Durban - More than 24 000 runners took part in Sunday’s Mandela Marathon, which finished at the historic Mandela Capture Site near Tweedie in the KZN Midlands.
A record number of entrants participated in the seventh edition of the event, which is a major part of the Madiba centenary celebrations.
The race was broken down into a full marathon (42km), a half-marathon and a 10km run - thus catering for top athletes through to fun runners, all of whom finished at the spot where Mandela was arrested by apartheid operatives in 1962.
The winners of the main 42.2km race are Sintayehu Legese Yinesu (Ethiopia) in the men's category and Loice Jebet (Kenya) in the women's category. The winners of the 21.1km race are Bernard Bii (Kenya) in the men’s category and Mamorallo Tjoka (Lesotho) in the women’s category.
The second and third in the main 42.2km race are Mabuthile Lebopo (Lesotho) and Mark Oyugu (Kenya), respectively, in the men’s race and Selam Abere Alebachew (Ethiopia) and Tsega Galani Reta (South Africa), respectively, in the women’s race.