30 Aug, 2013

Dig in for Dis-chem!

Dig in for Dis-chem!

Dis-Chem Half Marathon & Rehidrat Sport 5km, Central Gauteng, 13 January

Taking line honours this year was Elroy Gelant, who cruised the last stretch as he grabbed victory in 1:06:00, 14 seconds ahead of defending champion, Desmond Mokgobu, whose clubmate Lucky Mohale was third over the line. While Desmond was relatively happy with his performance on the day, he admitted to not being in quite the same shape as the previous year: “The course is a great one, but I was not fit enough this time around. I took the lead at 18km, but it was very challenging and I fell back to second.”


In the women’s race, a strong performance by the Nedbank club saw athletes in green claim three of the top four spots, led home by Irvette Van Zyl to claim her fifth Dis-Chem title in a time of 1:17:47. She was followed home by Charne Rademeyer of Bonitas (1:18:16), with third and fourth going to Nedbank’s Christine Kalmer and Nolene Conrad. "I am happy about my win and form so early in the season, but must admit that I was pushed very hard by Charne!" said Irvette.




1. Elroy Gelant (NWU Pukke) 1:06:00

2. Desmond Mokgobu (Mr Price) 1:06:14

3. Lucky Mohale (Mr Price) 1:08:46

4. John Chebii (Mr Price/Kenya) 1:08:48

5. Paul Nyamachere (Mr Price/Kenya) 1:09:21

Veterans: 1. Johannes Kekana (Bonitas) 1:10:25

Masters: 1. Isaac Mahlangu (Sasol) 1:24:29

G’masters: 1. Dave Wright (RAC) 1:38:15

Juniors: 1. Armand Burger (Vaal) 1:41:55



1. Irvette Van Zyl (Nedbank) 1:17:47

2. Charne Rademeyer (Bonitas) 1:18:16

3. Christine Kalmer (Nedbank) 1:19:59

4. Nolene Conrad (Nedbank) 1:20:27

5. Zola Pieterse (Unlimited AC) 1:24:07

Veterans: 1. Melanie Jennett (Fourways) 1:35:28

Masters: 1. Pam Hampton (Sunninghill) 1:52:54

G’masters: 1. Penny Visser (Breakthru) 1:56:37

Juniors: 1. Nobuhle Tshuma (Elim) 1:33:39


5km Men: 1. Dominic Khoza (Bidvest) 14:59

5km Women: 1. Lebo Phalula (Mr Price) 17:41




Modern Athlete was at the finish line to ask some of the runners how their Dis-Chem run went. Here’s what they had to say.

Chris Kubeka (1:58): “I led the sub-2:00 bus today and it went well! The course was fine and the crowd on the bus was full of energy. After Christmas, people have to work hard on this route and near the end we had to pick it up!”

Simagele Jeaneth (1:50): “I started a little late but got back into my rhythm. It’s my first Dis-Chem race and I really enjoyed it – very well organised and it brings a lot of people together.”

Duduzile Zulu (1:52): “I started really well and it is a fantastic route with lots of ups and downs to test you out. It’s my first Dis-Chem race and I loved it! It’s definitely an event I’ll come back to next year.”

Saleman Mohomed (2:10): “I have run this race 10 times and I keep coming back because it’s one of the country’s best half marathons! I had to work hard throughout, but it was enjoyable!”

Kate Martin (2:10): “It’s my first half marathon ever! I didn’t train as hard as I should have and it was really tough, but it is a great course and the water points did so well.”

Kim Savage (2:12): “There was a mix on the course – ups, downs and flats with a huge climb near the end. I mixed it up with running and walking and I will definitely come back next time around.”

Elias Maaroganye (1:27): “It was not my best performance, but I loved the route – it had different obstacles. There are no issues with the organisation and atmosphere, it’s a great day.”

Isaac Ramoroka (1:22): “I got my half marathon PB today, so I am very happy! There are a lot of great runners here and the atmosphere is very friendly, too.”

Sibusiso Mathe (1:46): This is my first Dis-Chem race and the water points were amazing. I enjoy myself when I run and this is the biggest race in January – I really liked it!”