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Givemore Mudzinganyana wins the Adreach 10km run

Givemore Mudzinganyana takes the men's title in the first official Adreach 10km run in Alexandra.

Totalsports Two Oceans Marathon defending champion Givemore Mudzinganyana (33) has taken first place in the Adreach 10 km run in Alexandra in a time of 00:32:52.

Mudzinganyana, from Zimbabwe, was closely followed by George Mmonwa of EXXARO Athletics Club in the Pretoria area at 00:32:59.

SAPS Central Gauteng Athletics Club celebrate their participation in the race with some exercises after the run. Photo: Xoliswa Zakwe
SAPS Central Gauteng Athletics Club celebrate their participation in the race with some exercises after the run. Photo: Xoliswa Zakwe

Mudzinganyana, a runner from Entsika Athletics Club in Carlswald, Midrand said he decided to pull up the strings in the last 2km as the ones who were leading the race climbed Alfred Nzo Street past the Madala Hostel.

“At the beginning of the race, I was running from behind because the other guys were pushing hard. With 2km to go, I noticed that the guys were a little tired and I raised my speed and passed the last guy in the last kilometre which I considered impressive,” said Mudzinganyana.

Team Fat Cats Athletic Club soon after the completion of the race. Photo: Xoliswa Zakwe
Team Fat Cats Athletic Club soon after the completion of the race. Photo: Xoliswa Zakwe

The women’s race was won by Thembisa runner Nobukhosi Tshuma (29) in a time of 00:38:44.

Tshuma said she was not expecting to be the first person to get to the finish line as she was using this race as training for the City 2 City 50km marathon next weekend.

“It was just a tempo run because I did my speed session on Wednesday. I just came here to support the community of Alexandra and I enjoyed it. Even though the road was hilly I am excited for the win.

Athletes kick off the race with some serious energy.
Athletes kick off the race with some serious energy.

“I am running a 50km next week at City 2 City and I am hoping to win because I have been preparing for this ultra-marathon for a long time now. I know it won’t be easy as I will be competing with some international runners but I will try my best,” Tshuma said.

Both winners were presented with a cash prize of R2 000 and a pair of Adidas sneakers.

Run Alex Athletics Club co-founder Siphiwe Nkosi was pleased with the turnout at the event.

Athletes wait patiently for the prize-giving ceremony. Photo: Xoliswa Zakwe
Athletes wait patiently for the prize-giving ceremony. Photo: Xoliswa Zakwe

“It was wonderful to see everyone coming together to support each other. We are already planning next year’s event which will also take place on March 21. We hope it will be bigger and better,” Nkosi said.

The 10km run started and ended at the Alex Plaza Shopping Centre and attracted more than 1 300 racing enthusiasts.

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