ONERUN aiming for greater heights

2019-04-09 06:00
Morris Gachaga winning 2018 FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN.PHOTO: Tobias Ginsberg

Morris Gachaga winning 2018 FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN.PHOTO: Tobias Ginsberg

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South Africa’s road running platform received a positive boost in 2015, with the launch of what would become the Cape’s premier 12km road run, the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, an event that proudly caters for both elite runners as well as the mass field.

An international contingent was added to the mix. The headline name was that of Vivian Cheruiyot, a then four-time world champion and two-time Olympic silver medallist (who has since then added a world championship and Olympic title to her name), arguably the greatest runner to race in South Africa. Cheruiyot duly delivered, smashing the 12km in 38:22 (still a course record).

This year’s event winds through the city on Sunday 19 May.

“We wanted to create an event that highlighted the splendour of its host city, while giving runners of all fitness levels the opportunity to participate in a road running experience like no other. Entrants can look forward to spectacular routes that highlight important landmarks, feature magnificent views and boast exciting on route entertainment. We are, however, very aware of the fact that South Africa has incredible depth and potential at the front end. We need to give them a chance to race the best in the world, but on home soil. This eliminates issues of travel. They can perform in front of their home crowd and be rewarded for it. For South African athletes to make the jump to the next level they need deep, international competition at home,” says Michael Meyer, managing director Stillwater Sports.

Year one was a resounding success with thousands of runners standing at the start line in Milnerton including the likes of Cheruiyot and Emmanuel Bett putting the race firmly on the international road running map.

In 2017 Morris Gachaga smashed the World Best time for the unusual 12km distance at the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, clocking 33:27 and taking four seconds off the previous best for men.

“South Africa deserves to see the world’s best compete on our soil, racing against South Africa’s best,” continues Meyer.

South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka’s eyes lit up at the prospect of facing the likes of Cheptegei. “Joshua is a very good racer. I competed against him in London at the World Championships in the 10 000m where he finished just behind Mo Farah. It is great that Stillwater Sports is bringing this calibre of athletes to South Africa. It inspires us.”

This prompted Mokoka to make an attempt on his national 10km record which in turn had the organisers dangling a record incentive of R300 000 for the first South African athlete to break the national record and R500 000 for a world record.

Cheptegei’s attempt at the world’s fastest time was ruined thanks to an unusual headwind on the day.

He nevertheless flew to a 27:29 win – the fastest ever run on South African soil. The women’s race saw Mercyline Chalangat clock 31:38 for one of the fastest times seen in South Africa in years.

A stacked field in the 2018 FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN saw defending champion, Gachaga pace for a win rather than chase his record. The diminutive Kenyan held off a strong challenge from countryman Victor Chumo while the women’s race saw little known Jacklyn Chepngeno take line honours over her more fancied fellow Ugandan, Stella Chesang who had just won the Commonwealth Games 10 000m title.

This year will be even bigger and better as the series continually strives to improve. It was announced earlier this year that the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN had been awarded the IAAF Bronze Label Status, meaning greater exposure for the race on the global stage, stronger international competition and more incentives for local athletes.

South Africa’s road running platform received a positive boost in 2015, with the launch of what would become the Cape’s premier 12km road run, the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, an event that proudly caters for both elite runners as well as the mass field.

This year’s event winds through the city on Sunday, 19 May.

An international contingent was added to the mix. The headline name was that of Vivian Cheruiyot, a then four-time world champion and two-time olympic silver medallist (who has since then added a world championship and olympic title to her name), arguably the greatest runner to race in South Africa. Cheruiyot duly delivered, smashing the 12km in 38:22 (still a course record).

“We wanted to create an event that highlighted the splendour of its host city, while giving runners of all fitness levels the opportunity to participate in a road running experience like no other. Entrants can look forward to spectacular routes that highlight important landmarks, feature magnificent views and boast exciting on route entertainment. We are, however, very aware of the fact that South Africa has incredible depth and potential at the front end. We need to give them a chance to race the best in the world, but on home soil. This eliminates issues of travel. They can perform in front of their home crowd and be rewarded for it. For SA athletes to make the jump to the next level they need deep, international competition at home,” says Michael Meyer, managing director Stillwater Sports.

