A race aimed at exposing young people to the joys and benefits of running while also providing them with a tangible opportunity to be a part of the greater Comrades Marathon experience was hosted this past Saturday (21 June 2014) in Cato Ridge.
More than 500 children converged on the George Cato Primary School to participate in the third edition of the AIMS Children Series Race. The event has been hosted by the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) in South Africa since 2012.
All participants received T-shirts and medals. The children were also provided with refreshments and all the goodies, in addition to amazing lucky draw prizes.
As part of its CMA-CATHSSETA Internship Programme, ten Sport and Event Management interns assisted in organising the event. These young ones were of the feeling that not only was this event educational but also inspirational. They say that it brought them great fulfilment to have been granted an opportunity to give back to the community and celebrate Youth Month.
Convener of the CMA’s CSI Committee, Alen Hattingh says, “It was the first time that many of these children got to participate in an event of this nature and share in the thrill and excitement of an international road-running event like the AIMS Children’s Series Race.”
Hattingh adds, “This event is primarily aimed at exposing young people to the joys and benefits of running and to promote the sport of road-running in our country. We are pleased with Saturday’s event.”
The race was run under the auspices of KwaZulu-Natal Athletics (KZNA).
The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has secured the hosting of this corporate social investment initiative and will present the third AIMS Children Series Race at the George Cato Primary School in Cato Ridge on 21 June 2014. The race will be run under the auspices of KwaZulu-Natal Athletics (KZNA).
The CMA is a member of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and also enjoys its revered recognition for the immeasurable contribution it makes to the road-running fraternity, both locally and globally. Up to 1200 children between the ages of 9 and 15 from schools in and around Cato Ridge and the Valley of a Thousand Hills are expected to participate in the event. For many, it will be the first time that they get to participate in an event of this nature and share in the camaraderie and excitement of an international road-running event.
AIMS Vice President responsible for the AIMS Children’s Series, Martha Morales says, “I would like to thank the Comrades Marathon Association for the valuable collaboration to the social programme of AIMS – the AIMS Children´s Series Race. Congratulations for your great spirit of service.” Morales adds, “South Africa is the best place to fulfil our objectives, the birthplace of some of the best athletes in the world. To AIMS and its members, this programme is a strong bond of solidarity and cooperation and the best tool to leave a legacy to the world of road-running.
Convener of the CMA’s CSI Committee, Alen Hattingh says, “The CMA is proud to host this event. We realize that our future Comrades Marathon runners are the young ones of our country and we would love to expose them to the joys of running.”
Hattingh adds, “This event will give the children who reside in the Valley of a Thousand Hills an opportunity to be a part of an athletics event, as there are not many sporting events that take place in that area that they can participate in.”
The event will be organised by the CMA with the help of 10 Sports Management Students doing their internship at the Comrades Marathon. This important skills transfer, is courtesy of the CMA’s skills development partner, CATHSSETA. The AIMS Children’s Series Race is primarily aimed at exposing young people to the joys and benefits of running, while also providing them with a tangible opportunity to be a part of the greater Comrades Marathon experience.
The Sports Trust is one of the official charities of the Comrades Marathon and through their partnership with Nedbank; The Sports Trust is able to make a meaningful contribution towards communities.
(3) schools, with 30 learners each, have been entered into this race, they include : Ogwini Comprehensive High School, Umlazi Comprehensive Technical High School, Chesterville High School.
“Sports development is one of Nedbank’s key Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) focus areas and road running in particular is a category that Nedbank has identified as being an ideal sport in which to play a role. This sponsorship illustrates our drive to help cultivate a culture and passion for road running, athletics and sport in general in South Africa,” said Maseda Ratshikuni.
Thami Vilakazi, CMA Marketing Coordinator and Race Convenor says. “Safety and security of the runners is paramount. There will be two ambulances and four medical personnel to assist with any potential medical eventualities. Durban Metro police willalso be at the event to ensure the safety of the runners.”
Entry is free to all participants from the invited schools. Lucky draw prizes worth over R 5000 are up for grabs. All finishers will receive a medal and a race T-shirt. The 5km Fun Run fires off at 09h00 on Saturday, 21 June 2014, outside the George Cato Primary School and will finish inside the school grounds. The official cut-off time is 11h00.
