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April 03, 2010

A spectacular Cape Town day for the 2010 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

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Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon route near Kirstenbosh National Botanical Garden, photo courtesy Tara Turkington

A large crowd gathered at the University of Cape Town this morning, to welcome the winner of the 41st Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, Mabhutile Lebopo, across the finish line. Lebopo, from Lesotho, ran the 56km race in a time of 3:06:22. Second place went to Moeketsi Mosuhli and third to Teboho Sello, both also from Lesotho.

Olesya Nurgalieva of Russia won the women’s race in 3:41:53 followed by her twin sister Elena. South African Adina Kruger came in third. Olesya won her first Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in 2008.

The ultra marathon follows a spectacular course around the Cape Peninsula. The race starts in Newlands and takes athletes through the leafy southern suburbs, across to the coastal villages of Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek and along the spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive. From here, runners head through Hout Bay, up Constantia Nek and past Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden to the finish, which is back at the University of Cape Town.  The ultra marathon is aptly called “the world’s most beautiful marathon” and attracted 8829 entries this year.

The event also includes a 21.1km half marathon. Both are held on Easter Saturday every year.

Lusapho April won the half marathon in 1:03:54. Rene Kalmer won the women’s race in 1:12:39. This year, the half marathon attracted 11 649 entries.

Last year’s ultra marathon winner, John Wachira, caused a stir when he beat three-time winner Marco Mambo by 46 seconds. The women’s ultra marathon also had a spectacular finish, with twins Elena and Olesya Nurgalieva crossing the finish line together. The race officials awarded the win to Elena, making it her third victory in this event.

Thompson Magawana holds the record for the ultra marathon. In 1998, he finished the course in 3:03:44. In 1989, Frith van der Merwe ran the women’s ultra marathon in 3:30:36, and still holds the race record.

View a short video of the race near Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For more on the race, you can browse the following stories:

2010 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon – a photo essay
More photographs of the 2010 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
The world’s most beautiful marathon


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