Wheel­chair rac­ing in Rich­mond

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RICH­MOND Riders & Run­ners Club hosted its sev­enth an­nual Wheels Wheel­chair Rac­ing Event at the same time as the World Cup for Para-cy­cling, which took place in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg.

The pop­u­lar event again at­tracted dis­abled peo­ple from as far as the Western Cape, with 685 par­tic­i­pants com­pet­ing in three races — 21,1 km, 10 km and a 1,5 km fun walk.

Jus­tice Maphumulo won the 21,1 km in 43 min­utes. He was fol­lowed home by Sihle Nz­i­mande (49 min­utes) and Nkosi­bonile Mngoma (54 min­utes). Or­gan­iser Michael Luthaka told

Wheels that this year’s event also launched a cam­paign to pre­vent dis­crim­i­na­tion against peo­ple with al­binism, and zonal games for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. The event also raised funds for a day­care cen­tre for chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties.

Luthaka thanked the spon­sors for fuelling the ex­cite­ment of the par­tic­i­pants with prizes. “We as the Rich­mond Riders & Run­ners Club, would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank all spon­sors for their gen­eros­ity and ded­i­ca­tion to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of sports for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. This event touched many hearts and we hope that we will be able to ... equip the day-care cen­tre for chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties,” he said.

Next year’s event will be held on Septem­ber 10. More de­tails from michael­luthaka@gmail.com

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Lined up at the start­ing point of the 21,1 km race are Jab­u­lani Ngob­ese, Nkosi­bonile Mngoma, Sihle Nz­i­mande and Jus­tice Maphumulo, who won the event.

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