Salvation Army launches Christmas Kettle

first_imgThe traditional Christmas Kettle launched by the Salvation Army saw Public Affairs Minister Dawn Hastings-Williams giving the first donation to the charitable cause.Hastings-Williams was the featured speaker at the launching of the annual appeal for public donations at the Georgetown Club on Friday, as the festive season gets underway.Minister Hasting- Williams acknowledged the tremendous work being done by the Salvation Army in assisting the less fortunate. She said the fact that the institution is working so tirelessly and energetically to help people is gratifying.Further, the Minister noted that the Salvation Army’s contribution is significant to the country’s development.Meanwhile, Salvation Army Advisory Board Chairman, Edward Boyer said it is one of the best types of help and while it is a good initative during this time of peace and goodwill, he said, “we should have these activities to help put some light in the lives of many people who have fallen on bad times.”Further, he mentioned that people from all walks of life enter the Salvation Army Rehab programme and are able to get a second chance at life. However, he noted that the institution needs more help to expand the current programme.Giving brief remarks, Divisional Commander, Major Matignol Saint-Lot said in addition to the core churches that the Salvation Army operates, it also has several other initiatives, including a feeding programme.He highlighted that the organisation operates a half-way house, a hostel and drug rehabilitation centre while explaining that their mission is to save souls and better them.The simple ceremony featured steel pan renditions by the Police Steel Pan band, a motivational song by the Salvation Army Men’s Social Centre and a performance by the Divisional Youth Choir. Also offering a rendition of songs were the choirs from the St Rose’s High School, the Bishops’ High School and Marian Academy.Officers of the Salvation Army will be stationed at strategic locations near popular stores and businesses as they solicit donations from the general public to fund their charitable programmes.Government provides a subvention for the organisation’s drug rehabilitation programme, but it is dependent on the good will of the general public to support its various initiatives.last_img read more

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Stena Carron drillship faces challenge over certification of local workers

first_imgThe Stena Carron drillship, owned and operated by the British, has arrived and is in the process of hiring employees to begin its operations locally; but is currently faced with the challenge of having its workers certified by the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).This is according to the Rig Manager, Callum Balflour.MCA is the organisation responsible for maritime safety in the UK.Balflour made the disclosure at the launch of Strategic Recruitment Solutions Inc (SRS) on Friday evening at the Marriott Hotel.Stena Carron Rig Manager, Callum BalflourAccording to him, Guyanese do not possess the certification which is required by the MCA, and this is something he plans to address with the agency.“As a British vessel, we have some additional challenges for certification requirements for crew with the MCA, minimum safe manning and certificates that are acceptable and not acceptable; and that’s one of the challenges we face here,” he said.The rig manager added, “There are a lot of seamen here in Guyana, but the certificates wouldn’t match what the MCA asks for, and that’s a challenge that we as company need to take up with the MCA”.Balflour said that for him a seaman is a seaman, they do the same job and pass through the same training. As such, the name on a certificate should have no say in whether or not that person is qualified or eligible for a specific post.Back in 2016, when the Stena had first arrived in Guyana to begin its hunt for oil and gas, it was recognised that Guyanese did not possess any expertise in this area. Due to this, the rig manager said, the British drilling agency took it upon itself to train recruits in various areas for employment.In this regard he noted, several persons have already been trained and hired. Doors for promotion, Balflour said, are always open to locals, as long as they demonstrate the talents required for the specific posts.To qualify for a certificate from the MCA, applicants must be at least 17 years of age and have completed at least six months approved sea service in the deck department or engineer room of a vessel, or possess two months sea service if the applicant has completed an MCA-approved special college-based training programme and has completed the basic safety training, among other things.On February 6, 2019, United States oil giant ExxonMobil announced its 12th and 13th discoveries in Guyana.The discoveries, which were made at the Tilapia-1 and Haimara-1 wells in the southwest section of the Stabroek Block, were announced by Director of Energy Dr. Mark Bynoe in a statement. These new discoveries, he said, reinforce the country’s potential to be able to produce more than 750,000 barrels of oil daily by 2025, with at least five floating, production storage and offloading vessels (FPSO) on the Stabroek Block.The news of the discoveries and their potential for the country has created in the minds of Guyanese hope for not only a better future, but for employment opportunities in the emerging sector. However, even as oil production is slated for a mere few months from now, the Government is yet to implement the Local Content Policy which would assure Guyanese of employment opportunities.The Government’s Energy Department has attempted to comfort locals by assuring that that document would be ready long before first oil, due in 2020.This commitment was given more than three years after oil was first discovered off Guyana’s coast by United State oil giant ExxonMobil.The Local Content Policy would guide the State in guarding against local companies being bypassed for contracts and services in favour of foreign companies and workers.last_img read more

