Runners revel in rewarding challenge

2016-05-10 06:00
Runner Zulpha Ackerdien steadily makes her way up Koesister Hill with her two-month-old baby Nishaadt Ackerdien.

Runner Zulpha Ackerdien steadily makes her way up Koesister Hill with her two-month-old baby Nishaadt Ackerdien.

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The 2016 edition of the Slave Route Challenge attracted about 9000 runners – each running in honour of a  slave whose name has been recorded on a Column of Remembrance at the Iziko Slave Lodge – to the streets of Cape Town on Sunday 8 May.

The route passed various landmarks in the city linked to slave heritage, including the Castle of Good Hope, the Whipping Post, the Old Slave Church, the Iziko Slave Lodge and the Slave Tree Plague.

Runners on the 10 and 21km routes also had to make their way up the renowned “Koesister Hill” in Penz Street. Upon summitting the hill, each runner was offered a traditional Cape Malay koesister.

All photos by Rashied Isaacs.

Winner of the 21km Slave Route Challenge, Itheko Running Club’s Siviwe Nkombi, poses with Achmat Jacobs (club president).

Shamiel Cole helping his club runner of Ommiedraai Mariam Edwards up Koesisiter Hill.

Michelle Cupido of Pinelands Athletics Club stops midway during the 2016 Slave Route Challenge.

Jasmin Adams, of Walmers Athletics Club in Walmer Estate, makes her way up Koesister Hill in Penz Street.

Gavin Fishlacen, from Fish Hoek, is seen clowning around along the route during the 2016 Slave Route Challenge.


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