Laser Challenge an eye-opener

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ALL SET: Runners came out in their numbers to support the second annual East London Eye Hospital Laser Challenge Picture: THANDEKA NTLONTI

THE East London Eye Hospital Laser Challenge was a huge success and saw athletes from various clubs participate in the second Laser Challenge race on Saturday.

The race, in its second year of existence, aims to raise awareness about laser refractive surgery, which reduces dependency on wearing of spectacles – or contact lenses for those with eye problems.

“This year’s challenge was a huge success,” East London Athletics Club chairman Graham Reynolds said.

“Doctors Cook and Boliter, two of the best eye surgeons in the area, and their enthusiastic staff always add an element of fun to the event.

“This year was no exception,” he said.

Cook took many, many photographs and also used the “freeze” popular at Rugby Sevens games – which means, he shouts “freeze” and the person stops what he or she is doing, no matter what, and a photo is taken.

“Both doctors were present at the prize- giving which was a wonderful gesture. Cook explained to those present what their hospital offered and both doctors handed out category prizes and lucky draw prizes,” Reynolds said.

“They are a great team to work with,” he said. The result of the race was available at the finish line immediately and was updated on the East London Eye Hospital website, made possible by Mobii.

Results of the male and female 10km race were:


  1. Luthnado Hejana – 31:29:00
  2. Bulelani Mgubo – 32:02:00
  3. Simphiwe Majiki- 33:36:00


  1. Hanile Both – 35:46:00
  2. Stephanie Smith- 38:14:00
  3. Andrea Ranger- 41:09:00


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