Wheelchair racing in Richmond
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 email@example.com
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.