This year, 13 of the development runners from Hout Bay Harriers Athletics Club showed their mettle in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, held over the Easter Weekend.
These athletes form part of the Club’s development programme. Thanks to private sponsorship and assistance from a sports brand, the athletes each received a brand new pair of running shoes in time for the race.
The Hout Bay Harriers have been in operation since 1988. “We currently have just over 110 members, who proudly don their pink shorts at races over weekends,” said Hout Bay Harriers chairperson, Gregson Lubbe.
“With our development program we have fostered many talented runners to become running stars for professional clubs. It is important for us to make running accessible to those who would not have been able to participate in licenced races otherwise,” he said. Nomawethu Nika, 40, the only woman on the development team, took part in her second ultra marathon.
“I am so lucky to be part of the Hout Bay Harriers. We are like a family. Imizamo Yethu means “our efforts’ in isiXhosa.
“Running is not just my passion, it is my way of letting my community know not to allow their circumstances to determine their future,” said Nika.
“Part of the support that we provide to the development team is ensuring they have the correct equipment. We are grateful for the generous sponsorships that we’ve received as a club to help us do this. We are really proud to be part of the development runners’ journey, both on the road and in life,” said Lubbe.
* The Hout Bay Harriers meet every Tuesday at 6pm and run from the Hout Bay Yacht Club. There are different groups that run at different speeds. Call Karen Hartley 082 570 6320 or Gregson Lubbe on 072 120 9929.