Weekend athletics focus shifts to London, Boston and Bellville

2011-04-15 00:00

Internationally the focus this weekend will be on the London and Boston marathons where fast times will be the order of the day.

KZN and South Africa’s leading lady marathoner, Tanith Maxwell, will line up for her second London event looking for a finish under two hours 30 minutes.

Nationally, the track-and-field focus moves to Bellville where the second leg of the Yellow Pages interprovincial challenge will be held. Western Province, Central Gauteng, Gauteng North and Central North West are the provinces staking a claim for the prize money for the best combined points from their teams. Each province fields teams of 10 men and 10 women in the two-legged competition, which requires points to be earned from both track and field events. Unfortunately

KZN were only able to enter three athletes in the first event in Germiston and finished last in the table.

The first event is at 1pm and highlights will be screened on SABC 2.

One of the leading performances is expected to be Caster Semenya in the 800 metres. Her coach, Michael Seme, said last week, “Caster will not go under two minutes [in Bellville], she will run 1:58.”

Up the north coast the Umhlathuze club hosts the Exxaro Sands marathon and half-marathon from Addison Park in Empangeni. This is one of the final Comrades qualifiers in KZN so is sure to attract a relatively large field for the hilly challenge.

The race commences at 5.30 am and Lionel Qwabe has more details at 084 429 0305.

On thE SOUTH COAst there’s the Dick King half-marathon, but runners will be training for the Comrades which is only six weeks away. There are a fair share of climbs in the course but the scenery tends to take runners’ minds off the task at hand.

Walkers have a 15 km version of the route and the start has been moved from Hutchinson Park to the Main Beach in Amanzintoti five minutes after the main race at 6.05 am. Medals will be given to those who finish within the three- hour cut off. Amanzintoti chairperson Desmond van der Merwe has more details at 082 806 0348.

The confusion surrounding cross- country leagues three and four continue. Both leagues have been cancelled from their original dates of April 9 and 16.

While both Collegians Harriers and Savages were given permission by the KZN Cross-country Commission to host events on Saturday, April 30, this direct clash will result in small fields for both events, with the Savages event given league status.

SA Masters were due to piggy-back their national championships on the Savages, making the province’s decision even more remarkable as it would mean that leading KZN age group runners doing the Collegians event would miss out on a national championship.

It appears that the Savages course is not available for that date and the they are looking for other venues.

Clearly the provincial commission need to review a whole series of scenarios and inform the clubs and runners of what is truly happening.

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