Checkout hosts annual race

2017-04-13 06:00
Photos: suppliedRunners wait at the start of the event.

Photos: suppliedRunners wait at the start of the event.

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CHECKOUT Verulam Falcons Athletic Club hosted its annual club race at King Spark Athletic stadium last Sunday, April 2.

The race was heralded an epic success.

The vision of the club, which is in existence for 20 years, is to encourage participation in running and walking sport within the community.

Due to Checkout Group sponsorship, the race is arguably one of the “best value for money” races on the KwaZulu-Natal race calendar.

The entry fees are one of the lowest and finishers were bestowed with T-shirts and goodie bags filled groceries.

Bearing in mind, the 10% inflation on food items, the athletes were elated with the kind gesture from Checkout Group. This premier race route started in MNR Avenue heading north into Durban Blue Lagoon, onto the promenade heading towards Suncoast with a turnaround at north beach.

The athletes were blessed with gorgeous sunshine, a light cool breeze and scenic sea views. Team Falcons members worked tirelessly to ensure registration, hydration, tog bag facility, medical facility, physio facility, marshalling, result notifications and presentations ceremonies ran efficiently.

Checkout Verulam Falcons’ race director Amres Moodley praised team Falcons and Checkout Group volunteers for their commitment, camaraderie and contribution in making the event another achievement for the club.

The support and generosity of other local clubs at the event was received with a warm heart of gratitude. It was a classic sprint finish, in the 10 km Run Female, that sealed victory for Durban Boys High Club’s junior Tegan Gore from second place finisher Chiltern AC’s Shelly Young.

In the 10km run the winner of the men’s race was Anele Dlamini from Phantane AC. He was followed by Sekhonyama Ishmael from Hillcrest Villagers AC. The women dominated the 10km walk. The leading 10km female walker was Sue Smith from Westville AC, ahead of her male counterpart, Nicholas Barrie-Smith. Barrie-Smith gave Durban Boys High Club the second first position in the 10km distance.

Over the longer distance, the 21.1km walk, the clubs based in Pietermaritzburg dominated with four of the six podium finishes. One of the prolific walking clubs Orion AC produced the 21.1km walk male winner, Rajainlall Dhanlall.

Veteran walker Wendy Botes from Highway AC was the 21.1km female walker winner.

In the overall 21.1km run female, PDAC’s Michelle Sims came first in a time of 01:41:27. The other 21.1 km run female age categories winners were: Catharina Warren from Amanzimtoti AC, Sajhida Abdool from Tongaat Panthers AC, Michelle Sims from PDAC and Pamela Rasmussen from Yellowwood Park AC.

Local lass, Sajhida Abdool did the North Coast community proud with a strong and solid run to win the 40-49 Age category, just a few minutes behind the overall winner.

Bluff AC’s Mholi Jali was the winner for the overall 21.1 km run male.

He sprinted across the King Spark athletic track to finish in 01:10:36.

The other 21.1 km run male categories winners were: Thuto Justice Sawana (Age 35-39, 01:16:31, Maxed Elite), Bernard Phalatsane from Phantane AC, Willie Majombozi from Boxer Superstore AC and Bheki Mlotshwa from Chatsworth AC.

- Supplied.



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