KZN road runners split across 3 events

2008-03-07 00:00

THE province’s road runners will once again be split across three events this weekend, with many opting for Sunday’s Collegian Harriers annual Umgeni Water Marathon event at Midmar Dam.

On offer are the three distances of 15 km, 32 km and the full marathon, with the 15 km open to walkers too.

The relatively flat course is punctuated by small inclines around the water’s edge, making it a reasonably fast marathon for those interested in making seeding levels or qualifying for Comrades. Arnold Motsoeneng set the course record of 2:26:28 in 2004, while Gwen van Lingen managed only 2:55:05 on this course a year after setting her personal best of 2:36 in the Cape.

The clear, smog-free air and scenery make this a good family day out, but do remember that there is a R20 entry fee to Midmar in addition to the normal race entry fees of R60 for the marathon and 32 km and R30 for the 15 km.

The marathon and 32-km event commence at 6 am, while the 15-km starts at 6.30 am. There are medals and T-shirts for all finishers before the cut-offs.

Entries are available at the Collegian clubhouse tomorrow between 2 pm and 5 pm, or at the race start from 4.30 am on Sunday. Warren Phippen, on 082 685 2294, can assist with more details.

Runners are reminded that entries for next weekend’s Weekend Witness Maritzburg Marathon close online at midnight tomorrow. Organiser John Hall confirmed that the hand-delivered entry deadline has been extended to 6 pm tonight and can be taken at Durban Runner, Sports Zone, Total Sports (Westville), Poobie Naidoo Sports or at the Carbineers Drill Hall in Pietermaritzburg.

The online option at remains the only other means of entering for the 42-km or 21-km events around the capital city streets. Details of one of the easiest Comrades qualifiers are available from 076 164 9554.

Sunday will see coastal runners heading north to the Verulam Falcons Gateway Challenge, which starts from the Recreation Ground and offers a choice of 15-km or 27-km distances.

These are out and up, back and down courses along the scenic sugar coast and Indian Ocean, with walkers catered for in the 15-km race. All races commence at 5 am and have a four-hour cut-off. Dr Illias Jeewa has details on 082 264 1760.

The final offering of the weekend is the Zululand District Municipality 50 km Ultra, which offers both 56 km and 10 km distances. Call Mphathiseni Manqele on 083 432 9566.

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