Three races on offer over Women’s Day long weekend

2010-08-06 00:00

ROAD running takes pride of place for the Women’s Day long weekend with three races on offer.

Up the north coast there is the annual Mtunzini 16 km Bush Run, which caters for both runners and walkers and starts from the Town Hall at 7 am on Sunday.

This scenic event combines a mix of indigenous dune, forest, beach and off-road running through the Umlalazi nature reserve. However, with a course record of 68 minutes, do not expect an easy run. Paul Mannix can provide more details on 082 571 6559.

Runners in Sunday’s Verulam Checkout Marathon will be competing in the first marathon to count as a qualifier for the 2011 Comrades Marathon. Given that an 18 000 limit has been put on next year’s Comrades and entries open on September 1, this could give runners a good foundation in their preparation for the up-run.

Although the route is challenging, there are half-marathon and 10 km options for those just wanting to stretch their legs after the lay-off enforced by the World Cup and race cancellations.

All events commence from the Verulam Recreation Ground at 6 am and Joyce Moonsamy has more details on 076 910 8575.

Chatsworth are hosts of the annual Women’s Day Ladies’ Race, commencing from the local stadium on Monday. In keeping with the trend of the weekend, this is another hilly course that will see many of the runners joining the walkers on some of the steeper climbs.

This year there are three distances on offer. The main event is a 10 km, while the five kilometre and a two kilometre cater for those younger or less experienced runners and walkers.

The race has a later start of 8 am with entries taken at the stadium on Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 4 pm and on Monday’s race morning from 6 am. Dees Govender can supply more details on 083 785 4333.

Women are reminded of the Spar 10 km and five kilometre race on Sunday, August 29 on a new, even faster, flatter course, starting at Moses Mabhida Stadium at 9 am and finishing at the same venue. Past years have seen up to 16 000 women compete in the event.

In addition to the substantial prize money for the top 10 and top three age group runners, there are points to be earned towards the Spar Grand Prix Series, which combines the results of events held in PE, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria with the Durban performances.

More information can be found on, but entrants should note that this is restricted to a total of 15 000 across both events.

The Amadaka Game Run and Walk Half-Marathon originally scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled, while the Township to Township Marathon, originally set for Sunday, August 22, has been postponed to October 24. Race organiser Sihle Shange has more information on 073 470 9842.

Over 50 entries have already been confirmed for the Midlands 100 Miler from Winterton to Pietermaritzburg. This will be the final time that the race will be held as the challenging route includes massive climbs up Griffins and Rosetta hills, which is considered too dangerous to use in future years.

The race commences on the evening of Friday, August 27 giving participants 26 hours to complete the journey to the Natal Carbineer’s Drill Hall.

Entries, available online at, close on Friday, August 13. Participants must be able to provide their own seconds. John Hall has more information on 082 491 7679.

The KwaZulu-Natal Athletics school relay events commence today at 3 pm at King’s Park.

This popular event attracts teams of eight who compete over a combination of distances from 800 m down to 100 m in various age groups. There are substantial rewards for the top schools at the end of the league with a first prize of R6 000.

The winning boys’ and girls’ teams in the age group receive R3 000.

Schools wishing to participate can contact KZN Athletics on 031 312 9374.

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