Refreshhh global diabetes walk

2015-10-28 06:00

TAKE a step to help prevent diabetes and create more awareness about this illness which is killing our country.

The Global Diabetes Walk is an international event which supports and complements the World Diabetes Day campaign run by the International Diabetes Federation.

This year’s Nelson Mandela Bay leg is being sponsored by Refreshhh and will take place on World Diabetes Day – Saturday, November 14 - with all proceeds from the event going to the local branch of Diabetes SA in Port Elizabeth.

A fun, untimed 5km walk around the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium precinct is being offered to encourage as many people as possible to get active with blood sugar testing being offered free of charge at the event.

The first 500 people to register will each receive a goody bag and T-shirt and all finishers will receive a 2-litre bottle of Refreshhh Lite.

The event is also open to pets on a leash as it’s also important for our pets to get regular exercise.

See www.zsports.co.za/globalwalk for discounted online entry opportunity and further information. Manual entry forms are available at Toby’s Motors Caltex in 8th Avenue Walmer, Brian Bands Sports and News Cafe Boardwalk.

The walk starts at 9am on Saturday, November 14 on Lakeside, North End Lake with a lucky draw prize giving taking place at 11am.

Open Water Swim meet this Sunday

The nationally sanctioned EC Swim Series gets underway on Sunday morning offering open water swimmers a unique opportunity to swim at Settlers Dam just outside Grahamstown.

The Series will feature 10km, 5km, 3km and 1km open water swim races to give Swimming South Africa (SSA) registered swimmers their first opportunity of the season to achieve SSA qualifying times.

Open to all swimmers in the Province, the Series has been welcomed by triathletes and swimmers from the Border, Port Alfred and Grahamstown regions for bringing such an event closer to them.

Previously held at Marina Martinique in Jeffrey’s Bay, Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics (NMBA) have been applauded for moving the event to a venue which is more accessible to the bulk of the provincial swimming community and into a fresh water environment which offers more accurate times in relation to other national events held around the country.

Sunday’s races will get underway at 8:30am with the 10km and 5km races starting at the same time. The 10km swimmers may register to have their 5km time recorded as well. The 3km starts at 10:30am and the 1km at 12pm.

In order for registered swimmers to qualify for team selection and/or attend the SA OWS national championships, they will be required to achieve an SSA qualifying time in their selected distance on at least two separate occasions.

The EC Swim Series is the only swimming event this season where such times will be recognised with the next EC Swim meet on 15th November and then again in January ahead of the NMBA Open Water Swimming Championships.

Registration for the events is possible on www.ecswim.co.za with late entries also accepted at the venue on Sunday morning from 8am. Directions available on the website

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