Year one was a resounding success with thousands of runners standing at the start line in Milnerton including the likes of Cheruiyot and Emmanuel Bett putting the race firmly on the international road running map. In 2017 Morris Gachaga smashed the World Best time for the unusual 12km distance at the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, clocking 33:27 and taking four seconds off the previous best.

“South Africa deserves to see the world’s best compete on our soil, racing against South Africa’s best,” continues Meyer.

South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka’s eyes lit up at the prospect of facing the likes of Cheptegei. “Joshua is a very good racer. I competed against him in London at the World Championships in the 10 000m where he finished just behind Mo Farah. It is great that Stillwater Sports is bringing this calibre of athletes to South Africa. It inspires us.”

This prompted Mokoka to make an attempt on his national 10km record which in turn had the organisers dangling a record incentive of R300 000 for the first South African athlete to break the national record and R500 000 for a world record.

Cheptegei’s attempt at the world’s fastest time was ruined thanks to an unusual headwind on the day.

He nevertheless flew to a 27:29 win – the fastest ever run on South African soil. The women’s race saw Mercyline Chalangat clock 31:38 for one of the fastest times seen in South Africa in years.

A stacked field in the 2018 FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN saw defending champion, Gachaga pace for a win rather than chase his record. The diminutive Kenyan held off a strong challenge from countryman Victor Chumo while the women’s race saw little known Jacklyn Chepngeno take line honours over her more fancied fellow Ugandan, Stella Chesang who had just won the Commonwealth Games 10 000m title.

This year will be even bigger and better as the series continually strives to improve. It was announced earlier this year that the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN had been awarded the IAAF Bronze Label Status, meaning greater exposure for the race on the global stage, stronger international competition and more incentives for local athletes.

South Africa’s road running platform received a positive boost in 2015, with the launch of what would become the Cape’s premier 12km road run, the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, an event that proudly caters for both elite runners as well as the mass field.

This year’s event winds through the city on Sunday 19 May.

An international contingent was added to the mix. The headline name was that of Vivian Cheruiyot, a then four-time world champion and two-time Olympic silver medallist (who has since then added a world championship and Olympic title to her name), arguably the greatest runner to race in South Africa. Cheruiyot duly delivered, smashing the 12km in 38:22 (still a course record).

“We wanted to create an event that highlighted the splendour of its host city, while giving runners of all fitness levels the opportunity to participate in a road running experience like no other. Entrants can look forward to spectacular routes that highlight important landmarks, feature magnificent views and boast exciting on route entertainment. We are, however, very aware of the fact that South Africa has incredible depth and potential at the front end. We need to give them a chance to race the best in the world, but on home soil. This eliminates issues of travel. They can perform in front of their home crowd and be rewarded for it. For South African athletes to make the jump to the next level they need deep, international competition at home,” says Michael Meyer, managing director Stillwater Sports.

Year one was a resounding success with thousands of runners standing at the start line in Milnerton including the likes of Cheruiyot and Emmanuel Bett putting the race firmly on the international road running map. In 2017 Morris Gachaga smashed the World Best time for the unusual 12km distance at the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, clocking 33:27 and taking four seconds off the previous best.

“South Africa deserves to see the world’s best compete on our soil, racing against South Africa’s best,” continues Meyer.

South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka’s eyes lit up at the prospect of facing the likes of Cheptegei. “Joshua is a very good racer. I competed against him in London at the World Championships in the 10 000m where he finished just behind Mo Farah. It is great that Stillwater Sports is bringing this calibre of athletes to South Africa. It inspires us.”

This prompted Mokoka to make an attempt on his national 10km record which in turn had the organisers dangling a record incentive of R300 000 for the first South African athlete to break the national record and R500 000 for a world record.

Cheptegei’s attempt at the world’s fastest time was ruined thanks to an unusual headwind on the day. He nevertheless flew to a 27:29 win – the fastest ever run on South African soil. The women’s race saw Mercyline Chalangat clock 31:38 for one of the fastest times seen in South Africa in years.

A stacked field in the 2018 FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN saw defending champion, Gachaga pace for a win rather than chase his record. The diminutive Kenyan held off a strong challenge from countryman Victor Chumo while the women’s race saw little known Jacklyn Chepngeno take line honours over her more fancied fellow Ugandan, Stella Chesang who had just won the Commonwealth Games 10 000m title.

