43rd MiWay Wally Hayward Marathon Results

Sboniso Sikhakhane and Lesego Hlako won the 43rd MiWay Wally Hayward Marathon, held in Centurion, yesterday.

The 28-year-old South African won the men’s race in fine style in 02:25:08, ahead of Raphael Segodi, who took second place in 02:27:39 with Eliud Biwott completing the podium in 02:27:58. 

“My goal for the race today, was simply to do my best and break last year’s record (02:21:58) but I couldn’t and ended up with 02:25:08. I only started believing I could win today at the 30km mark, when I pushed myself to close the gap and start leading the pack” said Sikhakhane.

South Africa’s Lesego Hlako took top honours in the women’s race in 03:11:02, Maria Vilakazi was runner-up in 03:21:27 and Belinda Marais came in third with a time of 03:26:41

“Coming into the race, after 2 Oceans was difficult, since I was tired but wanted to use the race as an opportunity to train. At around kilometre 17 I felt like I wasn’t going to make it to the finish, but I pushed myself and recovered in the second half of the race; overall it was a bit difficult, but I am glad I pushed myself” said Hlako.

More than 12,000 runners registered for this annual icon race – the last official qualifying event ahead of the Comrades Marathon.  

“We are proud to be part of this event – which is a big highlight on our events calendar.  It’s been incredible to see thousands of runners take to the streets of Centurion every year – bringing the spirit of Wally Hayward to life,” said Head of Marketing and Brand at MiWay, Nthabiseng Moloi.

It was a year for running stars, with participants such as prolific marathon winners Gerda Steyn, Charne Bosman, Rone Reynecke, and Peter Medupe taking part in the race.

In its 43rd year, the marathon featured technology like electronic chip timing for runners, free Wi-Fi for both athletes and supporters and four different courses of 42.2km, 21.1km, 10km and 5km respectively.

“We are humbled and overwhelmed by the support we get from the running community who take part in this event. Our aim is to always give the athletes the best running experience and make this the most enjoyable event of the year,” said MiWay Wally Hayward Marathon Race Director, Francois Jordaan.

“This year, we challenged MiWay employees to go out of their way and do something different - which resulted in over 300 MiWay employees taking part in what was for some of them, their inaugural race. The support the race receives from the diverse community of runners, our staff and some of South Africa’s top athletes, is fantastic and it is something that we truly value,” Moloi concludes.    

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