Cape Town, 15 September 2019 – Precious Mashele goes by the name Mr 10km for a reason. The 28-year-old won his third consecutive Sanlam Cape Town Marathon 10km Peace Run today, coming home in 28:36. Mashele has made it a habit of winning 10km races in South Africa and was ecstatic with his win, throwing a big thumbs up as he crossed the finish line.
A new route that took out seven corners was always going to ensure a fast time as the top three men broke 29 minutes. Mashele made his move at the 6km mark to break away from Mbuleli Mathanga and training partner, Desmond Mokgobu. Mathanga was able to get away from Mokgobu in the final kilometre.
“I am really happy. It is my third win in a row here and I love coming to Cape Town. I know I am now in really good shape to end off my year with a very fast time,” said Mashele who is looking to end his season in Durban in October.
The ladies race was dominated by Zimbabwe’s Fortunate Chidzivo who has made Cape Town her home and is a regular winner in the Mother City. Chidzivo took control of the race from the gun, flying home in 32:26 for a new Zimbabwe National Record and a massive personal best (previous best 33:49).
Chidzivo was in tears as she crossed the line. “I am so happy. I have been working really hard this year and this is such a weight off my shoulders. I did not think I could go so fast, so I am extremely happy.”
Kesa Molotsane continues her return to form; she finished second in 33:30 while Rutendo Nyahora rounded out the podium (33:50).
“It is incredible to see just how the standard in both the men’s and women’s 10km have improved in the last few years. 10km speed determines just how good you can be in the marathon, so I am excited to see the depth currently in South Africa,” said race ambassador, Elana van Zyl-Meyer.
The 10km Peace Run, part of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon weekend festival, is one of the most popular 10km races in South Africa, attracting a large field of approximately 8500 participants.
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ABOUT THE SANLAM CAPE TOWN MARATHON
Africa’s GOLD, as Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label status marathon, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is an exhilarating festival of running that brings together runners, elite athletes, social joggers and surrounding communities to enjoy a spring weekend of running through Africa’s spectacularly beautiful Mother City.
The classic Olympian 42.2km marathon takes centre stage on the Sunday, which follows a 10km Peace Run in the morning, and two Peace Trail Runs (12km and 22km) and a 5km Peace Run/ Walk on the Saturday.
As Africa’s “must run” iconic city marathon, it aims to facilitate and leverage change at a national level through its Run4Change Legacy Programme, comprising five pillars:
Managed by a joint partnership through Western Province Athletics (WPA), ASEM Running and the City of Cape Town, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, to be held in September, is endorsed by Elana Van Zyl-Meyer and Francois Pienaar.
It offers a competitive yet beautiful route, providing runners with a unique experience that highlights the city’s natural splendor and top cultural attractions. The field is inclusive of the world’s elite athletes, club and non-club runners, casual joggers, social runners and walkers. Athletes and spectators can enjoy Cape Town’s unique festive atmosphere at safe, fun supporter zones along the route, and at the finish in Green Point.
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ABOUT SANLAM GROUP
Sanlam is a pan-African financial services group listed on the Johannesburg, Namibian and A2X stock exchanges. Through its five business clusters – Sanlam Personal Finance, Sanlam Pan Africa, Sanlam Investments, Sanlam Corporate and Santam – the Group provides comprehensive and bespoke financial solutions to institutional clients and consumers across all market segments. Sanlam’s areas of expertise include insurance (life and general), financial planning, retirement, investments and wealth. Established in 1918 as a life insurance company, Sanlam has become the largest non-banking financial services group in Africa, through its diversification strategy. Headquartered in South Africa, Sanlam has a direct stake in financial services entities in Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Mauritius, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and Nigeria. It also owns SAHAM Finances Group, thereby having a footprint of insurance operations in Morocco, Angola, Algeria, Tunisia, Ghana, Niger, Mali, Senegal, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Togo, Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Burundi, and Lesotho, making it the largest non-banking financial services group in Africa. Sanlam also has exposure to insurance businesses in India, Malaysia and the United Kingdom and has business interests in the USA, Australia, the Philippines, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. For further information, visit www.sanlam.com or follow us @sanlam.