Change a Life Academy
30 Aug 2016
Written by: Kyle Gilham
Mandela Day inspire Change a Life Zulus
Pietermaritzburg – Martin Dreyer’s Change a Life (CAL) Zulus embraced the
‘triumph of the human spirit’ wholeheartedly over the weekend as they
performed admirably in various events that formed part of the Mandela Day
Honouring the life and times of South Africa’s national father, former
President Nelson Mandela, the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash and Mandela Day
Trail Run was an inspirational occasion for the emerging, young stars that
were eager to perform well.
“The Mandela Day races really excited our Zulus as it is an event that has
true meaning for them!” says Change a Life founder, Dreyer.
“All of them felt as if they were racing for Madiba, which was a privilege
and an honour.”
On the mountain biking front, Sthembiso Masango showed his RMB Change a
Life MTB Academy team mates the way home in the 42km feature race, narrowly
missing out on sixth place after a sprint finish with Julian Jessop.
“Sthembiso really rode nicely and it was fantastic to see him in the mix
with some of the province’s top guys the whole way,” says Dreyer.
“He’s very focused, trains extremely hard and is riding better than ever at
the moment so it was great to see him get such a good result and we look
forward to seeing how he and the rest of our MTB team go at Hill2Hill in
Also tackling the 42km MTB race, Ndumiso Dontso pipped team mate Mazwi
Smimango to the line – the pair finishing twelfth and thirteenth
respectively – while Sipho Kupiso, Bongumusa Zikhali and Sizwe Mkhabise all
finished inside the top 30.
In the 21km clash, Mboneni Ngcobo successfully defended his crown while
Siyanda Masango and Scelo Mhlongo rounded out the CAL one-two-three.
“Mboneni is currently studying Agricultural Management and Environmental
Science through UNISA and recently spent a week up in Pretoria doing his
practicals, so it was nice for him to be able to ease back into things a
bit through the 21km race.
“He also said afterwards that taking part in and winning this particular
race made him proud to be African!”
Like their cycling team mates, the Valley of a Thousand Hills setup’s
Merchants supported runners also rose to the occasion with Phaka Gwala,
Siyabonga Ngcongo and Thulani Skhakhane finishing inside the 8km race’s top
Mthobisi Mvelo and Mxolisi Zondi claimed the top two steps of the 4km
event’s podium while CAL paddling ambassadors, Sbonelo Khwela and Banetse
Nkhoesa, finished in thirteenth and fifteenth place respectively in the
“Since Merchants came onboard, our running team continues to evolve,”
“Much of our focus remains on Obstacle Course Racing – particularly the
national Jeep Warrior Race series – but trail runs still remain very much
part of our plans as well, especially as it helps our guys develop a good
base for the Warrior Races.”
SUMMARY OF RESULTS
RMB CHANGE A LIFE MTB ACADEMY – MANDELA DAY MARATHON MTB DASH
7.Sthembiso Masango 1:51.31
12.Ndumiso Dontso 1:56.41
13.Mazwi Smimango 1:56.43
24.Sipho Kupiso 2:02.00
26.Bongumusa Zikhali 2:03.16
29.Sizwe Mkhasibe 2:09.53
1.Mboneni Ngcobo 48.40
2.Siyanda Masango 50.16
3.Scelo Mhlongo 50.33
MERCHANTS CHANGE A LIFE RUNNING TEAM – MANDELA DAY TRAIL RUN
13.Sbonelo Khwela 59.27
15.Banetse Nkhoesa 1:00.39
7.Phaka Gwala 35.54
8.Siyabonga Ngcongo 36.05
9.Thulani Skhakhane 37.12
1.Mthobisi Mzolo 23.17
2.Mxolisi Zondi 23.19
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Mboneni Ngcobo beams from ear to ear after winning the 21km race of the
Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash and looks forward to proudly displaying his
trophy that bears Nelson Mandela face in his home.
Merchants Change a
Life Running Team's Mxolisi Zondi, Mthobisi Mzolo and Phaka Gwala jump for
join and celebrate their performances in the Mandela Day Trail Runs.
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