Adinda Kruger from the elite Bonitas Athletics Club was the first South African woman home at this year's prestigious Two Oceans Marathon, finishing 6th overall and ensuring that Bonitas won 1st team prize in the Women's event. Bonitas also scooped a 1st Men's Team category.
The Women's team consisting of Kruger, Farwa Mentoor, Tshiefhewe Mundalamo and Kerry Koen ran a good race in difficult conditions as the beautiful Cape was drenched in a chilly rain all weekend. Mundalamo was placed ninth overall.
The Men's team consisted of Vusi Malobola, Mzwanele Maphekhula, Thabo Nkuna and Bolo Samuel.
"Overall, we achieved four gold medals, nine silver medals and two bronze medals," said the proud Bonitas Team manager, Joseph Ikaneng. "The team did well in very difficult conditions and we improved on the number of gold medals we achieved in 2011."
Ikaneng has his eye keenly on the legendary Comrades in June. A three-time Comrades gold medal-winner himself, he believes the team is ready. "We have focused more on this race as Bonitas is one of the main sponsors and we wish to perform well," he said.
Last year Mentoor was the first South African woman to cross the finish line at the Comrades. The results clearly show that Bonitas' investment in South African sport and promotion of local athletes is paying off.