Moyo, Kativhu eye Matopo 33-miler for SA marathon preps

Monica Kativhu

Monica Kativhu

Ricky Zililo, Senior Sports Reporter
EXPERIENCED female long distance runners Monica Kativhu and Samkeliso Moyo will use this weekend’s PPC Matopos 33-Miler Ultra-Marathon to prepare for top South African ultra-marathons.

The two runners returned from South Africa last week to prepare for the event.

Kativhu, the PPC Matopos 33-Miler Ultra-Marathon defending champion, who is fresh from the KwaNongoma Ultra-Marathon held last week in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province, said she is using the race to prepare for the June Comrades Marathon.

“I’m not thinking of defending the PPC 33-Miler because I’m still recovering from a straining 56km race that I participated in at KwaNongoma last week. I came third in that race and will use this PPC event as part of my preparations for the Comrades Marathon,” said Kativhu.

The $1 000 prize money for the athlete who crosses the finish line first could be enough to change Kativhu’s mind and go for the title. Last year’s prize money was $850.

Runners-up will each get $750 for the open category, while the veterans, masters and grandmasters winners will receive $400 each for the full marathon.

For the half marathon, winners in the men and women’s sections will receive $500 each, with the wheelchair category prizes pegged at $400 for the winners in each section.

Moyo, who competed in the Harry Gwala Marathon a fortnight ago, is nursing a foot injury.

“I got injured on March 5 while running at the Harry Gwala Marathon. I’m looking forward to the Matopos race, but I’m not sure if I will enter the main race or the half-marathon. What I know is that I will race and use the event to prepare for the Two Oceans Marathon that will be held in Cape Town next month,” said Moyo.

Chiedza Chokore is the women’s Half-Marathon defending champion.

Air Force of Zimbabwe road runner Peter Tumbare is the defending champion of the 33-Miler, having won the men’s main event in three hours 12 minutes and 10 seconds.

Olympian Wirimai Juwawo won the men’s half-marathon in one hour seven minutes and 23 seconds.

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