Meerkat Marathon lures athletes to Kby

2017-02-01 06:01
Hundreds of runners are expected to descend upon Kimberley for the Vodacom Meerkat Marathon which takes place on February 4th. More than 431 entries were received for last years event (pictured here). Foto: Corné Witteveen

Hundreds of runners are expected to descend upon Kimberley for the Vodacom Meerkat Marathon which takes place on February 4th. More than 431 entries were received for last years event (pictured here). Foto: Corné Witteveen

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Prize money of up to R2 500 is up for grabs for the male and female runners who manage to cross the finishing line of the Vodacom Meerkat Marathon first on Saturday (04/02).

The event is one of the highlights of this year’s racing calendar in the Griqualand West District and hundreds of athletes are expected to descend upon Kimberley to participate in the main event (42,2 km) and the half marathon (21,1 km), as well as the 10 km and 5 km races.

This is the second year the marathon is held.

Last year, for the inaugural Vodacom Meerkat Marathon, more than 431 entries were received for all the races combined.

This year, even more entries are expected.

Perhaps the most famous visitor who will be gracing Kimberley with his presence is none other than the Comrades King, Bruce Fordyce.

He will spend the evening before the race with the members of the Vodacom Kimberley Road Runners club.

Fordyce, famous for winning a record number of nine Comrades Ultramarathons and once holding the record for both the Comrades up and down runs, will be sharing his wisdom with runners who will be participating the next day.

Last year’s men’s race over 42,2 km was won by Potso Khomo of the Sibanye Gold Athletics Club in the Free State in a time of 2:39:59.

The women’s race over 42,2 km was won by Berdine Smit of the Nedbank Club in 3:28:09.

The entry fee for the marathon is R140, while the entry fee for the half marathon is R100. The 10 km and 5 km races cost R70 and R30 respectively.

Entries can be done on Wednesday (01/02) at the Bishops Old Boys Club from 18:00 to 20:00, as well as on Friday (01/03).

Late entries will also be registered on the morning of the race, but be advised that entries close 30 minutes prior to the starting time at 06:00.

The race will be run accor­ding to the rules of Athletics South Africa (ASA) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Entrants are expected to wear their permanent licence numbers on the front and back of their vests.

Temporary licences can be bought for R40, but temporary licences are not allowed in the 42,2 km race.

Athletes will also be required to wear a new timing chip recently introduced by Athletics Griqualand West.

Temporary timing chips can be hired for the event at an additional cost of R30.

Phone Gerhard Kruger on 082-499-5990 or Magda Oldewage on 083-676-0921 for more information.

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