Busy weekend for athletes in KZN

2008-02-15 00:00

THE lead athletics event this weekend is tomorrow’s KwaZulu-Natal Senior and Masters Track and Field Championships at King’s Park track, which opens with the 20 km walk for men and women at 5.30 am.

There is a full programme of events that will run through to late afternoon and the details are available from the KZNA office on 031 312 9374.

After an exciting and fast wheelchair race in last week’s Nedbank Marathon, athletes have their specialist event in George tomorrow morning.

Last Sunday’s race was won by South Africa’s Ernst van Dyk in 1 hour 34 minutes 45 seconds.

The George race attracts around 500 entrants and will feature athletes from KZN, including a squad from the Ethembeni School on the Comrades course.

Thanks to the recent donation of a specially equipped minibus from Falke and their USA arm Balega, headmaster Braam Mouton will be taking a dozen kids who line and cheer the Comrades route down to this prestigious race.

All four international athletes visited the school last week, motivating and providing tips for the kids.

The DB Enterprises 10 km in Ladysmith has been cancelled for this weekend as a result of a clash with tomorrow’s Emnambithi Striders half marathon, which starts from the Ladysmith Wimpy at 5 pm. Banjo Phakathi has details on 082 716 9633 or 036 6333 135.

Hillcrest Villagers are host of the Nimas Challenge, which offers both a 42 km and a single-lap 21 km race. The race starts at 5 am with a three-hour cut-off for the 21 km, and a Two Oceans and Comrades qualifying five-hour cut-off in the marathon.

Walkers are extended an additional 30 minutes in the 21 km event. With Two Oceans Marathon entries closing on Monday this is the final KZN qualifier, and finishers will be able to lodge their entries at the finish of the Hillcrest race.

Details on www.hillcrestvillagers.co.za or from Julie on 083 632 6039.

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