Vukani Maphumulo receiving first prize in the men’s 21, 1km 35 category from a sponsor.
The Verulam Athletic Club led the local charge in the Woodview Athletic Club race, held over the weekend, with sterling junior and senior performances being posted.
Vukani Maphumulo captured the men’s 35 category prize in 1:19 while Ronald Ngiba upstaged his his colleague, taking first position in the 10km junior men’s title in 40: 57.
With a large field of about 1, 200 taking in the cool Mount Edgecombe golf course and Cornubia Mall in their sights, coupled with a well-organised race, VAC had a top ten finish with Vukani Maphumulo leading Spamandla Magwaza in 1: 20 and Siyanda Makhanya finishing in 1: 26.
Bennie Malgas eased through in 1: 43. Tasveer Singh finished in a comfortable 1: 50, edging another Comrades runner, Walter Mthembu in 1: 51.
Uleesha Maharaj continues to dominate Verulam Athletic Club’s middle distance among the ladies with a fluent 2: 03 finish, ahead of Anand Naidoo in 2: 10. Sarah Naidoo followed through in 2: 17 with grandmaster, Jayce Moodley enjoying the picturesque route in 2: 19.
Bhavna came through in 2: 31, with Pooven Naidoo following nine minutes later. Raesa Bayat continued her preparations towards distance running with a 2: 42 finish, with Shirley Narainsamy completing a sub-three hour 2: 56 dogged by prolonged illness.
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Pam and Tharushka Sookoo completed their quest towards the half marathon challenge in 3: 11, while Smiley Naidfoo walked through in 2: 49 ahead of another VAC walker, Ronnie Rangasamy in 2: 54.
The 10km run catapulted another junior, who ran under the radar with Ronald Ngiba finally taking podium honours in the junior men’s race coming in first in 40: 57.
Velvan Nair eased in second in team VAC 10km finishers in 54: 39. Johnny Karanjoo eased through in 55: 36 while the leading VAC lady, Joyce Ngidi led in a sub one hour 57: 33. Ben Padayachee showed improvement and regaining form in 1: 04, five minutes ahead of Joey Chetty.
Nan Maharaj continued to impress with a 1: 10 finish, with Pam Zwane finishing enjoyable race in 1: 14 with Cynthia Zondi.
Deon Ramdhani continues to impress in his first year in VAC silks in 1: 16, edging Ruben Naidoo in 1: 17. Walker, Beena Maharaj eased in 1: 22 while Yvonne Nair showed great form with her regular training in a 1: 23 finish ahead of Dominic Govender in 1: 32.
Lucy Mudaly and Melisha Ramsaroop showed improvement in their 10km challenge races in 1: 37. Anand Naicker and Brenda Peters improved their 10km previous walk by 10 minutes in 1: 38. Queenie Naidoo and Judy Rajoo , with club chairman, Jaya Kisten completed the trio of team VAC.
VAC records its appreciation to Brenda and Christopher Peters, who co-ordinated the team VAC Mother’s Day breakfast for all finishers. VAC also extends its appreciation to membership who contributed to a vast array of meals and refreshments for its finishers.