On Your Marks, Get Set, Go! By: Liam Hendrickse

On Saturday 17 November, Edgemead Runners held their annual race in the Edgemead and Monte Vista area. The race underwent rebranding this year, becoming the Art & Office 10km/5km. For most of the club members it was a very early start, with the first volunteers making their way to the start/finish at Edgemead high school from 4am.

The starting gun was fired by Ward Councillor Helen Carstens signaling the start of the 10km race at 6:35am with the front runners aiming to run the course in under 30 min and in so doing a R5000 bonus from Mercedes Benz Vans in Montague Gardens. Unfortunately, this mark was missed by a mere 24 sec, however, it was still a great winning time. Following the winner was a record number of participants, each receiving a medal upon the completion of the course as well as a goodie bag supplied by our title sponsor, Art & Office. It is great to see so many people take an interest in keeping fit through running. This was followed by the 5km event that started at 7:15am. Many children were seen participating in this event as Art & Office had put down an incentive for the top 3 participating schools. Most of these finishes were also recipients of a medal and goodie bag. Across all the events, we had just over 2300 participants who were treated to a great morning in our community. Thank you to all residents for accommodating the increased traffic in the area for this.

Edgemead Runners held their awards ceremony on the 24th of November. In keeping with our motto “Fitness and Friendship” it was a great night to celebrate new and old friendships as well as all achievements on the road. Some of the most notable achievements this year was that we had two silver medalists at the Two Oceans Ultra marathon (under 4 hours to run 56km), namely Dominic Rivera and Gary Brown as well as our first silver medalist at Comrades marathon in 13 years where our mens club captain, Garreth Bornman, completed the 90.185km course in 7 hours and 28 minutes. In addition to this we had 3 members invited to represent Western Province at various SA champs events, these being Hilary Rhode, Sandra Kohnert and Johnny Persents. We’ll done to all club members for the 2017/18 running season, many of whom have run faster and further than ever before!

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