Fun run turnout good

2016-09-27 06:00
 Photo: nosipho mkhize  Pupils who took part in the 2016 Imnandi Lento Challenge.

Photo: nosipho mkhize Pupils who took part in the 2016 Imnandi Lento Challenge.

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THE Amakhosi Athletics Club, in partnership with the Department of Sports and Recreation, recently hosted a fun run themed “Imnandi Lento 2016 Challenge” at KK sports grounds in KwaDabeka.

Club founder Sphiwe Mjwara said the event was supported by the community and other organisations.
“I have been preparing for this event for a long time and the turnout was amazing. The event saw ladies from the KwaDabeka Fitness Gym supporting the run.
“The purpose of this event is to keep children off the street while encouraging them to get involved in sport,” he said.
Five schools were part of this initiative - Khulugqame Primary­, Buhlebemfundo, iLanga, Sthokozile and Sthengile Secondary.
“Mduduzi Khanyile from Langa Secondary won the 5 km run. The first female to complete the 5km run was Sanelisiwe Ncisana from Buhlebemfundo. Ekujabuleni Netball team went home with a new kit since they were the winners of the day.
“Eric Mtshali Secondary took second place and Langa Secondary took third place.
“I would like to thank our sponsors which were Build it in Pinetown, Sports and Recreation in Pietermaritzburg and Clermont tuck shop owner Mthoko Mkhize for assisting me in planning this event as well and donating refreshments as well as Mr Malinga whose a teacher at Buhlebemfundo Secondary who assisted us with transport.
Mjwara has been training 30 athletes every day at Kings Park Stadium.
“I train them not only for this event, but for other marathons and fun runs. Three athletes, Sandile Mjwara, Andile Zwane and Madoda Ngwane - who is 60, entered the Comrades Marathon which encouraged members to take part in various runs.

“I want these children to have a better future and not get involved in drugs because most of their parents have died, however, I help them, but sometimes it’s difficult.
“I want to see them being the best athletes in South Africa.
“They are motivated and are winning their races and this motivates other athletes in the club, so I am more than happy.

To join Amakhosi for its fun run, contact Mjwara on 071 021 6224.

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