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Get along, little doggies, to finish line

first_img“She’s pretty old,” she said of the 9-year short-hair Chihuahua. “But she’s going to go for it.” Unfortunately for Puppy and all the others, defending champion, Tiger, of Bakersfield, prevailed in a close race. He will go on to compete in San Diego at the nationals to be held Sept. 2 at Petco Park during a game between the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers. “We’re never confident,” said owner Cathy Smith after the final race. “You never know where a Chihuahua will run or how fast.” As Tiger basked in her glory, third-place finisher, Petra Von Fido, of Pasadena and her owner, Anne Hars, walked back to their car and contemplated a return next year. “It’s her first-ever race, so why not come back?” Hars said. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Among the competitors, was 4-year-old Mimi of La Puente, who raced in last year’s event but did not place. Her trainers, Mark and Rosa Barron, trained the past year on empty field tracks. “We have a secret weapon,” said Mark, before the first heat took place. It was a stuffed animal that Mimi “ate, drank and slept with since last year” that Rosa dangled at the finish line. Unfortunately, the secret weapon turned out to be a dud since Mimi did not place either first or second to advance to the semifinal heat. Newcomer, Puppy, of Pico Rivera was shaking before the race in the arms of her owner, Barbara Soliz. • Photo Gallery: Chihuahua races MONTEBELLO – Local aficionados of fine breeding and competitive racing didn’t need to travel this weekend to Churchill Downs to be dazzled at the Kentucky Derby. More than 200 Chihuahuas of all shapes, sizes and pedigrees competed in one of five regional meets Saturday at the third annual Petco National Chihuahua Races to determine the fastest Chihuahua in America at the 1425 Montebello Blvd. store. Accompanied by their human family members, the athletes – dressed in all sorts of garb including T-shirts, tutus, leather vests and even ponchos – raced in heats of 10 along a 35-foot-long track. last_img read more

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Alli eager to take a penalty against Colombia

first_img0Shares0000England midfielder Dele Alli says the team are confident ahead of their World Cup last-16 match against Colombia © AFP / Paul ELLISSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 30 – Dele Alli will put his hand up for a penalty if England are taken to a shootout by Colombia in their World Cup last-16 match on Tuesday.England have lost six times out of seven on spot-kicks at major tournaments, with their coach Gareth Southgate guilty of missing against Germany at Euro 96. Southgate has had his players practising penalties since March, while also deploying video analysts and psychometric tests in an attempt to buck the trend.Alli says he wants to step up.“We’re confident and looking to change things,” he said at England’s training base in Repino on Saturday.“Everyone wants to step up and help the team if we can. If I’m on the pitch, I want to take one. I’ll ask to try and take one.”Alli is expected to return to the starting line-up against Colombia, having sustained a thigh strain in the opening game against Tunisia and sat out against both Panama and Belgium.He will be up against a familiar foe in Moscow, given his Tottenham teammate Davinson Sanchez plays for Colombia in central defence. Sanchez’s primary focus will be stopping Harry Kane.“Obviously I hope Harry comes out on top,” Alli said. “Davinson’s a great player, a great guy as well. It’s hard not to support him but, as players, there are no friendships on the pitch.“He’s a great player, but no player is perfect. We know how he plays, we know his strengths, and we’ll look to try and exploit his very few weaknesses.”England have been pitched against Colombia after a much-changed team lost to Belgium on Friday, meaning they surrendered top spot in Group G.Southgate has been criticised for conceding momentum ahead of the knockout stages, but Alli disagrees.“Firstly we have to make it clear the whole squad is the ‘A team’. We’re in this together,” Alli said.“The boys played well. The manager made a decision and we all back him. We didn’t lose any momentum. We’re all fighting and raring to go, and can’t wait for the next game.”If England overcome Colombia, they could benefit from a kinder draw in the quarter-finals, where Switzerland or Sweden would lie in wait.In the top half, they would have met Japan and, if victorious, Brazil or Mexico in the last eight.“That’s very dangerous (to think like that),” Alli said. “We have to approach every game as if we’re playing the best side in the world.“Colombia have great talent and are a dangerous side and we have to be switched on to them, nothing more.”John Stones trained on Saturday morning, easing fears the defender injured his calf against Belgium.The only absentees were Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who completed his own personal conditioning session, and Fabian Delph, who has flown home for the birth of his third child.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Man banged on ex-partner’s windows at 4am

