Athletes among the leaders again

09 October 2006

As they've done in other events throughout the year, UCT athletes featured strongly in the 2006 Gun Run Half Marathon, run on September 24.

While the official results are not yet out, Lauren Stewart finished ninth in 86:19, and Unice Vorster was right behind her in 86:28. The team's Amy Aronson ran a PB, unfortunately missing sub-90 but still doing 91 to bring her PB down by a whole 12 minutes this year.

Clare McMullen and Charlotte Lemanski also did big PBs, McMullen with less than ideal preparation the night before, according to coach James Evans.

Many of the athletes sported armbands with a pink strip in tribute to Lindsay Weight, who died recently.

Then early in October, UCT repeated its 2005 success at the run-and-cycle Atomic Mast Race in Tokai. Dion Middelkoop took top honours in the running event, while Will Robinson finished fourth. Robinson, back in the saddle again, was the fastest cyclist on the day, though, and retained his King of the Mountain title.

And Professor Kevin Rochford added yet another UCT record to his name when he clocked 1:40:52 in the Hewat 21.1 km Classic in Athlone on October 1. That's the best half-marathon time for a member of the UCT Athletics Club in the 60-plus age category.

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