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Juandi, Stefan, Devan and Armand Steyn with Lilly Breugem (middle) ahead of the Hanlie Steyn Memorial Race at Polokwane Rugby Fields on Saturday.

Hundreds honour Hanlie Steyn’s memory

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More than 500 athletes participated in the third annual Hanlie Steyn Memorial Race held on Saturday in honour of the exemplary and courageous local resident who succumbed to cancer in 2015.
Steyn was the wife of local lawyer Stefan Steyn, a blind runner and multiple Comrades Marathon participant who, in conjunction with Polokwane Athletic Club (PAC), initiated the race in 2016.
The programme made provision for contests over 5, 10 and 21,1 km. Entries were received from top local runners and regular participants in road races to persons entering the 5 km for fun and a bit of outdoor exercise.
Phuti Mohale, one of the city’s most accomplished runners, proved to be on top of his game by winning the men’s 21,1 km open category. Fifty-year-old Elsabé Cronje showed many a younger woman what she was made of when she took the lead and the honours in the open category for women. Calvin Malatji and Joyce Netshitenzhe won the 10 km open categories for men and women respectively.
Steyn said the race was in celebration of Hanlie’s life, not sorrow and that the race was for people who strive to do well in life regardless of challenges. “No matter your challenges, you need to keep pushing until you win. Obstacles don’t mean it is the end of the road. You must have faith and push for the better,” he stated. Steyn further thanked athletes and sponsors for supporting the race.
PAC Chairperson Corrie Calitz said although the 5 km race was poorly attended, suspectedly due to the harsh weather conditions experienced in the city on the day, the event was a huge success.

Story and photos: ENDY SENYATSI
>>endy@observer.co.za

Local top runner Phuti Mohale wins the men’s 21,1 km race.

Elsabé Cronje, winner of the 21,1 km open category for women.

Calvin Malatji wins the 10 km open category for men.

Ill health could not stop Joyce Netshitenzhe from winning the 10 km open category for women.

Harry Lamola takes the lead in the 5 km race for men.

Bobby Sacco, winner of the 10 km grandmaster category.

Sonnyboy Ngobeni wins the 10 km masters category.

Emmanuel Ramohlale, runner-up in the 21,1 km for men.

Fhatuwane Mushe­ana finishes third in the half-marathon.

Gift Ramabele, runner-up in the 21,1 km for women.

Donna Greyling, second runner-up in the 21,1 km for women.

The second place finisher in men 10 km race, Zeinel Tsipa.

Second runner-up in the 10 km for men, Alpheus Sedutla.

Mapula Mathiba finishes second in the ladies 10 km.

Stefan Steyn and his longstanding guide and fellow athlete Guppy Wil­kenson.

Jeanette Motanyane, third in the ladies 10 km open and first junior woman home.

Ike Molwantwa runs towards the finish line for a second place in the 5 km for men.

Kgothatso Monobe is third in 5 km for men.

Nonzwakazi and baby Makgorometja Marapyana participate in the fun run.

Polokwane Municipality Stakeholder Relations Officer, Disree Manyane in action.

Somalian Ak Abdi crosses the finish line in fourth place in the 21 km for men.

Joggie Hannam and Petie Nell have fun.

Athletes hit the road.