Walter Mthembu, Sifiso Mbonambi, Krish Naidoo and Benny Malgas, who successfully completed the 42km.
With searing heat and uncompromising challenges experienced along the route, the Verulam Athletic Club runners, especially the Comrades qualifiers, posted meritorious achievements, overcoming great hardship and odds to shine at the Deloitte Challenge.
Samson Tawarimira led the challenge with a 3:15 finish ahead of Sifiso Mbonambi in 3:19 fresh from a break last year.
Novice comrades hopeful, Jean Claude Dusabe eased trough in 3:25, despite being ill at the start clenching his fist with his first standard marathon on South African soil.
The beginning of his dream has now commenced. With the novices showing the way, another novice, Benedict Malgas confirmed his place in the start line-up for Comrades 2019 in 4:07.
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Walter Mthembu. going for his third consecutive medal, eased through six minutes later in 4:13 , with Krish Naidoo succumbing to heat and lack of water along the route in 4:20.
An elated Andrew Dlamini made the start line in a difficult 4:31 , experiencing the high humidity levels as the day progressed.
The half marathon that commenced from Sibaya Casino as part of the point to point race saw Sihle Mpanza post a second overall junior podium finish in 1:29 .
Novice runners from Waterloo, Stella Ncube eased through her first 21.1km run in a sub three-hour 2:55 finish ahead of Shirley Narainsamy in 3:02, closely followed by Pam Sookoo in 3:03.
Tharushka Sookoo finished seven minutes later in 3:09 with another novice in VAC silks, Florence Ziqubu completing team VAC performance in 3:11. VAC sole 10km runner, Dolly Shamlall completed the 10km run in 1:23.
The Verulam Athletic Club hosts its helpers run this coming Sunday, March 24 at Verulam from 5:30am. Membership, who will be assisting in the race, are welcome to participate in either running, walking or in hydration.