Mandela Marathon appoints keen young fan as ambassador

2013-08-14 00:00

AFTER his father ran the Mandela Day Marathon last year, Msizi Ndlovu from Willowfountain wanted to be a marshal for this year’s race.

The 12-year-old Forest Hill Primary School pupil wrote an e-mail to race organisers asking them if he could take part as a marshal.

Unfortunately, he couldn’t be considered as he is not old enough, but organisers were not about to curb his enthusiasm.

He will now be one of the race ambassadors. Speaking to The Witness at his school yesterday, Msizi said he was happy and couldn’t wait for marathon day.

Ndlovu will ride in the lead car, and will also be given VIP status at the finish.

“My parents are very proud of me that I am an ambassador,” he said.

Msizi, who loves soccer and athletics, hopes to run the marathon one day when he is older.

His father, Mnikwa Ndlovu, said he was happy that his son was given the opportunity. Although Ndlovu won’t be taking part this year due to injury, he will be on the side of the road encouraging other runners.

School principal Roslyn Barnes said they were proud of Msizi.

“As a school, we are extremely excited that one of our pupils has taken the initiative to request to be a marshal.

“ We are extremely proud that our pupils have the potential to expose themselves to outside sources and not limit themselves to the confines of the school,” she told The Witness.

The marathon will take place on Sunday, August 25 and will be run from Manayi Hall in Imbali to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site outside Howick. Among those taking part are Comrades legends Bruce Fordyce and Stephen Muzhingi, and the reigning up-run champion Claude Moshiywa.

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