first_imgA drunk man who was persistently banging on the windows of his ex-partner;s house at 4am has been fined €150.Christopher McDaid appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged under the public order act at The Park, Blue Cedars in Ballybofey on August 11th last. The court heard McDaid, aged 29, said he wanted to get int the house but was extremely drunk and was not allowed entry.Gardai arrived and told McDaid he had to leave the area but he refused and was arrested.His solicitor said he was earning a few pound working in a local car wash.He added that it was the persistence of a drunk man which had him in court.Judge Paul Kelly fined McDaid €150 under the public order act.Man banged on ex-partner’s windows at 4am was last modified: September 10th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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JOULE DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY LAUNCH NIGHT

first_imgThe Joule Donegal International Rally takes place from the 17-19th of June. It is renowned as one of the toughest rallies in the country.The organising committee of the Joule Donegal International Rally together with Donegal Motor Club wish to invite you to the launch of the Joule Donegal International Rally 2016. The launch will take place on Friday the 3rd of June in  the Aura Leisure Complex Letterkenny starting at 7.30pm. Some drivers and co-drivers will also be in attendance at the launch night.People who wish to marshal at the event can still apply through https://donegalrally.ie/marshals/ .Garry Jennings/Rory Kennedy won the international category last year, with Manus Kelly/Donal Barrett winning the National category.Gary Jennings on board his Subaru in last year’s Joule Donegal International RallyJOULE DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY LAUNCH NIGHT was last modified: May 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaljoulerallysubarulast_img read more