The Nedbank Sports Trust Development Cycling Programme will recognise Western Cape learners who excelled in this year’s Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour at a prize-giving ceremony at the Scottsville High School in Kraaifontein on Friday, 6 June 2014. A special thanks to all of our sponsors for 2014, Nedbank, WCape Government, Samsung, Spur, MYO2, AVIS.
The cycling programme is a partnership between Nedbank and the Sports Trust, supported by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS). About 140 learners from 12 schools and a development cycling club participated in this year’s Cycle Tour. The schools are Scottsville Secondary School, Phoenix Secondary School, Oval North Secondary School, Beacon Hill Secondary School, Tafelsig Secondary School, Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School, Bulumko Secondary School, Crystal Secondary School, Orchard Primary School, Van Cutsem Combined School, Diazville Secondary School, Steynville Secondary School and De Doorns Development Cycling Group.
Road Bike – Fastest Male
Winner: Wayne Avontuur (Oval North Secondary School) with a time of 3:17., won cash & a new Samsung S111 Mini cell phone.
Runner-up: Eben Deerling (De Doorns Development Group) with a time of 3:26.
3rd place: Grant Holloway (Oval North Secondary School) with a time of 3:27.
They are also the top three bike winners for completing the Cycle Tour in less than 3 hours 30 minutes.
Road Bike – Fastest Female
Winner: Ronelle Marron (Beacon Hill Secondary School) with a time of 6:03., won cash & a new Samsung S111 Mini cell phone.
Runner-up: Mtetandaba Atnathi (Bulumko Secondary School) with a time of 6:04.
3rd place: Michaela Appels (De Doorns Development Group) with a time of 6:22.
Mountain Bike winners:
Six learners will receive a new road bike for completing the Cycle Tour in less than 4 hours and 15 minutes:
Laurien LeWaak (Oval North Secondary School): 3:35.
Yulrich Porte (Oval North Secondary School): 3:41.
Jayden Johannes (Oval North Secondary School): 3:53.
Grant van Sensie (Oval North Secondary School): 4:01.
Anzio Veldtman (Scottsville Secondary School): 4:13.
Maurice Pietersen (Scottsville Secondary School): 04:14
Overall winning school – Road Bikes
Winner: Oval North Secondary School – will receive R5 000 in cash from Nedbank & a Samsung Tablet.
Overall winning school – Mountain Bikes
Winner: Steynville Secondary School – will receive R5 000 in cash from Nedbank & a Samsung Tablet.
Most improved riders:
Doris Mbedlashe from Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School: a 2:41 improvement in time taken to complete the race.
Laurien LeWaak from Oval North Secondary School: a 2:16 improvement in time taken to complete the race
The Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, in partnership with The Sports Trust and The Western Cape Provincial Kickboxing Association, has assisted these two clubs with equipment and the necessary support to open their doors to their communities.
Both the communities of Delft and Velddrif have high levels of gang activity. The aim of these clubs is to encourage young people to engage in healthy competition, and to offer an alternative to gangsterism and crime. The sport also teaches them self-defence, and offers them an opportunity to compete at provincial and national level if they dedicate themselves to the training.
Dave Venter from Delft says that “Our main focus is kickboxing but we do multi discipline martial arts eg, mma, sport martial arts and grappling. Our goal is the creation of gentleman and lady warriors, physically capable, mentally focused and spiritually compassionate. Participation in this sport helps our members and students develop, grow and improve both physically and mentally through progression in martial arts.
“The Kickboxing club in Velddrif was started in June this year, and they have encouraged schools and clubs to participate. In particular Noordhoek Primary School and Secondary school. This programme benefits the individuals and communities in this area, and they teach kickboxing, and self defense techniques,” says Josh Cloete, Member of West Coast Kickboxing.
“The Sports Trust is proud to be supporting these programmes that empower the youth and communities to engage in positive sporting activities, and which can provide further opportunities, and continue to enhance education through sport. ” says Anita Mathews, Executive Director of The Sports Trust.
