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Aspen Pharmacare marathon

Well done to all members who took part in the Aspen Pharmacare 42km which took place in Port Elizabeth on 4 December. The event was also the EP champs, although none of the top athletes were able to run the champs if they wanted to be selected for the EP Marathon team. Four days before the marathon, possible team members were notified of their selection and were told as per EPA rule they could only run up to 32km at the marathon, or not be included in the EP team. Three Run/Walk For Life members were selected for the team. They are Frith van der Merwe and Jene Banfield (in the women's veteran team) and Terri-Lynn in the senior women's team. The team is scheduled to be finalised this week, when I will confirm names. But in the mean time, well done to the club's and Grahamstown's top three women runners on their selection.

Terri-Lynn and Jene both ran up to 32km on Saturday, with Jene running 2:29:50 and Terri-Lynn running 2:30:11.

RWFL marathon results:

153. Stephen Penney 3:51:05

210. Beate Stindt 4:04:22

245. John van Onselen 4:13:11

Well done to Beate who ran her first marathon on Sturday and to John who ran his first marthon in over 19 years.

John van Onselen towards the end of the Aspen Pharmacare marathon.

Run/Walk For Life Grahamstown Awards 2010

Run/Walk For Life Grahamstown held its awards dinner on 26 November 2010. Frith van der Merwe, left and Patrick Mnto were names the Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club Female and Male Runners of the Year respectively. They are seen receiving there awards from Run/Walk For Life co-manager, Terri-Lynn Penney. To see the awards winners CLICK HERE

Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club in Grahamstown recently sponsored towards new racing shoes for a few of the club's development athletes. Also helping towards the sponsoring of the shoes was local businessman, Colin Meyer (who is also a member of Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club). Seen above, receiving their New Balance 828 racing shoes from RWFL manager, Terri-Lynn are Patrick Mnto, left, and Carriot Galela. Mlamli Klaas has also been sponsored a pair of shoes, with another two pairs to be sponsored shortly.

Terri-Lynn, Frith and Stephen at the Two Oceans finish area.  

Run/Walk For Life Grahamstown manager, Terri-Lynn Penney on her way to winning The Herald Friendly City Marathon (42km) in Port Elizabeth in a time of 3 hours 23 minutes 20 seconds. Terri-Lynn took part in the South African Triathlon Championships on Sunday 21 March. The champs was over the Olympic triathlon distance (1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run). Terri-Lynn finished fourth in her category, missing the bronze medal by just over 20 seconds.

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ASA 21km champs

Well done to those members who took part in the Lotto South Africa half-marathon championships which took place at the NU2 Stadium in Motherwell on Saturday 24 July.

While Frith and Terri-Lynn were selected as part of the EP team, neither were able to take part in the event due to injury/personal circumstances.

Patrick Mnto was the first Grahamstown finisher at the race, while Carriot Galela went on to beat a number of provincial veteran runners, although he was not picked for the EP side.

Run/Walk for Life results:

105. Patrick Mnto (Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club) 1:14:43,

150. Carriot Galela (Run/Walk For Life) 1:18:52,

282. Malibonga Mbelu (Run/Walk For Life) 1:30:40,

352. John Galela (Run/Walk For Life) 1:39:08,

436. Siyabonga Ndlumbini (Run/Walk For Life) 1:46:01,

477. Mickey Ntwanambi (Run/Walk For Life) 1:50:36,



Well done to Frith van der Merwe who was woman's winner at the De Freitas Spar Bruintjieshoogte 25km which took place in Somerset East on Saturday 24 April 2010, finishing in 15th overall in a time of 1:50:50. Frith, who still holds the course record for the 25km with her time of 1:42:54 set in 2007, while a member of Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club. Frith also won the women's veteran section. Richard Alexander also took part in the 25km, finishing in 2:01:06.

Ironman 2010
Well done to the three Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club members who finished the gruelling Ironman SA in PE yesterday:

162. Richard Hall - 10:45:16 (swim – 59:39, cycle - 5:19:19, run - 4:19:11)
733. Johan Conradie – 12:44:33 (swim – 1:30:13, cycle – 6:16:06, run - 4:42:55)
1377. Mike Loewe – 14:56:58 (swim – 1:25:30, cycle - 7:20:00, run – 5:53:44).

CLICK HERE to see photos and view all the results  
Run/Walk For Life members at the Rhodes Fun/Run/Walk were, from left Eric Wells (26:18, oldest finisher), Marion Penney (33:54), Catherine Karakezi (27:20), Terri-Lynn Penney (16:03 first woman), Eddah Jowah (30:45), Juanita Fuller (25:00) and Madyke Mokorosi (36:10); and not in the photo: Rikhotso Rooi (3 rd overall, unknown time), Kevin Rafferty, Stephen Penney (20:57), Sid Penney (38:20), Tracy Kitching (43:25) Louise Mardon (44:30).  

Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club held a breakfast run on Saturday 20 February. Members took part in either an 8km walk, 15km run or 25km run. After the run members socialised and enjoyed breakfast at Dulce. 

Terri-Lynn Penney, RWFL Grahamstown manager, leads from start to finish to win the women's race at the Mountain Drive Half Marathon held in Grahamstown on 15 August 2009.   

Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club Eastern Province members seen at the Clover 10km (EP champs) and Clover 5km event in Port Elizabeth on 25 July 2009 are, from left, Marion Penney, Richard Alexander, Terri-Lynn Penney, Carriot Galela, Mlamli Klaas and Sid Penney.  

