Season winds down, but plenty on in early 2009

2008-11-20 00:00

NEWLANDS Striders offer the only road race this weekend as the slowdown towards the festive season begins to take hold.

In line with the policy of holding events in the community where the club is based, Sunday’s Thompson Tasty Meats 15-km Run and Walk moves from its traditional King’s Park venue out to New Centre Sportsfield, Newcentre Drive in Newlands.

The route has been described as undulating, with a 6 am starting time for both walkers and runners.

One benefit of the venue change is a generous three-hour cut-off time, which makes this an event for participants, over 15 years, of all abilities.

In addition to receiving T-shirts, everyone stands the chance of winning one of numerous lucky prizes.

There is prize money for the first three runners in every age category, plus a team prize for club teams of four. The top three men and women walkers will also receive cash.

In keeping with the holiday spirit, R5 000 will be donated to the V.N. Naik school for the handicapped. A further R5 000 in toys will go to East Coast Radio’s Toy Story campaign.

Entries will be taken at the race venue tomorrow from 9 am to 5 pm and from 4 am on Sunday.

Temporary licences will be on sale at R15 in addition to the R30 entry fee. Sanjay Jugdes has more details on 083 792 5992.

KZNAthletics hosts the Nedbank Durban City Marathon from King’s Park on February 8 next year.

This is good news for runners planning to take part in next year’s Two Oceans Marathon on April 11.

Organisers of the Two Oceans now require runners to qualify in a marathon between September and March, which makes the fast, flat Durban event ideal.

Although doubling as the SA Championships, the majority of entrants will be club runners looking for qualifying times and improvements on their personal bests.

Entries are due out shortly, but with only 12 weeks to race day, it is time for runners to start training.

The marathon will be held on the same weekend that the prestigious Yellow Pages track series is in town.

Friday, February 6, will see the country’s top athletes compete in the third event of the series, where they will be hoping to record qualifying times that will book them a place in the team to the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin.

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