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Fun at Fibo run

PRAEGVILLE – Community members have a blast at the annual Fibo Africa Challenge with Randburg Harriers.


A sold-out Fibo Africa Challenge saw 7 000 community members hit the streets in the name of fitness.

The third leg of the four-part Discovery Vitality Run Series, which was hosted by Randburg Harriers, held draw cards in 10km and 21.1km runs and a 5km fun run.

While the weather was cold when the horn blew at 7am on Spring Day, 1 September, as the sun thawed the muscles of runners it turned out to be a good day for personal best times at the 36th annual run.

Pharson Morare blitzed the 10km in just 33:40.85 while Debbie Nossel, the first woman to finish the run, was only six places behind him in 41:24.23.

Juan van Deventer was the first person to finish the half-marathon, which he did in 1:10:48.53.

Cobie Smith was the first woman and she crossed the line in 1:27:34.59

“The atmosphere was amazing, the vibe was one of the best we have had in recent years,” said race director, Liesl Koch.

“We had no issues, everything ran smoothly, we notified the community early. That was the highlight for me, that everything went well and there were so many happy people.”

As with many road races these days, the event attracted runners of all ages. Parents could be seen pushing their children in prams through the 5km and 10km routes.

Veterans such as Sonja Laxton, Deirdre Larkin and Cecily Rootenberg were also on the route, showing youngsters how it is done and proving there is no excuse to not run.

The run was previously known as the Adrienne Hersch Challenge, but Harriers has a new headline sponsor in Fibo Africa.

Next up for Randburg Harriers is their annual Valentine’s Night Race, which will be on Valentine’s Day next year.

Koch said the club hopes to retain its partnerships with Fibo and Hot 91.9FM for the run, and entries should open in December.

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