The annual Moore Stephens Night Run through the streets of Stellenbosch was as popular as ever, attracting a field of more than 1 000 runners last week.
While serious athletes contested each other in the 10km race, the shorter 5km distance was as usual crowded with fathers and mothers and their children, some even with babies in runner’s prams and a number of dogs on leashes.
The two events, which started at Stellenbosch Primary School on Wednesday October 17, followed a course through the streets of the surrounding neighbourhoods and ended on the school’s sport grounds.
The first 500 finishers in the 10km and 5km respectively received a medal each. The total number of official finishers in the 10km event were 514, while 563 finished the 5km event.
The male podium finishers in the 5km event were, respectively, Jacques Wolmarans in 21:17; Eduard Loubser in 22:23; and Waldo Kotzé in 22:34.
The top women were Suzan Hobson in 25:06; Grace Sargeant in 26;16; and Jana Wessels in 26:32.
In the 10kkm event the male podium finishers were Deon-Lee Hendricks in 31:36; Akhona Ndada in 32:11; and Philani Sengce in 33:18. The women winners were Vicky van der Merwe in 38:22; Mia Steytler in 38:47; and Louise van Rensburg in 39:35
The Moore Stephens Night Run is one of the flagship events of the Stellenbosch e’Bosch Heritage Project, which proactively engages all its communities in all of its projects.
The neighbourhoods or “dorpies” of the district which participate in their projects include Cloetesville, Devon Valley, Ida’s Valley, Jamestown, Kayamandi, Klapmuts, Kylemore, Lanquedoc, Pniel, Raithby, Vlottenburg, Stellenbosch Central and the farm communities.
See more about them at www.ebosch.co.za