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Sarah Baartman District well-represented at the 48th Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

Apr 11, 2017
Sarah Baartman District well-represented at the 48th Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

The Sarah Baartman District Municipality will be well represented in the upcoming 48th consecutive 56km ultra marathon and the 20th consecutive 21km half marathon Old Mutual Two Oceans events, taking place in Cape Town on Saturday, 15 April 2017.

Geoffrey Mlawu, an Archives Clerk at the Sarah Baartman District Municipality, is attempting his second 56km ultra marathon, while Fundiswa Antony, from the municipality's Legal Services, will be taking on the 21km half marathon - also for the second time.

Other team members, namely Gerain David, Zingiswa Mehlo, Nomakhaya Williams and Neville Swarts, will be participating for the first time in the 21km event.

Swarts has successfully completed the 56km ultra marathon in the past.

"The Sarah Baartman District Municipality is proud of the running team and wishes them all the best in their respective races," said Lynne Niemann, Communications Officer at the municipality.

The Sarah Baartman team is expected to compete against hundreds other local and international runners.

R1 million up for grabs for breaking the record in the 56km ultra marathon

Elite runners in the 2017 Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon will once again be racing towards a large incentive - R1 million, after title sponsor Old Mutual put the bonus prize for the first male and female to break two respective Ultra records.

The R1 million bonus was first introduced to the Ultra Marathon ahead of the 2014 event, which sparked new motivation among elite runners to break the records originally set by Thompson Magawana and Frith van der Merwe.

Magawana set the men’s record of 3:03:44 in 1988, while Van der Merwe set the women’s record a year later in 1989 when she ran 3:30:36. 

The closest any runner has come since then is Zimbabwean Marko Mambo, who ran 3:05:39 in 2005. Russian Olesya Nurgalieva ran the second fastest women’s time in 2011 when she crossed the finish line in 3:33:58.

Image:  Members of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality race team show off their sponsored race kits to the Executive Mayor of Sarah Baartman District Municipality, Khunjuzwa Eunice Kekana. Back row: Fundiswa Antony, Gerain David, Mayor Kekana, Zingiswa Mehlo and Nomakhaya Williams. Front row: Geoffrey Mlawu and Neville Swarts.