TuksAlumni Legends 2008 attracts thousands
By Danie van Wyk
Posted on 06 June 2008
Athletes at the start of the 21.1 km race.
The past weekend (31 May 2008) TuksAlumni Road Runners staged their annual 21.1 and 10 km walks/runs at the Air Force Base Waterkloof in Centurion. Approximately 1800 runners and walkers competed.
This year’s races coincided with the University of Pretoria’s Centenary celebrations and the 75th birthday of the Air Force Base Waterkloof. From early Saturday morning people stood in queues to register. At daybreak, the sports grounds at the Base were abuzz. The weather was perfect. All races went well and the feedback after the race was also very positive. Beautiful long-sleeved shirts were handed out to the first 1000 registered competitors and all runners and walkers that completed the race received a Johan Fourie medal.
This year’s Legend, Johan Fourie, played an important role in the success of the race. Not only did he and his wife Marinda take part in the 10 km running race, but he was also available after the race to hand out autographs, or just to chat with the runners.
The purpose of the Legends races is to give recognition to (senior) athletes that have become famous in SA and worldwide. Previous Legends were: 2005: Zola Budd, 2006: Bruce Fordyce, 2007: Sonja Laxton.
The races were sponsored by Sportsman's Warehouse, Bosal and the University of Pretoria. The organising committee of the race included Gerhard Roodt, Giel Cillié, Molene Scheepers, Niel Roux, Jan van Heerden, Luke Burger, Therese Bron, Lynette Schoeman, Rykie Visser, Piet Visser, Johnny Grobbelaar and Danie van Wyk.
TuksAlumni Road Runners
The club originated in 1992 as the Old Tukkies Road Runners. Founder members included Danie Heyns, Chris Harmse, Leonard Swart, Tommie Potgieter, Jan van Heerden, Lourett Visser and Giel Cillie. The club has held its annual race since 1992. In 2004, the club name changed to TuksAlumni.
Men’s Open: First - Aaron Gabonewe 67:14 (Mr Price); Second - Wesley Ruto 67:39 (Individual); Third - Esau Radebe 68:16 (Nedbank)
40-49: Maxwell Bangani 73:03 (Nedbank); Isaiah Tolo 80:42 (Irene)
50-59: Sam Ndala 82:56 (Nedbank)
60-69: Patrick Mafilika 97:1 (Nedbank)
70+: Dion Heigers 2:02:32 (ACR)
Junior: Esau Radebe 68:16 (Nedbank)
Women’s Open: Thabita TsaTsa 1:37:00 (Nedbank); Mandiwana Ndofhiwa 1:37:14 (Nedbank); Jeanine Williams 1:37:36 (Fourways)
40-49: Vanessa Wayland 1:46:15 (Golden Reef); Genevieve Symonds 1:46:65 (Magnolia)
50-59: Linda Potgieter 1:39:01 (Tuks)
60-69: Hazel Quilliam 2:03:41 (Roodepoort)
70+: Phylis Maartens 3:05:00 (Fit 2000)
Men’s Open: Joshua Sabao 31:51 (Mr Price); Millen Matende 32:50 (Bashewa); Charles Soza 33:25 (Bashewa)
40-49: Mananoka Musiiwa 34:42 (Harmony); Daniel Mothibe 36:31(New Balance)
50-59: Francis Makuka 38:30 (Bashewa)
60-69: Paulus Masilela 42:28 (Irene)
70+: Ken Nurden 44:38 (Agape)
Junior: Joshua Saboa 31:51 (Mr Price)
Women’s Open: Varaidza Shindi 39:37 (Mr Price); Myrette Filmater 39:48 (Tuks); Marisa van der Walt 45:48 (Enduro)
40-49: Amanda le Roux 46:48 (Irene); Ina Lagerwal 47:15 (Magnolia)
50-59: Zettie Capher 56:50 (PMK)
60-69: Ann Stead 58:43 (BodyWalk)
70+: Marina Odendaal 61:14 (Solidariteit)
Juniors: Mariska Buys 48:42 (PPMK)