Fun holiday racing

2008-12-12 00:00

RUNNERS line up for the KwaZulu Weavers and Candles Holiday 23km tomorrow morning, which is held over the scenic course between Bergville Primary School and Winterton Country Club.

The initial 10km involves a gradual climb out of Bergville, but is followed by a downhill offering some spectacular views of the Drakensberg Mountains and ends with a relatively flat run into the finish.

The race attracts runners from throughout the country as it inevitably marks the start of the holidays for many. It has a 3 hour 45 minute cut-off from the 6 am starting time, making it suitable for both runners and walkers of all standards.

In addition to the race’s prizes, an additional R1 000 incentive is on offer if either winner improves the course records of 73min 21sec for the men and 86:23 set by Tanith Maxwell for the women.

Entries are accepted today from 5 pm to 7 pm at Winterton CC or 5 am tomorrow at the start. Profits go to the local Simunye Charity. Cheryl Maitre has more details at 082 567 6669.

The Westville Illovo 15km Christmas Challenge on Sunday traditionally attracts a very large field, most of whom run in the club groups, better known as buses, as there are specific prizes in these categories.

The London Bus trophy is possibly the most competitive event of the day and is awarded to the club adjudged to be the friendliest, best-dressed, most spirited and original. In the past this has been won by clubs appearing as a winter train, Santa and his reindeers, and a Christmas pub.

The more competitive elements amongst the runners target the “Mini-bus” trophy, which requires 10 runners from each club to finish the race within 30 seconds of each other. The award goes to the club with the fastest combined 10 times.

The hilly course encourages most into these awards, but for the true fleet of foot at the sharp end there is the usual prize money for the top three in the open and age-group categories and the normal club team prize based on squads of three.

The race has a 2hr 30min cut-off and is open to runners and walkers. Entries will be taken tomorrow between 10 am and 4 pm and on race morning from 5 am at the clubhouse in Maryvale Road.

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