Running Legends

Magdalena breaks SA 800m record for 75 age category

By: Magdalena Tomlinson

6acc0df9-bf29-4a43-a3c8-8f010fd8806a.JPGMagdalena Tomlinson of Stella Athletic Club competed at the KZN Senior and Masters Track and Field Athletic Championships held at Kings Park Stadium on 23 and 24 February 2018. In the women age 75 category she won Gold in the 200metres Sprint event. In the 800 metres event she broke the SA Record by 25 seconds. This record had stood for over 15 years. The President of KZN Athletics, Mr Sello Mokoena, presented her with the Gold Medal.

A newspaper clipping below from the Rising Sun newspaper on Magdalena’s achievement



Sanlam Cape Town City Marathon 2017

By: Pat Freeman


I was thrilled to have an opportunity to run a “big City marathon” again, even though this one has been around for 10 years in various forms and ever growing, I had never run it! This year the Event was upgraded to an IAAF Gold Label Status, the only marathon to have this status in Africa!

What this really means is that the organisers have met certain criteria to host a world class event where athletes from all over the world are invited to compete against each other, and to encourage our own SA athletes to improve their marathon times accordingly. The weekend comprised of a number of events other than the marathon and a host of celebrities were also encouraged to take part.

The date chosen for this marathon is always “September” and as near as possible to heritage day to encompass the “heritage” theme by taking the runners around the history and beauty of Cape Town on foot – a pleasantly “flatish” course!

On my arrival in Cape Town on Saturday, I was met by the Cape Doctor! Shoo! the wind was pumping – I heard that the Expo/Registration had closed early the night before due to concerns of the huge tents taking flight! However, I successfully registered, received a beautiful tshirt & wondered around a mini expo that was situated on Granger Bay between the waterfront and the Greenpoint stadium.

Roll on race day! As part of the race perks, Uber trips to and from the start of the Marathon were free! So I arrived to my Gold Label race in a taxi! What a perfect day was ordered for the race! Too beautiful, which made the race seem easier! (it was a trick!) The streets were clean and scenery breathtaking – despite the water shortage in the Cape, the seconding provided was very good.

We ran out towards Sea Point, back towards the City Bowl and up Long Street right to the Mt Nelson Hotel, which looked spectacular against the mountain (If I could have breathed I would have taken some pictures). Back down into town and then out towards the southern suburbs of Rosebank, Mowbray and eventually turned at Newlands and did a lap around Rondebosch Common at the halfway mark.

From there we did a bit of a tour of Paarden Island and ran along the Rapid Transport Lane (dedicated bus lane – quite cool), it was so interesting that I forgot I was shattered! Back up into the city again – over a bridge that had been boarded into a ramp for easy running – really lovely, then along a flat area to the finish. I must just mention that it must be noted that I finished ahead of Mr Rugby Captain Francois Pienaar and Mr Cricket Captain Graeme Smith who were at least five minutes behind me!

Pat Freeman

Stella Star in the Spotlight- Nkosinathi Ngcongo

By Amanda Botes


Nkosinathi Ngcongo running at this year’s Comrades Marathon (Image Source: KZN Runners Photography)

Nkosinathi Ngcongo, this year’s recipient of the Stella Chairman’s Award, has run 13 consecutive Comrades Marathons, eleven of which he has received silver medals for. Nkosinathi’s fastest Comrades was in 2014 where he ran 6h25, and best Two Oceans was in 2012 in a time of 3h46.

This Stella Star grew up in Port Shepstone Ezinqoleni where he enjoyed karate at Inanda Secondary School. When he started working Nkosinathi didn’t have the time to train with the karate group and so decided to give running a try. He enjoyed it so much that he entered Comrades in his very first year of running and has not looked back!

Nkosinathi first ran for Athletics North KZN and Harmony Gold before joining Stella in 2008. He has received silver medals for all ten Comrades he has run for Stella and has been awarded his green number. When asked about his best running memory, Nkosinathi remembers 2010 where he beat his personal best Comrades time by 51minutes, from 7h20 to 6h29!

His advice to new runners is to get fit, not rush things, and get enough mileage in before running long distances. He says that he made the mistake of running Comrades too early in his running journey and didn’t have enough experience at the time.

Nkosinathi enjoys running for Stella because it is a supportive club, especially on Comrades day as Stella provides tables along the route which he appreciates. Nkosinathi especially mentioned Nigel, Alistair, Louise and Lorraine who have supported him over the years. Nkosinathi says that the toughest race he has done is the Zululand 56km and his favourite race is the Down Comrades. He would like to run a sub-6 hour Comrades in the future.

Nkosinathi works for iDube Safety and in his spare time enjoys listening to music and spending time with his wife and two little girls. Nkosinathi, you are an inspiration to all of us at Stella and we are so proud of you!


Nkosinathi with some of his medals and his Comrades Marathon Green Number

Nkosinathi’s typical running week:
120-140kms every week.
Saturday- Long Run 40-50kms Easy
Sunday- 10km speed
Monday- Morning 8km, Evening 10km hillwork/cross-country
Tuesday- Morning 10km Easy, Afternoon Speedwork 800m x 8 or 200m x 25.
Thursday – Morning 8km, Afternoon 12km
Friday- Rest