Durban run offers great day out for families

2010-06-25 00:00

THE sixth cross-country league meeting at Yellowwood Park gives the province’s runners an outing in a month where the Metro has restricted any road races during the World Cup.

The event starts at 12.45 pm tomorrow in Stainbank Nature Reserve, which is a conservation area in the southern Durban suburb.

First off are the under-13, under-15 and under-21 boys, who will face two laps of two kilometres. Girls under 15, women 35 plus and women under 21 are next at 1.15 pm and will compete over the same four-kilometre distance.

The day builds to the senior men’s 12 km event, starting at 3.40 pm and covering four laps of three kilometres around the park, which is home to a variety of buck.

This has the potential for a great afternoon for the whole family. Entrance to the park is free.

The recommended directions to Yellowwood Park are from the N2 outer ring road, taking the Higginson Highway east to the old south coast road, turning towards the city and then turning west up Kenyon Howden Road into the suburb, from where there will be signboards to the start.

Mike Sutton at 082 961 1615 has more information about tomorrow’s event.

Athletes looking to earn selection to the KZN team for the SA championships in Tshwane on September 11 are reminded that to qualify for consideration, they must compete in at least two leagues and finish in the top three in their category at the KZN championships.

There are two more leagues remaining after tomorrow’s event. The next will be at Gelofte School and hosted by Eskom club on July 17, and then Hilton Harriers at Laddsworth School on July 31.

Tomorrow also sees the next in the IAAF Diamond league, which will be held in Eugene, Oregon, in the United States.

The (Steve) Prefontaine Classic is one of the most famous meetings on the American circuit and apart from the highly competitive sprint field, many eyes will be on the mile race where the world’s best are expected to gather in search of the prize money and series Diamonds.

Rene Kalmer continues to hit top form on the American circuit, finishing fifth in the 37th Steamboat Classic Four Mile (6,4 km) race in Peoria. The event, which was won by Edna Kiplagat in 19 minutes 56 seconds, saw Kalmer cross the line eight seconds over the 21-minute barrier and almost R8 000 richer. Her time would roughly equate to a 32:48 for 10 km, an indication of her current form, which will prove useful if she is selected for the SA team to the African Championships in Nairobi at the end of next month.

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