BLC Attorneys

As the entry deadline draws near, BLC Attorneys have placed on record an official challenge to the Eastern Cape corporate world to throw its weight behind the SPAR Virtual Women’s Challenge on September 4.

The Gqeberha lawyers have a long association with the Women’s Challenge and director Laurika von Alleman said they would again be out in force to support the event, even in its virtual form.

Entries for the run, which will be held in six regions countrywide, have a strict deadline of August 15 and no latecomers will be accepted.

SPAR Eastern Cape are encouraging companies, schools and other organisations to join thousands of runners and walkers on the day.

“With just a few days before entries close, whatever role you play in society, we would love to have you on board,” said SPAR EC promotions and events manager Alan Stapleton.

“Whether it be on your own, with your family and friends, or challenging your staff, sports friends or colleagues, let’s use this opportunity to reunite and reignite that South African passion of togetherness.”

BLC Attorneys have embraced that call and Von Allemann said they challenged others “in the commercial space to also get involved”.

“We have been entering the challenge for at least 15 years, always running as a group and there is no reason why we shouldn’t do it in this virtual format.

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SPAR Eastern Cape promotions and events manager Alan Stapleton (standing centre) joins some of the members of BLC Attorneys who will participate in the SPAR Virtual Women’s Challenge on September 4. They are, from left, standing, Eric Paki, Laurika von Allemann, Janine Chetty, Xolisa Colani, and front, Zelda Damons, Lizette de Beer, Elissa Roost and Vanessa van Niekerk. Photo: Leon Hugo

“We have 17 participants at this stage and have an internal challenge on the go, but we also encourage other corporates to enter in numbers and to let us know how they do.”

Besides the camaraderie the day creates, Von Allemann said they were also aware of the significant impact the event made to society, with charity organisations benefitting from donations and sanitary pads being made available for schoolgirls around the region.

Stapleton confirmed the difference the run could make after three regional events in Tshwane, Johannesburg and the Lowveld combined last year to donate over 30 000 food parcels to survivors of gender-based violence and people living in challenging circumstances.

“This year we’re going even bigger, collaborating with six SPAR regions to create the country’s biggest virtual challenge to date,” he added.

“Our theme is #LiveLimitless as we plan to inspire women to answer the call to adventure, to aspire to their highest excitement and to live their best, limitless lives.

“With this theme there is an underlying universal message of coming together, supporting each other to shatter any glass ceilings, facing our fears and redefining our own limits.”

Through the #LiveLimitless theme and initiatives, he said there were several objectives.

“First is to help people less fortunate than ourselves. For every single person that enters, a pack of sanitary pads will be donated to help keep a girl in school.

“We also want to highlight the many great South Africans who have achieved extraordinary things and lived limitless lives, despite their circumstances, to inspire and uplift others.

“And we want to encourage all participants to #LiveLimitless, embrace optimism and positive perspectives and fulfil their best potential.”

The Women’s Virtual Challenge is seen as the most inclusive race, allowing people of all shapes and sizes to run or walk at their own pace, from any location over a distance of their choice.

Participants will again be able to create their own race numbers and certificates of completion online by following the few easy steps on the website.

They can either enter as individuals or in groups of up to eight.

Entries of 30 and more can be sent to to be entered manually. Or request a bulk entry form.

Virtual challenge packs can be collected from participating SPAR stores from Friday, August 27, to Saturday, September 3, between 8am and 5pm.

If you select the courier option, your race pack will be delivered by The Courier Guy between August 18 and September 3.

Visit for guidance on entries and more event information.