Community proud of athletes

2015-06-24 06:00
LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER and member of the Thabong Community Policing Forum (CPF), Sizakele Rends (far right), being congratulated by fellow members Rose May and Serake Leeuw for receiving a silver medal at this year’s Comrades Ultra-marathon up-run.

LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER and member of the Thabong Community Policing Forum (CPF), Sizakele Rends (far right), being congratulated by fellow members Rose May and Serake Leeuw for receiving a silver medal at this year’s Comrades Ultra-marathon up-run.

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NUMBER of Goldfields ultra-marathon medal-winning runners at this year’s Comrades Ultra-marathon returned home to a welcoming parade held by community entities in Welkom.

The runners were congratula-ted for bringing home gold, silver and bronze medals after completing the endurance-demanding, 87,72 km up-run course in KwaZulu-Natal. This year’s race was from Durban to Pietermaritzburg.

The Roman Catholic Church and the Thabong Police Station recently paraded their achievers in the hope of inspiring the public in general to participate in sport. The Roman Catholic Church prides itself in having four bronze medal winners – Telang Mohlabane, Nthabiseng Tinte, Nkhetheni Masupa and Mokete Phale – who also serve as assistant-referees in the Premier Soccer League, South Africa’s elite domestic football league.

The Thabong Police Station has bragging rights about silver medallist, Sizakele Rends.

The runners have made more than eight appearances in the gruelling ultra-marathon. Serake Leeuw, the Thabong Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairperson, and the Roman Church’s Father Molahlehi Rasello congratulated the athletes at their respective events.

This group of men and women also took part in other races, such as the Two Oceans Marathon, the Soweto Marathon and the Nelson Mandela Bay Train Race.

As a member of the CPF, Rends’s journey began in 2005 when he joined the South African Police Service’s Northern Free State Athletics Club, led by Peter Bailey of Public Order Policing.

This year was his seventh appearance in the Comrades Marathon. “I am so happy to make my family, the community and also the Thabong CPF proud,” said Rends.

Rends, a father of four, said he started running at a young age while he was still in primary school. As he got older, he stopped because he did not have a trainer. He was also unemployed and could not purchase the equipment necessary for training.

He now works for the Emergency Services

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