Fun for all at Climb

2010-08-16 00:00

MORE than 1 000 athletes took part in the annual Witness Capital Climb, which started at the city hall and finished at the Voortrekker High School fields on Saturday.

This annual race is one of the most popular events on the KwaZulu-Natal running calendar, according to race convener Tony Morrison, the chairperson of the Midlands Athletics Club.

Although no one managed to break Eric Biyase’s long-standing 1998 record time of 49 minutes, Prodical Khumalo of Mr Price Athletic Club came close when he finished in 50 minutes and 45 seconds.

He was followed by Professor Mollen, another Mr Price athlete, and Sbonelo Duma of Boxer Athletic Club, in 51:17 and 51:45 respectively.

Morrison said this year’s race was well attended and the runners said it was well organised.

“The athletes only complained about the steep slope [up to World’s View], saying it seems as if it is getting steeper every year,” he said.

Participants often run in groups with family and friends, Morrison said.

He said more athletes are eager to run the full 15 km course — including the slog up a dirt track to the top of World’s View — than the five-kilometre fun run, which is mostly run by children.

Morapedi Choba, who has been running this race for the past three years, said he enjoyed himself.

“I would have done better; it is just that I have flu so I did not perform as well as I would have loved to because my chest was sore,” he said.

He said next year he is going to take the big step up to the Comrades Marathon.

Young and old took part. Some of the older runners took advantage of the race to keep fit without being competitive, while the young ones seemed to be having fun.

Several couples featured, some holding hands as they ran, and it was evident that fun, quality time, competitiveness and keeping fit were just some of the reasons people ran the race.

There was also fun at the finish for people who hadn’t taken part in the race, with plenty of lucky draw prizes sponsored by Blomeyer’s Electrical.

Turn to page 6 for the race results

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