Build It Half Marathon, and Verulam Challenge

2010-04-30 00:00

THERE are two road races this weekend, the first of which gives Comrades Marathon enthusiasts the opportunity to run the first section of the route in reverse. Saturday’s annual Build It Half-Marathon is a run and walk event that commences from Camperdown and finishes at the University track off Washington Road in Pietermaritzburg.

The course takes in the initial climb outside Camperdown then the drop down to the Tumble Inn, before challenging runners over Little Pollies and Polly Shortts on the way into the City of Choice.

The race commences from the SAPF station at 6.30 am for both runners and walkers with a three-and-a-half hour cut-off for runners.

This event is a great way to train for downhill running and at the same time remind yourself just how easy you need to take the first section of the Comrades course when you line up on May 30.

Sarah Botha of host club Eskom Gijimas has more details on 082 8767199.

Sunday’s Verulam 27km Challenge is another hilly route that can work quite well towards Comrades preparation. Commencing in the valley at the Verulam recreational grounds, this is a steep out and up, down and back course that offers little respite in terms of effort.

Entries are taken tomorrow at the clubhouse between 2 pm and 5 pm and on race morning from 5 am, an hour before the start.

Roginee Moodley has more details on 084 245 1357

Applications are still being taken for the Comrades Runners Village, which assists under-privileged athletes who live more than 100km from Durban to benefit from accommodation and transport to the race.

To qualify for the village athletes need to have run a marathon with a time faster than 2 hours 45 minutes (3:15 for women) and cannot earn more than R2 000 per month. Forms from KZNA offices, need to be submitted by Monday. More details are available on 031 312 9374.

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