Runners pounce on the prizes at Panthers race

2016-04-21 06:00
Photo: supplied Tongaat Panthers members with event sponsors and co-organisers, Arysta Life Science on the day of the race.

Photo: supplied Tongaat Panthers members with event sponsors and co-organisers, Arysta Life Science on the day of the race.

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A BUSTLING crowd of more than 800 runners and walkers took to the streets of Tongaat last Sunday as the Tongaat Panthers Athletics Club (TPAC) hosted a successful race-day meet.

The route took participants through the town of Tongaat, onto the R102 and through to Watson Highway as they took on a variety of distances to suit their respective levels.

The event truly catered for everyone as school children and their parents took on the 5km Charity Fun Run, while more serious runners rose up to the challenge of a new 32km fast route as part of their Comrades Marathon training regimes.

In true community spirit, Flambel Primary was awarded the floating trophy for fielding the most participants in the primary school category of the event.

What was largely a festive atmosphere on the day quickly turned to tragedy, however, when Gabriella Burnett, a 33-year-old runner from Westville in the 10km race died about 300 metres from the finish-line.

In light of the tragic death, club chairman, Lajeeth Maharaj expressed his deepest condolences and sympathies on behalf of the club to the bereaved family.

The club has also made an appeal to all runners to “please ensure they are physically fit to take part in these races before taking them on.”

Maharaj also extended his thanks to sponsors of the race for making the day possible.

“Thanks to Arysta Life Science (ALS) for partnering with the Panthers in this ‘TPAC-ALS Classic’. Thanks to all sponsors, volunteers and well-wishers for your commitment and dedication in ensuring the success of this annual event,” he said.

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