Goss marathon entries now open

2015-09-16 06:00
Lindiwe Ndlela, Jayne Anne Wright and Thobekile Zama are looking forward to this yearand#039;s Goss andamp; Balfe Sapphire Coast Marathon.

Lindiwe Ndlela, Jayne Anne Wright and Thobekile Zama are looking forward to this yearand#039;s Goss andamp; Balfe Sapphire Coast Marathon.

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RUNNERS can again look forward to the Goss andamp; Balfe Sapphire Coast Marathon on Sunday 18 October. It is the only KwaZulu-Natal marathon that offers a free train ride for competitors before the race begins.

Hosted by the Amanzimtoti Athletic Club, this is the 26th year the marathon has taken place and the 11th year it is being sponsored by Goss andamp; Balfe.

“Competitors can choose either the 42.2km run or the 21.1km run or walk. The 42.2km marathon is an official 2016 Comrades and Two Oceans qualifier,” said Amanzimtoti Athletic Club chairman, Desmond van der Merwe.

Runners will board one of two trains at the Amanzimtoti station at 5am and will be dropped at Ilfracombe station for the 21.1km and Scottburgh for the 42.2km with the finish for all races at Hutchison Park in Amanzimtoti.

“The committee is working hard to make sure that this year’s race is huge success and one of the best races to qualify for the Two Oceans and Comrades marathon in 2016. Picturesque views while running alongside the Indian Ocean, combined with the novelty of the train trip is part of what makes this race so special,” added Van der Merwe.

“Sapphire Coast Tourism is excited to partner with this prestigious event as it grows from strength to strength. We are certain that the scenic view along our beautiful coastline will help to relieve some of the aches and pains. We wish the organisers and athletes all the best,” said Sapphire Coast Tourism Chairman, Jacques van Schalkwyk.

To enter athletes need to sign up online. The closing date for entry is Saturday, 10 October.

“Race packs can be collected on Saturday 17 October at Hutchison Park from our clubhouse between 10am and 4pm or on the morning of the race at the civic centre from 3.30am to 5am.”

Entrance fee is R130 (temporary licence­ R25) for the half-marathon and R170 for the marathon (no temporary licence issued). Entry for the 21km and 42.2km is free if you are 70 or older, provided you bring your ID book to verify your age.

In preparation for the marathon, Amanzimtoti Athletic Club hosts time trials every Wednesday at 6pm for runners and 5.30pm for walkers with an option of eight kilometre or four kilometre, starting and ending at Hutchison­ Park.

To enter online visit www.event timing.co.za/gossbalfe or for more information visit www.totiac.co.za - Supplied.

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