Athletics: pick of the Berg, the beach or the beer for this weekend’s races

2010-12-17 00:00

THE year’s local road races wind up this weekend, starting with tomorrow’s annual Summer Holiday 23 km race from Bergville to Winterton in the central Drakensberg.

This scenic race takes runners towards the magnificent mountain range and after a gentle climb out of Bergville to cross the railway line the route dips to the finish in Winterton.

The race attracts runners from throughout the country many of whom are staying in the area for the holidays as well as those just making a weekend of the race which is organised by the Estcourt club.

In recent years Tanith Maxwell has been a regular visitor to the event and has dominated the ladies category.

The race commences from Bergville Primary School at 6 am tomorrow. Belinda Smith has the details at 082 768 0738.

The final race of 2010 is in Durban on Sunday when the DAC club host the annual Calder Cup and Sulin Trophy 10 km races.

Run in memory of Bob Calder, one of the club’s and province’s most dedicated runners and administrators, this race attracts a large field and covers a flat, fast course around the beachfront and NMR Avenue.

If the rains continue, there is the potential of fast times on this course, but often the heat and humidity impact on the racing.

The post-race celebrations include a 4 x 400 m beer relay between clubs. Each runner has to down a beer before racing for 400 metres, often with volcanic side effects!

It is the one track relay where the only expectations are the unexpected. One year a team including two ladies won the crown, and it is not unknown for some runners to dawdle through the 10 km to save themselves for the beer relay!

Certainly a great carnival experience to round of the year, commencing at 6 am from Kings Park Stadium. Kitty Konar has the details at 082 768 0738

Ethekwini District won the 2010 Kwanaloga Games hosted by Uthungulu District in Richards Bay last weekend.

Ethekwini scored 412 points in the three-day track, field and Cross Country competition beating 2008 winners, Amajuba District into second with 282 points. Zululand District were third with 168 points followed by Ugu District, and Uthungulu District to complete the top five.

The KZN Athletics offices have closed for the festive season and will only re-open on Wednesday, January 5.

Runners are reminded that the 2010 licence numbers will be valid until 31 January, as there has been a delay with the printing and distribution of licences throughout the country.

Those going on holiday should ensure they pack their number for use in races at their holiday destinations.

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