Ladies’ race enjoyed by the whole family

2008-09-07 00:00

The 2008 Spar Ladies’ Race took place in a cheerful atmosphere yesterday at the Oval cricket stadium yesterday.

The spectators took full advantage of the weather and picnicked on the grass, munching on fruits, biscuits and other goodies provided by Spar and its co-sponsors.

The athletes, meanwhile, sweated it out in the 10-km race and the 5,4-km fun run andwalk.

Men also took part, many dressed in skimpy skirts, dresses and wigs that came in blond, brunette and rainbow colours.

One of them, Warren Schultz, said his wife persuaded him to dress up in women’s clothes and enter the race.

Although men were not awarded prizes, Schultz said he felt he had to take part in the race as it was for a good cause.

Some mothers and grandmothers raced while pushing their children and grandchildren in strollers — a sure sign that the race was to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Phindile Xulu (13) and Sinethemba Mkhize (12) made their way to the Oval at Alexandra Park to cheer their mothers on.

They even jogged along with them as their mothers neared the finish line.

Companies used the race to strengthen relations between workers and bosses.

Janet Clueit of Honeydew said the race was not only well organised and fun, but it also provided an opportunity for team-building.

She said that as one of the sponsors, Honeydew had encouraged all its women employees to participate in the race.

The winner of the 60-plus category, Daphney Edwards, who finished the race in a time of one hour and five minutes, looked as if she could still run another 10 km.

The last woman to cross the finish line, Charmaine Dixon, looked exhausted as she struggled in on a walking stick.

Accompanied by the marshals, she received resounding cheers when she made her way to the finish line.

She said that the race “was fun and the cheering was great”.

Dixon did not have any qualms about finishing in last place and vowed that she would take part again next year.

thandom@witness.co.za

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