Vehicle to win in SA’s fastest half marathon event

2017-06-15 06:02

The Nelson Mandela Bay Athletics South Africa 21.1km championships will set the pace in grand style on Saturday, June 24th with a racing prize purse and lucky draw prizes worth more than R645 000.

The 21.1km route, credited as the fastest in South Africa, will start and finish at Pollock Beach in Summerstrand.

With R500 000 for the elite field to compete for, Alan Taylor, race director said South Africa’s top athletes had already confirmed their participation. The 2016 men and women top ten finishers from both Kenya and Ethiopia will be defending their titles.

“The NMB ASA 21.1km allows locals the opportunity to race against the best in the country and therefore develops running in the region,” said Taylor.

The Eastern Cape Motor Group has sponsored a brand new Datsun Go vehicle prize valued at R106 900 as a superb incentive for participating runners.

“The car is the highlight of our lucky draw competition which means you don’t have to win one of the races to win the car!” said Mike Mbambani, event director.

He said the car draw would bring the prize-giving to an exciting conclusion after the 21.1km cut off at 11:30 on Saturday, June 24th.

Win a car: 5km participants

“Anyone who enters the 21.1km or 5km races will be eligible for the car prize, but you must be there to claim it,” said Mbambani.

Five finalists will be drawn for a nail-biting finale to see who wins the car. Adidas will be sponsoring a R2 000 gift voucher for the 4 consolation prize winners.

Sport equipment to schools

The NMB ASA 21.1km championship event had incentivised school involvement with a generous prize of sport equipment to the value of R30 000 for the top five schools with the most bulk entries.

The course record is currently held by 2016 male and female winners, Edwin Koech (1:01:16) and Sheila Chesang (1:10:58). The best South African performance for 2016 was recorded in Nelson Mandela Bay for each of the age categories, with the exception of the 60-69 men and 70+ women categories, reinforcing the pace of this exciting course.

Starting times

The 21.1km road race starts at 08:00 and the 5km fun run at 07:30. Enter online at www.whereinpe.co.za/sport or at local sport shops before June 20th. Registration and late entries be at Summerstrand Surf Lifesaving Club from 14:00 to 20:00 on Friday, June 23rd and from 05:30 on the morning of the race day. Enquiries: Mike Mbambani 079 149 6796 or Alan Taylor 083 658 0050.

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