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Volkswagen Race Day draws over 1200 runners!


Saturday morning, 26 August saw over 1200 eager but cold running enthusiasts gather at the Volkswagen PeoplePavilion for the annual 5km Fun Run and 10km Run. The 5km and 10km race is fast becoming a highlight on the EP Running Calendar. The 10km race saw runners starting at the PeoplePavilion, turning in Despatch, running a lap of the VW Test Track with the finish back at the PeoplePavilion. The shorter 5km Fun Run, had participants running from the PeoplePavilion, along Algoa Road, turning and finishing back at the PeoplePavilion.

Runners of all ages took part with the youngest registered runner being 14 years old and the oldest runner being 76. The runners were from many different Clubs but with 54 runners, Despatch Athletics Club was the club with the most participants in Saturday’s race.


The winners in the 10km Men’s Race were:

1st         Melikhaya Frans from the Ikhamva Athletics Club in a time of 29 min 13 seconds

2nd        Zolani Ngqaqa from the Tinarha Athletics Club in a time of 30 min 52 seconds

3rd        Amos Nyongo from the Ikhamva Athletics Club in a time of 31 min 01 seconds


The winners in the 10km Women’s Race were:

1st         Ntombesintu Mfunzi from the Nedbank Athletics Club in a time of 37 min 02 seconds

2nd        Ndileka Mvakwendlu from the Tinarha Athletics Club in a time of 39 min 32 seconds

3rd        Luthando Nxanisa from the Madibaz Athletics Club in a time of 41 min 31 seconds

17 year old Beata Langson won the Junior Women’s category in a time of 1hour 16 minutes and 19 year old Xabiso Kobe won the Junior Men’s category in a time of 35 minutes 4 seconds.

In the Men’s 75-79 year category, 75 year old Tamsanqa Jusayi won in a time of 47 minutes 7 seconds. The Women’s 70-74 year category was won by 70 year old Liz Jenkerson in a time of 55 minutes 24 seconds.

“Well done to the VW Athletics Club for a well organised event. A healthy and active lifestyle is important to me personally and it is just as important for the rest of our VW Family. I am very proud to have seen so many employees and their loved ones taking part on Saturday. Our PeoplePavilion is the perfect start and finish for this race and it ensures that VWSA’s investment of R30 million into this facility continues to pay off.” said Thomas Schaefer, Volkswagen Group South Africa Chairman and Managing Director.

The VW Race Day was once again successfully hosted and organised by the VW Athletics Club and the 10km race is supported and endorsed by Eastern Province Athletics.

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