After a year of inactivity, road running is now back in South Africa. Pollok Beach, Summerstrand yesterday hosted the 2021 Nelson Mandela Bay Half Marathon.
Following the incorporation of the South Africa National Half Marathon with the Nelson Mandela Bay Half Marathon, World Athletics awarded the race with Elite Label Status. This making the prestigious event a World Athletics ranking point event.
One of our long-distance runners Fortunate Chidzivo participated in the NMB Half Marathon under Retail Capital Langa. The Zimbabwean athlete achieved one of her highest finishes in an international race. Going into yesterday’s race Chidzivo lined up against some of the best runners in the region.
A well-disciplined Chidzivo started slowly and finished the 21.1km race stronger clocking in 01:11:01 thus 11 seconds off her personal best she set at the World Half Marathon last year.
Chidzivo’s coach Chris Bruwer was impressed with her athlete performance. “This is a huge step forward in terms of Optimal racing strategy. Stronger at the end with 3min 10 on her last km, I am so proud of her. This is what racing requires more discipline than training.” concluded.
Kipkoech Brillian won the lady’s event finishing the race in 01:07:32 followed closely behind by Sisay Alemaddis at 01:08:04. Nare Tadu, Helalia Johannes, Xaba Glenrose finished 3rd, 4th, and 5th respectively. Chidzivo finished 7th just a second away from Geletu Beji Bekulu who finished 6th.