Glenrose Xaba proved to be in a league of her own as she won the Totalsports women’s road race at Durban’s Kings Park athletics track on Sunday.
Xaba celebrated her Totalsports Durban debut by crossing the finish line first in an impressive time of 33min 41sec.
‘I really enjoyed today,’ said Xaba. ‘The event was exciting. The organisers know how to put together a challenging 10km route. I was in front from the start, with a couple of other runners. When we reached the 7km mark, I just maintained my pace until the finish. There was a lot of support en route, especially from the 5km runners. I’m really excited and ready for my next race.’
Jenet Mbhele was second to cross the finish line. ‘This is the first time that I’ve competed in the Totalsports women’s race,’ says Mbhele. ‘I enjoyed the entire race. My goal was to better my time, which I did. I am really happy with my position. I definitely want to come back next year.’
Fresh back from injury, third-placed finisher Tish Jones was feeling the nerves on the start line. ‘I was worried about a niggle that hurt during the warm-up,’ she confessed. ‘For the first 3km, I could comfortably keep up with the leading group. I knew that my fitness was not up to scratch, though. A 10km race is short, sharp and painful. Glenrose comfortably took the lead from the 7km mark. I could always see her, though.
‘There was a tussle between Jenet and I,’ she continued. ‘I would overtake her, and then she’d get her second wind and overtake me. It was a really good race. It was awesome to see the sea of pink on the route. The vibe was relaxed, really nice with a lot of support. It was just more comfortable with less anxiety. It’s about a bigger picture, the charity.’
The next two Totalsport races will take place in Johannesburg and Cape Town on Thursday, 9 August 2018 – National Women’s Day.
Leading results: 1 Glenrose Xaba 33:41, 2 Jenet Mbhele 34:14, 3 Tish Jones 34:17, 4 Makhosi Mhlongo 35:52, 5 Mokulubete Makatisi 36:39, 6 Happiness Sonto Mkhize 38:11, 7 Nokuthula Ntshangase 39:05, 8 Simangaliso Madladla 39:12
Photo: Xaba (left) and Mbhele battling it out in Durban, by Rogan Ward