Seen here: Thabang Mosiako in action at the 2018 FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN.
Photo Credit: Jetline Action Photo
Thabang Mosiako will spearhead South Africa’s attack at the 2nd annual FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN on Sunday, 14 October 2018.
The first South African across the finish line on Monday, 24 September 2018 at the 3rd annual FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN, Mosiako was beaten by Eritrea’s Filmon Ande, Uganda’s Mande Bushendich and course record holder, Namakoe Nkhasi from Lesotho. Mosiako was the strongest of the South African contingent and will be keen to continue his return to form after the attack in February that nearly cost him his career and his life.
“I am getting fitter and fitter all the time. I was happy with my race on Monday. It was only in the last 3km that I was not able to stay with Ande, Bushendich and Nkhasi. But I have three weeks left to the race and will be in better shape by then,” said Mosiako.
Mosiako will be joined by Elroy Gelant and the impressive Ryan Mphahlele amongst others. The latter has been in scintillating form all year and intends to make a statement in Durban after winning the SA 4km U23 Cross Country title in emphatic fashion on 09 September and winning on his debut over 5000m on Saturday 22 September, clocking 14:00.09 at the opening of the Pietermaritzburg stadium.
Mphahlele was almost a minute ahead of his nearest rival and his time is the fastest by a South African in 2018 – 10 seconds ahead of Elroy Gelant (14:10.91). Mphahlele is not one to ignore on race day. “I cannot wait for Durban,” said Mphahlele. “I have had such a good year and this will be a great opportunity to sign off the year with a bang.”
Elroy Gelant continues to improve after his hernia operation in April and is hungry for a fast time to finish off his 2018 season. “I have been getting better all the time and Durban will be my last race of the season, so of course I want to give it my all.”
Both Mosiako and Gelant will feature in the SA 10km Championships this coming weekend which gives them another opportunity to sharpen for the 14th.
The 14th October also gives Gelant and Mosiako another shot at Bushendich and Ande to avenge their defeat from the weekend (Monday, 24 September at the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN). The South African challenge will be intense.
Already confirmed in the men’s race is the defending champion, Joshua Cheptegei and his recent 45:15 over 10 miles (16km) shows that he is well over the knee injury that kept him side-lined from the 2018 track season. Cheptegei has threatened to break 27:20 in Durban and his result at the Dam-tot-Damloop in Zaandam, Netherlands on Sunday, 23 September is ominous indeed.
EVENT INFORMATION: FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN
Celebrating its 2nd anniversary in 2018, the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN grants entrants the unique opportunity to explore their city on foot. In addition to lively on-route entertainment and rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s best middle distance runners, the 2018 FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN route will also highlight a number of Durban’s iconic landmarks.
|Date:||Sunday, 14 October 2018|
|Entry Fee:||Standard Entry: R170 (licensed) / R190 (unlicensed)
Gold Package Entry: R850 (licensed) / R870 (unlicensed)
|Instore: Totalsports – Gateway, Westville Pavilion, Musgrave, West Street, Pinetown, The Bluff, Bridge City, City View and Chatsworth|
|Instore Entries Close:||Monday, 24 September 2018|
|Online Entries Close:||Monday, 01 October 2018|
The FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN is proudly hosted by KZN Athletics.
CHARITY SUPPORT: When entering online runners (and walkers) can support one of five Durban based charities: 1. The Reach For A Dream Foundation, 2. TREE, 3. Durban & Coast SPCA, 4. LIV Village and/or 5. iThemba Lethu.
PRIZE PURSE: The FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN will boast a whopping Prize Purse of R250000 in 2018. Prize Money will be awarded to the top ten men’s and women’s finishers in the open category with the overall winners each taking home R30 000. Prize money has also been allocated to the top three finishers in the junior, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+ age group categories.
EXCITING ON ROUTE ACTIVATION: PUMA South Africa has thrown down the gauntlet challenging runners to ‘Beat Bolt’ at the 2nd annual FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN. The ‘Beat Bolt’ Sprint requires speed. Be prepared to give your all over a 100m sprint. This section of the route will be timed. The runner (male and female) to clock the fastest time over the 100m will be rewarded with a PUMA shopping voucher to the value of R10 000.
Official hashtag: #FNBRunYourCity
About the FNB Run Your City Series:
FNB is proud to bring you the FNB Run Your City Series. The series encompasses three unique mass races namely the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN and the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN. The three races are about inclusivity for all as well as encouraging business involvement, family, world class achievement and fun for all participants.
FNB’s strategy is to engage with our clients and non-clients through healthy lifestyle activities, where we sponsor selected sporting events that allow us relationship building opportunities, ensuring that we enrich the communities and the lives of those around us. Through the runs, we encourage runners to run their city their way. We invite all runners back to the city to experience the rejuvenation, revival and renewed city centres.
For further information please visit www.runyourcityseries.com
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