Second No Longer Good Enough For Makaza
Nedbank’ Collen Makaza has all the right ingredients to win the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, come 26 March. A two-time World 50km Champion, Makaza has run in the Mother City seven times and has had mixed fortunes. His debut was certainly nothing to write home about, the Zimbabwean finishing in 1154th, running over 5 hours.
But Makaza was back with a vengeance a year later coming in 12th (3:16.12). Later that year he showed his true potential by winning the first of his two World 50km titles.
But the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon has been a challenge for the 33 year-old. 22nd in 2011 was followed by 3rd in 2012 with his best time to date, 3:08.45. In August that year Makaza though continued his love affair with the World 50km Championships, finishing second.
2013 he was 4th at the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and also won the inaugural Legends Ultra Marathon in September that, setting the course record which still stands to this day. 2014 though was a year to forget. Makaza had a bad run and crossed the line on the UCT grounds in 257, clocking 4 hours and 10 minutes.
It seems though that whenever Collen Makaza struggles at the Old Mutual Two Oceans it spurs him to something special and in August 2014, Makaza four years after his first World Title was once again on the top rung of the podium at the World 50km Championships. 2015 was the closest Makaza came to winning the Two Oceans Marathon. With 10km to go he was locked in a titanic battle with Motlokoa Nkhabutlane. The later was able to open a gap over Makaza in the final 8km that was never closed.
But that runner’s up spot has Makaza on fire for 2016. “He has been training exceptionally hard just outside of Harrare in Zimbabwe,” his manager Craig Fry tells us. “He wants this race badly now. He has had enough now of not being able to close out and has learnt a lot in the last few years.
Also with the race back to the original route over Champmans Peak, we both believe he has every chance of winning on the 26 March. He certainly has all the credentials. Two time World 50km Champion and twice the Legend Ultra Marathon winner, Collen knows how to race.”
1154th in 2009 (5:08:06); 12th in 2010 (3:16:12); 22nd in 2011 (3:20:14); 3rd in 2012 (3:08:45); 4th in 2013 (3:10:29); 257th in 2014 (4:10:17); 2nd in 2015 (3:12:41)