Spar Grand Prix Initiative For School Girls

Calling all schoolgirls – Spar and Mustek are offering you a chance to have a great day out and to do something important for your school at the same time.  The schools that have the highest number of entrants in the Spar Women’s 10km Challenge and 5km Fun Run at the Wanderers Club on Sunday October 12 will win computers with Win7 Starter software and School Image.  The school with the most entrants will also win a Brother Flatbed Print, Scan, Fax and Copy printer, and the school with the second highest number of entrants will win a Brother Mono Laser Scan, Copy, Print and Fax printer.

Computers and printers are valuable assets for any school, so learners who help their school to win these will certainly earn brownie points from the teaching and administrative staff.  But there is so much more on offer  for learners who take part in Johannesburg’s most beautiful race.  The energetic can run either the 10km Challenge or the 5km Fun run, but walkers are welcome in both races.

What could be better than spending the morning with your best friends, catching up on the latest gossip and enjoying the fresh air and a look at some beautiful gardens in leafy suburbs like Illovo and Melrose?  Who knows – you might enjoy the day so much that you take up running seriously.  Many of the top runners, like Rene Kalmer and Irvette Van Zyl, started off running in races like the Spar Women’s Challenge – they are now professionals who earn their living from the sport they love so much.

Once you have finished the race, there is action galore at the Wanderers, where popular singer-pianist Bongi Mthombeni will have you tapping your toes and clicking your fingers.  There will be plenty of food stalls, and as usual, there are masses of fabulous prizes, including a lucky draw for a Nissan Micra and the Bring-a-Buddy prize of New Balance shoes for a lucky entrant and her friend.  The first 15 000 pre-entries will receive a free race t-shirt on registration, and the first 15 000 finishers will receive a medal and a goodie bag.

To qualify for the prize, schools must submit all their entries at the same time, and only pre-entries will be eligible for the prizes.  Pre-entries close on September 27, so it is time to get cracking and organize as many of your schoolmates as possible to enter the race.  You have to be 15 to enter the 10km Challenge, but the Fun Run is open to girls over the age of nine, which means primary schools can also take part and stand the chance of winning one of these fabulous prizes.

Entry forms are available at all Spar, SuperSpar and KwikSpar stores, or online at /

Photo: 2013 Spar Women’s Challenge school competition winners, Atlholang Primary School from Kagiso in Krugersdorp with their prizes, from L-R: (Back) Spar South Rand Sponsorship Manager, Belinda Nel, Naledi Pule (Learner), Lerato Motene (Learner), Bela Lebakang (Learner), Atlholang Primary School Vice-Principal Tebogo Serunye, (Front) Palesa Mokwena (Learner) and Lesedi Magasa (Learner).
Picture credit: BLD Communications