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Leap year at the Century City Express with Discovery Vitality

Century City 10km Express and 5km Fun Run

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Date 01 March 2020
External Link Discovery Vitality

2020’s leap year morning dawned with a beautiful pink sky across a usually quiet Century City.  This morning, there was a sense of anticipation and great excitement as the runners for the Century City 10km Express and 5km fun run got ready to hit the road.  The sun rose in bright yellows and reds as the runners started off, a pesky breeze the only blemish to a perfect morning. 

Part of the 12th annual Century City Sports Festival, the running event is the most popular, with this year’s runners exceeding 5 000.  Discovery Vitality was the main sponsor for the 3rd consecutive year.

The race started off just beyond Intaka Island and circled wide around the boundary of the precinct, past Canal Walk and back again with the finish line at Central Park.

Runners of all ages and fitness levels enjoyed the fun of the 5km and more serious runners attempted to improve on their personal bests with the flat 10km.  Various running clubs participated including the local Century City Athletics Club, Bellville, Edgemead, Khayelitsha , Langa, Tygerberg, West Coast and various universities and corporate teams. 

There were 3 798 participants in the 10km race that crossed the finish line and the 5km runners totaled 1 018, which included 200 children from JAG Foundation.

The first over the finish line was 24-year old Anthony Timoteus from the University of the Western Cape, who sprinted through at a rapid speed with a finishing time of 30:43.  He won a R10 000 cash prize, a R3 000 Canal Walk voucher and a Discovery Vitality gift pack.

Hot on his heels was 40-year old Mbongeni Ngxazozo from Rockies who charged in at 30:59. Third fastest was Vuyolethu Mbukushe, 29 years old, from Atlantic Athletic Club at 31:06.

The ladies were led by 32-year old Fortunate Chidzivo from Retail Capital Langa who finished with a super speedy 32:53.  25-year old Kyla van Graan from Murray & Roberts WP finished second with 35:28 and Paige Mackenzie, 19 years old from UCT was in at third place at 36:09.

The fastest veteran (70+) was 71-year young Henry Cleophas from Nedbank Running Club, who blazed through with a finishing time of 48:31.  The fastest of the ladies was Diana Thomson, 73-years young from K-Way VOB with 56:41.

For the 10km overall results, click here and for the category results, click here

The less serious 5km was more of family affair and the top 10 runners were dominated by youngsters.  Jason Bruiners (24) did a quick 16:08 run with 19-year old Batandwa Matinise on his heels at 16:48 and Micardo Maregele (17) with 16:54.  64-year old Clive Justus – the only runner over the age of 30 in the 5km top 10 - finished with a great time of 18:50.

The ladies were led by 29-year old Simone Loeodolff with a finishing time of 20:17.    Two 10-years olds were second and third – Zoe-Jane Cole with a time of 20:52 and Amy Opperman with a great 20:58.

For the 5km overall results, click here

 

Thank you to all the amazing sponsors, without whom we would not have been able to host this fabulous event:

 

Discovery Vitality

Canal Walk

Century City Conference Centre and Hotel

Dis-Chem

Coca Cola

Barnyard Theatre

NAD+ Clinic

Property World

The Square Café

Sports SA

Alison Thomson Physiotherapy

Marriott Cape Town Crystal Towers Hotel

Knife restaurant

Bootlegger Coffee Company

Bricklane Eatery

Diva Cuisine

Century City Athletics Club

Century City Property Owners’ Association

Intaka Island