Schoeman (53:35).
Eddie Ramaloo, head of athletics at the club, said the event was a good starting point for the club.
“Everything went really well and there was a nice atmosphere,” he told eHowzit.
“We got good feedback from the runners; they all asked us to hold the event again next year, so they really enjoyed it.”