The action moves to PMB on Sunday for the Thorntree 15km challenge

2010-10-01 00:00

THE athletics weekend kicks off this afternoon with the final Schools’ Relays League at King’s Park Athletics Stadium.

Immediately after the league the organisers will be working hard to get the stadium ready for tomorrow’s SA Lotto Marathon championships, which, despite a new fast, flat single-lap course around Durban, has attracted a disappointing field of less than 1 000 runners.

Although an unusual day for Durban races, the championship marathon commences at 5 am on Saturday from King’s Park and works its way out south towards Umlazi using the M4 Ruth First highway, before returning down Victoria Embankment for the final run along the new promenade to the finish at the athletics track.

There are both 10 km and five kilometre events on offer for those looking for shorter distances with a wheelchair section in the 10 km race.

Also tomorrow the Celebrate Ethekwini Games will be held at Chatsworth Stadium, where approximately 500 athletes from 12 eThekwini Municipality zones are expected to participate in the track and field competition, which will be used as selection for the 2010 Kwanaloga Games. These games will be held in uThun­gulu District in December.

Inland Ladysmith host their annual ABI Hamilton Night Race over the half-marathon distance starting from their Klipbank Road clubhouse at 5 pm. Johan Van Dyk has more information on 082 652 3596.

On Sunday the action moves to Pietermaritzburg where Saints host the Thorntree 15 km Challenge from St Charles College off New England Road, taking runners up through Hayfields to the Hesketh conservancy area.

Entries are taken at the start from 5.30 am and the race commences at 7 am with Alan Kockott able to provide more details on 083 440 6765.

The Vusi Nxumalo Half-Marathon will be hosted by Ulundi Athletic Club from the Regional Sport Grounds at 6 am.

There is also a 10 km distance on offer and Mbuyiseni Dladla has details of both events on 082 817 1535.

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