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Ced-Matat Athletics Club hosts a successful heritage race

Matatiele Local Municipality in partnership with Ced/Matat Athletics Club and the Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts & Culture applauds the winners and supporters of the Ced-Matat Heritage Race. This year, the race took place on Sunday the 14th of October 2018 from Swartberg Junction to Cedarville.

The winners of the main 21.1 km race are Mr Jobo Khathoane (Lesotho) in the men’s category and Ms Mamoroallo Tjoka (Lesotho) in the women’s category. Mr Khathoane broke last year's record by finishing in 1:02:29.

The sixth annual Ced-Matat Heritage Race has exceeded all expectations in terms of participants’ numbers and facilities available to athletes and observers.

Commenting on the event, the Mayor of Matatiele LM, Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla said “Our cheers go to all winners and participants of this year’s marathon. As exciting as it is to win in a sporting event of this nature, the best experience is to participate”. The Mayor also appreciated all visitors who have come to make this pride of Matatiele athletic experience a success. 

Ced-Matat annual heritage race started in 2013 to re-instate the 24km race between Cedarville and Matatiele that used to take place in the early 80’s and also promote the role of sport in developing athletics in all events i.e. road running, cross country track and field etc.

The rationale behind the race “is to build social cohesion, give free expression and creativity both mentally and physically to human beings, especially the youth and to promote tourism in Matatiele Area through sport,” said Cllr. Mbedla.

This years ‘race saw athletes from Kenya, Lesotho, Gauteng, KZN, Maclear and Mthatha participating in this event.

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