Meet the Inanda Trail Runners

2018-05-22 06:00
PHOTO: SuppliedSome of the Inanda Trail Runners in Hilton (from left) Zamokuhle Ntanzi, Sizwe Sibiya, Themba Chongco, Vuyo Magwaza, Banele Khanyile, Yolanda Ngcobo and Fanele Mkhunya.

PHOTO: SuppliedSome of the Inanda Trail Runners in Hilton (from left) Zamokuhle Ntanzi, Sizwe Sibiya, Themba Chongco, Vuyo Magwaza, Banele Khanyile, Yolanda Ngcobo and Fanele Mkhunya.

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IN 2017 Mmeli Ndimane first experienced the joy of trail running when he was given the opportunity to participate in some KZN trail running events. This helped Ndimane realise that it was time to make a difference in the Inanda Community, especially, with the youth. Ndimane then established the dream of the Inanda Trail Running Club.

The Inanda Trail Running Club is a sports club that is dedicated to improving sport’s participation in the community, educational attainment and opportunities for youth and children. The club would love to see children and youth of the community having a good relationship with one another through sport and to decrease the crime rate by keeping the youth actively involved in sport. In addition their aim is see athletes competing nationally and internationally, but most importantly to ensure that they become professional athletes that learn respect.

The trail runners approached various supporters with his plan to establish the Inanda Trail Running Club and set about establishing a registered NPO to manage the trail running club with support of Allyson du Plooy. He also recruited Patrick Canham, an avid athlete and inspiration to the children to coach and support them in their development. Ndimane with Plooy’s support approached KZN Trail Running, who agreed to sponsor free entries for this group of young runners to enable them to participate and experience what is one of the fastest growing sports in KZN. Ndimane’s biggest challenge now is raising roughly R2 000 per event to cover the costs of transporting these young runners to events, as well as sourcing running shoes for these athletes. Many are running barefoot or even in flip flops.

Currently the Inanda Trail Running Club has 14 members aged between 12 and 18-years-old. In the recent KZN Trail Running Aloe Wildlife event, four of the clubs runners placed. In the 20 km race, Patrick Canham came second and Zolani Mavundla came third. In the 13 km race, Mbhasobhi Gumede achieved first place.

You can donate directly into the ITRC bank account to contribute towards transport costs for transporting the children. You can also donate second hand or new running clothes or shoes to the runners. For more information or to donate contact, Mmmeli Ndimane at 079 798 4367. — Supplied.

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