4 000 athletes expected at Spar race

2016-07-21 06:00
PHOTO: ROGAN WARD Jumping at the opportunity to enter the annual Spar Women’s race in Maritzburg on Sunday, 7 August are (from left) Mantombi Zondi, sports coach at Grace College, Taliah Govender, a pupil at Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High and Binks Robertson from Back 2 Basics Hockey Academy in PMB.

PHOTO: ROGAN WARD Jumping at the opportunity to enter the annual Spar Women’s race in Maritzburg on Sunday, 7 August are (from left) Mantombi Zondi, sports coach at Grace College, Taliah Govender, a pupil at Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High and Binks Robertson from Back 2 Basics Hockey Academy in PMB.

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THE KZN leg of South Africa’s Most Beautiful Race will be taking to the roads of Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, August 7 for the annual Spar Women’s 10km-5km.

Settling back into its usual winter date, the race will have a field of green flowing along the roads in and around The Oval where an expected 4 000 athletes will be taking the challenge of the two distances. The event is the biggest women’s athletic event and second biggest annual road running event to take place in the city aside from the Comrades Marathon.

Both the routes will remain unchanged, with the start line set adjacent to Maritzburg College’s main rugby field, Goldstones, and the finish line at The Oval cricket stadium.

Both races will start at 8 am after the playing of the national anthem. The 10-km and five-kilometre participants will set off together with the first half of the race looping around the outskirts of the CBD, and the five-kilometre race turning into The Oval and the 10-km athletes doing another loop around the schools’ precinct, before returning to The Oval.

A strong field of local runners is expected to compete this year with the defending champ, Tebogo Masehla, rumoured to be back. The big names in this year’s SPAR Grand Prix will be flying the South African flag at the Rio Olympics, which leaves a win and the R8 000 winner’s purse open to the remaining local contenders.

Entries are open, with two options to enter. The first is online at www.sparwomensrace.co.za where you can either pay by credit card or by EFT. The second option is a manual entry at race registration on Friday, 5 August and Saturday, 6 August at The Oval.

Companies, running clubs and groups of 10 or more can enter through the bulk entries option. E-mail bulk@sparwomensrace.co.za for more information.

Entries to the 10 km distance are open from age 14 and to the five kilometre from age nine — the age restrictions being applicable on the day of the competition.

Entry is R90 for the 10km licensed athletes and for the five-kilometre runners.

Entry fee non-licensed athletes is R100 - the extra R10 includes a temporary licence for the day.

For more info contact the race organisers on maritzburg@sparwomensrace.co.za or visit the official race on www.sparwomensrace.co.za or like the Facebook page.

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