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SA’s second oldest running club excited about 11th Lion of Africa half marathon






Cape Town-based Spartan Harriers, the second oldest athletics club in South Africa, is delighted to be organising the 11th annual Lion of Africa half marathon.
“We are looking forward to a bumper event this year,” says Reza Ebrahim, Chairperson of Spartan Harriers. “We have seen a steady increase in participants and we are expecting a total of some 4,500 athletes across the three distances.” In addition to the Lion of Africa half marathon 21.1km event, athletes have the option to take part in a 10km run, a 10km walk or a 5km fun run.
Athletes need to enter quickly, though – apart for the 5km event, entries for in-store, fax and office entries close on 24 January 2016 and online entries close on 31 January. In-store entries can be made at a selection of Western Cape Sportmans Warehouse branches.
“The entire proceeds of the fun run will go to the Cape Academy for Mathematics, Science & Technology, where the event starts”, says Mr Ebrahim. “This is the charity that Spartan supports and every cent from the fun run will go to supporting the gifted, underprivileged children at the school.”
There is generous prize money on offer with the first man and the first lady of the Lion of Africa Half Marathon set to pocket R2,500 each – not bad for just over an hour’s work! Last year’s men’s winner Nkosinathi Sotyanta finished the single lap, IAAF-certified course in 1:09:24 and first lady Lize Baxter came in just over ten minutes later in 1:19:57. It was a fitting win: Sotyanta belongs to the Itheko Sport Athletic Club which is also supported by Lion of Africa.
An unusual sight on an entry form are the prizes that go to the first, second and third place in every category – even for great grand masters (over 70-year-olds) – which shows a recognition for all participants. In addition, there will be spot prizes for some lucky athletes.
“We are most grateful to our sponsors,” adds Mr Ebrahim. “In addition to our title sponsor, we have support from Sportsmans Warehouse and H2O which will supply the trucks for the day. As you can imagine, the logistics of hosting an event are significant and we need to ensure that tables, gazebos, water, soft drinks, baths and litter bins are in place well before the event and are removed afterwards. With water points every 3 kms, we expect to dispense 36,000 sachets of water.”
“Lion of Africa is proud to be associated with this very prestigious event,” notes Rethabile Mahuma, Head of Marketing of Lion of Africa. “We recognise the important role that sport plays in building and developing a nation and this is part of the DNA of Lion of Africa. It is a company that was founded on the principle of improving the lives of all South Africans. We can’t think of a better way to put this into action. Almost everyone can run or walk and this is the sport that is probably the most accessible of all.”
“This has been an awesome sponsorship and a great help to have Lion of Africa on board. They give us wonderful support and help, we have an excellent relationship and we value it enormously. Rethabile and her team come up trumps every time,” enthuses Mr Ebrahim. Help with much marketing and logistics etc.
The 10km Philip Rabinowitz Memorial Walk is an official 2016 Race Walking League Race. It pays tribute to a remarkable member of Spartan Harriers, "Flying Phil" Rabinowitz who, in 2004 at the age of 100, set a new world record for the 100m dash for a centenarian. Sadly, Phil passed away in 2008, but his indomitable spirit and love of the sport lives on in the 10km walk.
More information and online entries are available at To watch a video of the 2015 10th anniversary, visit
About Lion of Africa Insurance
Lion of Africa Insurance Company Limited is a South African non-life insurance company that was licensed by the Financial Services Board in terms of the Short- Term Insurance Act No 53 of 1998 on 23 August 1999.
The company is the first insurance company in South Africa to achieve a Level 1 Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment rating in terms of the BBBEE Act of 2003 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Lion of Africa Holdings Company (Proprietary) Limited, owned by Brimstone Investment Corporation Limited, a broad based black investment group listed on the JSE.
The company’s short-term activities are concentrated primarily in the commercial property and casualty markets. It also operates in the personal lines, marine and engineering segments.
Lion of Africa Insurance Company Limited is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 17511) in terms of the Financial Advisors and Intermediaries Act No 37 of 2002. For more info visit or find us on Facebook or Twitter
Source: Cambial Communications
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