Full programme of cross-country starts off tonight in Durban

2010-02-19 00:00

IT’S a full weekend of athletics starting tonight with the rearranged Cross-country Parlauf event commencing at the Westville Athletic Club in Maryvale Road at 6 pm.

This is one of the most social competitions of the cross-country season where teams of two athletes alternate running a one-kilometre lap until they reach the required distance for their age category. The teams are not restricted to the same club and this often sees high-flying combinations trying to out-gun each other at all levels­ of ability. More information is available from Kylie Griffin at 082 882 8116.

On the road the big race of the week is the Kearsney Striders Half-Marathon that commences from the college at 6 am. The 2010 route has again been reversed so that after a tour of the Kearsney grounds runners will descend the hill behind Heidi’s Farm Stall, run through Assegai Valley, before the long steep climb to pass the infamous aerial mast and eventually along the Comrades route back to the finish.

The first man and woman will earn R1 000 with an additional R500 if they get in under 70 minutes or 90 minutes respectively. Entries will be taken at Kearsney College tomorrow from 11 am to 5 pm and on Sunday before the start from 4.30 am. Information is available from Cheryl Searle at 082 900 9437.

The flattest and fastest course of the weekend is up the coast at Richards Bay where Canon Richards Bay Club host the annual Mondi Half-Marathon from the Bay Hall clubhouse at 6 am on Sunday. This event also offers a 10 km run and walk distance. Virna McMaster has more details at 082 447 3040.

The toughest challenge of the weekend will be Sunday’s Golden Sun 32 km and 16 km races hosted by Tongaat Panthers from the Outspan grounds.

The event climbs out of Tongaat to the Westbrook and La Mercy beach front and back with a shorter 16 km option that is open to walkers. Although the hills are not that steep the combination of the traditional hot and humid conditions makes this a challenge of note.

Entries are taken on Saturday from 2.30 pm to 6 pm and on Sunday from 4 am until the 5 am start.

Krish Naidu has more information at 083 799 5651.

Schools who wish to compete in the relay events in the pre-programme of next Friday’s Yellow Pages II Track and Field Series must submit their entries to KwaZulu-Natal Athletics before the end of today. For more information contact the KZNA office at 031 312 9374.

World 800 m champion Caster Semenya­ is the cover girl for the 2010 South African Athletics Annual produced by South African Athletic Statisticians. This is the bible of athletic performances in South Africa listing the best of the 2009 results as well as all time bests and world, continental, and regional records for all athletics events and competitions.

The 58th edition of the annual is a massive 248 pages and a staple reference book for anyone interested in South African athletics performances. Copies will be available at the Durban leg of the Yellow Pages Track and Field Series on February 26 or can be ordered from SA Athletics Annual, P. O. Box 688, Bela-Bela (Warmbaths), 0480 or from Gert le Roux by e-mail at gler@mweb.co.za

Two KwaZulu-Natal athletes have been selected among the 24-strong South African team to compete in the Southern Region Cross-Country Championships to be held in Victoria, Seychelles on February 27.

Siyabonga Nkonde will be looking to support the likes of South African champion Stephen Mokoka in the senior men, while Spamandla Nyembe will compete over the eight-kilometre distance as part of the junior men’s squad.

South Africa will use this event as a warm-up for the World Cross-Country Championships in Poland on March 28.

 

SOUTH AFRICAN TEAM

Men (12 km): Lungisa Mdedelwa ATRA, Stephen Mokoka AVT, Xolisa Tyali CGA, Kgosi Tsosane ACNW, Gladwin Sibabalwe­ CGA, Siyabonga Nkonde KZNA, Boy Soke AFS (nontravelling reserve).

Women (eight km): Lebo Phalula CGA, Lebogang Phalula CGA, Ronel Thomas CGA, Ntombesintu Ntshiliza EPA, Tebogo­ Masehla CGA, Marelize Retief AGN, Christine Kalmer CGA (nontravelling reserve).

Junior men (eight km): Vuyisile Tshoba CGA, Lucas Bothobutle ACNW, Sithyilo Diko CGA, Joel Mmonne ACNW, Wiseman Fadane ATRA, Sphamandla Nyembe KZNA Pieter Wilders (nontravelling reserve).

Junior women (six km): Letitia Saayman CGA, Sylvia Tshetlanyane CGA, Thato Makhafola CGA, Mamphielo Sibanda ACNW, Ashleigh Schnetler CGA, Juan-Marie Cooper­ AGN.

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