Record turnout for Century City Sports Festival
Runners came from around the country to participate in the Road Race which is held over a flat, fast course with many runners attempting to achieve their personal best times over the distance and 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.
In a nail-biting photo finish Sibusiso Madikizela of Itheko took top honors with a time of 31minutes 13 seconds followed by Anthony Timetheus of UWC a second later and Lungile Gongqa – last year’s winner – a second after him with a time of 31 minutes and 15 seconds.
For the third consecutive year the first woman runner home was Zintle Xiniwe, who ran under a temporary licence, in a time of 34:15, with Nolene Conrad of Boxer in second place with a time of 34:41 followed by Lena Lotter, also on a temporary licence, in 35:05.
Sandra van Graan of Edgemead was the first Masters woman in the over 40 category with a time of 39:27; Mariette Strauss of Tygerberg was the first Masters over 50 with a time of 41:55; Lyn Wood, also of Edgemead was the first Masters over 60 with a time of 58:25 and Marlene James of Pinelands the first Masters over 70 with a time of 58:24.
The first male Masters over 40 home was Tsungai Mwanengeni of New Balance in a time of 32:26 while Eric Coetzee, on a temporary licence, was the first Masters over 50 with atime of 34:00; Aurie Veldsman of Helderberg was the first Masters over 60 with a time of 40:40 and Joseph Matthews of Midas Sport was the first Masters over 70 with a time of 49:51.
The Century City Sports Festival is aimed at both corporate teams and individual participants and provides both participatory and spectator sports including a 2,5km FunRun/Walk which attracted around 300 participants, junior and senior Touch Rugby tournaments, Five-a-side Corporate Soccer competitions, Kermesse Road Circuit Cycling races, Junior and Senior Canoe Marathons, Canoe Polo, Stand Up Paddling, Dragon Boat Racing and Junior Cricket.
Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the Century City Property Owners’ Association, said the Festival had grown exponentially every year and this year there had been more than 4000 participants.
“It has become a major attraction not only on the Century City calendar but for Cape Town as a whole and we are confident it will keep growing in stature.”