04 May 2017 Volume :5 Issue :24

Team UKZN Competes in 56 km Two Oceans Marathon

Team UKZN Competes in 56 km Two Oceans Marathon
Part of Team UKZN who took on the mammoth Two Oceans race.

Team UKZN competed in the 56km Old Mutual Two Oceans marathon in Cape Town with several runners recording excellent times in one of Africa’s biggest road running events.

Notable performances included Howard College coach Mduduzi Khumalo who led by example winning his first silver medal in the excellent time of 03:53:30, while masters student Mr Gcinokwakhe Ngcobo just missed out on a silver finishing in 04:02:30.  Nhlanhla Nzama finished in 04:34:22 and Rendani Mudau in 04:34:22.

UKZN Council member Mr Tony Singarum, who is part of the University’s Forensic Services team, completed his ninth Two Oceans. He has also run Comrades 21 times.

Singarum said an official study done in 2016 on the economic impact of the Two Oceans Marathon showed the event brought in over R672-million for Cape Town, making it a huge driver of economic upliftment. ‘So as runners we are not only making our lives better by keeping fit but we are also contributing to the lives of others by creating jobs and future opportunities for our people,’ said Singarum.

Singarum, who feels blessed to have good health which gives him the strength to run the gruelling races, says it is challenging to balance a training programme and family and work commitments. ‘I just put one foot in front of the other and accept I am only competing with myself, rather than running to win the race,’ he quipped.  

‘I count it an honour and privilege to run in the colours of UKZN which is another way of branding our University not only locally but globally,’ said Singarum. ‘It gave me immense pride and joy to see students in the colours of UKZN run this race for the first time and complete it. Their coach worked hard in ensuring they did well and all signs indicate they will do well in Comrades.’

Speaking on behalf of the UKZN runners, Singarum commended accomplished runner and UKZN Sports Officer Mr Ayanda Ndlovu for doing a ‘splendid job’ in motivating Team UKZN. He also commended fellow Council members Mr Sammy Mashita and Ms Zinhle Sokhela for running the race, as well as other staff members who ran under their own club colours.

Ndlovu offered this advice to would-be marathon runners:

•   Train hard so you can enjoy the race

•   Don’t skip your weekend long runs

•   Do lots of speed and hill repeats

•   Train with a group/club

•   Get enough sleep

•   Start your race slow and finish strong.

Ndlovu acknowledged UKZN clubs and sports unions for assisting the runners with transport and accommodation.

‘UKZN Athletics has branches on all campuses so anyone wanting to join should inquire at the respective sport administration or sport union offices,’ said Ndlovu.

Benefits of joining UKZN AC include:

•   Access to professional coaching from leading coaches in road running, track and field, and cross country

•   Access to arguably the best facilities in the province

•   Transport to races

•   Being part of one of the fastest growing clubs in KwaZulu-Natal

•   Being part of a vibrant club culture.

Team UKZN included:

Students: Sanele Mbambo, Gcinokwakhe Ngcobo, Nhlanhla Nzama, Nina Grundlingh, Alex Nxumalo and Tebza Mbhele

Staff: Tony Singarum and Ayanda Ndlovu

Other members: Celia Mehou-Loko, Thembekile Simelane, Rendani Mudau and Sipho Evans

Coach: Mduduzi Khumalo

Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer

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