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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
Print version ISSN 0256-9574

SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. vol.99 n.10 Pretoria Oct. 2009





Running (and walking) the talk: 2009 Life Healthcare Medical 10

To the Editor: This year’s Medical 10 kilometre fun run/ walk will take place on Sunday 6 December from the Western Province Cricket Club Sports Complex, Newlands and around Rondebosch Common and Keurboom Park. It is a handicap event with half a minute extra allowed for each year of age over 40 and there will also be a designated category for walkers. The walkers and the oldest runner start at 06:30 with a cutoff of 90 minutes. It was started in 1978 to show that medical professionals practise what they preach to their patients about healthy lifestyle options. Last year there were 236 entrants, 25 of whom had also taken part in the first event in 1978. Life Healthcare were the main sponsors of 2008 and other sponsors included Pathcare, Tuft and Partners, Davies and Associates, Morton and Partners, Fedics, Mediguard, Pharmacare and New Balance. The winners were Francois Hofmeyr (male handicap), Cecil Read (male actual time) and Kim Laxton (female handicap and actual time). Mary Debrick, daughter of Hennie Muller, the Cape Town physician who founded the race, and Lood Rabie, who ran the fastest actual time in that first race, presented the prizes.

The organisation of the race by the running section of Western Province Cricket Club and the start/finish by Matley and Partners was excellent. We were privileged to have the announcements done by Harold Berman, a foremost athletics commentator.



Sponsorships and the entry fees enabled us to donate over R44 000 to Victoria Hospital to replace the broken software for the treadmill used for their cardiac assessments (see photo).

Entry forms for the 31st event are available from Life Healthcare hospitals in the Western Cape (Kingsbury, Claremont, Vincent Palotti, and West Coast) or at Enquiries to Mathilda Mallinson, tel. (021) 402-1502 or


Sydney Cullis

Department of Surgery
University of Cape Town

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