Immediately after the fight, the legendary Hawkey announced his retirement, drawing the curtain on a storied career that included two title fights, and over a decade of thrilling audiences across the globe.
The event was an overwhelming success due to the turnout of participants and well co-ordinated assistance from the Verulam Athletics Club and YAHIP.
The win completes the trophy haul for coach Shane Burger’s charges, who have now added the Africa T20 Cup to the Sunfoil Three Day competition and the Sunfoil One Day competition titles they have already won.
One of the race organisers, Ms Maharaj, said they always held half marathons and longer distance races focusing on the elite runners.
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Tongaat Panthers Athletics Club encourages more youth especially those from high schools to join their programmes.
According to club PRO, Avisha Rooolall, the LTS programme aims to equip youngsters with basic water safety and swimming strokes.
There were various sponsors who contributed to the day including products and gift vouchers from Hirsch’s Homestore .
“It was a down run and when I saw the runners cross the finish line, I knew that I had to do this because I needed to accomplish something bigger than myself,” she said.
The school management, staff and pupils wish Junior well in the upcoming competition.