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TONER COMES HOME FIRST IN NEWMILLS 10K – ALL THE RESULTS

first_imgThere was a strong turn-out for today’s inaugural Newmills 10k which was run in perfect conditions.There was a total of 127 runners which was fantastic and an event which is surely to grow in numbers each year.The winner was Ivan Toner of Letterkenny AC followed closely by his two club-mates Kevin Ferry and Paul McGlinchey. The following is the complete list of participants and their times.Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club1 88 34.14 Ivan Toner SM Letterkenny A C2 59 35.00 Kevin Ferry M40 Letterkenny A C 3 57 35.11 Paul Mc Glinchey SM Letterkenny A C4 87 35.46 Paul Toner SM Letterkenny A C5 101 36.01 Noel Diver SM Rosses A.C.6 30 36.06 Ciaran Crawford SM Letterkenny A C7 95 36.12 Sean Mc Fadden SM Letterkenny A C 8 39 36.15 Paul Ward M40 Tír Chonaill A C9 31 37.12 Tom Thompson M40 Finn Valley A C10 104 37.23 Joe Gibbons SM Letterkenny A C11 122 37.25 Fionnualla Diver SW Letterkenny A C 12 79 37.36 Marcus Mc Clintock M40 Letterkenny A C13 55 37.39 Andrew Friel SM Individual14 1 38.06 Aidan Mc Kenna M40 Letterkenny A C15 69 38.14 Paul Doherty SM 24/7 Triathlon16 114 38.49 Glen Duncan SM Letterkenny A C17 105 38.56 Michael Duffy SM Cranford A C18 106 39.31 Pauric Breslin SM Individual19 38 39.39 Brian Mc Bride M40 Individual20 43 39.42 Raymond Birch SM Individual21 99 39.45 Ciaran O’ Donnell M40 Letterkenny A C22 14 39.58 Raymond Doherty M40 Finn Valley A C23 96 40.22 Danny Ryan SM Letterkenny A C24 16 40.36 Frankie Levelle M40 Inishowen A C25 5 40.54 Kieran Mc Monagle SM Individual26 103 40.58 Lee Gildea SM Letterkenny A C27 34 41.13 Dale Gallagher SM Letterkenny A C28 91 41.44 Charlie Long SM Letterkenny A C29 36 41.49 Paul Cosgrove M40 Letterkenny A C30 47 41.50 Sean Mc Meniman M50 Inishowen A C20 October Page 1 of 5Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club31 84 42.09 Garvan Mulligan SM Individual32 20 42.13 Eamon Cush M40 Individual33 67 42.22 Gary Gillen SM Individual34 15 42.22 Donal Haughey M50 Tír Chonaill A C35 35 42.31 Raymond Gahey M40 Individual36 97 42.35 Seamus Morrisan M40 Letterkenny A C37 11 42.46 Billy Orr M50 Foyle Valley38 93 42.48 Darren Price SM Individual39 62 42.49 Irene Mc Fadden SW Letterkenny A C40 64 42.50 Garvan Mc Closkey M40 Letterkenny A C41 44 42.55 Paul Mc Gettigan SM Individual42 58 42.57 John O’ Doherty SM Individual43 109 42.59 Margaret Kelly W40 24/7 Triathlon44 45 43.02 Anthony Mc Daid SM Individual45 12 43.05 Richard Raymond M50 Letterkenny A C46 108 43.08 Peter Boyce SM Individual47 56 43.17 Gabrial Mc Crossan M40 Letterkenny A C48 78 43.24 Denise Mc Elhone SW Foyle Valley49 21 43.32 Monica Mc Granaghan SW Letterkenny A C50 111 43.43 Pauric Kelly SM 24/7 Triathlon51 86 43.49 Cathal Wilson SM Individual52 46 44.12 Mark Quinn M40 Individual53 125 44.15 Phil Boyle M40 Letterkenny A C54 98 44.32 Paul Harris M40 Letterkenny A C55 126 44.44 Noise Enright SW Letterkenny A C56 121 44.51 Deirdre Diver SW Rosses A.C.57 54 45.09 Cliodhna Dunne SW Finn Valley A C58 123 45.31 Brian Mc Crea SM Individual59 112 45.55 Cathal Gorman M40 Individual60 32 46.18 Cathal Greene SM Individual61 90 46.20 Francis Diver M40 Milford A C62 23 46.21 Mark Cassidy SM Individual20 October Page 2 of 5Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club63 48 46.22 Declan Mc Elwaine SM Individual64 61 47.10 Cathal Roarty M40 Letterkenny A C65 51 47.25 Sharon Black SW Letterkenny A C66 83 47.26 Damien Daly SM Individual67 94 47.27 Margaret Shiels W40 Letterkenny A C68 81 47.36 Barry Mackey M40 Individual69 110 47.44 Catherine Mc Kinley SW Individual70 102 47.49 James Doherty M60 Individual71 85 47.52 Pauline Sweeney W40 Individual72 52 47.52 Siobhan Gallagher SW Letterkenny A C73 80 47.55 Anne Mc Gettigan W40 Individual74 42 48.03 Jonathon Scanlon SM Individual75 89 48.04 Noel Boyd SM Individual76 29 48.21 Tommy Hill M40 Letterkenny A C77 124 48.35 Bernard Mc Dyre M50 Individual78 127 48.38 Patrica Orsi W45 Milford A C79 70 48.41 Gavin Harris SM 24/7 Triathlon80 68 48.42 John Doherty M40 Individual81 120 49.07 Philip Nichelson SM Individual82 77 49.08 Mary Kelly W40 Individual83 50 49.22 Amanda Mc Nulty SW Letterkenny A C84 63 49.29 Sean O’ Donnell M50 Individual85 24 49.34 Eugene Mc Ginley M40 Individual86 8 49.41 Fin Begley W40 Individual87 76 50.02 Sean Sweeney SM Individual88 113 50.54 Joe Mc Nulty M40 Individual89 49 50.54 Paul Gildea SM Individual90 18 51.08 Ciaran Liddy SM Individual91 40 51.12 Kenny Doherty SM Individual92 41 51.12 Paul Rodgers SM Individual93 7 51.19 Noel Mc Galligan SM Individual94 37 51.20 Jim Hynes M60 Finn Valley A C20 October Page 3 of 5Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club95 2 52.00 Angela Trimble W40 Individual96 118 52.08 David Mc Cann SM Individual97 73 52.36 Dessie Nc Laughlin M40 Individual98 82 52.50 Mairead Mc Ginty SW Individual99 53 53.13 Declan Friel SM Milford A C100 92 53.39 Angela Mc Ginty SW Individual101 75 53.56 Josie Lawlor W45 Individual102 22 54.10 Michelle Delaney SW Individual103 119 54.53 Ruth Mc Crudden W45 Individual104 107 55.02 Gary Duffy M40 Individual105 3 55.20 Kieran Diver M40 Individual106 26 55.23 Rosleen Ford W40 Individual107 19 55.29 Tommy Naughton SM Individual108 71 56.36 Michael Coll SM Individual109 17 56.50 Grace Garvie SW Rosses A.C.110 65 57.10 John Mc Candless M40 Individual111 66 57.10 Damian Downey M40 Individual112 4 57.10 John Ruddy SM Individual113 13 57.56 Lorna O’ Donnell W40 Individual114 25 58.31 Mary Doherty W40 Individual115 72 59.12 Joe Coll SM Individual116 100 60.12 Sophie Kelly W40 Individual117 60 60.51 Tracy Peoples SW Milford A C118 33 61.42 Annette Duddy W40 Individual119 74 63.03 Darina Ferry W40 Individual120 128 64.28 Anne Doherty SW Individual121 129 64.33 Eimear Mc Geever SW Individual122 28 65.39 Josie Callaghan W40 Individual123 10 66.02 James Mc Bride M60 Individual124 9 66.11 Orla Redmond SW Individual125 130 68.49 Annette Donnolly SW Individual126 131 69.19 Linda Dunne SW Individual127 27 69.58 Bernie O’ Donnell W45 Milford A CTotal Runners: 127TONER COMES HOME FIRST IN NEWMILLS 10K – ALL THE RESULTS was last modified: October 20th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to 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Denis Okot finally departs KCCA FC