The results of the 89th Comrades Marathon, a down-run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban over a distance of 89.28km on Sunday, 1 June 2014 are as follows:
Top Ten Men:
MEN 10th to 4th (CATHSSETA one ounce gold medal: 10 Latudi Makofane (RSA, Samancor LP ) 5:40:41, 9 Prodigal Khumalo (ZIM, Maxed International) 5:39:36, 8 Manolo Mokwalakwela (RSA) 5:39:29, 7 Jonas Buud (SWE, Nedbank RC) 5:38:17, 6 Mnmcedisi Mkhize (Maxed Elite KZN) 5:36:06, 5 Rufus Photo (RSA, Pietersburg RR) 5:35:30, 4 Stephen Muzhingi (ZIM, Toyota AC) 5:35:18
Third place (McCullogh Trophy, CATHSSETA one ounce gold medal, Large bronze medallion, Cheque for R130 000): Gift Kelehe (RSA, Samancor LP) 5:34:39
Second place (Anderson Trophy, CATHSSETA one ounce gold medal, Large silver medallion, Cheque for R175 000): Ludwick Mamabolo (RSA, Nedbank RC GN) 5:33:14
First place (Winners Trophy, CATHSSETA one ounce gold medal, Large gold medallion, Cheque for R350 000): Bongmusa Mthembu (RSA, Nedbank RC KZN)
Top 10 Women:
WOMEN 10th to 4th (CATHSSETA one ounce gold medal): 10 Julanie Basson (RSA, Toyota AC CG) 7:02:50), 9 Martinique Potgieter (RSA, Pietersburg RR) 7:00:46, 8 Frida Sodermark (SWE, GolF Tjalve) 6:57:33, 7 Zola Budd Pieterse (RSA, Hooters) 6:55:55, 6 Caroline Wostmann (RSA, Nedbank RC GN) 6:51:43, 5 Jo Meek (GBR, Toyota AC) 6:47:02, 4 Inna Antropova (RUS, Nedbank) 6:34:08
Third place (City of Durban Trophy, CATHSSETA one ounce gold medal, Large bronze medallion, Cheque for R130 000): Olesya Nurgalieva (RUS, Toyota AC) 6:24:51
Second place (City of Pietermaritzburg Trophy, CATHSSETA one ounce gold medal, Large silver medallion, Cheque for R175 000): Elena Nurgalieva (RUS, Toyota AC)
First place (Comrades Bowl Trophy, CATHSSETA one ounce gold medal, Large gold medallion, Cheque for R350 000): Eleanor Greenwood (GBR, Nedbank International) 6:18:15
First RSA Woman (R175 000): Caroline Wostmann (Nedbank RC GN)
First RSA Man (R175 000): Bongmusa Mthembu (Nedbank RC KZN)
First KZN Woman (Premier’s Trophy, R15 000): Fikele Mbuthuma (Nedbank RC KZN)
First KZN Man (Premier’s Trophy, R15 000): Bongmusa Mthembu (Nedbank RC KZN)
Hot Spot Prizes:
1 Bonitas (R10 000), Women: Elena Nurgalieva (Totota Athletics); Men: Charles Soza () RC
2 Road Accident Fund (R15 000), Women: Olesya Nurgalieva (Toyota Athletics); Men: Charles Soza (Nedbank Running Club)
3 Bonitas (R25 000), Women: Olesya Nurgalieva (Toyota Athletics); Men: Rufus Photo (Pietersburg Road Runners)
Team Category Prizes:
Open Men: 1 Maxed Elite KZN (Gunga Din Shield, R16 000) 22:56:07 (Mncedisi Mkhize, Lucas Nonyana, Dibate Tjiane, Skhumbuzo Dlamini), 2 Samancor LP (Arthur Newton Shield, R11 000) 23:32:38, 3 Nedbank RC KZN (R6 000) 24:01:37
Open Women: 1 Born To Run AC CG (CMA Shield, R16 000) 31:36:56 (Avril Halstead, Ann Ashworth, Stephanie Smith, Phillipe Welthagen), 2 Rand AC (R11 000) 32:13:24, 3 Toyota AC CG (R6 000) 32:54:47
Men Over 40: 1 Phuma KZN (Vic Clapham Shield, R12 000) 27:06:00, 2 Nedbank RC KZN (R6 000), 3 Nedbank RC E Cape (R3 000)
Women Over 40: 1 Strand AC (R12 000) 34:41:24, 2 Rand AC (R6 000) 35:12:08, 3 Westville AC KZN (R3 000) 35:12:53