It is back to business for Dikgaka athletes as they look to pick up where they left off in 2017 and what better way to kick off the year than with a solid performance in the Johnson Crane recently held in Gauteng. The Welkom-based athletes, known for their eagerness to reaching greater heights, returned to action in style when they took on the 36 edition of the marathon.
The race, which is organised by an old Gauteng athletic club founded in 1906, Benoni Harriers, is a popular event that presents the ideal setting for the first marathon of the year in Gauteng. It accommodated a large number of runners after the 5000 cap entries got sold out last year in October and the organisers had to add extra 500 owing to a huge demand. Running a double lapped and relatively flat route was an uphill battle, but Dikgaka managed to complete the race. The team is adamant the race has set the tone for the year.
"The weather on the day was perfect for running and athletes were excited at the start, anticipating better finishing times to quality for Two Oceans and Comrades ultra-marathons," they said. Nkhetheni Masupa managed to achieve his 42km Personal Best (PB) in 3hrs and 23 minutes while Tahleho Nketsi also got his best in 3hrs 58min. "This was the first marathon this year for us and we're happy we completed it.” The team is preparing for a hectic schedule this year as marathons in and outside of the country are awaiting them.