first_imgDenis Okot lost his starting place at KCCA FC last season (file photo)Former KCCA FC captain Denis Okot has finally left the reigning Uganda Cup holders for another top tier side.Despite numerous stories linking him to a loan spell at Sam Ssimbwa’s URA FC, the out spoken versatile defender has decided to join Arua based Onduparaka FC.It was confirmed on Monday evening that Okot signed a two year deal at the Caterpillars and the defender was quick to echo out his excitement about joining Onduparaka;“It is just excitement for me to join Onduparaka FC, said Okot.“Honestly, i would not have imagined this happening three or four years ago but here i am, all smiles that am joining them this young and ambitious club.“I believe in this club, I believe it has what it takes to win everything next season and my focus and energy will be to emulate or even do better than what I did with my former Club (KCCA FC).Okot has previously played at Sports Club Villa, Gulu United, Sports Club Victoria University and lately KCCA FC.At KCCA, he won two Uganda Premier League titles and as many Uganda Cups and has been a regular figure for the club during CAF confederation and Champions league despite losing his starting spot in the league to ‘younger and hungry’ players as Mike Mutebi prefers to term them.He lost his captain’s arm-band to Timothy Awanyi at the start of the just concluded UPL season in a move that proved that his time at the Kasasiro Boys was coming to an end.He joins former Maroons defender Richard Ayiko, right back Fred Agandu and forward Amis Muwonge as the new recruits at Onduparaka this summer.Onduparaka FC will begin their pre-season preparations in a week’s time.Onduparaka had their best ever season in the Uganda Premier league last, finishing fourth with 48 points from 30 games.They will clearly be hoping to go at least one place better in terms of league positions as they seem to be improving after each passing season.They joined the top tier after winning the 2015/16 Big League, Uganda’s second tier.Comments Tags: Denis OkotKCCA FConduparaka fclast_img read more

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Takeaways: Aaron Dell is the Sharks best goalie right now

first_imgNEW YORK — Another night of puck-possession dominance, another night in which a regulation win eludes the Sharks.The New York Rangers ripped a point out of the Sharks (2-2-1) hands Thursday night, tying the game with 2:39 remaining in the third period and winning the game just 37 seconds into overtime.As a result, the Sharks find themselves sitting at .500 even though they’ve tilted the ice throughout the first five games of the 2018-19 season.Here’s what we learned in the Sharks 3-2 …last_img

