Dedication pays off for runners

2019-09-17 06:00
Runners of Kenfac Sport Athletic Club celebrated after the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. They all agreed that the crowd kept them going.

Runners of Kenfac Sport Athletic Club celebrated after the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. They all agreed that the crowd kept them going.

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Despite having to train in volatile areas, 52 members of the Kenfac Sport Athletic Club competed in the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon this past weekend.

Of the 52, nine were first timers. They all managed to complete the race – most of them finishing in five hours or more.

The new runners were Refqah Berch, Malika Davids, Miska Davids-Salie, Amanullah Maged, Debra Bowers, Barbara Minnies, Alia Isaacs, Rashaad Samie, Mooniq Marlie.

Speaking to People’s Post yesterday (Monday) Amanullah (45) said he enjoyed the race and appreciated the support along the route. At the 33km mark he felt it was impossible to finish with the rest of his group, but he found his inner strength and completed the race in 5 hours 35 minutes.

Mooniq (29) said the race went very well and she fared better than expected. She said she’ll definitely take part again next year. Also on her bucket list is the Cape Peninsula Marathon, taking place in February 2020.

“All the long training runs I have done with the club have definitely helped with mental training, and was a great way to test myself,” Mooniq explained.

Mooniq and Amanullah ran the race together. Before the race, the runners attended a pasta evening at Kensington civic centre where the club’s executive members emphasised the importance of believing in their own abilities.

At this get together, held on Wednesday 11 September, the runners were also reminded about the importance of nutrition.

The club was established in 2015 and registered as a non-profit organisation this year.

Their aim is to offer healthy recreational activities to the community through training programmes and to also allow residents to engage on a social level.

Members also give back to the needy twice a year. The founders had a vision to bring people together, through running and to create a healthy and supportive community.

The club has over the years grown from strength to strength. Coach Nazier Isaacs (38) was very proud of the club’s members. Speaking after the race he said it’s fantastic to see someone blossom and grow into a true marathoner. “You cannot prepare someone for the last 5km, not mentally or physically. It’s amazing that they reached their goal. I could not be prouder,” he said.


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