Lamontville race kicks off local athletics scene for 2008

2008-01-12 00:00

THE Lamontville 10 km race kicks off the local athletics scene for 2008 tomorrow. This is a new fixture for runners and walkers, which covers a hilly, but scenic course based around the SJ Smith Stadium.

Impressively for a new race, there is equal prize money for both runners and walkers across all the usual age categories, and the first 400 runners and 100 walkers will receive a leather purse key ring.

Entries will be taken at the stadium today from 11 am to 4 pm and tomorrow morning from 5 am till the start at 6 am. For more information contact Kelello Makelo on 082 925 9206.

Stunning views and a forest run are just some of the attractions of tomorrow’s other event, the annual Ronnie Davel race, through the offroad terrain of Mondi’s Mountain Home plantations.

The race starts through the streets of Hilton from Laddsworth Primary School before going into the forest, where runners are encouraged around the hilly course by the skirl of bagpipes.

Although listed as 16 km, this is not an officially measured distance making it more of a fun event with time comparisons irrelevant.

In addition to the light breakfast given to all participants at the finish, the first 500 across the line will receive hand towels.

There are nearly R10 000 worth of lucky draw prizes on offer including running shoes, meal vouchers, watches and a generator.

Entries will be taken at Laddsworth School from 6 am till the 7 am start and temporary licences will be available for anyone who is not already in possession of their 2008 numbers. Contact Sally Upfold on 082 5700 851 for more details.

Local runners in search of a qualifier for the Two Oceans and the Comrades have their first opportunity to get under the five-hour marathon mark on Sunday, February 10, in the Nedbank Durban City Marathon.

This is a flat two-lap course with only 26 metres in difference between the lowest and highest point, making it potentially the fastest marathon in the province and possibly the fastest in the country this year.

The race starts and finishes at King’s Park, running between the harbour and Umbilo in the south, and up to, but not across, the Umgeni in the north.

The race will be covered by live television. Entries are available online at www.enteronline.co.za and through Nedbank or the KZNA office (031 312 9374), which re-opened this week.

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