Thank you for being a part of the world’s most beautiful marathon. Old Mutual, PUMA and the Two Oceans Marathon team would like to say a huge thank you for supporting this special event. We hope your race day experience was a truly memorable one and that you’ll be back again next year on 23 April!
With a combined total of close to 22 000 finishers across the ultra, the half marathon, two trail runs and the various fun runs, the Old Mutual Two Oceans is one of the biggest running events in South Africa. The 41st Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon and 13th Half Marathon were run in ideal cool, overcast running conditions and this year’s event really was a family affair. The ultra saw sisters and brothers battle it out for the top positions, something one seldom hears of in a top-level race. The well-known Nurgalieva twin sisters from Russia dominated the women’s ultra, and for the first time in the event’s history, the men’s race also saw MabuthileLebopo of Lesotho and his younger brother Warinyane battle it out in the lead bunch. It was Mabuthile who proved strongest on the day, breaking clear with two countrymen on the ConstantiaNek climb and racing home for the win in 3:06:18, the fourth-fastest Two Oceans time ever. MoeketsiMosuhli and TebohoSello completed the Lesotho clean sweep of the podium, while the younger Lebopo had to settle for fifth after being caught by the late surge of current Comrades champion Stephen Muzhingi of Zimbabwe. This time it was OlesyaNurgalieva who proved stronger on the day as she dropped three-time winner Elena at 53km to take her second Two Oceans title in 3:41:53. South African Adinda Kruger recorded the best finish of her career as she finished third. One of the most outstanding performances in the ultra saw 52-year-old Vladimir Kotov set a new world best of 2:58:18 for 50km for the 50-59 age category along the way, as he sped home in 3:19:48 to finish 17th overall. That saw the three-time Comrades winner from Belarus not only win the 40-49 age category, which he had elected to run in, but he also shattered Titus Mamebola’s 18-year-old 50-59 record, taking nearly 10 minutes off the longstanding mark. The highlight of the half marathon was Rene Kalmer taking 37 seconds off the women’s course record as she finally claimed the title after finishing second in a previous run. She broke the tape in 1:12:39, but had to work hard for the win as Irvette van Blerk chased her all the way, also dipping under the old record as she smashed her personal best time by 2 minutes 46 seconds. The men’s title went to Lusapho April in 1:03:54, with Zimbabwean KalvinPangiso crossing the line just five seconds adrift.
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Old Mutual celebrate their birthday in May and invite you to celebrate 165 years worth of shared wealth and wisdom by attending one of two exclusive music concerts featuring Johnny Clegg, Freshlyground, Lira, ArnoCarstens, Malaika, Goldfish and Gang of Instrumentals. The concerts take place in Cape Town on Sunday 9 May and in Johannesburg on Sunday 16 May. And what's a party without presents? Apart from a few surprises on the day, entry to the concerts is free for Old Mutual customers (pending successful application). To find out more and to apply for your free ticket go to www.oldmutual.co.za
Congratulations Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon runners! After all those hard months of training we'd like to offer you a special 2 night break in the Cape. So come to Cape Town this winter and enjoy a special Winter Warmer Rate for the months of April, May, June, July and August 2010 at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa, Townhouse Hotel & Conference Centre and d’OuweWerf Hotel - exclusively through Penthouse Travel Sporting Tours. Spoil yourselves, you deserve it! · Townhouse Hotel & Conference Centre (Cape Town) from R 1 130 per Single room / R 2 070 per Double Room · d'OuweWerf Hotel (Stellenbosch) R 1 320 per Single room / R 1 880 per Double Room · Vineyard Hotel & Spa (Newlands) R 1 700 per Single room / R 2 260 per Double Room These rates include: · 2 nights accommodation with breakfast · 14% VAT · 1% Tourism Levy Rates are subject to availability and are not applicable for the period 10 June to 6 July 2010. Prices for flights and transfers are available on request. Terms and conditions apply. To book please contact: PENTHOUSE TRAVEL SPORTING TOURS (Sure Travelways), De Ville Centre Durbanville, 7550, South Africa Tel: 021 976 8110 / Fax: 021 976 0411 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.runningtours.co.za
Waste Plan set a target of recycling 75% of all plastics, bottles, paper and cardboard used during this year’s event and were over the moon when the figures indicated that they had managed to recycle 83% of all waste generated during the course of the event. Congratulations to everyone who was involved in making the waste management at this year’s event such a great success.
PUMA Lacelets bring a new twist to what laces can be used for. With PUMA’s unique lacing kits, they show you how to lace and weave the Lacelets to create belts, bracelets, rings and yes, even shoe laces. Not only do the Lacelets add a new twist to wardrobes everywhere, they also help a global cause. A portion of the profits from the PUMA Lacelets will go towards funding the United Nations Environment Programme’s Year of Biodiversity and its associated programmes. The Lacelets feature intricate patterns by Kehinda Wiley and a special Unity Lacelet has been designed to coincide with our Africa Unity Kit and its message of a united Africa.
Many people were disappointed this year, as they didn’t enter on time and so missed being a part of the world’s most beautiful marathon. Next year’s event will take place on Saturday 23 April 2011 – so put it in your diary and keep an eye on our website for when entries open. We will be sending out regular newsletters so watch your inbox!
Good luck with your training through winter and thanks once again for being a part of our event.