Participants of the Checkout Verulam Falcon Challenge Race, which was a great success.
The countdown to the exciting Gaterite Charity Run, hosted by the Verulam Athletic Club, has officially begun and athletes are currently gearing up for what is expected to be a ‘running’ success.
“It’s all systems go for the exhilarating run which takes place this Sunday at the Verulam Recreation Grounds from 8:30am,” said club chairman, Jaya Kisten.
With many feeling the need to get active, the promotion of a healthy lifestyle is paramount and there is no better way to keep fit than by participating in the 2km and 4km distances available for social walkers and runners to accomplish.
With entries available via schools and most proceeds retained by schools, runners and walkers will receive a medal and refreshments at the finish.
The route that goes through the Pakco and Temple Valley precinct is designed to avoid the CBD. Entry tickets are available at the ground before the start. Meanwhile, this weekend saw many Verulam Athletic Club members support the Checkout Verulam Falcon Challenge Race at Kings Park.
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Vukani Maphumulo led team VAC in securing second position in the male 35-39 category in a sterling effort in 1: 24 ahead of Sihle Mpanza, six minutes later. VAC rising star, Tasvir Singh posted a sub-two hour 1: 52 finish ahead of leading VAC female runner, Uleesha Maharaj in 1: 58.
Anand Naidoo edged Johnny Karanjoo in 2: 26, while grandmaster , Jayce Moodley finished two minutes ahead of Sarah Naidoo.
Smiley Naidoo led team VAC walkers in 2: 54, with Pooven Naidoo and Raeesa Bayat making the sub-three hour in 2: 56. Ronnie Rangasamy eased in 3: 00 with Pam and Tharushka Sookoo making the cut with a 3: 20 finish in the half marathon.
With humid conditions facing many runners and walkers, the idyllic beachfront promenade was a sea of runners in the well-supported event.
The 10km run and walk started 15 minutes after the half marathon with Velvan Nair leading team VAC in 53: 49 ahead of Ronald Ngiba.
Joyce Ngidi led the ladies home in a moderate heat, sapping 58 minutes.
Ben Padayachee, Ruben Naidoo and Pam Zwane finished the one and half hour cut-off , while newcomers in their first VAC race, Deon Ramdhani, Melisha Ramsaroop and Lucy Moodley eased through their first 10km in VAC colours, enjoying the experience in the company of their colleagues.
Queenie Naidoo and Judy Rajoo eased through in 1: 40 ahead of Brenda Peters, Jaya Kisten and Anand Naicker who made use of the familiar route to enjoy the Sunday walk alongside the Umgeni river banks.
Dolly Shamlall, Zama Ngcobo , Yvonne Nair together with Sunil Sewnarain made a welcome return after a lengthy layoff, coupled with Dominic Govender and Rajesh Ramdhularie.
Krish Naidoo combined his Comrades training with a back-to-back run from Verulam to Durban and then completing his 10km run. For more information regarding upcoming events, call 083-783-7373.