MARATHONERS, Mabuthile Lebopo, and Sechaba Bohosi will represent Lesotho at the Nedbank Runified Ultra Marathon in Ggeberha, South Africa on Sunday.
Feb. 23, 2023
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Lebopo, Bohosi prepare for Nedbank Marathon
Veteran marathoner, Mabuthile Lebopo
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The two are members of Nedbank Running Club Lesotho.
This will be the third edition of the 50km Nedbank Marathon.
Bohosi, who will be debuting in the race, said the event will form part of his preparation for this year’s edition of the Comrades Marathon slated for June 11.
“I will make the best of my participation in the Nedbank Marathon in preparation for the upcoming Comrades Marathon,” said Bohosi in an interview with Public Eye on Wednesday this week.
Adding: “That is my main target for running the Nedbank Marathon.”
He will also compete in the Om Die Dam Ultra Marathon, in South Africa on March 18 as part of his preparation programme for the June event.
“I will also run the Om Die Dam Ultra Marathon and a number of other races as part of my preparation for the Comrades Marathon.
“In order to gain race fitness, one has to run numerous races ahead of the main event.”
His compatriot Lebopo on the other hand doubts his race fitness ahead of the Sunday event.
This, after he suffered a hamstring injury during training on Tuesday this week.
“I was more than ready for the race until yesterday (Tuesday) when I suffered a muscle pull during training,” said Lebopo.
“Otherwise, I was in perfect shape, especially for the veteran section.”
Lebopo, who appeared fourth at the Nedbank Marathon last year, is, however, optimistic about performing well on Sunday.
“Don’t be amazed, anything can happen. I can still pull some surprises in Gqeberha over the weekend.”
Lebopo further said: “When I train I don’t look at the age. I feel it in my body whether or not I am fit enough for a certain race.”
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He clocked in at 02:45:59 when he appeared fourth (overall) and position one in the veteran section during last year’s edition of the Nedbank Marathon.
Other Lesotho marathoners who took part in the 2022 Nedbank Marathon included Ramolefi Motsieloa who appeared 14th and Sharlord Tšoeu in position 48 overall.
Veteran marathoners, Lebenya Nkoka, Teboho Sello, Rebone Sello, and Mathakane Letsie, did not finish the race.
Defending champion, Stephen Mokoka of South Africa clocked in 02:40:08, followed by his two countrymen, Tete Dijana and Omphemetse Edward Mothibi in second and third place in 02:44:09 and 02:45:13 respectively.
The overall winner in the ladies' section, Melework Fikadu Bosho of Ethiopia clocked in at 03:04:58, followed by Shelmith Muriuka of Kenya at 03:08:29 and Irvette VAN Syl of South Africa at 03:13:22.