Top runners and SA celebs with a ‘spring in their step’ at the launch of the Joburg leg of the Spar Women’s Challenge at Buitengeluk, Broadacres SuperSpar on 1 September. From left: Former Miss South Africa Nicole Flint, top runner Irvette van Blerk, Spar Proteas captain Amanda Mynhardt, top runner Maxine Heine-Wacker, and 5fm DJ and stylista Poppy Ntshongwana. Photo: Reg Caldecott

Some well-known personalities will be adding a touch of glamour to the Spar Women’s 10km Challenge at Old Parktonians on Sunday October 9.

Radio and television personality Carol Manana, award winning news anchor Romy Titus, fashionista DJ, adventure-loving Poppy Ntshongwana and two former holders of the Miss South Africa title, Nicole Flint and Vanessa Carreira-Coutroulis, are joining forces at the Challenge to create greater awareness of the race’s designated charity, Reach for Recovery.

The five glamour girls will run the race as a relay, completing two kilometres each.

In true Olympic style, they will carry a torch, which will be passed from hand to hand. The changeovers will take place at watering points, giving members of the public a chance to interact with them.

Award-winning “Simply Carol” Carol Manana became known to millions of viewers around the world when she anchored the draw for the 2010 World Cup. The Supersport anchor is familiar with most sports and has covered two Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Commonwealth Games in Athens and the Fifa World Cup in Germany in 2006.

Romy Titus, who was named Best News Anchor at the SABC Awards in 2008, has also covered many sports events, both as a reporter and as MC. The dynamic and experienced anchor is currently working with Supersport International.

Popular 5fm DJ Poppy Ntshongwana will probably regard a two-kilometre run as little more than a walk in the park, after diving with sharks, skiing and surfing. She has also completed the Cape Argus Cycle Tour – and she did all these things with such style that she won the 2010 Style Award for Most innovative Style.

Vanessa Carreira-Coutroulis and Nicole Flint have not allowed the grass to grow under their feet since relinquishing their Miss South Africa title in 2001 and 2009 respectively. Vanessa is much in demand as a motivational speaker and MC, has done television work, hosted a number of events through her own events company and was named one of UNISA’s goodwill ambassadors along with Yvonne Chaka-Chaka and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Nicole, who forms part of the breakfast show on Jacaranda 94.2, is a part time television presenter, MC and model. She is also a bit of a sports junkie and recently completed the 2011 Sun City to Table Bay Charity Cycle Tour and is well-known for her work on raising funds for housing and the fight against crime. Nicole has also just been chosen to co-present The Tropika Island of Treasure season 4 in Cancun Mexico.

The five celebrities will seek sponsorship for their two kilometres, raising money for their own charity or for Reach for Recovery, making their participation in the race even more meaningful. Romy Titus has chosen to raise funds for Babies Behind Bars, a charity of which she is a founder that reaches out to babies whose mothers are imprisoned.

The Spar South African netball captain Amanda Mynhardt and other members of the national team that performed so well at the World Netball Championships in Singapore earlier this year will run alongside the celebrities as their “Guard of Honour”, and will carry the torch for them if they get tired during their leg of the race.

“I’m looking forward to an amazing day,” says Mynhardt. “Being a Guard of Honour to our local celebrities, and running together with all the beautiful women in our country is a huge privilege. I can’t wait for the Spar Women’s Challenge!”

There are only a few weeks left before the race, but there is still time to enter and have the chance to rub shoulders with some of South Africa’s most stylish celebrities. Pre-entries close on the 24th September. Entry forms are available from all Spar, KwikSpar and SuperSpar stores or online at the Spar website.