A busy weekend ahead for runners

2008-09-05 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal cross-country team leaves this morning for Lesedi Village in Mpumalanga for the South African Cross-Country Championships, where they will compete against 17 sides from other provinces.

KZN’s focus is on the junior and senior athletes in the competition. Their events will be held tomorrow morning and will be the prime selection criteria for the teams to both the Southern Region and World Cross Country Championships in 2009.

This is the last year that the national championships will be held in Lesedi Village as the 2009 champs will move to Pretoria on a custom-made track.

The second sub-youth track league will be held at Port Natal School tomorrow from 9 am to 4 pm. The KZN Athletics office has more details at 031 312 9374.

The women take to the road on Sunday for the annual Spar Weekend Witness 10 km Challenge, which has become a traditional feature on the KZN calendar. The race starts and finishes in Alexandra Park outside the Oval and offers 10 km and 5,8 km distances. It is a fairly challenging route as it climbs through the park on each of the two laps.

As the council had already arranged for the monthly Mayor’s Walk flee market, there will also be a number of stalls for after the race. Entries closed on Monday but registration and number collection is open tomorrow at the Oval from noon to 5 pm and on Sunday before the start from 6 am to 7.30 am. The race starts at 8 am. For more information, phone John Hall at 033 342 3284.

The other race scheduled for this weekend, the Beds for Africa 32 km and 16 km in Durban, is cancelled.

Entries for the Ethekwini Family Four-in-One race — which offers a 42,2 km marathon, a half-marathon, and 10 km and 5 km distances — are now open through the KZN Athletics office. The start of the marathon and half-marathon has been changed to 6.15 am on September 21, with the other races starting later in the morning. This later start time has been adopted to ensure cyclists in the annual Nando’s 60 km race are off the roads.

The route will take runners from King’s Park down to Kingsmead and back to Blue Lagoon before completing the circuit out to Virginia Airport, Kensington Drive and back to the stadium. The marathon will be a two-lap course.

The 10 km race is on a fast and flat route using the beachfront and NMR, and is capable of providing personal best times. For details, phone 031 312 9374.

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