Big prize money up for grabs at race

2018-01-24 06:00
The Vodacom Meerkat Marathon is held on 3 February and will start at the Bishops Old Boys Club in Kimberley. Big prize money is up for grabs. Photo: Supplied

The Vodacom Meerkat Marathon is held on 3 February and will start at the Bishops Old Boys Club in Kimberley. Big prize money is up for grabs. Photo: Supplied

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Prize money of R2 500 awaits the first male and female finishers of the prestigious Vodacom Meerkat Marathon which will be held in Kimberley on Saturday, 3 February.

According to HJ Botha, club captain at Vodacom Kimberley Road Runners, prize money for the nume­rous events taking place on the day totals a whopping R23 200.

The Vodacom Meerkat Marathon includes the standard marathon (42,2 km), a half marathon (21,1 km), as well as a 10 km race, which will no doubt be hotly contested.

The event is currently in its third year and is fast becoming one of the biggest sporting events in the Athletics Griqualand West district.

According to Botha a turnout of about 500 people (for all the events including the 42,2 km, 21,1 km and 10 km races combined) is expected.

Participants in the 21,1 km and 42,2 km races will each receive goodie bags this year.

Roadworks on the R31 outside Kimberley could also mean slightly faster winning times in the standard marathon race (42,2 km) given the omission of “Piet se bult” (a long gradual incline between Douglas Road and the Griekwastad Road on the R31).

According to Botha, the first 13 km of the marathon will differ from previous years, as runners will be rerouted through the suburbs of Kimberley due to the road works.

The men’s course record of 2:34:06 was set up by last year’s winner, Pule Hlabahlaba.

The women’s record, which was set up by Ber­dene Smit during the inaugural event in 2016, still stands at 3:28:09.

Entries for the 42,2 km, 21,1 km and 10 km races costs R140, R100 and R70 respectively.

Entries can by done this Wednesday (24/01) from 18:00 to 20:00, next Wednesday (31/01) from 18:00 to 20:00 and on Friday, 2 February, from 18:00 to 20:00 at the Bishops Old Boys Club in Kimberley.

Late entries will also be accepted on the morning of the race at the Bishops Old Boys Club in Kimberley from 04:30 to 05:00, but entries will close 30 minutes prior to the 42,2 km race.

It is therefore important to get to the start early.

The race will be run strictly in accordance with the rules of the Griqualand West Athletics Federation, Athle­tics South Africa and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Call Gerhard Kruger on 082-499-5990 or Ockie Vermeulen on 073-000-2277 for more information.

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