Bitter-sweet win for Enos

Richard Nkosi

Richard Nkosi

Enos Matalane, 27, champion of the inaugural Sudwala Cave 21km Marathon, will not defend his title next season.

Matalane won the race in 1hr:14min:19sec, closely followed by Harmony Gold Club athlete Ntuthuko Maseko in 1:14:20.

"This race is exhausting and aggravates injuries. I won't defend it next year," said Matalane after winning.

On his photo finish with Maseko, Matalane said his experience came in handy.

"He was pushing me all the way but I used my experience to edge him in the last kilometre."

He said he is now looking forward to participating in the SA championship half-marathon in Durban on July 1.

July Mashego, also of Harmony, finished third in a time of 1:20:26.

Daleen Botha of Nelspruit Marathon Club won the women's section in 1:47:52.