This year will be even bigger and better as the series continually strives to improve. It was announced earlier this year that the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN had been awarded the IAAF Bronze Label Status, meaning greater exposure for the race on the global stage, stronger international competition and more incentives for local athletes.

South Africa’s road running platform received a positive boost in 2015, with the launch of what would become the Cape’s premier 12km road run, the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, an event that proudly caters for both elite runners as well as the mass field.

This year’s event winds through the city on Sunday, 19 May.

An international contingent was added to the mix. The headline name was that of Vivian Cheruiyot, a then four-time world champion and two-time olympic silver medallist (who has since then added a world championship and olympic title to her name), arguably the greatest runner to race in South Africa. Cheruiyot duly delivered, smashing the 12km in 38:22 (still a course record).

“We wanted to create an event that highlighted the splendour of its host city, while giving runners of all fitness levels the opportunity to participate in a road running experience like no other. Entrants can look forward to spectacular routes that highlight important landmarks, feature magnificent views and boast exciting on route entertainment. We are, however, very aware of the fact that South Africa has incredible depth and potential at the front end. We need to give them a chance to race the best in the world, but on home soil. This eliminates issues of travel. They can perform in front of their home crowd and be rewarded for it. For SA athletes to make the jump to the next level they need deep, international competition at home,” says Michael Meyer, managing director Stillwater Sports.

Year one was a resounding success with thousands of runners standing at the start line in Milnerton including the likes of Cheruiyot and Emmanuel Bett putting the race firmly on the international road running map. In 2017 Morris Gachaga smashed the World Best time for the unusual 12km distance at the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, clocking 33:27 and taking four seconds off the previous best.

“South Africa deserves to see the world’s best compete on our soil, racing against South Africa’s best,” continues Meyer.

South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka’s eyes lit up at the prospect of facing the likes of Cheptegei. “Joshua is a very good racer. I competed against him in London at the World Championships in the 10 000m where he finished just behind Mo Farah. It is great that Stillwater Sports is bringing this calibre of athletes to South Africa. It inspires us.”

This prompted Mokoka to make an attempt on his national 10km record which in turn had the organisers dangling a record incentive of R300 000 for the first South African athlete to break the national record and R500 000 for a world record.

Cheptegei’s attempt at the world’s fastest time was ruined thanks to an unusual headwind on the day. He nevertheless flew to a 27:29 win – the fastest ever run on South African soil. The women’s race saw Mercyline Chalangat clock 31:38 for one of the fastest times seen in South Africa in years.

A stacked field in the 2018 FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN saw defending champion, Gachaga pace for a win rather than chase his record. The diminutive Kenyan held off a strong challenge from countryman Victor Chumo while the women’s race saw little known Jacklyn Chepngeno take line honours over her more fancied fellow Ugandan, Stella Chesang who had just won the Commonwealth Games 10 000m title.

This year will be even bigger and better as the series continually strives to improve. It was announced earlier this year that the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN had been awarded the IAAF Bronze Label Status, meaning greater exposure for the race on the global stage, stronger international competition and more incentives for local athletes.

South Africa’s road running platform received a positive boost in 2015, with the launch of what would become the Cape’s premier 12km road run, the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, an event that proudly caters for both elite runners as well as the mass field.

An international contingent was added to the mix.

The headline name was that of Vivian Cheruiyot, a then four-time world champion and two-time Olympic silver medallist (who has since then added a world championship and Olympic title to her name), arguably the greatest runner to race in South Africa. Cheruiyot duly delivered, smashing the 12km in 38:22 (still a course record).

This year’s event winds through the city on Sunday 19 May.

“We wanted to create an event that highlighted the splendour of its host city, while giving runners of all fitness levels the opportunity to participate in a road running experience like no other. Entrants can look forward to spectacular routes that highlight important landmarks, feature magnificent views and boast exciting on route entertainment. We are, however, very aware of the fact that South Africa has incredible depth and potential at the front end. We need to give them a chance to race the best in the world, but on home soil. This eliminates issues of travel. They can perform in front of their home crowd and be rewarded for it. For South African athletes to make the jump to the next level they need deep, international competition at home,” says Michael Meyer, managing director Stillwater Sports.

Year one was a resounding success with thousands of runners standing at the start line in Milnerton including the likes of Cheruiyot and Emmanuel Bett putting the race firmly on the international road running map.

In 2017 Morris Gachaga smashed the World Best time for the unusual 12km distance at the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, clocking 33:27 and taking four seconds off the previous best for men.

