The fastest South African in 2022 over 10km, the Western Cape’s Anthony Timotheus will be gunning for gold at the 5th annual Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K on Sunday 10 July 2022.
There is a changing of the guard in South African athletics with the new generation standing up to be noticed. For almost a decade the likes of Stephen Mokoka, Elroy Gelant and Desmond Mokgubo have dominated the South African road running scene. That is however changing. In 2021 Precious Mashele officially took over the mantle of king of the road over the shorter distances from Stephen Mokoka. Chasing him is the exciting new talent, Mbuleli Mathanga from KZN, as well as Anthony Timotheus from the Western Cape.
“We’re excited to see Anthony Timotheus in action at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K in July,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and Founder of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series. “Anthony kept the SA flag flying high at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K in May with his 5th overall finish and first South African to cross the line. As the fastest South African over 10km in 2022, his participation in Durban is sure to spark some serious competition which we always welcome as our goal is to encourage depth of performance as well as quality of performance at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K.”
Timotheus made an emphatic breakthrough when he finished as first South African in the 2022 Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K on Sunday 15 May. In the process he took a whopping 17 seconds off his Personal Best when he clocked 28:29. That time is also the fastest in the country in 2022 and earned him an invitation to the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K on 10 July, courtesy of the Elite Athlete Programme introduced by the organisers, Stillwater Sports, in 2022. The objective behind the programme is to ensure that South Africa’s best middle- and long-distance athletes compete in the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series and to provide them with incentive bonuses. For example, had Timotheus run the 28:29 in the upcoming Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K, he would earn a R24 000-time bonus to go with the R9000 for 5th place overall.
“I still get goose bumps when I think of that,” said Timotheus after being asked about his reaction to being the first South African over the line in Cape Town. “In the last 900m I was with Desmond (Mokgubo), Stephen (Mokoka) and Namakoe (Nkasi – Lesotho). When Desmond went, I went with him. In hindsight I should maybe have not gone with him immediately as I really battled in the final 200m and that’s where Namakoe passed me.”
For Timotheus the breakthrough was not only a big PB, but also that he took some very big scalps, and his confidence has now gone up a notch or two. “In Durban last year (Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K) I ran 28:46. I had a few niggles in the lead up to the race and so on race day I ran with Adam (Lipshitz) because he paces himself so well and I ended up equaling my PB. But I also felt that could have gone better had I been in 100% shape. So, Cape Town was massive for me. I even feel I had more in the tank and could have gone faster, so in Durban I have my sights set on a 28:10 to 28:20”.
The Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K is the big focus for Timotheus in 2022. “I’ve had a busy year already, but Durban will be my big focus this year and then I will go back into a winter type of training in preparation for 2023 and beyond.”
2022 has been quite the breakthrough year in so many aspects for Timotheus. Having concluded his teaching degree, Timotheus made the decision to focus on his running full time this year and for the next few years. “I want to give my running the attention it deserves and see what I can do before I go back to school (to teach). So, I made some changes at the end of 2021.” Timotheus made the move to train with the legendary Zola Budd from January this year after having spent years with Glen Bentley at UWC. “Mr. Bentley is like a father figure to me, and I will forever be grateful for his guidance over the years. We both, however, felt that in order for me to take it up a notch a change was necessary, and we thought that Zola would be the right move.” He broke 8min for the first time over 3000m, set a PB in the 5000m (13:36.11) and of course smashed his road 10km PB. “I knew I had something special in me for Cape Town (Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K) as I did a solid tempo run on a hilly course in windy conditions at the Century City 10k in March. I will do something similar now in mid to late June as a ‘leg loosener’ for Durban where I want something special.”
Timotheus had a different approach to the race in Cape Town and has learned a valuable lesson from his performance. “In training I always felt good and knew I had it in me, but it just didn’t seem to come together. But then I spoke to Mr September (John September is a legend in Western Province road running and held many provincial records) and also to Uncle Gert (Thys). Mr. September told me I need to race with my heart and just race and not worry too much about the time. Uncle Gert told me to focus and select my races and that’s what also hit me when I analyzed Stephen’s approach to races. He focuses on specific races. I followed all that advice and look what it gave me. And as I said, I believe there was more in the tank,” said an excited Timotheus.
Timotheus was also very appreciative of the Elite Athlete Programme, the incentives on offer in Durban and the fact that there is such a series as the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series. “Usually at this time I would go overseas and run some 10kays to try and get fast times, but now I do not need to do that. The Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series means I can prepare properly for Durban, not spend money on travel and not have to worry about travel fatigue and know I will be in a race that will allow me to get close to 28minuntes. This is a fantastic initiative.”
Anthony Timotheus is not letting the fact that he is the fastest South African in 2022 over 10km interfere with his focus and preparation for Durban. “We have a plan and are preparing for it. As this will be the last big race of the year for me it will be important for me to make a statement to myself.”
EVENT INFORMATION: Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K
|Date:||Sunday 10 July 2022|
|Entry Fee:||Standard (Licensed): R235.00
Gold Package (Licensed): R900.00
Temporary Licence: R50.00
|Entries Open:||Tuesday 08 March 2022|
|Entries Close:||Monday 04 July 2022|
CHARITY SUPPORT: When entering the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K online entrants can choose to support five local charities: 1. LIV Village, 2. TREE (Training and Resources in Early Education), 3. Durban & Coast SPCA, 4. iThemba Lethu and Reach For A Dream Foundation (RFAD).
EXCITING TIME-BASED INCENTIVE SCHEME: Stillwater Sports, the organisers of Africa’s leading road running series, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series, have announced an exciting time-based incentive scheme that will reward SA’s elite runners on a sliding-scale at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K on Sunday 10 July 2022. To view the complete SA Elite Athlete Incentive breakdown CLICK HERE
2022 PRIZE PURSE BREAKDOWN: To view the 2022 Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K Prize Purse breakdown CLICK HERE
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A proudly South African mass participation road running series, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series has been revolutionizing the sport since 2015. A road running celebration like no other, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series comprises three unique events namely the Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K (launched in 2015), the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K (launched in 2017) and the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K (launched in 2016).
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