Chitate, the toast of Loskop

JOHANESBURG - Zimbabwean-born athletes experienced mixed fortunes but performed admirably at this past weekends 26th edition of the popular Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon Series.

The country provided a winner in the form of Olivia Chitate of Basheshwa Athletics Club, who won the Womens open race in 1:29:35.

While Chitate won gold, mens favourite Marko Mambo was not as successful but was good enough to claim silver after finishing second to Joseph Mphuthi in the 50 km race having come in at 2:53:20.

Counterpart Muchaneta Gwata also won silver in the womens 50 km race when she finished second behind Riana van Niekerk in 3.29.55.

The 50km Loskop Marathon from Middelburg to Loskop Dam in the North West is fast growing and has been rated as the second best ultra marathon for the year, outperforming both the Comrades and the Two Oceans Marathons.

The Forever Resorts Wild Challenge, a 21,1km country race that is run through the Loskop Nature Reserve is growing in popularity and was voted the best half-marathon in SA.

We are proud that both our races scored a satisfaction rating of 92 percent with our patrons. The organizers take serious care to limit the irritable issues to ensure that athletes get only the best. Both races are growing in popularity and in 2011 with the running of the 26th Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon, there was even a higher level of satisfaction said Christo Wagenaar, Group Marketing Manager of Forever Resorts in a statement.

South Africa has over the years proven a favourite hunting ground for Zimbabwean athletes. The most prominent is Stephen Muzhingi, who has won back-to-back Comrades Marathons and will be defending his title in May.

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