From left to right: Siyanda Dube, Zwakele Langa and Sphamandla Gumede.
Four University of Zululand students kept the institution’s flag flying high at the Mandela Marathon held in last month.
Siyanda Dube, Zwakele Langa and Sphamandla Gumede took part in the 10 km race, while Ndumiso Ntshangase ran the 42 km race which enabled him to qualify for the 2015 Comrades Marathon.
The 42 km race starts at Imbali Township in Pietermaritzburg and ends at the Mandela Capture Site outside Howick.
The first time 10 km participants were excited that they all reached the finish line within their targeted time of 40 minutes.
Speaking after the race Ntshangase, said: “The race was challenging, and it needed strategies when you ran because there were too many slopes.”
The three UNIZULU highflyers who ran the 10 km race said the race was fine and that they need to work more on their speed, because ten kilometres requires one to be very fast.
They added that participating in the race for the first time and completing it had helped them grow as individuals. The UNIZULU group also got the chance to meet and mingle with various top South African athletes who also participated in the race.
The athletes also had high praise for UNIZULU’s Sport and Recreation Department. “Without the department we would not have been able to participate in the marathon. To the entire department and its head Cosmos Hlatshwayo we are very grateful,” said Gumede.