Bay enjoys outdoor weekend fun

[caption id="attachment_102361" align="alignright" width="300"] OVERCOMING OBSTACLES: Joelene Carter, 25, front, and Haydn Johns, 25, both of Port Elizabeth, in the Urban Run[/caption]

Thousands support Urban race, off-road biking and rally

NELSON Mandela Bay residents turned out in their thousands over the weekend to enjoy outdoor activities that included a fun race, off-road biking and a motorcycle rally.

The annual Urban Run festival saw nearly 1 000 entrants take part in the 8.5km race around the city centre yesterday as they completed 20 obstacles along the way.

Participant Siyolo Dick said he was very happy to have crossed the finish line first.

“I really enjoyed the race, which gave me, as a runner, a different perspective, unlike road running. The obstacles made it even more challenging,” Dick said.

Participants were divided into four groups based on the amount of money raised for the beneficiary charity organisations.

Just under R108 000 was collected for the Cleary Estate Cheshire Home, while the Reach For A Dream Foundation received almost R10 000 from collections made for the Urban Run for Kids.

The Urban Run for Kids took place on Saturday morning with 90 children aged between six and 14 completing a 2.5km run while navigating five obstacles along the route.

First boy finisher Lwambeso Magwada, 13, from Zwide, said he felt really proud of finishing first.

“It was my first time taking part in the Urban Kids Run, but the part I hated was the run up Whites Road [in Central],” Magwada said.

First girl across the finish line Zanri Black, 10, from Lorraine, defended the title she won last year.

“I enjoyed last year’s run more as the obstacles were much tougher, but I am glad to hold onto the title for another year,” she said.

-Amir Chetty [caption id="attachment_102360" align="alignnone" width="300"] THRILLS AND SPILLS: A competitor competes in a thrilling enduro race through a series of difficult obstacles starting at Fort Frederick and dropping into the Baakens Valley[/caption]