TISH BREEZES THROUGH TO WIN
By: Samukelisiwe Nzimande and Venal Naidu
Tish Jones won the Spar Women’s race for team KPMG in just over half an hour in Durban yesterday.
The bold Brit took the race by the scruff of the neck as she led from start to finish.
“I went out hard, that’s normally something that’s very unforgiving but I felt like I just needed to go out strong as I was feeling good,” said Jones.
Over 6 000 participants participated in the 10km race. Jones conquered the race in a time of 00:32:58, beating second placed Kesa Molotsane by half a minute and third placed Lebogang Phalula, who came in third at 00:33:39.
The KPMG athlete beared the harsh Durban heat and kept her pace until she reached the finish line.
“I actually like running in the heat, I’m quite small so my surface area is less and I think I cope better,” Jones added.
Second placed runner Molotsane said that she is happy with her performance considering how her body was not a hundred percent.
“I am really happy that I ran this way actually because I didn’t even think that I’m going to finish the race at the very beginning,” she said.
“My body just shut down. I wasn’t feeling too well because I’m coming from a place where the temperature is negative three and today I had to run at temperatures of 25degrees,” Molotsane added.
Phalula was also pleased with her result and is happy to be in the top three again.
“I am very happy to be in the top three, it’s been a long time not being in the podium but I’m grateful,” she said.
The top three women are now in the perfect position to win the Spar Grand Prix, which is now open for international runners. The 2016 Grand Prix winner Irvette van Blerk did not finish this race while the runner up, Louisa Lebalo did not participate.
*Caption: From left, Kesa Molotsane(2nd) Tish Jones(1st) and Lebogang Phalula(3rd) seated at the Press Conference.