WINELANDS RUN 2015
What a big race this weekend past. Mother Nature ordered up just about perfect overcast and cool weather on raceday. Definately one of the more scening runs on the WPA calendar, so no surprise that ARD turned up in numbers at the Vital Winelands Run. The 10km, 21km and 42km distances were well represented.
The 3km gravel thoroughfare was a challenge on both the half and full marathon routes. In the case of the 21km it hit us at the 11km mark. The only way to get it over and done with quickly was to get on a busof which ARD had quite a few minibuses which made it easier. According to a few websites it is a difficult and hilly course and yet many pb’s were achieved. The highlight of the 21km was the race within the race; Lendis vs Molti. Abdullatief Lendis planned his attack perfectly and overtook Aboebaker Molti in the closing 100m. The announcer added to the drama by commentating to the sprint finish. We now anxiously waiting for the next race to see if Molti will be victorious.
PB's were smashed and qualifiers were reached by the marathon runners. Legs of steel was needed to tackle quite a hilly route, not to mention THAT gravel stretch was the make or break for too much of the marathon field. Great performances by Grandmaster Achmat Salie putting his 5 hour qualifier in the bag, also running were Hoosain Achmat, Suzie Germs, Sieraaj Slamang, Shaheed Adams, Yazid Ebrahim , Nabuweyah Vermeulen , Ruwaydah Karriem,, Mervin Lakay, Abdul Muiz Lewin, Johnhamish Manuel, Zaheed Ebrahim, Yusuf Kariem, and Alroy Alexander
Personal bests for Eben Brummer, Farouk Molti, Ayesha Molti, Shameemah Begg, Abduragiem Pathan, Ameen Ceres, Zainuneesa Ungerer and Ighsaan Kafaar was all part of the days servings.
Congratulations to Edwina And Wagied Ceres for completing their debut marathon.
Special mention to Hishaam Petersen for all the pics taken on race day.
Have a look at Winelands Run gallery here!
“I'm often asked what I think about as I run. Usually the people who ask this have never run long distances themselves. I always ponder the question. What exactly do I think about when I'm running? I don't have a clue.” Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running