Two hundred runners and walkers taking part in the annual Cableway Charity Challenge on Saturday 21 April 2018 raised a record R1 005 000 for local charities Cool Play, Paedspal and Centre for Play and Learning, as well as Wilderness Search & Rescue.
With 85 corporate entries and 115 individuals, Saturday’s event saw professional athletes and eager individuals attempting to conquer as many Table Mountain summits as they could with each 5.5km lap (including 760m of climbing and 800 double size steps) taking participants up Platteklip Gorge before descending in the Cable Car.
“Raising funds for a worthy cause is a difficult task,” says Cableway MD Wahida Parker. “When considering the challenges that non-profit organisations face, one could compare overcoming such challenges to climbing mountains. It is a priviledge and an honour for us to support an initiative that not only makes a big difference to the selected charities but challenges athletes and novices to test themselves against the iconic Table Mountain, our own New 7 Wonder of Nature.”
First to summit on the first lap was AJ Calitz who was named King of the Mountain, with the most overall summits going to Mike Nash with 9 laps. For the third year in a row, Chantel Nienbaar did the most laps (7) out of the women and was named Queen of the Mountain for being the first woman to summit on the first lap. Solo runner Daryll Cooke raised the most money contributing R36 000 to the total amount.