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November 08, 2010

Landmarks Half Marathon attracts more than 1 300 runners

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The runners make their way up toward Rhodes Memorial. Photos courtesy Ark Images & Shawn Benjamin Photography

The Landmarks Half Marathon took place in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs yesterday, attracting more than 1 300 runners. Bright sunshine added greatly to the occasion, as runners made their way around the 21km route, punctuated by some of Cape Town’s most famous landmarks.

Event proceeds went to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, and many runners donated soft toys, to be given as birthday and Christmas presents to children hospitalised there.

The race started and finished at the Western Province Cricket Club in Rondebosch. Some of the famous landmarks that runners passed along the way were Rondebosch Common, Mostert’s Mill, the University of Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial, Newlands Forest, Josephine Mill, South African Breweries, as well as the international cricket and rugby stadiums in Newlands.

The race was won by Anthony Golowana in a time of 68 minutes. Golowana also won a 10km race in Kraaifontein on Saturday.

The biggest cheer of the day went up when 83-year-old Erich Webber crossed the line just outside the 3-hour mark. Webber still had enough energy to acknowledge the applause he received, marking a humbling and inspiring moment for all who witnessed it.

There was also a 6km fun run in which Fatima Borez, Mike Metelerkamp and Lolly Mgolombane from Cape Town Tourism participated.

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