Deja vu for KZN runners

2008-05-01 00:00

Deja vu — that will undoubtedly be the experience for runners in this Sunday’s Verulam Falcons Checkout half-marathon, which is to be held over exactly the same course, and with exactly the same start and finish venue, as yesterday’s Verulam Athletic Club half-marathon and 10 km race.

The wisdom of such a fixture clash is yet to unfold but on face value one or both clubs will lose out from holding identical events only three days apart.

So it is onto the out-and-back and up-and-down course for another trip from the Verulam Recreation Ground towards Umdloti and back, with the usual open and category prizes.

The race starts at 6 am and Roshila Beharee has more details at 083 460 8038.

Runners in Mtunzini will also feel they’ve been there before when they take on the challenge of the Mannix Monster 32 km and 64 km events on Sunday.

Starting from the Town Hall this ultra is a combination of four or eight laps of an eight-kilometre route, making it an ideal long training run for those targeting Comrades.

One such runner is Mr Price’s Grace de Oliveira who will once again be challenging for gold on the June 15 up-run.

Each lap has a mini-250 m-long Polly Shorts in an otherwise scenic and relatively flat circuit.

There are medals and 200 T-shirts for finishers in addition to the R6 000 in prize money for top performers in each category. There will also be a lucky draw for three cash spot prizes totalling R3 500. Entries will be taken up to the start of Sunday’s race and Paul Mannix has more details at 082 571 6559 or through Ritchie Autos at 035 772 1164.

Runners looking to compete in the Newcastle Harriers marathon, which is shown in the KZNA fixture list for tomorrow, should note that the event was held last weekend. There is no race in Newcastle this weekend.

Staff at the Comrades Marathon Association are bracing themselves for the annual charge of entries that accompanies the closing date. Although online entries and this year’s introduction of Mr Price shops as entry points have resulted in many earlier entries, the typical rush to beat Monday’s deadline is expected to continue. Around 12 000 runners are expected to toe the line outside Durban City Hall for the 2008 up-run on Sunday, June 15, but those who fail to make Monday’s deadline will have to wait two years to share that same experience.

Westville Athletics is the latest club to cancel their fixture. The club and KZNA have announced the cancellation of the Pavilion 15 km Challenge which was to be run next Sunday, May 11.

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