The 2nd annual FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN on Sunday, 14 October 2018 saw event organisers preparing to pay-out just under R100 000 as a result of the lucrative incentive scheme announced the Monday prior to the event.
“The SA Incentive Scheme (SAIS) definitely served its purpose,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports. “The goal was to motivate South African runners to continue improving on SA soil. These runners definitely had the crowd on the edge of their seats on Sunday with the result speaking for itself. Eight male runners (including Stephen Mokoka, Ryan Mphahlele and Elroy Gelant) and three female runners (Irvette Van Zyl, Glenrose Xaba and Gerda Steyn) qualified for the additional pay-out. We are proud to be able to use the FNB Run Your City Series as an incentive to motivate South African runners to continue improving. We look forward to welcoming them back in 2019 when the new season kicks off on Sunday, 19 May 2019 with the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN.”
Irvette van Zyl coming off an incredible winning streak, the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN was her 5th consecutive impressive performance after the birth of her second son in June, secured the biggest pay out. Van Zyl raced to a massive personal best of 32:06 for 3rd overall and pocketed a massive R20 000 for dipping under 32 min 29 sec. Add to that the R13 000 for 3rd and van Zyl makes off with the tidy sum of R33 000.
Stephen Mokoka was the next big winner after crossing the line in 6th overall as first South African. Three weeks after running a fast marathon, arguably the best male in middle distance running in South Africa at present, Mokoka flew across the finish line in Durban, clocking 28:18. This was his only 10km road race of the year. His sub 28:30 netted Mokoka R20 000 incentive to go with the R6000 prize for 6th place.
For 20-year-old sensation, Ryan Mphahlele from Tembisa, Sunday 14 October was arguably one of his richest paydays ever as he ran away with a total R16 000. In only his 4th ever 10km race, Mphahlele smashed his personal best of 30:13 (run in 2016) to finish 8th overall, clocking an incredible 28:46. That 8th place finish was worth R4000 to him, but the sub 29 minute effort earned him a bonus of R12 000.
Glenrose Xaba capped off an incredible 2018 where she consistently finished in the top 5 of every race she had entered this year with a cash injection of R14 000 from the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN. Xaba ran her second best time of 2018, crossing the line 4th in 33:14. Finishing between 33:00 and 33:29 earned Xaba a cash bonus of R6000 to go with the R8000 for 4th place giving her a total of R14 000.