VW FunRun draws hundreds of runners

2016-05-26 06:00
<Clyde Swartz, Division Head: Logistics, Volkswagen Group South Africa hands over R5 000 cheque to Bennie Stadler (right) of Lake Farm Centre.      Photo: VWSA

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Over 800 people took part in the second annual Volkswagen FunRun hosted at Volkswagen Group South Africa’s PeoplePavilion in Uitenhage last Saturday.

The 5km FunRun route started at the PeoplePavilion before taking the participants through the Volkswagen Factory and back to the PeoplePavilion.

“The annual 5km FunRun is one of the many sporting events hosted at the PeoplePavilion. We are very grateful for the support that we have received from our employees and their loved ones as well as local communities,” said Thomas Schaefer, Chairman and Managing Director: Volkswagen Group South Africa.

The men’s winner, Melikaya Frans crossed the finish line with a time of 13:59, followed by Zolani Ngqaqa in second place with a time of 14:10 and rounding off the top three was Mariano Essou in 14:20.

Ntombesintu Mfunzi was the ladies’ winner on the day in 17:09, followed by 14-year old Amber Rayner who came in at exactly 18:00 and Ndileka Mvakwendlu finished third in 18:13.

Both male and female winners each received R1 000 prize money while those who came in second and third place received R500 and R250 respectively.

  • Similarly to the inaugural race in 2015, a donation of R5 000 from the proceeds of the registration fee was presented to Lake Farm Centre for mentally-challenged adults. Volkswagen has been supporting Lake Farm for the past 10 years.

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