Kumba Marakele Marathon – A run on the wild side

Prudence Zwane was not only the senior female winner of the Marathon, but also the winner in the Veteran Category. Here she received her prize from Ms  Cornelia Holthauzen and Mr Property Mokoena.
Prudence Zwane was not only the senior female winner of the Marathon, but also the winner in the Veteran Category. Here she received her prize from Ms Cornelia Holthauzen and Mr Property Mokoena.

Th male winner of the Kumba Marakele 42km Marathon was Fliyatswepiso Moqoboya. On the photo he receives his prize from Me Cornelia Holtzhause, Manaher Kumba Thabazimbi Mine and Mr Mr Property Mokoena – Regional Manager Northern Parks.
Th male winner of the Kumba Marakele 42km Marathon was Fliyatswepiso Moqoboya. On the photo he receives his prize from Me Cornelia Holtzhause, Manaher Kumba Thabazimbi Mine and Mr Mr Property Mokoena – Regional Manager Northern Parks.
THABAZIMBI – Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American, in partnership with the South African National Parks (SANParks) proudly presented the 6th edition of a unique marathon held at the Marakele National Park near Thabazimbi on 7 March 2015.
Hosted by the Thabazimbi Marathon Club in collaboration with the SANParks Honorary Rangers, the race aimed to deliver a successful marathon that provide the runners with an opportunity to experience running in the wild ie. inside a national park, as well as a chance to qualify for the annually held Comrades marathon.
A total of 420 athletes entered for the Marathon where they could choose to compete in one of three races, namely the full marathon which is 42.2 km, a half marathon which is 21.1 km or a 10 km race. There were also 220 fun-run entrants for the 5 km fun run for the whole family, which was very popular among children and casual supporters.
This year there were no records set as it was quite hot. Many participants said they suffered in the heat but the view made it all worthwhile.
The 42,2 km Marathon senior male winner was Fliyatswepiso Moqoboya with a winning time of 02:35:52. The senior female winner was Prudence Zwane with a time of 03:13:46. Prudence was also the female veteran runner.
The Veteran Male winner was Jameson Mabapa with a time of 02:41:10.
The male Master winner was Alan Coulter (57) in a time of 03:36:56 and the female Master winner was Jane Mudau (52) with a time of 03:40:14.
The Grand Masters Male winner was Don Charles (65) with a time of 03:41:37.
Apart from supporting the event with a total prize money of more than R50 000 to male and female runners, Kumba’s involvement is to support conservation and stimulate tourism in the local community which provides much needed jobs and economic development. The marathon is one of many development initiatives that Kumba is involved with in the area. Others include a training centre in Thabazimbi, which offers a variety of short courses to community members and the company invested R16 million in a bio-energy and organic vegetable project to the community of Regorogile in September 2014.
Johan Taljaard, Park Manager of Marakele National Park, said that SANParks is committed to its vision of “A sustainable National Parks system connecting society” and providing controlled access to the park for events like this marathon is testimony to SANParks’ commitment towards its people centred objectives of an enhanced stakeholder engagement in our National Parks.”