The inaugural Magoeba Plunge road race held on Saturday the 23rd of November attracted in the region of 800 athletes from as far as Gauteng and Mpumalanga.
The main race over 42.2km saw about 600 entries and approximately 200 runners for the 15km event and the 5km fun race.
Runners competing in the Magoeba Plunge 42.2km race gathered in Haenertsburg to take on the numerous twisting S-bends and hairpins of the Magoebaskloof Pass.
The starting point of the 42.2km race was in Haenertsburg and offered runners some scenic views. The runners also experienced a drop of 558m over 6.5km running down the Magoebaskloof Pass whilst they encountered from over cast conditions at the start, to mist, and then a bit of rain as they approached the finish line situated at the Tzaneen Show Grounds.
Timothy Timothy, a road runner from Thohoyandou from the Murray & Roberts Running Club became the first ever winner of the Magoeba Plunge 42.2km race when he beat his rivals to the line. Timothy finished the race in a time of 02:33:52.
The second place went to Mzansi Athletic Club’s Koketjo Gumbo from Polokwane who finished in a time of 02:41:20. Pietersburg Road Runners athlete, Lucky Moahlo, was third overall in a time of 02:44:01.
The first female athlete to finish the 42.2km race was Gift Ramabele from the Top Runners Club. Ramabele completed the race in a time of 03:23:45 and was followed by Melanie Melville from Polokwane Athletics Club with a time of 03:32:52. Pearl Hughes, also Polokwane Athletics Club, finished in third place in a time of 03:32:43.
The 15km overall winner and also for the open men’s category was Matophi Malatjie from the Zero One Five Running Club from Polokwane. Tubatsi Marathon Club athlete, Kamogelo Mnisi, followed Malatjie in second place. Third place went to Tiise Malematsa who was a private entrant.
The first female athlete to complete the 15km race was Viraldi Engelbrecht from Polokwane Athletics Club. Taryn Snyman from the Murray & Roberts Running Club was second with private entrant Prudence Motla who finished in third place.
This new road race also served as a qualifier for the Comrades Ultra Marathon and the Two Oceans Marathon and was organised by the Haenertsburg Rotary Club.
The organisers would also like to thank the following organisations and sponsors who helped made the Magoeba Plunge such a successful race:
Tzaneen Marathon Club, Polokwane Athletics Club, Apexes (an IT Company from Texas and very close to the Greater Tzaneen Science Centre community), Galaxy Bingo Tzaneen, PPS Transport, Oasis Water Tzaneen, Talisman, Panarottis, Tzaneen Lifestyle Centre, Cloud Mountain Spur, Tzamac, ZZ2, Two Mountains, Eco Choice and Venbeck.
“The accolades we have received from the participating runners has given us enormous confidence and their input into where we need to tweak and adjust is invaluable. We are collating all the advice and praise as we wrap up and look forward to organise an even better race for 2020. Like our Facebook Page, Rotary Magoeba Plunge Marathon, and see all the positive feedback from our runners, without whom of course, we are nothing”, the race organisers said in a statement.
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