Tragedy strikes at popular road race

Updated: November 8, 2016

Organisers of the Old Mutual Soweto Marathon extended their condolences on Tuesday, after a grandmaster runner died during the annual road race at the weekend.
Hendrik Matthys, from the Northern Cape, collapsed two kilometres before the finish of the 21km contest and died on the scene.
“We are extremely saddened by the news, and on behalf of the Trust I would like to extended our deepest sympathies to his daughter Chantell and all other family members and friends,” Sello Khunou, chairman of the Soweto Marathon Trust, said in a statement.
The popular event, which consisted of 10km, 21km and 42km races, attracted 25 000 entrants.

According to reports, around 14 300 participants reached the finish.