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Four wins for G'town women

Date Released: Fri, 19 October 2012 12:00 +0200

WOMEN runners from Grahamstown have won top podium spots in various road races in the Eastern Cape in the last few weeks.

First up was the Afri-Save 42km marathon and 10km road races which saw both women's sections won by local athletes. The marathon and 10km race took place in Uitenhage on 29 September.

Run/Walk For Life Grahamstown manager TerriLynn Penney was the overall women's winner of the marathon in a time of 3 hours 29 minutes and 7 seconds, earning a B-seeding for the 2013 Two Oceans Ultra Marathon. Penney was over 12 minutes ahead of her competition, earning herself her third marathon win. This is the second time she has won the AfriSave marathon.

The 10km event was won by Natalie Ross of the Rhodes University Athletics Club in a time of 40:50 - almost four minutes ahead of the second placed woman, also a Rhodes runner, Kirsty Hodgskiss.

A week earlier Ross won the Despatch SuperSpar 10km after lagging in second, behind top Eastern Province athlete Deliwe Nyanga, for most of the race. Ross won the 10km in a personal best time of 39:31.

She is currently in New Zealand for the World triathlon Championships, which cover a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run. Jene Banfield of the Run/ Walk For Life Athletics Club, running in the 40-49 age category, was the overall women's winner at the Gelvandale SuperSpar 15km road race in Port Elizabeth on 6 October. Banfield won in a time of 1:05:55. Banfield finished fifth in her category at the recent South African 4km Cross-Country Championships.

By Stephen Penney

Source: Grocott’s Mail