Almost 2 500 participants relished the vibe when the SPAR Daily Dispatch Fun Run was held in East London on Sunday.
A total of 1 861 walkers and 597 runners took part in the 4km and 8km distances, which began and finished at the Orient Beach pool on the city’s Esplanade.
Daily Dispatch marketing manager Jennilee Peremore-Oliver said moving the date from November to the start of spring had made a big difference.
“It definitely was a good move and we couldn’t have asked for better weather on a beautiful spring day,” she said.
“The overall package is very popular with the East London community and I believe it will continue to grow.”
She added that the success of the occasion could be measured by the many people who stayed after the event to enjoy the entertainment.
A key element of the race, in particular the 4km distance, was to encourage wheelchair-users to join in the fun. Peremore-Oliver said this had again been well supported.
SPAR Eastern Cape sponsorships and events manager Alan Stapleton said they welcomed the opportunity to be involved with the event.
“It is always good to be able to give something back to the East London folk, who play such a big role in our SPAR community,” he said.
“The Orient beachfront was pristine, the weather was perfect and the people, as always, so friendly.
“We, at SPAR, are proud to be able to partner with the Daily Dispatch in an event that talks to fun and friendship, and brings families together in a healthy, happy environment.
“And then to be able to link up with the disabled folk and offer them an opportunity to share the fun is very special.”