Road Lodge Pietermaritzburg

There are a couple of events during the course of the year that enable Team #FinishTime to spend some time in Pietermaritzburg, either to time a race or to run registration on behalf of event organisers. The factor that we love most about this Road Lodge is the convenience that it offers. It’s super close to everything in Pietermaritzburg, including the airport, the CBD, the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus and a variety of schools.…

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Biggy Best Cottages

In 2017, Biggy Best Cottages in Howick was awarded the Travellers’ Choice Award for being rated one of the top accommodation destinations in the area. If it was up to us, they would get this award every year. The level of hospitality that Team #FinishTime was shown when they stayed here in August 2019 was second to none, and we can vouch for the fact that the Biggy Best team is not kidding when they…

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Happy Ethiopian couple at Mandela Day Marathon

HOWICK — The Ethiopian husband-and-wife pair of Muhajr Haredin and Sofiya Shemsu came to the Mandela Day Marathon from Pietermaritzburg to Howick and both ran away with victories in course record times. Haredin eased to victory in the men’s race when he crossed the line at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in 2:26:18, beating Thobani Chagwe’s 2014 race record winning time of 2:27:12 by just less than a minute. In searing heat, Haredin finished 86…

"Happy Ethiopian couple at Mandela Day Marathon"

Ethiopians ready for Mandela Day Marathon

HOWICK — A big group of top runners from Ethiopia is looking to dominate the action up front in the Mandela Day Marathon from Pietermaritzburg to Howick on Sunday. Heading the field of 13 700 runners is a big contingent of Nedbank Running Club Ethiopia athletes and the South Africans are going to have their work cut out keeping the Mandela Day Marathon title at home in both the men’s and women’s races. Heading the women’s…

"Ethiopians ready for Mandela Day Marathon"

Youth Run is a favourite

HOWICK — The Nelson Mandela Capture Site is always a popular tourist attraction with visitors from all over the world making the journey to visit the museum and see where South Africa’s first democratically-elected President was arrested in August 1962. But this weekend (August 24 and 25) the venue just outside Howick will be packed with enthusiastic sportsmen and women taking part in a series of events celebrating the life of the global icon. The…

"Youth Run is a favourite"

Waterglen Guest Lodge

While race-timers spend a lot of time outdoors, it isn’t too often that they get to relax enough to enjoy it. That’s one of the reasons why our team loved Waterglen Guest Lodge in Rustenburg. From their rooms, members of our team could step through a sliding door and into the lodge’s immaculately-maintained five-hectare garden. There are benches and tables here and there throughout this garden, together with little ponds and plenty of birdlife. When…

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Tredenham Boutique Hotel

When Team #FinishTime is making the trek from KwaZulu-Natal to the Cape or back again, it’s always a lovely feeling to pull the bus into the driveway of the Tredenham Boutique Hotel, just outside Bloemfontein. It’s an ideal spot for a work trip, with WiFi and workstations in every room. For those lucky enough to not be setting up a race for the next day, it’s also a great place to just chill. When it…

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Youth race honours Nelson Mandela

HOWICK — “It always gives me great pleasure to be surrounded by the beautiful children of our land. Whenever I am with energetic young people such as yourselves I feel like a recharged battery, confident that our country can look forward to great things. You are the future of this country — you are the people who will lead us into the next century.” Nelson Mandela said these words at the Food for Life festival…

"Youth race honours Nelson Mandela"

Mathanga adds to his CV with Nkandla win

Nkandla — Mbuleli Mathanga has been building an impressive road running CV over the past couple of months and he added to that with a tight 14-second victory in the Nkandla Mayoral Race in Zululand on Sunday. The 25-year-old underlined his impressive recent form with a hard-fought win over the tough 10km course on Sunday where he beat Phantane Athletic Club teammate Sipho Mbanjwa and Nedbank’s Thobani Chagwe into second and third places respectively. In…

"Mathanga adds to his CV with Nkandla win"

Mandela Day Marathon by the numbers

HOWICK — The popularity of the Mandela Day marathon next weekend is clearly demonstrated by the entry numbers for the three races which make up the road running event. There are an impressive 14 000 athletes entered for the 42km, 21km and 10km races with the two shorter events attracting the biggest fields at just over 5 000 each, while the standard marathon distance has attracted a entry of 3 500 runners. It is likely the event could…

"Mandela Day Marathon by the numbers"