Hersch Randburg Harriers Challenge draws 6 500

Tamara Lewis, Natalie Sherman, Cindy Seach and Carla McLeod have fun together at the challenge.

The 34th annual Adrienne Hersch Randburg Harriers Challenge reached record numbers this year – the difficult Randburg hills proving to be a major drawcard.

A whopping 6 500 runners challenged themselves on 10 September, filling streets in suburbs around the Randburg Sports Complex on a sunny morning.

The 10km was the biggest hit, followed by the 21.1km and 5km fun run.

The 10km race kicks off at Randburg Harriers.

Mobile band, Mooven Groove played classics such as Chariots of Fire, Eye of the Tiger and When the Saints go Marching in, to the crowd’s pleasure, as food stores and spot prizes kept everyone entertained.

Adrienne Hersch herself attended the event, and although she did not run, she promised to train for next year.

“We have previously had 3 500 to 4 000 runners but this year we hit 6 500, so the partnership with Discovery Vitality has been great,” she said. “There has been great camaraderie and community spirit to get up early and support each other.”

Race director, Liesl Koch was happy that the event ran without hitches, save for long toilet queues, which they will address come next year.

Runner, Emma Murray ran her sixth 21km race of the year with her husband as well as a friend.

“It has been good to see so many clubs represented today, and the organisers doing registrations up to four days in advance also helped,” she said.

 

Lesego Mokoena of Mooven Groove gets runners in the mood to run.

 

Emma Murray, Miles Murray and Christina van der Breggen prepare to run their sixth 21km this year.

 

Thabo Molefe, Palesa Molefe, Gab Munyamela and Mxolisi Mathe enjoy the day out.

Grant Silverman and wife Deidre ran the 10km together and brought their two young daughters for support.

“It is a nice family day out with lots of fun,” the couple said.

Katleho Monaheng was the fastest 10km runner, finishing in 00:33:49, while Portia Ngwenya was the fastest woman in 00:42:29.

Mbongeleni Ximba was the fastest 21.1km runner in 01:16:25, while Kate Roberts was the fastest woman in 01:28:05.

 

Runners of the Kyalami Running Club show their support

 

Jacob Shayi and Lindiwe Shayi have a fun day out at the Adrienne Hersch Randburg Harriers Challenge.

 

Johan van Dyk plays guitar and Nicholas McCreadie plays saxophone for Mooven Groove.

 

Lebo Mabotja and Zolla Vutula are ready to run.

 

Back: Erika Shemmeld, Grant Silverman and Deidre Silverman. Front: Mila and Taylor Silverman make it a fun family day out.

 

Adrienne Hersch highlights the importance of running for health and stress relief.

 

Tinkie Nortmann, Isabelle van der Schyf and Chené Kruger are ready to go.

 

Marc Stevens pushes Ewan Stevens.

 

Nicholas McCreadie plays saxophone and Andrew Lingwood plays drums for Mooven Groove.

 

The 10km runners get a strong start.

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