KHAYA Butele from Lady Frere claimed first position in the 12km category of the Eyasekasi race in a time of 37 minutes on Saturday.
It was the second time that Butele had claimed top honours, having won the race in 2013.
“I also participated in 2014 and came second,” Butele said.
He said winning the race was exciting because it meant he would become known in the Chris Hani district.
“I won two races in Mthatha earlier this year.”
Vuyiseka Nkumenge from Tsomo, who came first in the 12km women’s category said this was also her second win.
“I also won it in 2014. Last year I could not participate due to an injury,” Nkumenge said.
Aluncedo Xaliphi from Cala won the 6km men’s race and Ntlantla Mzamo from Mlungisi came first in the 6km women’s category.
Lukhanji Athletics Club chairman Sabelo Jayiya said the two races, which started at the Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Complex, followed the Mlungisi heritage route.
“The marathon is in memory of Luvuyo Leromo and the comrades who were murdered in Nonzwakazi Methodist Church and everyone who contributed to the struggle for liberation and cultural activities to keep Komani vibrant, especially around Mlungisi location,” Jayiya said.
He said the marathon also aimed at diverting the youth from drugs and liquor by encouraging them to concentrate on sport.
The Eyasekasi marathon had shown growth, he said. “The number of participants [increased]. There were 113 registered for the 6km run and 148 for the 12km race.”
Jayiya said the club was recently registered as a Border athletics club.
“We have planned yearly activities. Previously the Eyasekasi marathon was on the first Saturday of December, but due to the Heroes marathon shift from December 16 to the first week of the month, the fixed date of Eyasekasi is now on the last Saturday of November.”