AUG 2020: Durban City Marathon goes virtual

The popular Durban City Marathon has followed the trend for 2020 and will join the growing list of virtual races, with athletes having a two-day window to complete the 42,2km, 21,1km, 10km or 5km options. The popular race on the Durban beachfront attracted over 5000 entries in April 2019, but at the corresponding time this year the event was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and was finally forced to be cancelled in early July.…

"AUG 2020: Durban City Marathon goes virtual"

July 2020: It is safest to run with a mask

New York state governor Andrew Cuomo recently chastised Americans by pointing out that a mask pulled down below the mouth is nothing more than a chinstrap. His comments come as the debate about wearing masks becomes ever-more politicised in the United States. In South Africa a similar debate is raging among sportsmen and women. As we stagger through the ever-more confusing levels of lockdown, athletes are asking if there is any danger to exercising with…

"July 2020: It is safest to run with a mask"

June 2020: Let’s be safe out there

Durban and Pietermaritzburg should have been the centre of the South African road-running scene last week with 25 000 people scheduled to be squeezed on the narrow roads between the two KZN cities on Sunday, June 14. Instead South African (and international) athletes were spread apart as far as possible and tackling 20 000 individual virtual races. As the national Covid-19 numbers have grown at an alarming rate over the past few weeks, nobody can argue…

"June 2020: Let’s be safe out there"

May 2020: Comrades called off, but Epic entries open

While runners, cyclists and walkers have been able to enjoy a small measure of freedom in recent weeks, and President Cyril Ramaphosa hinted at more concessions for athletes on Wednesday, a day later there was seriously bad news for South African road running in general and 27 500 Comrades Marathon entrants in particular. Athletics South Africa, in conjunction with The Comrades Marathon Association and KZN Athletics, announced on Thursday that the Comrades will become the latest…

"May 2020: Comrades called off, but Epic entries open"

April 2020: Unite through health

The Rainbow Nation has been in lockdown for around two weeks now and it is understandable that the novelty of your enforced stay at home may wearing a bit thin. The free Inselelo Rainbow Challenge was launched last week with the simple aim of making it easy for everyone to stay active and get healthy, with the added benefit that it will help stave off some of the boredom. The free challenge currently involves either…

"April 2020: Unite through health"

The free Inselelo Rainbow Challenge was launched recently with the simple aim of making it easy for everyone to get active and healthy, with the added benefit that it will help stave off some of the lockdown boredom. The free challenge currently involves either running or cycling (an exercise event will be added in the next few days) and has been created so participants can take part during lockdown without breaking any of the rules…

The Rainbow Nation has been in lockdown for a few days now and daily social media posts make it clear people are beginning to struggle to keep themselves occupied. The free Inselelo Rainbow Challenge was launched this week with the simple aim of making it easy for everyone to get active, with the added benefit that it will help stave off some of the lockdown boredom. The free challenge currently involves either running or cycling…

Bonjesi claims Hemel en Aarde title

Malawian Jimmy Bonjesi ran a negative split for the second half of the Hemel en Aarde Marathon as he powered away from Siyabonga Sakwe to claim a four-minute victory in the 42,2km race from Caledon to Hermanus. Bonjesi and Sakwe established their dominance over the undulating first half of the race and when they went through the halfway mark together in 1:16:52 it was clear they were the only two runners in contention for the…

"Bonjesi claims Hemel en Aarde title"

Nodolo, Mkhize are Best of Best champs

Mpontsho Nodolo and Ntokozo Mkhize both produced perfectly paced runs in Durban to take the victories ahead of a big field in the 42,2km races at the KZN Best of Best Marathon on Saturday. Ndolo crossed the line in a quick two hours 22 minutes and 58 seconds to score a home-club win for the race organisers, Ama-Ravens Athletics Club. He beat Sphamandla Nyembe by just over a minute after the runner-up was credited with…

"Nodolo, Mkhize are Best of Best champs"

Beautiful route offsets pain at Hemel en Aarde

Finishing a 42,2km standard marathon can be a tough and, in some cases, painful experience. The Hemel en Aarde Marathon hopes to mitigate some of the difficulties of running for anything from two to five hours by providing entrants Entrants in Saturday’s event from Caledon to Hermanus still have to use their feet to propel themselves over the full 42km distance, but at least the run through the beautiful Overberg region of the Western Cape…

"Beautiful route offsets pain at Hemel en Aarde"