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  • Writer's pictureMosibodi Whitehead

'Christmas before Christmas' - Lesedi AC's 21km race in Vosloorus to go ahead rain or shine

As the year draws to a close and we reflect on 2022, Lesedi Athletic Club is calling on runners to join them for their annual 21km race which ushers in the South African holiday season. The Lesedi Half Marathon which takes place on Friday the 16th of December in the Ekuruhleni township of Vosloorus will give local running clubs the opportunity to celebrate the year that was.

"On Reconciliation Day, Lesedi Athletic Club will be hosting a 3-in-1; 21km, 10km and 10km at the Vosloorus Stadium," explained the club's PRO Linda Ladlokova. "Remember that's Christmas before Christmas so we have organised jumping castles and giving sweets to all the kids in the area."

The Lesedi AC family is ready to welcome runners to their annual half marathon race. Photo Credit: Lesedi AC.

Given the relentless rain that Gauteng has received over the last few weeks with more forecast over the next few days, inevitable questions arise about whether there is any chance that the event could be cancelled as a result of the wet weather conditions. Ladlokova has assured the running community that the race will go ahead come rain or shine and says they are so optimistic that they have made provision for a braai area which will allow for runners to relax, have some meat and get warm at their club tent after running through the rain.

"People can come with their braai stands and cooler boxes. We will also be preparing a fire when people can braai their meat and sit and enjoy their drinks on the day. Fortunately we have a lot of clubs in the area that have pledged their support. Clubs like Katlehong, Alberton, Gallopers, Fat Cats and Chillie Runners will be coming to support. Not forgetting crews like the C16 crew who have also confirmed that they will be there to enjoy the day with us," he said.

Long-time runner and servant of Lesedi AC Linda Ladlokova says they welcome new runners to the race where they will be on hand to share the beautiful pain of the sport. Photo Credit: Tsephe Letseka.

On a public holiday which many South Africans use as an opportunity to spend time with friend and family, Lesedi which means light are calling on runners to be the light of positivity on what could be a gloomy and rainy summer's day. Ladlokova says seasoned campaigners like himself will also be there to assist walkers and those who are just beginning to enjoy the benefits of recreational exercise.

"This is the people's race, by the people and for the people. Come in numbers and enjoy. This event is not limited to those who know about running, we are also using it as an opportunity to share information with those who want to know more about running. Please come and join us and have fun," he said.

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