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Seen here:  Precious Mashele in action during the 2017 ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN where he placed 5th on the day in the men’s race. 

Photo Credit:  Jetline Action Photo

Precious Mashele has set his sights on the 3rd annual ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN that will take place on Sunday 13 October 2019.

They call him “Mr. 10-kay” for a reason. Twenty-eight-year old Lesibe Precious Mashele who trains under the guidance of Hendrick Ramaala at Zoo Lake, has failed to win only one 10km race in the last two years, and that was the highly competitive Paderborn 10km race in Germany in 2018. Since then, Mashele has gone on to win every single 10km race he has lined up in.

With a best of 28:33, Mashele could well be seen as someone who has not hit his best and hitting the roads in Durban on 13 October could well change that. It is no secret that Elroy Gelant (silver label) is targeting a sub 28 in Durban. With SA 10km record holder, Stephen Mokoka (gold label) already in the mix, Uganda’s Stephen Kissa (27:13 PB and a gold label athlete), ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN winner and runner up, Alfred Ngeno (bronze label athlete) and Kevin Kibet also confirmed, there is no reason why Mashele should not come close to a low 28 if not better come Sunday 13 October.

After winning the Cape Town 10km on 15 September in 28:36, his second best time ever, Mashele was confident about the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN. “I am ready for Durban,” said a beaming Mashele. “All is on track now and I am excited to run there.”

Mashele, a silver label athlete, dethroned defending SA 10km Champion, Elroy Gelant at the 2018 South African 10km Championships, went on to win the SA Cross Country Title (also over 10km) and won the SA Cross Country Trials in the beginning of the year to book his place at the World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark in March this year. He finished 16th at the Global Championship. Only Shadrack Hoff (1996) and Stephen Mokoka (2011) have gone better, both finished 15th.

Having come within one second of his half marathon best in PE on 27 July this year and 3 seconds off his best 10km time in September, also this year, it is clear that Mashele is coming into form at the right time and given his aggressive and take no prisoner style of running, Mashele could well move into new territory come 13 October. Coach Hendrick Ramaala is confident his charge will be a factor in Durban. “He is in really good shape. Precious is a hard worker and never shirks the sessions asked of him. He has had some tough years, but the last two years have been solid and good and I think he can make a big statement in Durban.”

Also returning to Durban is the ever dangerous Thabang Mosiako (bronze label athlete). The pundits always add Mosiako in the mix of any race he enters. Mosiako has struggled of late, but now seems to be coming into form again. In 2017 he won the ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN beating the more fancied Stephen Mokoka. A debilitating attack in early 2018 left him in a three-week coma. There were fears he would not run again, nevertheless he was able to bounce back very quickly and make the South African team to the Africa Cross Country Championships in March that year. Since then he has shown glimpses of the talent that he is. His recent 4th place at the South African Cross Country Championships (7 September) proved that he is close to his best again. Mosiako was in tight battle with eventual winner, Precious Mashele, until a fall cost him a chance at the title.

The ABSA Run Your City Series consists of three events:  the ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN (5th anniversary in 2019), ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN (4th anniversary in 2019) and ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN (3rd anniversary in 2019).  Exhilarating mass participation road races, each event celebrates the splendour of its host city.  Runners (and walkers) will be treated to a journey that will highlight iconic landmarks and feature lively performances on route.

Over the short period of 5 years, the series has grown to over 40 000 runners in the three cities and has attained IAAF Bronze Label Status in two events.   The Durban race is now chasing Gold Label Status. The significance of that cannot be underestimated. Label Status means that the ABSA Run Your City Series will attract some of the best athletes in the world, which means that South Africa’s top athletes get to race the best on home soil.  As a result fast times will be recorded on the African Continent.

Over the past 5 years the series has delivered compelling racing and fast times which will now be shared with the world through the process of a Livestream. The ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN will be livestreamed as was the Cape Town leg of the ABSA Run Your City Series.


Date: Sunday 13 October 2019
Venue: Start – Blue Lagoon (Athlone Drive) / Finish – Beachfront Precinct (near The Bike and Bean
Charities:  When entering online runners can choose to support one (or all five) of the event’s charities 1. The Reach For A Dream Foundation, 2. TREE, 3. Durban & Coast SPCA, 4. LIV Village and 5. iThemba Lethu.
Prize Purse:  R250 000 / View the entire Prize Purse Breakdown here:   http://bit.ly/2MHQ4fd
Website:  www.durban10k.com

IN THE NEWS:  The ABSA Run Your City Series has implemented a Single-Use Plastic (SUP) Management Campaign that aims to drastically reduce the usage of single-use plastics by 85% at all three events.  “The aim of the ABSA Run Your City Series’ SUP Management Campaign is to drastically reduce the usage of single-use plastics by 85% at all three events.  Our ultimate goal is to host a mass participation road running series that is plastic free,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports.  

About the ABSA Run Your City Series:

ABSA is proud to once again bring you the ABSA Run Your City Series which  comprises of three unique mass participation events that integrate business involvement, family, diversity, investment in community, world class achievement and fun for all participants, both individuals and businesses alike.

Each of the races are developed to take participants through the historical routes around each city, thereby adding a tourism element to each race, making it more than a race but an economic opportunity for each community.

The ABSA Run Your City Series is made up of three races around South Africa, namely, the ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN, the ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN and the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN.

For further information please visit www.runyourcityseries.com