THE cold, strong westerly wind and spots of rain during the race robbed runners of the chance of picking up cash incentives offered by EPAU at the Continental 10km road race organised by the Body Concept Road Warriors Running Club on Saturday.
About 360 runners set off from Pollok Beach at 7am on a new out-and-back route into the Cape Recife Nature Reserve in conditions not conducive to fast times.
On the return leg, runners were going into the teeth of the wind, and it was here that Melikhaya Frans (Nedbank) pulled away from the field to win in a relatively fast 31 minutes 44 seconds, ahead of Mkhuseli Nyongo of Absa NMMU (32:29) and Thando Ncipha of Malabar AC (35:12). Ncipa was also the first junior male runner.
Ntombesintu Mfunzi (Bonitas) proved yet again that she is the queen of road running in the province when she won the women's race in 38:44 with Freedah Ncube (Absa NMMU) a distant second in 42:24, and Siphokazi Njoko (Transnet) third in 43:08. Njoko was the first junior female home.
DESPITE the poor weather and competition from the Contintental 10km road race and 5km fun run up the road, the second Hobie Beach Parkrun attracted a field of 86 participants, half of whom were first-timers.
The parkrun is a free timed run of roughly 5km held at 8am every Saturday. There is no entry fee and participants do not have to belong to running clubs. Over 300000 runners participate in parkruns all over the world. There are 18 runs countrywide.