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GUGU SHINES IN MB. PARKRUN

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MBABANE – It takes 21 days to build a habit and 90 days to create a lifestyle.


Swazi Slojos athlete Gugu Mthembu is fast adopting Maxwell Maltz’s 21/90 Rule. She has made it her habit to win the female category of the Mbabane Parkrun and yesterday was no different as she conquered the 40th edition for the fifth time, clocking 22:58 minutes.


She almost beat her personal best time and female category parkrun record of 22:47 minutes which she set in November 18 last year. The race, which saw 103 athlete enthusiasts, started and finished at Mbabane Club at 8am.
Mthembu said she was happy with her consistence in the weekly race.


“I am happy that in the five races I have participated in, I have emerged as the winner. What is more encouraging is that my time has been consistent, the difference has been few minutes if not seconds if I scored below my personal best time,” Mthembu said.


The Swazi Slojos runner said the parkrun had helped her to prepare ahead of the Wafa Wafa Half Marathon next week.
“I train twice a day and when it’s Saturday, I make sure I partake to gauge my time and I am positive I will do well in the USDF Wafa Wafa race,” she said.


In the overall category, Umbutfo Swaziland Defence Swaziland (USDF) athlete Nkululeko Gama was the winner, completing his 20th win in total 20 attendances.


Gama clocked 15:43 minutes to beat his strong competitor and Swazi Slojos runner, Sifiso Ngcobo who clocked six seconds later.


“This is a build-up to the USDF Wafa Wafa marathon. I am happy with my time although there is a room for improvement,” Gama said.
Noteworthy, the Morgan family continues to partake in the weekly five kilometres timed run. They consist of daughter Annabel Morgan, son, Tommy and father Chris Morgan.

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