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Zimbabwean’s second Comrades win

first_img31 May 2010Zimbabwe’s Stephen Muzhingi won the Comrades Marathon for the second time running as a huge field contested the 85th edition of South Africa’s famous ultra-marathon on Sunday. Victory in the women’s race went to Elena Nurgalieva for a fifth time.Over 23 000 entries had been received for the event, and it showed on the road as, especially in the earlier stages of the race, a thick, winding sea of colour bobbed along the route.With the race taking place a little earlier in the year than usual, the weather was ideal: not as cold for the 05:30 start as would be the case in the middle of June, yet retaining enough of a bite in the early and late going to help cool the competitors.The runners were well supported by hordes of spectators who made a day of it by packing picnics, and shouting their support from the side of the road.‘Down’ runDue to the size of the massive field, the race was once again a “down” run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, so that everyone could be accommodated at the finish. With half the field usually finishing in the last hour-and-a-half, it was a necessary move.It was also a decision that helped improve Muzhingi’s chances of repeating as champion as the race has revealed over the years that the “down” and “up” runs present very different challenges.Interestingly, as part of his preparation, the Zimbabwean had chose to run the 56-kilometre Two Oceans Marathon at Easter, as he had done last year.Some experts believe that running a competitive race in the Two Oceans before contesting the Comrades has a negative effect on a runner’s chances in the latter event. Yet Muzhingi finished fourth in the Two Oceans in 2009 and repeated that result in 2010 before going on to victory in the Pietermaritzburg to Durban epic.The first half of the race was difficult for Muzhingi, who was running in the colours of the Formula 1 Bluff Meats Athletics Club. He was much stronger over the second half, however, and took over the lead when he passed Claude Moshiywa with about 20 kilometres to go.World Cup-like atmosphereReceiving strong support from the spectators along the race route, Muzhingi went on to win in five hours, 29 minutes and one second for the 89.28 kilometre distance, which was 110 metres longer than 2009’s race. In a World Cup-like atmosphere, he was greeted at the finish at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban by the blasting of vuvuzelas.“There was too much pressure on me to win,” he gasped after securing victory.South Africa’s Ludwick Mamabalo finished in second place, over six minutes behind the winner, in 5:35:28. Another South African, Sergio Motsoeneng, claimed third, in 5:35:57.It was, in fact, a good year for local athletes, who claimed eight of the top 10 places. Besides Muzhingi, the only other foreign runner in the top 10 was Lesotho’s Leboka Noto, running for Mr Price, who finished in tenth place.The Comrades respects no one and it showed its teeth to American hope Josh Cox, the US record holder over 50 kilometres. He went through halfway in 50th place, but was struggling with a stomach problem and that ultimately dropped him down to 186th at the finish in a time of 6:51:29.Women’s raceThe women’s race followed a more predictable storyline as the Nurgalieva twins, Elena and Olesya, fought it out for the victory. Olesya was the defending the title she won in 2009, while Elena had previously won the race in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2008.They ran together for most of the race and opened up a comfortable lead over their nearest challenger. Near the end, Elena managed a small break away from her sister and she crossed the finishing line in first place in six hours, 13 minutes and three seconds. Olesya finished only one second later.Marina Myshlyanova completed a Russian 1-2-3 when she finished in 6:26:02. American Kami Semick claimed fourth, almost five minutes later, in 6:32:54.The leading South African runner, in fifth place in 6:38:40, was Farwa Mentoor.At the other end of the field, Frikkie Botha, running his 28th Comrades, was the last man to make it across the finishing line before the cut-off gun was fired at 17:30.RESULTSMen  1. Stephen Muzhingi (F1 Bluff Meats), Zim, 5:29:00 2. Ludwick Mamabolo (Mr Price) RSA, 5:35:28 3. Sergio Motsoeneng (Discovery) RSA, 5:35:57 4. Bongmusa Mthembu (Mr Price) RSA, 5:37:48 5. Fanie Matshipa (Toyota) RSA, 5:39:52 6. Fusi Nhlapo (Mr Price) RSA, 5:40:25 7. Claude Moshiywa (Mr Price) RSA, 5:43:03 8. Petros Sosibo (Mr Price) RSA, 5:45:57 9. Peter Molapo (Nedbank) RSA, 5:46:18 10. Leboka Noto (Mr Price) Les, 5:48:44. Women 1. Elena Nurgalieva (Mr Price) Rus, 6:13:03 2. Olesya Nurgalieva (Mr Price) Rus, 6:13:04 3. Marina Myshlyanova (Mr Price) Rus, 6:26:02 4. Kami Semick USA, 6:32:54 5. Farwa Mentoor (Bonitas) RSA, 6:38:40 6. Lizzy Hawker UK, 6:39:42 7. Irina Vishnevskaya (Nedbank) Rus, 6:44:26 8. Lindsay van Aswegan (Toyota) RSA, 6:46:51 9. Adinda Kruger (Nedbank) RSA 6:51:14 10. Anna Pichrtova (Mr Price), Cze, 6:51:33 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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