Cape Town, 23 September 2018 – Lesiba Precious Mashele is rapidly making a name for himself as the leading ‘short distance’ road runner in South Africa after destroying a field that included the likes of hometown favourite Jeromy Andreas and Tumisang Monnatlala to win the 2018 10km PEACE Run/ Walk at the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, clocking 29:10:00.
The route is perfect for anyone who wants to clock a fast time, starting in Fritz Sonnenberg Road in Green Point and finishing in Vlei Road outside the iconic Cape Town stadium, the route is almost pancake flat. And confirmation of the fast route were the times clocked this morning, as the first ten of approximately 8,000 runners dipped under 31 minutes for one of the deepest finishes yet.
Showing his class, Mashele stayed with the pack until the final 3km where he exerted his presence and took control of the race, in the end winning comfortably by 15 seconds over Andreas. “It is always good to run here,” said Mashele. “The weather is always great, the route is flat and fast. So it is good for us runners.”
If there was any doubt that Irvette Van Zyl is the foremost 10km runner in South Africa in the women’s field, then Van Zyl put paid to that doubt after a commanding victory over some of the best athletes in the country. Van Zyl took control from the start and within the first kilometre had opened a big gap which grew steadily as the race progressed. Crossing the line in 32:48, Van Zyl had a minute and six second lead over Joan Nyahora who had to settle for second with Junior, Carmie Prinsloo finishing third, clocking an impressive 35:20.
“I was really happy with this run,” said Van Zyl who had given birth to her second son some three and half months ago. “This is my second best time ever and this so close after having given birth has me very excited for the future.”
“The 10km is one of the key bases for marathon training. A fast 10km means you can run a fast marathon, so to see so many athletes do well, bodes very well for the future of the marathon. I really am excited about what is happening in South African middle distance running. We are making a comeback,” said race ambassador, Elana van Zyl-Meyer.
The popular 10km PEACE Run, forming part of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon weekend festival, attracted a large field of approximately 8,000 participants.
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