COLIN Jeftha and his wife Yolanda, formerly of the Titans Amateur Athletics Club in Belhar, Cape Town, flew in from Australia to compete in the Two Oceans 56km ultra marathon at the weekend.
Colin completed his fifth Two Oceans race on Saturday in a time of 4 hours and 36 minutes and, Yolanda, competing in her first Two Oceans, completed the race in 5 hours and 52 minutes.
They left Cape Town in 1990 for Sydney, Australia.
They are involved in road and trail running in Oz.
These days the Jefthas provide electronic chip timing devices at the racing events (which is their business).
Colin and Yolanda were pivotal administrators and athletes at Titans, organising road and cross country events.
Colin, particularly, gave road running an injection in the mid-1980s. Titans was the first club to mount an electronic stopwatch on a motor vehicle for road races so that road runners could see and pace themselves. He mounted the stopwatch on his own vehicle, a Red Opel Monza at the time.
Titans also organised the Matco SAAAB Marathon Championships in 1985 and several road and road relay races.
Titans was more than a track club boasting road runners such as Danny Norman, Sidney Silver, Jurie Fieties, Meris Koks and Rod van der Heyde.
In 1985, Titans beat a strong Elsie’s River team in the Worcester to Elsie’s River road relay.
The club also hosted the popular Clash of the Titans 10km road race in Bellville.
Some of their track athletes were Havilyn Elders, Ashley Taylor, Esmond Zimri, Johan Landsman, Maureen van der Ross and the late Godfrey Fitz to name a few.
Landsman, of course, became the club’s most recognisable athlete when he competed for Stellenbosch, at the time of unity, and held the SA 1500m record in a time of 3 minutes and 33,56 seconds set in Zurich in 1993.
*Colin Jeftha represented Western Province in cross country and road racing.
Jeftha was placed third behind Martin Saayman (WP) and Desmond Zibi (EP) in the 1985 South African Amateur Athletics Board’s cross country race in Durban’s Umgeni Valley.
Zibi, of course, went on to become a great Two Oceans runner, finishing second in 1999.
Jeftha also earned third spot in the Paarl Mountain Race in 1985.