The Red Army was out in full force again when 217 club runners lined up for the 50th Cape Peninsula Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, 16 February 2014. The marathon started in Greenpoint and the half marathon halfway down the route to Simon’s Town.
On one of the hottest weekends this summer – and a particularly steamy Sunday – in the Western Cape, the heat and windy conditions did not make life easy for the runners. Many athletes suffered from cramps, but true to the spirit of camaraderie among club members, there was always a helping hand.
Club mate Marinda Swanepoel commented as follows on the club’s Facebook page: “I’m glad it is over! Today, I experienced the amazing camaraderie among members. I cramped badly and didn’t know what to do. Out of the blue a fellow club member put her hand on my shoulder and asked whether she could help. Then after a few km another club mate, Yusuf Abrahams, came to my rescue (what a true gentleman) and Louise Wileman, the angel that she is, kept me upright until the finish line. NBMC, you are awesome!”
Not only did a number of members better their PBs, the mere fact that everybody finished the race in such extreme conditions, deserved a mention.
Club runners took a number of podium positions, which included the men’s team prize in the marathon and both men’s and ladies’ team prizes in the half marathon. The first three positions in the vets category of the marathon were won by club members – Tsungai Mwanengeni won the age group with Nic de Beer and Patrick Ketelo in second and third places, respectively. Friedl van der Merwe finished second in the master’s category.
Fresh off an injury, Zintle Xiniwe won the half marathon convincingly with Danette Smith following her home in third place. Tana Jansen van Rensburg came second in the vets category. The ladies team that won the team prize comprised Zintel Xiniwe, Danette Smith, Tana Jansen van Rensburg and Heléne Roux. The men’s team of Bronwyn van Rijn, Christopher Karelse, Enver Pedro and Yusuf Kanouni finished third in the vets category.