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God’s Window Half Marathon

Petru Viljoen

The annual God’s Window Half Marathon and 10-kilometre Road Race was held on October 5th, sponsored by Built it, Graskop, saw almost double the numbers of runners that entered last year. 2018 saw 264 athletes in total over all three races and this year 436 took part, making this race a great success.

Legogote Villagers, based in White River, the organisers of the event for the last ten years, largely left the arrangements in the experienced hands of Grant and Belinda Bosman. ‘’It was easy due to the support of the community,’’ Grant said. Legogote Villagers is a non-profit organisation and the entry fees cover the costs of organising the event.

The race is at least 30 years old and the involvement of Built it Graskop can be traced back to 2012. Digging up the history is ongoing, Grant said.

Madeleine Whitehair from Run Walk for Life took the overall 21-km win, also first amongst the more than forty female runners. Thato Mgogane – Entsika Club took the win in a time of 1:21:09. In the 10 km race, Chantal Middel-Bowee from Definition Club took the win for the ladies and Kamogelo Mnisi – Temporary License was first for the men. The R7000 prize money was awarded amongst the winners of the various categories.

Various spot prizes were sponsored by Canimambo and Silver Spoon Diner, the Gorge Lift Company and Edition Sports in vouchers. The biggest spot prize was a safari tour for ten people sponsored by Katambora Safaris. Built it sponsored additional spot prizes to various athletes in the 21 and 10km races and 50 soccer balls to the kids who took part in the 5km fun run. The proceeds of the 5km fun run went in aid of Graskop Animals in Need (GAIN).

A teacher from Graskop Primary, Melinda Steyn, volunteered to take photographs of the event and other community members assisted where necessary. ‘’The Graskop community gave tremendous support,’’ Grant said.

A first was motivating the children from Glory Hill and Graskop Primary to take part in the 5km fun run. The fees were sponsored in part by locals. Then Mark Matthee, head of Graskop Primary, took it up and partly sponsored each of the pupils as further incentive. The organisers hope the children will be inspired to continue their athletic career and to also take part in the weekly park run in Fairyland.

Grant said last year’s Fun Run had 12 people taking part and this year there were 95. Legogote Villagers marketed the event further afield this year, even to Gauteng.

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