ORGANISERS of the first Neighbourhood 10km race, presented by Abasubathu Athletic Club, hailed the event in Hayfields a great success.The annual event - sponsored by Spar - took place on Saturday, starting and finishing at Roy Hesketh Race Track. The event, which seeks to highlight the social ills of communities around the city, drew close to 1 600 runners who took part in Saturday’s 10km and five-kilometre fun run.Mdu Zondi won the men’s race, and Xoli Madida took the women’s title.Race director Sipho Mncube told The Witness that despite some challenges there were no major incidents. “The race was very well attended. We had a few hiccups, but nothing major. “The weather was not good so we had to delay the race by 15 minutes to make sure it was safe for everyone to run. “We’re happy with the attendance and how people responded to it. They enjoyed it and loved the atmosphere and support along the route.“As with any other running event, there is a possibility that something might go wrong, but we had our medical team on board all the time to take care of things and on the road as well. “We can’t wait for next [year] and hope this makes a huge statement and a difference for our communities,” he said.Results:Open men:1. Mdu Zondi — Save Orion — 36:172. Phumlani Dlamini — Eskom A C — 36:403. Ntokozo Nchunu — SAPS — 42:19Open women:1. Xoli Madida — Natal Carb — 43:112. Hlobie Madida — New Harr — 45:123. Maritza Erasmus — Natal Carb — 48:18. - Supplied.