JOHANNESBURG – Maxed Elite manager Martin Ngwenya believes they have discovered a gem in Zimbabwean Winfred Mutiro and this much will become evident at Sunday’s Mandela Day Marathon.
Mutiro has only run two big races here but the 27-year-old is a natural.
The Soweto Marathon is one of the toughest 42.2km races in South Africa and runners are advised not to make it their first. But Mutiro’s first race outside Zimbabwe was the energy-sapping, hilly run that traverses the world famous township and to say he smashed it would be putting it mildly.
“Winfred had a great run in Soweto,” Ngwenya said. “You would not have said that this was a guy running in a foreign country for the first time. He was unlucky not to break into the top 10.”
A 12th place finish is a fine effort and Mutiro’s 2hr 26min 08sec is the kind of time that can win this weekend’s Mandela Day Marathon from Pietermaritzburg to the Capture Site in Howick.