Record turnout for 8th Century City Sports Festival
The 2016 Century City Sports Festival held over the weekend of 11-13 March attracted a record number of participants with just under 2500 runners competing in the signature event – the 10km Century City Express – and a further 700 participating in the 2,5km Family Fun Run/Walk.
The three day festival, which includes both participatory and spectator sports, is the highlight on the Century City sports calendar and this is the eighth consecutive year it has been held, with the premier event of the festival being the Century City 10km Express road race.
Runners, including many top athletes, came from around the country to participate in the road race which offers one of the country’s largest purse prizes of R10 000 for the first male and female runners home plus R3000 in Canal Walk shopping vouchers.
First home was Gladwin Mzazi of Boxer Club, Gauteng in a time of 29 minutes 52 seconds followed by last year’s winner Sibusiso Madikizela of Khayelitsha running for MSA with a time of 30 minutes 22 seconds and Moketi Tsleiso, also of Gauteng, two seconds later.
The first woman home was Nolene Conrad of Stellenbosch running for KPMG in a time of 34 minutes and 57 seconds. Nolene beat Zintle Xiniwe of FNB – who has won the race every year since inception. Zintle, from Khayelitsha, was home in a time of 35 minutes and 30 seconds. The third woman runner was Fortunate Chidzivo of Blue Downs running for Nedbank in a time of 35 minutes and 59 seconds.
The winning male junior runner was McMarshall Hartzenberg of Eerste River (32:15) followed by Asemahle Kwatsha (RCS Gugs) of Khayelitsha (35 minutes) and Calvin Hammond of Pinelands (37:32).
Lauren Jonathan of Seekoevlei who recently started running for UWC where she is a student was the first female junior home in a time of 41:15 followed by Busiswe Gwala of Khayelitsha, who runs for K-Way VOB, in 46:23 and Magda Mooij of Brackenfell in 46:27.
The first Men’s Masters over 40 was Gert Thys of Gauteng in a time of 30:57, followed by two RCS Gugs runners, Tsungai Mwanengeni of Bellville in a time of 31:32 and Thembelani Zola of Kuilsriver in a time of 34:29.
Obertina Kawyango of Edgemead won the Women’s Masters over 40 in 40:31 followed by Marelize Vieniwgs of Pinelands in 42:24 and Sharon Sunderland of West Coast 35:59.
Johnny Persents of Newlands won the Mens Masters over 50 in 35 minutes followed by Eric Coetzee of Bellville (35:53) and Chris Mitchell of Pinelands (37:03).
Olga Howard of Celtics Claremont was the first Masters over 50 woman (44:04) followed by Teretha Lourens of West Coast (45:35) and Bev Charters of Bishops Court running for K-Way VOB (45:59).
In the Men’s Masters over 60, Muhamad Kriel of Ommiedraai Kenilworth took top honours (38:50) followed by Robbie Lindsay of Brackenfell running for Nedbank (40:35) and Brian Merryweather of Edgemead (44:29).
Nancy Will of Pinelands was the first Woman Masters over 60 (44:38) followed by Charmaine Cupido of Pinelands running for Nedbank (49:40) and Helen du Plessis of Brackenfell (49:40).
The first Men’s Masters over 70 home was Jeff Smith of Retreat running for Itheko (43:16) followed by Ronnie le Roux of Brackenfell (47:53) and Joseph Mathews of Southfield running for Midas Spartans in 52:48.
Pixie Sparg of Rondebosch running for Celtics was the first woman over 70 in a time of 56:34 followed by Marlee James of Pinelands (59:03) and Annatjie Berntzen of Goodwood (74:03).
This year veteran runners put in a strong showing with not only 15 men and 10 women over 60 running but eight men and five women over the age of 70 and three men over the age of 80 – Casper Greeff and David Wingrin both of Sea Point and Arthur Dakas of Green Point.
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The Century City Sports Festival is aimed at both corporate and individual participants and provides both participatory and spectator sports. In addition to the road race and fun run it includes 5-a-side Touch Rugby tournaments, Five-a-side Corporate Soccer, Kermesse Road Circuit Cycling races, Canoe Polo, Stand Up Paddling including the Natioinal 10km race, Dragon Boat Racing and Junior Cricket.
Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the Century City Property Owners’ Association, says this year’s festival was the biggest to date with well over 4000 sports men and women competing.
“It continues to grow exponentially every year and is now a major attraction on not only the Century City calendar but for Cape Town as a whole. The number of runners coming from up country is also testament to the stature of the 10km Century City Express!”
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