The second annual Cell C Day Of Races powered by Reebok took the Greenpoint A Track by storm on Sunday, 23 April 2017.
Whether a runner, a walker, a fitness enthusiasts or a fun seeker, the Cell C Day Of Races grants entrants the unique opportunity to “choose their fit” by selecting the start wave that suits them best.
The action kicked off with the “Pretty Fast” wave. Making her Cell C Day Of Races debut, Sharon Sunderland of Big Bay set the pace crossing the finish line first in a deserving time of 21 minutes 04 seconds. “My coach suggested that I enter the race as it would be a great time trial,” says a very happy Sunderland. “I was hoping for a sub 20 finish, but the windy weather conditions didn’t allow it. The route was absolutely beautiful. The marshals were organised and the guys leading the race on their bicycles were so supportive. The event is brilliant. I’ll definitely come back next year.” Vivienne Williams was the second runner to cross the finish line, with Nadinja Schonewille rounding off the podium.
Abigail Bester was the first lady home in the “Sole Mates” wave claiming gold in 21 minutes 17 seconds. Kiara Bester came in second, while Melissa Phillips finished third.
The much anticipated “Elite Race” was the source of much excitement, with Tanith Maxwell of Rondebosch outclassing her peers. Maxwell’s goal was to have fun. “The Cell C Day Of Races is great as it incorporates everyone from first time runners to elite runners,” says Maxwell. “Everyone was out having a good time. I finished third in 2016, so finishing first today was really special.” Maxwell’s top spot on the podium was secured in 17 minutes 45 seconds. Jessica Pollock came in second, while Chrisna Van Den Heever finished third.
After the elite race it was time to watch the stars of the future in action in the “Young, Fast and Free: U18” wave. Amina Hattas’ finishing time of 22 minutes 26 seconds secured her the top spot on the podium. Ntomboxolo Mensah came in second, while Rebecca Nolan finished third.
The fifth and final wave of the day, the “Anything Goes: Open” wave closed off the action of the 2017 Cell C Day Of Races powered by Reebok in Cape Town. Candice Bothma claimed gold in the women’s race in a time of 23 minutes 55 seconds. Idalette de Villiers came in second, while Taryn Doidge finished third.
Charity Support: The Cell C Day Of Races supports The Sunflower Fund. Founded in 1999, The Sunflower Fund is a South African non-profit organisation dedicated to creating awareness, educating the public and facilitating the registration process for people to join the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR).
NEXT UP: The Cell C Day Of Races heads to Johannesburg
Sunday, 11 June 2017
Start & Finish Venue:
Roosevelt High School, Emmarentia (JHB)
Friday, 02 June 2017
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