PE’S first charity urban mountain bike race

2016-09-07 06:00

THIS weekend’s popular Urban Run Festival hosted by the Mandela Bay Development Agency, which is traditionally a fun charity obstacle race through the historic City Centre, has been extended this year to include a 12km Urban Mountain Bike race along a similar course to that of the runners.

Cyclists will be thankful that the route doesn’t include all 24 of the obstacles which the runners will face on Sunday morning, but they are expected to be blown away with the route which they’ll be racing on Saturday afternoon as they ride through town, down stairs, into Fort Frederick, through the Valley, through the Tramways Building, St Mary’s Cemetery, the ruins of St Peter’s Anglican Church and through the harbour.

Whether you enjoy aerobics, obstacle races, running, mountain biking, watching your kids playing, browsing vendors and food stalls or just chilling in a beer garden soaking up the atmosphere of an awesome sports event, this year’s Urban Run Festival has something for everyone. Come to town this weekend and witness the urban renewal which is taking place in the heart of our City under the direction of the MBDA.

Port Elizabeth is going places and just one look at all the changes in the city over the past 12 months will convince you of this fact.

The festival takes place on the Donkin Reserve between 9am and 5pm on Saturday and 8am and 1pm on Sunday – see website for programme details. The KFC Rotary Kids’ Zone will be open throughout the festival with a daily entry donation of just R30. All children will receive a KFC cricket cap and ice cream voucher.

All proceeds from the Kids Zone and a percentage of sales from the Castle Lite Beer Garden go to the Rotary Club of Port Elizabeth Sunrise for their local community projects.

Registration, collection of race packs and late entries open between 10am and 2pm on Saturday – no entries or collection on Sunday. Online registration before Thursday is highly recommended. See for further information or contact Michelle on 041 484 7860.

Cooke takes final winter series race

The Nutritech 4-part Winter Triathlon Series, sanctioned by Eastern Province Triathlon Association (EPTA), concluded on Sunday morning with upcoming star Keegan Cooke winning the Sprint Triathlon in a time of 1hr 2min ahead of Mauritz Erasmus and Dan Howitz whilst 21-year-old Jodie Berry won the ladies’ race in 1 hour 6min from pre-race favourite Antonelle Saporta and Kris Mari Voges.

In the Sprint Duathlon it was 4 out of 4 for winner Ross Helliwell who crossed the line ahead of Lochi Lochner and Richard Maclear with Lana Bruyns taking the ladies’ Duathlon from Kimberley Vorster and Catherine Meyer.

Other events on the morning included a mini Duathlon which saw Dewald Klinkenburg winning from Alex Willimott and Marcelle Meyer with Lori Lowe taking the girls’ title.

The Kids’ Duathlon was won by Josh Hufkie and Britney Brown with Reghardt Klinkenburg taking 2nd and Neal Marais third in the boys’.

The 1.25km Kids’ Fun Run was won by Joshua Marais ahead of Kayliegh Marais and Tatum Lowe whilst the 5km Fun Run was dominated by the Swans family with Ryder taking the win in the men’s race ahead of Hunter and Jarred whilst Lindi Georgiou won the ladies’ race ahead of Jayde Swans and Shariefa Kafaar. Aidan Baker took out the 750m Ocean Swim from Jarryd Cooke with Jill McLellan getting the better of Billie McNaughton in the ladies’ swim.

Next beach event will be the 10-part aQuellé Ocean Racing Series starting in mid-October and running through to the end of March next year. See for details and registration.

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