SPAR Women's Challenge 2020 Updates

17 March 2020

The SPAR Women’s Challenge in Port Elizabeth, scheduled for this weekend, has been postponed and the SPAR Women's Challenge in the Western Cape has been cancelled due to steps announced by the presidency to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

“In the light of the statements from the government and the limitations imposed on sports events the races will be postponed,” said SPAR Eastern Cape sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton.

“The 17th of October has been proposed as a suitable date but we will still need final confirmation once the finer details have been sorted out.

“Further developments will be communicated to the community and all other role-players once they are finalised.”

He added that the entries of those who had already entered would remain valid for the race’s future date.

SPAR Western Cape Women's Race Cancelled

SPAR Western Cape has taken the difficult decision to cancel the SPAR Women’s Challenge in Cape Town, one of six road races in the SPAR Grand Prix series, run throughout the country. The race was to be held on Sunday, 5 April in Green Point. 

The announcement follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent address to the nation in which he laid out drastic measures to contain the spread of the deadly Coronavirus. These include the prohibition of gatherings of more than 100 people, and an embargo placed on large events.

“It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel the event for this year,” commented Elsabe van Zyl – Felix, advertising manager for SPAR Western Cape. “The race has a loyal following and we are mindful of how disappointed the women who have entered will be. 

“However, we fully embrace the bold initiatives of Government and all their healthcare partners, who are doing everything in their power to overcome the global threat of this virus.” 

Race entry cut off was scheduled for Sunday, 22 March. SPAR has taken the decision to refund the R120 entry fee to all entrants. The race organisers have requested patience in this regard, as they prepare all the reconciliation and administrative needs. They further confirm that entrants will receive official correspondence from the Race Office regarding refunding details and the process thereof. No refunds will be made via any SPAR store, please refer refund queries to: 

The sponsors have also committed to honour the race beneficiaries, and an amount of R100 000 each will be donated to Operation Smile SA and the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children.

“This is a time for all of us to pull together and beat this deadly virus. We need to stay positive and be sensible if we are to flatten the curve.”

Van Zyl – Felix said that she would like to thank Western Province Athletics for all their hard work to date. As well as media partners, Heart FM and Die Burger, and all other stakeholders.