Commem fun run
A number of Run/Walk For Life members took part in the recent Commem Church 5km fun run. The run started at the Church in High Street, went past Kingswood College, Graeme College, as well as the field where RWFL training takes place, then down Milner Street and back to the Church.
Rooi Rikhotso was the first RWFL member home and the fourth runner overall. Terri-Lynn was the first women home followed by Jene Banfield.
To see photos of RWFL members in action at the Commem Church fun run, CLICK HERE 

Rhodes Street Mile

The winners of the Rhodes University Athletics Club Charity Street Mile are, Terri-Lynn Penney - women's winner in 5 minutes 45 seconds - and Michael Cannon - overall winner in 5 minutes 12 seconds. The mile took place from the Drostdy Arch and took participants down High Street, turning around at the Angle statue outside Birch's and back to the Arch. Over R500 was raised and the money (and dog food donations) goes to the SPCA.

The start of the Rhodes University Athletics Club Charity Street Mile. 

Heritage Fun Run

The Kingswood Junior School Wimpy Heritage 10km and 5km fun run/walk took place from Kingswood City Lords Rugby Field on Sunday 26 September. Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club was once again well represented, with members showing their support to the local fun runs.

The women's winner at the Kingswood Heritage fun run/walk was Terri-Lynn Penney, centre, of Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club. Second was Jene Banfield, right, also Run/Walk For Life, and third was Natalie Ross.

Simphiwe Tana, centre won the Kingswood Heritage fun run, with Kenneth, left, second and Carriot Galela of Run/Walk for Life Athletics Club third.

Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club recently held a pre- Comrades Breakfast run for the Grahamstown club. Above from left, in front are, Jene Banfield, Johan Conradie and Richard Hall who all took part in the Comrades.

Mountain Drive, Grahamstown

Well done to all club members who took part in the Mountain Drive half marathon in Grahamstown last week. Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club was well represented with 16 members (including a member of the Run/Walk For Life programme).

Patrick Mnto finished fifth overall in 1:15:17. Frith van der Merwe was second women home and winner of the women's 40 to 49 age category in 1:36:03. Jene Banfield was sixth women home and second in the 35-39 category. Jene now has the fastest time for a Grahamstown women in the 35-39 category. Carriot Galela was third in the 40-49 category. Eric Wells was first in the 70+ category.

Club results at the Mountain Drive half-marathon

5. Patrick Mnto 1:15:17, 14. Carriot Galela 1:24:12, 15. Malibongwe Mbelu 1:24:47, 45. Mlamli Klaas 1:35:19, 49. Frith van der Merwe 1:36:03, 69. Kevin Rafferty 1:39:58, 75. Richard Alexander 1:40:54, 76. Jene Banfield 1:41:03, 85. John Galela 1:44:22, 94. Siyabonga Mdlumbini 1:45:43, 157. Denis Pagel 2:00:09, 261. John van Onselen 2:24:37, 274. Zelda van Onselen 2:27:17, Walkers: 7. Eric Wells 2:59:50, 12. Danika Marquis (RWFL programme member) 3:12:30, 16. Richard Hall 3:30:01.

CLICK HERE to see full results.
Comrades Marathon legend, Frith van der Merwe, running in the colours of Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club, finished second women in the Marina Sea Salt 15km in a time of 1 hour 3 minutes 50 seconds, winning the veteran section. Frith was overall women's winner at The Herald Friendly City 10km in Port Elizabeth in 43 minutes 28 seconds, finishing 15 th overall, the same position she finished when setting the Comrades women's record in 1989.  
Runners enjoy a cuppa coffee at Wimpy after a Run/Walk For Life Saturday long run.  

Well done to those members who took part in the Buffs Marathon on Saturday. Carriot Galela was the second Grahamstown athlete to finish and was also the second in the 40-49 age category.

RWFL AC results at the Buffs-

12. Carriot Galela (Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club) 2.43.24 – second 40-49 category, 250. Malibongwe Mbelu (Run/Walk For Life) 3.57.44, 353. Siyabonga Ndlumbini (Run/Walk For Life) 4.13.33, 507. Richard Alexander (Run/Walk For Life) 4.52.10.


Well done to those members who took part in the Bay to Bay 50km Ultra marathon in Port Elizabeth.Jene Banfield was second in the 35-39 age category and sixth woman overall. RWFL AC results at the Bay to Bay- 69. Jene Banfield 4:13:13, 110. Kevin Rafferty 4:34:43, 269. Richard Hall 5:32:31.

Run/Walk For Life Eastern Province athletes at Mountain Drive

Fourteen Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club members from the Eastern Province club took part in the Mountain Drive Half-Marathon in Grahamstown on 15 August. The event takes athletes along an 8km stretch of gravel road, to the top of Mountain Drive and then down the other side. First RWFL athlete home was Patrick Mnto, finishing 13th overall in a time of 1 hour 18 minutes 06 seconds. Terri-Lynn Penney was the overall women's winner in a time of 1:32:53, beating the second woman by over 10 minutes. Carriot Galela was 5 th veteran, Wilfred Appollis was 3rd in the 60-65 age category, Peter Sidina won the walk in 2:16:39 with Richard Alexander second walker home, Jene Banfield was third female walker.

RWFL results:

13. Patrick Mnto 1:18:06, 25. Carriot Galela 1:23:58, 30. Rikhotso Rooi 1:26:15, 39. Mlamli Klaas 1:30:46, 41. Terri-Lynn 1:32:53, 44. Kevin Rafferty 1:33:22, 96. Welcome Jela 1:47:10, 136. Dennis Pagel 1:58:49 157. Wilfred Appollis 2:03:30 Walkers – 1. Peter Sidina 2:16:39 2. Richard Alexander 2:21:35, 7. Eric Wells 2:55:44, 8. Jene Banfield 2:57:25, 10. Marion Penney 3:03:05.