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30 Nov, 2012

A Kwai challenge

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A Kwai challenge

With three different distances on offer and even a 50m nappy dash for toddlers, this event, organised by Randburg Harriers and Sportsvendo, really catered for every type of runner as well as the whole family, which saw the race once again attract a great turn-out. The courses were hilly and tough, but for many this was a perfect training run before Comrades in June. In the men’s field, Nedbank’s Shadrack Hoff won the 21.1km in a solid time of 1:08:03, just a second ahead of Phillip Molefe from Rustenburg. In the women’s race, Nedbanks’s Olympic marathon qualifier Rene Kalmer led the field home in a course record 1:16:18, with clubmate and fellow Olympic qualifier Irvette van Blerk second in 1:19:17.

 

The fun did not end with the running, though! Race sponsor, SA Pork, together with co-sponsor Eskort, hosted an inter-club pork braai competition, and the team of celebrity judges included top runners Bruce Fordyce, Irvette van Blerk and Nick Bester, society favourite Annie Malan, Egoli star David Vlok and Kwaito legend Kabelo Mabalane, who had all run the Kwai Challenge and were ready for some good food! They judged on taste, creativity and presentation, under the guidance of chef Stephan Prinsloo, and the winners of the braai competition were ‘The Purple Pigs.’ The day ended off with a surprise performance by Kabelo to really wrap up a great event.

Heard at the Finish

 

Dan Mothiva (21.1km): “The route was fast and I thought the short hills were okay in the end. This is great preparation for Comrades, because it’s a well organised event for the whole family!”

 

Patricia Prismall (10km): “Getting in around 90min is not bad for a 60-something, wouldn’t you say? The hills were long, but I overcame it! It’s a very well organised family day!”

 

Warren Pie (21.1km): “I just flew, so it went well for me. I got in at 1:26, so it’s a PB! You can still get momentum because the hills go quickly, and Harriers are great organisers.”