VAC athletes take top honours at annual banquet

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Zungu Mthokozisi, Sthe Nzama, Siyanda Makhany and Andrew Dlamini display their awards.

Verulam Athletic Club ended its season with a glittering awards ceremony with members converging at the annual banquet.
The well attended banquet saw every member receiving membership mileage awards that sent all members, competitive and non-competitive happy.
Ronnie Rangasamy took the coveted Men’s Middle Distance Walker and Male Sportsman Award to the delight of team VAC members which showed that a pensioner has an equal chance to win the highest accolade in the club.
Shirley Narainsamy received the Female Sportsperson of the Year award, taking it two years in succession. Both also topped the respective categories with the highest mileage.
Ronnie also completed the 10×21.1km challenge, completing 10 half marathons in one calendar season, while Shirley Narainsamy did a double with 10km and 21.1km events, having completed ten 10km races.
With serving as ambassadors of the club and outstanding service, both were unanimous choices for the supreme award.
Male Middle Distance Runner of the Year was conferred on Velvan Nair, who has shown tremendous improvement in times. He also outperformed his running colleague by capturing the highest mileage award.
Dolly Shamlall took the Middle Distance Female Runner in a keenly contested category with one minute separating the next candidate.

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She came second in the Highest Mileage Award. The Male and Female Sportsperson of the Year, Ronnie Rangasamy and Shirley Narainsamy also led Team VAC with the highest mileage overall in excess of 100km for this season.
A special recognition award was given to Raymond Muthen for his achievement of 20 Comrades finishes and the entire crowd stood up to acknowledge this great achievement, second currently to Krish Naidoo’s 26 comrades finishers.
Another recognition was given to Vyukani Maphumulo for his service to the club and 10 Comrades finishes.
Zama Ngcobo completed the trio and received her recognition award for her dedication and hard work toward team VAC’s projects.
Junior Runner of the Year, Sihle Mpanza, was visibly elated at the outcome and promised to improve in the next year. Verulam Athletic Club also issued tokens of appreciation in the form of club tracksuits to members that brought in over R3, 000 worth of adverts. Other categories include: 10x 10km challenge, and 10 x 15km challenges, 10×21.1km challenges.
VAC Challenge recipients, Comrades Manco, top male and female finisher in the walk and run mileage, 30km and 10km challenge, time trials and development made a new impact, Airport challenge and Ottawa time trials.
Two thousand one hundred rand was raised through Ricardo Nair’s painting that was auctioned off, while a sweets Woolworths basket also raised a substantial amount of money.
Verulam Athletic Club extends its appreciation to all stakeholders and members for a wonderful year. The 2019 mileage has commenced.
Time trials resume next Saturday. Organisations and businesses interested in wanting to assist development runners, call 093-783-6363.

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