4?000 runners entered

2011-02-25 00:00

THE Weekend Witness Maritzburg Marathon, powered by Honeydew and the Durban University of Technology, is coming to town this weekend.

Four thousand runners are entered to toe the line at the start in Bulwer Street outside Merchiston School. At 5 am sharp, the Navy’s saluting gun will set runners on their way down Bulwer Street, turning left into Echo Road and left again when they reach Jabu Ndlovu Street.

At West Street runners descend the hill and go up College Road to begin their tour of Scottsville, Pelham and Bisley via Alexandra Road, Murray Road and Oribi Road.

After turning up Ridge Road they’ll cross Alan Paton Avenue (Durban Road) before going down Fairfield Avenue, to pass the front of the Hayfields Centre along Blackburrow Road.

The “Tour de Hayfields” is completed by the drop down Hesketh Drive and over the nasty little bump at the “new bridge” over the N3. Then it’s down past the Casino and Collegians Club before turning left at Merchiston School to the finish of the 21,1 km lap at the Carbineers Drill Hall.

Runners competing in the full marathon will carry on up Chief Albert Luthuli Road to Prince Alfred Street, where they proceed down through the shaded avenue and left into Retief Street, back to Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, where they do it all again.

The race organisers ask road users to show patience, especially in view of the limitations placed on the number of traffic officers who are deployed to assist with this event.

The road will be cleared systematically behind the back markers.

If you live or travel along the route, a cheery smile and a wave or “hoot” should elicit a similar response from the runners on the road.


Road Closures:

From 8 am Saturday till noon on Sunday Geere Street will be closed at Chief Albert Luthuli Road and at the bottom of Millar Street.

From 3.30 am to 5.15 am on Sunday Bulwer Street will be closed at the Boshoff Street and Braid Street intersections.

Millar Street will be closed

Geere Street will be closed.

Payn Street will be closed at the bend where it becomes Braid Street.

At 4.30am on Sunday Boshoff Street from the bottom of Aberfeldy Road to Prince Alfred Street will be closed.

From 4.45 am on Sunday, traffic will be curtailed for short spells along the first nine kilometres of the route until the field stretches out to occupy one lane.

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