BACKGROUND

History of the Wally Hayward Marathon

 

In October 1976, a marathon was held in Verwoerdburg over 26 Miles, known as the Verwoerdburg Marathon. It was organised by Willem Louw.



This gave rise to the thought of a local marathon club. Willem Louw and the de Beer brothers, Thys and Chris, held an inaugural meeting. Later, "Tiny" Liebenberg and Kobus Louw joined. After affiliating with another group, they became the Verwoerdburg Athletic Club.



This later changed to the Verwoerdburg Marathon Club (and again to the present Alpha Centurion Runners, when Verwoerdburg's name changed to Centurion.)



The WALLY HAYWARD MARATHON organised by this club, was first run on 30 June 1977, over two rounds of 21Km, starting & finishing at the Verwoerdburg Afrikaans High School.



Later, 21,1 Km was added to the 42,2 Km.



Later still, a 56 Km race was also introduced, but due to traffic and other reasons, had to be discontinued.



In 1997, a 10 Km race was introduced, to cater for the "not so fit", and beginning runners.



The number of athletes increased dramatically over the years, totaling between 8000 and 9000 at one stage, making the WALLY the third largest road race in South Africa, (after COMRADES and TWO OCEANS - at the time).

 

 

The marathon winners since the inception of the Wally Hayward Marathon in 1977 follow:

 

 

 

Wally Hayward Marathon Winners since 1977

DATE
MALE
FEMALE
1977-06-30
W. Vermeulen
2:30:40
1978-04-08
Paul Ascani
2:29:07
1979-04-01
Pat Snyman
2:34:23
C. Faure
3:30:17
1980-03-29
F. Marais
2:38:27
C. Faure
3:22:48
1981-05-02
A. Churchill
2:32:47
Ralie Smit
3:15:07
1982-05-01
Johannes Thobejane
2:28:13
J. Maclear
3:19:33
1983-05-07
Arrie van Heerden
2:28:07
Laura Hofer
3:06:12
1984-05-05
Johan Hefer
2:27:35 
Ralie Smit
3:13:42
1985-05-04
Koos Morwane
2:26:20
Ralie Smit
3:10:16
1986-05-03
Andrew Greyling
2:27:41
Ralie Smit
3:09:31
1987-04-25
Andrew Greyling
2:26:21
Marie Minty
3:10:01
1988
M. Molebadse
2:28:22
Marie Minty
3:11:51

1989-05-06

A. Mogolwa
2:23:30
Ralie Smit
2:56:40
1990-05-05
Miltas Tshabalala
2:24:15
Lorraine van der Poel
3:08:08
1991-05-04
Koos Moroane (Morwane?)
2:23:55
Annette Schoeman
3:09:20
1992-05-02
Danie Mbuli
2:22:48
Lorraine van der Poel
3:03:08
1993-05-01
M. Ndioheni (Ndwemba?)
2:24:33
L. Sloan
3:03:21
1994-05-07
Lehaka Tsotetsi
2:19:03
Annette Schoeman
3:05:45
1995-05-06
Linda Nana
2:23:07
Alzira Lario (POR)
2:57:59
1996-05-01 
Abel Mokibe
2:19:53 
Sarah Mokgotla
2:54:30
1997-05-01
Kenneth Ngcobo
2:21:37
Sarah Mahlangu
2:56:50
1998-05-01
Soccer Ncube
2:21:23
Elmarie du Toit
3:01:39
1999-05-01
Lefu Rachaka
2:22:24
Elmarie du Toit
2:55:35
2000-05-01
Nicky Masombuka
2:20:13
Louisa Leballo
2:47:45
(Record - old route)
2001-05-01
Sivuyele Ndwembini
2:21:23
Priscilla Mamba (SWZ)
3:07:09
2002-05-01
Joseph Mphuthi
2:19:52
Sarah Mahlangu
2:51:53
2003-05-01
Richard Mavuso
2:19:27
(Record - Old route)
Sarah Mahlangu
2:53:41
2004-05-01
Jabulane Khoza
2:19:58
Lindsay van Aswegen
3:15:00
2005-05-02
Melk Muthuli
(Mr Price)

2:17:36

(New route - loop left off - reducing correctly measured distance by a few hundred metres) .

Linah Mhlongo (HAC)

2:52:49

(New route - loop left off - reducing correctly measured distance by a few hundred metres) .

2006-05-01
P. GABONEWE
02:31:50
(2005 route - including loop).
Riana van Niekerk
03:03:32
(2005 route - including loop).
2007-05-01
J PHHUTHI
02:29:02
J BIRD
03:00:21
2008-05-01
P MOTHOA
02:23:06
Riana van Niekerk
03:02:20
2009-05-01
Johannes Mthimkulu
(Powerade)
2:24:10
Paulina Phaho
(Powerade)
3:07:05
2010-05-01
Sipho Maisela (Nedbank)
2:26:48
Lesley Train (Nedbank)
3:07:44
2011-05-02
Odwa Tunyiswa (Nedbank)
2:28:59
Winia Janse van Rensburg (Tuks)
3:06:44
2012-05-01
A Gabonewe
(Mr Price Sport)
2:21:52
(Record - New route)
Riana van Niekerk (Bonitas)
3:00:18
2013-05-01
Sipho Ncube
(Toyota)
2:25:01
Jennifer Koech
(Nedbank)
2:45:03
(Record - New route)
2014-05-01
B Chipere
(Maxed Elite)
02:27:02
J Basson (Toyota)
03:05:09
2015-05-01
Lucky Mtshali
(Olifants A.K)
02:25:14
Y Maclean
(Born 2 Run)
02:53:18
2016-05-02
Shidiso Bosiu
(Rockies))
02:27:02
Yolandi MacLean
(Born 2 Run)
2:57:58

 

 

Thanks to Riël Hauman for help with many of the results above (especially pre-'89 results).

 

Riël publishes a weekly publication called Distance Running Results.

 

Subscribe to Distance Running Results for South African and international results and news on distance running on the road, track and cross-country. Published every Tuesday, it brings you up to date with what happened all over the world the previous weekend. Full of news, views, results and stats, Distance Running Results is the only South African publication with running results every week. For subscription information, write to riel@xsinet.co.za.

 

Grateful thanks also to Derrick Chamberlain of Chamberlain's Timekeeping for obtaining signed-off official Wally category results for 2001, 2002 & 2003 - (even though Chamberlain's Timekeeping only handled the Wally results for 1 year in that period)! Service to the sport above & beyond the call of duty!

 

You can contact Derrick about timekeeping for races at running@intekom.co.za or visit Chamberlain's Timekeeping's famous road running results web site, http://www.raceresults.co.za/ (which is not limited to only the races timed by Chamberlain's Timekeeping.)

 


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