Almost 15,000 runners lined up outside FNB Bank City in Simmonds street on National Heritage Day (Tuesday, 24 September) for the 4th running of the FNB Joburg 10K CityRun, which took place in ideal conditions.
The FNB Run Your City Series attracts international athletes to compete against South Africa’s best, which has gone a long way to raising the standard and competitive edge of the local athletes.
New record in men’s race
This was evident in the results, as Kenya’s Alfred Ngeno crossed the line one second ahead of Kevin Kibet in a new course record of 29:16, taking 11 seconds off of the previous record set by Filman Ande of Eritrea in 2018.
“I am happy to have won here today,” said Ngeno. “The climb from 4km to 7km was tough, but I felt really good on the downhill to the finish. I was hoping to break Kevin (Kibet) earlier and not have to sprint for the finish. But I came here for the win and I got it. The course record is a big bonus for me.”
Close battle in ladies race
In the ladies race, junior Tadu Nare came within one second of Irvette van Zyl’s course record when she won the women’s race in 33:53. Nare has been in devastating form in South Africa, but it was still a surprise that she would come in ahead of race favourite, Mary Nyaruai Ekiru who boasts a 15:33 5000m at altitude (Nairobi, 1795m). Nare had a 12-second winning margin over Ekiru.
Comrades Champion, Gerda Steyn finished third again, but she was 27 seconds faster than in 2018, clocking 34:31, which boding well for her sub-33-minute onslaught at the FNB Durban 10K CitySurfRun on 13 October.
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Ag what an awesome day at the #fnbrunyourcity @joburg10k !!! I can say with certainty that this is my all time favorite 10km race! No, it’s not flat 📈No, it’s not at sea level🏝 but it’s got CARACTER🕺🏼 and it challenged each and every one of the 14000 runners out there today! What made it really special was knowing that only a few days ago, these streets were a no-go-zone because of unrest in the area… But today it was the most vibrant and uplifting spot in the entire city!! I was very happy to finish in 3rd place 🥉in 34:31 and improving on last years time. Thank you Joburg!! And thank you everyone for your support! It was of a rollercoaster kind of day (not to even mention Contitution hill climb😅) but it’s all good now!! We have arrived at @afriskimountainresort as I continuemy preparation for the @nycmarathon !! 🇱🇸🇺🇸 Have a great week and congratulations to everyone who ran the #FNBJoburg10k ! #thesestreetsweremadeforrunning #racedayfeels
Alfred Ngeno 29:16
Kevin Kibet 29:17
Elroy Gelant 29:38
Albert Tonui 30:05
Victor Chepkkwony 30:18
Tadu Nare 33:53
Mary Ekiru 34:05
Gerda Steyn 34:31
Glenrose Xaba 35:19
Fortunate Chidzivo 35:46
Image by Tobias Ginsberg