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"

Best of Best starts hectic Durban weekend

The KZN Best of Best Marathon starts a crowded weekend of Durban beachfront sporting activity early on Saturday morning. The beachfront has become a popular sporting playground for the fit and famous since it was revamped in 2010, and this weekend highlights the success of the upgrade with runners, canoeists and triathletes joining the normal weekend throng. The Best of Best Marathon starts at the King’s Park Athletics Stadium at 5am on Saturday morning and…

"Best of Best starts hectic Durban weekend"

Fast times on offer at Hemel en Aarde

Entries have closed for the inaugural Hemel en Aarde Marathon and a full field of runners is looking forward to a spectacular new addition to road running in the Boland next weekend. The new event on Saturday February 29 will be held in one of South Africa’s most renowned areas of scenic beauty and runners on the 42,2km “downhill” route from Caledon to Hermanus will be expecting some impressive scenery. The race website immodestly describes…

"Fast times on offer at Hemel en Aarde"

Durban beachfront to host Best of Best

The revamped Durban beachfront has become one of KwaZulu-Natal’s favourite running spots and next weekend it will be crowded with athletes looking to secure their all-important ultra-marathon qualifying times at the KZN Best of Best Marathon. Just about every weekend the promenade is filled with recreational athletes simply enjoying some exercise in warm weather while allowing the beautiful seaside views to distract them from the rigours of getting fit. However, next Saturday there will be…

"Durban beachfront to host Best of Best"

Is this marathon heaven on earth?

The organisers of the inaugural Hemel en Aarde Marathon claim on their event website that they are staging the most spectacular marathon in South Africa. There will surely be a few other marathons in the country who will dismiss this as hyperbole and exaggeration, but few will can argue the event on February 29 will be held in one of South Africa’s most scenic areas. And it is hard to dispute the facts that the…

"Is this marathon heaven on earth?"

Mokwakwaila and Horn take Klerksdorp titles

In warm and humid conditions Mmanoko Mokwakwaila and Deanne Horn proved too strong for their rivals as the emerged victorious ahead of a field of almost 1 000 runners at the Aurum Klerksdorp Marathon on Sunday. Mokwakwaila powered away over the second lap of the 42,2km distance to build a convincing lead over William Monelo and Jabulani Nhlapo. The eventual winner crossed the line at Wesvalia High School in 2.33.09 after incredibly increasing his lead by…

"Mokwakwaila and Horn take Klerksdorp titles"

Moabankwe aims to defend his Klerksdorp title

Kemoreng Jeffrey Moabankwe will return to defend his Aurum Klerksdorp Marathon title on Sunday when he lines up for the 42,2km race at Wesvalia High School. Last year the Klerksdorp local thrilled his home-town fans when he blitzed around the course in 2:24 to win by a massive 11 minutes from Gordon Lestedi, with Thabiso Bontsi claiming the final step of the podium. The women’s marathon winner, Leilani Scheffer, has not pre-entered but may still…

"Moabankwe aims to defend his Klerksdorp title"

Best of Best qualifier in KZN

As KwaZulu-Natal runners look for the best qualifier for Two Oceans and Comrades, Durban joggers need to look no further than the Durban beachfront on February 29 when the KZN Best of Best Marathon provides a perfect opportunity. The marathon, half marathon and 10km takes in the beachfront and Durban North area to provide an interesting two-lap course that starts and finishes at Kings Park Athletics Stadium. Taking place just a couple of weeks before…

"Best of Best qualifier in KZN"

Klerksdorp Marathon entries close on Wednesday

Time is running out for Comrades and Two Oceans hopefuls looking to pre-enter the Aurum Klerksdorp Marathon with entries closing at 10am on February 12. The two-lap marathon on a relatively fast and flat course provides North West and Gauteng residents with a perfect opportunity to meet their qualifying requirements for the country’s two premier ultra-marathons. The Two Oceans takes place on April 11 and the final cut-off date for qualifying for the popular Cape…

"Klerksdorp Marathon entries close on Wednesday"

Cape Town Marathon keeps Gold Label Status

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has, for the fourth consecutive year, been recognised by World Athletics as worthy recipients of their prestigious Gold Label Status. “We are once again proud, honoured, and humbled to be the only World Athletics Gold Label Status marathon on the African continent, and one of only a select group of marathons in the world to have received this status. This achievement reflects the dedication and commitment of our team, the…

"Cape Town Marathon keeps Gold Label Status"