Bandits take African Centurion title

The team of Double Entry Bandits successfully defended their title at the African Centurion 100-mile endurance walk at Coetzenburg Stadium in Stellenbosch on Saturday and Sunday.

The four-person team of Lwando Nombewu, Cecil Alexander, Andre Fielies and Bandile Cima completed the 56 laps in a very quick time of 18 hours, 58 minutes and 58 seconds. Nombewu, Fielies and Cima also won the 2018 African Centurion with Alexander stepping into the team as a replacement for this year’s race.

Chasing the Bandits home was the Sole Mates team of Simeon Samuels, Stuart Scott, Bradley Anthony and Eduan Grobler, who finished 50 minutes behind with the quartet of Monte Sereno Masters (Francois Moller, Monica Basson, James Basson and Paul Du Toit) claiming third, ten minutes further back.

Jimmy Millard won the solo category of the African Centurion.

The winning solo walker was Jimmy Millard who completed the 100-mile distance in 21:35:17 with Werner Alberts next across the line in a time of 23:29:14.

In the two-person team event, the Tortoise Two pair of Jackie Goosen and Frieda Blignaut edged out Standard Two (Kenny Fihla, Themba Rikhotso) by just under eight minutes. The Are We There Yet duo of Charmain Wurdeman and Michael Mortley were third.

At the end of the 24-hour time limit 35 teams of four, six teams of two and two solo walkers had finishing the 100-mile distance.

The fourth annual African Centurion, which is sponsored by Old Mutual and Standard Bank, is the African leg of a prestigious international 100-mile endurance race-walking series with other Centurion events taking place in Europe, America, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

Full results

1 Jimmy Millard 21:35:17
2 Werner Alberts 23:29:14

Four-Person Teams
1 Double Entry Bandits 18:58:58
2 Sole Mates 19:48:50
3 Monte Sereno Masters 19:58:33
4 Golden Scatterlings 20:19:01
5 Pedominators 20:44:23

Two-Person Teams
1 Tortoise Two 20:41:40
2 Standard Two 21:49:18
3 Are We There Yet 22:54:29
4 Walking Tall 23:23:59
5 Tawwe Tekkies 23:32:19

The bad weather which battered the Western Cape last week stayed away for the duration of the 24-hours needed to complete the African Centurion endurance walk.