“South Africa deserves to see the world’s best compete on our soil, racing against South Africa’s best,” continues Meyer.

South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka’s eyes lit up at the prospect of facing the likes of Cheptegei. “Joshua is a very good racer. I competed against him in London at the World Championships in the 10 000m where he finished just behind Mo Farah. It is great that Stillwater Sports is bringing this calibre of athletes to South Africa. It inspires us.”

This prompted Mokoka to make an attempt on his national 10km record which in turn had the organisers dangling a record incentive of R300 000 for the first South African athlete to break the national record and R500 000 for a world record.

Cheptegei’s attempt at the world’s fastest time was ruined thanks to an unusual headwind on the day.

He nevertheless flew to a 27:29 win – the fastest ever run on South African soil. The women’s race saw Mercyline Chalangat clock 31:38 for one of the fastest times seen in South Africa in years.

A stacked field in the 2018 FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN saw defending champion, Gachaga pace for a win rather than chase his record.

The diminutive Kenyan held off a strong challenge from countryman Victor Chumo while the women’s race saw little known Jacklyn Chepngeno take line honours over her more fancied fellow Ugandan, Stella Chesang who had just won the Commonwealth Games 10 000m title.

This year will be even bigger and better as the series continually strives to improve. It was announced earlier this year that the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN had been awarded the IAAF Bronze Label Status, meaning greater exposure for the race on the global stage, stronger international competition and more incentives for local athletes.

South Africa’s road running platform received a positive boost in 2015, with the launch of what would become the Cape’s premier 12km road run, the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, an event that proudly caters for both elite runners as well as the mass field.

This year’s event winds through the city on Sunday 19 May.

An international contingent was added to the mix. The headline name was that of Vivian Cheruiyot, a then four-time world champion and two-time Olympic silver medallist (who has since then added a world championship and Olympic title to her name), arguably the greatest runner to race in South Africa. Cheruiyot duly delivered, smashing the 12km in 38:22 (still a course record).

“We wanted to create an event that highlighted the splendour of its host city, while giving runners of all fitness levels the opportunity to participate in a road running experience like no other.

Entrants can look forward to spectacular routes that highlight important landmarks, feature magnificent views and boast exciting on route entertainment. We are, however, very aware of the fact that South Africa has incredible depth and potential at the front end. We need to give them a chance to race the best in the world, but on home soil. This eliminates issues of travel. They can perform in front of their home crowd and be rewarded for it. For South African athletes to make the jump to the next level they need deep, international competition at home,” says Michael Meyer, managing director Stillwater Sports.

Year one was a resounding success with thousands of runners standing at the start line in Milnerton including the likes of Cheruiyot and Emmanuel Bett putting the race firmly on the international road running map.

In 2017 Morris Gachaga smashed the World Best time for the unusual 12km distance at the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, clocking 33:27 and taking four seconds off the previous best.

“South Africa deserves to see the world’s best compete on our soil, racing against South Africa’s best,” continues Meyer.

South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka’s eyes lit up at the prospect of facing the likes of Cheptegei. “Joshua is a very good racer. I competed against him in London at the World Championships in the 10 000m where he finished just behind Mo Farah. It is great that Stillwater Sports is bringing this calibre of athletes to South Africa. It inspires us.”

This prompted Mokoka to make an attempt on his national 10km record which in turn had the organisers dangling a record incentive of R300 000 for the first South African athlete to break the national record and R500 000 for a world record.

Cheptegei’s attempt at the world’s fastest time was ruined thanks to an unusual headwind on the day.

He nevertheless flew to a 27:29 win – the fastest ever run on South African soil. The women’s race saw Mercyline Chalangat clock 31:38 for one of the fastest times seen in South Africa in years.

A stacked field in the 2018 FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN saw defending champion, Gachaga pace for a win rather than chase his record. The diminutive Kenyan held off a strong challenge from countryman Victor Chumo while the women’s race saw little known Jacklyn Chepngeno take line honours over her more fancied fellow Ugandan, Stella Chesang who had just won the Commonwealth Games 10 000m title.

This year will be even bigger and better as the series continually strives to improve. It was announced earlier this year that the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN had been awarded the IAAF Bronze Label Status, meaning greater exposure for the race on the global stage, stronger international competition and more incentives for local athletes.

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