‘No race beats it in KZN’

2014-02-19 00:00

THE Witness Maritzburg City Marathon, in conjunction with Clover and Vuma 103 FM, is just around the corner.

With the many different races on offer, there is something for everyone, from a 14/7 km trail run option on Saturday to a 10 km fun run on the Sunday. Of course, all eyes will be on Merchiston School on Sunday morning, where the main events will see the 21,1 km half marathon and 42,2 km marathon take place.

Durban’s Tanith Maxwell is one of the bigger names taking part in the weekend action, and she is the favourite heading into the women’s 21,1 km event.

No stranger to the race after taking part in the 10 km last year and the 21,1 km the year before, Maxwell will be treating the race as an ideal opportunity to get back into the swing of things on the local circuit.

“I have been in the States for a couple of weeks where I was doing a few races, and I have only just got back,” the versatile runner told The Witness yesterday. “This race is a nice stepping stone for me — I am still getting back into training.”

Despite Maxwell’s relaxed approach to Sunday, she is still expecting a tough race, and is hoping that the weather gods play their part. “I just hope this weather doesn’t carry on like this until Sunday,” said Maxwell, currently based in Durban. “I wouldn’t say that it is a difficult course, but it is definitely very challenging.”

Maxwell has competed at the very highest level and was a member of South Africa’s 2012 London Olympic team, where she finished in 81st place in the marathon, yet she speaks highly of the standards of the Witness Maritzburg City Marathon.

“It is just a really well organised race,” she said. “In KwaZulu-Natal, there is pretty much nothing that beats it.”

The 37-year-old is at somewhat of a crossroads in her career at the moment, and is torn between running marathons and ultra-distance marathons. Comrades has always been at the back of her mind, but Maxwell will not be rushed into making any hasty decisions.

“I would love to do a Comrades. It has been something I have thought of ever since I was young, just like the Olympics was,” she said.

“But I think it’ll have to be 2015. For now, I’m just taking it one race at a time.”

Entries have closed for the 21,1 km and 42,2 km Sunday races, but those looking to take part in Saturday’s trail run or Sunday’s 10 km fun run can register at the Carbineers Drill Hall during Friday’s mini-expo.

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