2019 SPAR Grand Prix Awards

2019 SPAR Women’s Challenge Grand Prix Awards

The most successful athlete in the history of the SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge Grand Prix Awards, Helalia Johannes (Nedbank), pocketed a cheque for R185 000 at the SPAR Grand Prix Awards ceremony at Emperor’s Palace in Ekurhuleni on Monday.

Ruber Duc at SPAR Womens Challenge Joburg 2019

Rubber Duc at the SPAR Women’s Challenge Joburg

Their sound is mellow and finger-clicking good, so that is another good reason to stick around after the you have finished your race – not only will you be available to collect your prize if your number comes up, but you will be listening to one of the hottest bands in South Africa right now!

Sonja Laxton's 100 SPAR Women's Challenge Races

Sonja Laxton’s 100 SPAR Women’s Challenge Races

The SPAR Women’s Challenge Joburg at Marks Park Sports Club on Sunday October 6 will be a very special one for one of South Africa’s most successful athletes, Sonja Laxton.


Face of the Race 2019

We’re looking for someone who’s an enthusiastic runner … who’s keen to enter the race in October … and who wants to be queen for the day (don’t we all?)

Glenrose Xaba Grand Prix Hall of Fame

Glenrose Xaba joins Grand Prix Hall of Fame

Glenrose Xaba has become the eighth athlete to win the coveted SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge Grand Prix, finishing the 2018 series in style with a total of 104 points.

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Glenrose Xaba Official Winner of 2018 SPAR Grand Prix

Glenrose Xaba (Boxer) has won the 2018 SPAR Grand Prix title, despite being officially disqualified from the Pietermaritzburg leg of the SPAR Women’s Challenge series.


Irvette van Zyl Storms to Victory in 2018 SPAR Women’s Challenge Joburg

Fifteen weeks after giving birth to her second son, Irvette van Zyl (Nedbank) led from start to finish to win the Joburg SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge at Marks Park in Emmarentia on Sunday. Van Zyl stormed to the front right from the start and never relinquished her lead. Kesa Moletsane (KPMG) appeared to threaten from time to time but Van Zyl just kept going, to cross the finish line in 34.07 minutes.

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SPAR Women’s Challenge Joburg Will Decide Grand Prix Winners

After a year in which four different runners won SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge races, the 28th Joburg Challenge at Marks Park in Emmarentia on Sunday will be crucial in deciding the outcome of the 2018 SPAR Grand Prix. As things stand, Glenrose Xaba (Boxer) will almost certainly win the Grand Prix title , with prize money of R185 000.

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Too Much Junk in Your Trunk?

SaceBox believes in this cause, and it believes women running in the 10km race or 5km fun run should not be stressed about the safety of their goods while they’re on the road. So this year, as the official storage partner for the Joburg Challange, SpaceBox is offering a free on-site storage service at the SPAR Women’s Challenge.

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Road Closures for the 2018 SPAR Women’s Challenge Joburg

Residents of suburbs surrounding Marks Park have been warned of temporary road closures between 5am and 11am on Sunday October 7, to cater for the SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge and the 5km Fun Run.

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Take the Challenge and Fight Breast Cancer

Almost every woman taking part will know someone – a relative, a friend, or even just an acquaintance – who has experienced the trauma of breast cancer.

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Rene Kalmer, Race Patron

Rene Kalmer has been running in SPAR Women’s Challenge 10km races for more than half her life. She has also been winning Challenge races for many years, notching up her first win at the tender age of 14.

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Go the Distance with ASICS Gel-Kayano™ 25

Through ASICS’ unique approach to human-centric design, research in technological innovation, and dedication to excellence, every iteration of the GEL-KAYANO™ series has improved on the previous version, offering runners increased protection and performance every time.

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Have a fun day out and win a computer for your school

Every year at the SPAR Women’s Challenge Joburg you stand a chance to win a computer for your school along with other valuable electronic resources to give pupils a much needed advantage.

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It’s almost time for the SPAR Women’s Challenge Joburg 2018!

The weather is getting warmer, which shows it is nearly time for one of Johannesburg’s iconic events, the SPAR Women’s Challenge 10 km race and 5km fun run, which will be run at 8am on Sunday October 7 at Marks Park in Emmarentia.


Training Tips from Rene Kalmer

With over 20 years of experience worn into her running shoes, Rene is a well-known name in the SPAR Women’s Challenge world and a long time participant in the Joburg race and in the SPAR Grand Prix Series. We asked her for her top training tips to help you run your best race.


Face of the SPAR Women’s Challenge Joburg

Are you fit, fab and ready for fun? Then you could be exactly who we’re looking for…SPAR and Get It are searching for The Face of the SPAR Women’s Challenge Joburg. Someone who’s an enthusiastic runner … who’s keen to enter the race in October … and who wants to be queen for the day (don’t we all?).

How Should Your Running Shoes Fit?

The ASICS Guide to Your Most Comfortable Run. 1. THE TYPE OF SHOE: Will you be road running, track running or trail running? All these surfaces require a different kind of shoe. Another basic distinction is between racing and training shoes.

Donate Shoes for Kids in Need

The Rosebank Killarney Gazette in association with SPAR is calling all athletes, joggers and everyday sports enthusiasts to donate their unwanted SHOES OR RUNNING SHOES that are still in good condition to the ‘Drop a pair and show you care’ initiative.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Big or small, high or low – no matter what your breasts look like, celebrate them this October by observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month and making sure you get your breasts checked.