March 30, 2013
Two Oceans Marathon 2013 results: David Gatebe from South Africa takes the win
Roy Barford has lived in more than 10 cities and towns around the world, but decided to settle in Cape Town. He loves the fact that he can enjoy both urban and natural adventures every day, surrounded by creativity and tranquility.
He is a sports fanatic who can often be found at Newlands rugby and cricket stadiums, while he also enjoys outdoor adventure activities and exploring Cape Town's vast nightlife options.
Roy has written for publications such as the Sunday Tribune, Cape Argus and the Star, and has also blogged for websites such as Southafrica.net, Tablemountain.net.
The 2013 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon was won by South African David Gatebe, who is now R250 000 wealthier than he was when he woke up early this morning. Mthandazo Qhina, also from South Africa, finished second in a time of 3:10:02, while Moeketsi Mosuhli from Lesotho finished third in a time of 3:10:23.
Gatebe works full-time for Impala Platinum and lives in Rustenburg in the North West province. Before this morning, he was virtually unknown. He told reporters after the race his sights would now be set on the upcoming Comrades Marathon.
In the women's race, Natalia Volgina from Russia won the race for the second time, after first winning it 11 years ago. She won it in a time of 3:38:38, followed in second by Tabitha Tsatsa from Zimbabwe in 3:39:57. Charne Bosman was third in a time of 3:40:19. Volgina was second last year in a time of 03:45:29.
Stephen Mokoka won the 21-kilometre half marathon in a time of 1:03:36, with Biru Mengitsu being the first woman home.
The 56-kilometre race starts in Claremont and finishes at the University of Cape Town, taking runners through landmarks such as Muizenberg, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, Chapman's Peak and Hout Bay, allowing runners and spectators a great opportunity to discover Cape Town's Southern Suburbs.
More than 10 700 people enetered the ultra marathon, with around 16 000 people entering the 21-kilometre half marathon. Organisers have announced that for the 2014 event, R1 million will go to the first man or woman to finish - if they break the course record. If you fancy your chances, you know where to be for Easter next year.
If you ran the race and wish to know how you did, visit the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon website for individual results.
Below are some more photos of the race that have been published on Twiiter.