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17 May, 2019

Gauteng Night Run sets Sandton alight

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left to right:
James Moloi: President of Central Gauteng Athletics
Mapaseka Makhanya
Mr Ivor Hoff, Chief Director:  Sport & Recreation - Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture & Recreation
The inaugural Gauteng Night Run was certainly one to be proud of for organisers and athletes alike as the Sandton streets played host to runners from far and wide.

Thursday 16 May at 19h30 saw the Gauteng Provincial Government host the 8km fun run as they kicked off Africa’s greatest sporting festival: The Arnold Classic Africa. Starting and ending at Crawford College Sandton the event was initiated in order to help citizens be involved in regular exercise and help them to lead a heathy lifestyle.

The shotgun start, fired courtesy of the Honorable Faith Mazibuko: MEC Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation saw all walks of life try their hand with the immediate uphill grind through the school before hitting the roads to make up for any early lost ground.

Mr Ivor Hoff, Chief Director: Sport & Recreation - Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture & Recreation was delighted with the race; “It was wonderful to see so many people celebrate life and enjoy the Sandton streets, sky-scrapers and fresh Autumn evening. Our objective was to offer an event and route that would challenge the serious athlete yet welcome the fun runner as we endeavour to promote healthy living, great friendships and celebrating our cities. Thank you and congratulations to everyone who took part this evening: See you at the 2020 start line.”

Event organiser Danny Blumberg of DB Events said the event ran smoothly and that the event will continue to flourish in future years; “From the talk on the finish line the runners thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. They were welcomed home by friends and families; music; fresh food and flashing lights. We cannot wait to host this fantastic initiative again next year: well done to all involved!”

Results:
Men:
1. Charles Tjiane (Maxed Elite): 28:21
2. Madala Moshiane: 28:37
3. Honest Alfas (Old Mutual Athletics Club): 29:49

Women:
1. Mapaseka Makhanya : 36:18
2. Mlumi Tsolekile (Old Mutual Athletics Club): 39:52
3. Roxanne Zone (FFA): 41:33

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