Keeping track of CT Marathon runners

With just a few days to go until Sunday’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, the runners may have cut back on their preparations as they taper for their big race, but the organisers are ramping up their efforts as they prepare to put on a world-class experience — and that includes the timekeepers. As the only IAAF Gold Label-status marathon in Africa, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is already a winner, however, the event organisers are going for a record-breaking…

"Keeping track of CT Marathon runners"

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"

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"

Nkandla Mayoral Race a chance for race fitness

Zululand and Northern KZN athletes taking part in the prestigious Mandela Day Marathon next weekend have a final chance to hone their race fitness at the 10km Nkandla Mayoral Race on Sunday. With a huge field entered for next weekend’s marathon, runners in northern KwaZulu-Natal and Zululand have the opportunity to wrap up their preparations with a short, sharp 10km at the Nkandla event on Sunday August 18. The race takes place in the heart…

"Nkandla Mayoral Race a chance for race fitness"

Nkandla Mayoral Race battle on Battlefields Route

The town of Nkandla in Zululand lies in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields Route and is surrounded by world renowned historical sites, but on Sunday August 18 the town will be the venue of a fight for the Nkandla Mayoral Race title. The 10km and 5km road races which are based in the town will see a sprinkling of top athletes fighting for the victory and the R10 000 first prize that goes with the…

"Nkandla Mayoral Race battle on Battlefields Route"

Zimbabweans win dash for Dundee cash

ZIMBABWE came to Northern KwaZulu-Natal and claimed the honours on Sunday with Mike Fokoroni and Loveness Madziva winning the Prince Mangosuthu Ultra Marathon from Nquthu to Dundee. Fokoroni, from the Nedbank Athletic Club, had to work hard to overcome the challenge of teammates Peter Muthubi and Mholi Jali over the tough, undulating 52km course. The Zimbabwean crossed the line in a time of 3.06.46, just 25 seconds ahead of Muthubi, with Jali a mere 10…

"Zimbabweans win dash for Dundee cash"

Endurance the key to rich rewards at ultra

One of South Africa’s most enduring politicians is expected to be on hand to watch the participants struggle to survive the tough Prince Mangosuthu Ultra Marathon course from Nquthu to Dundee on Sunday. Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who is expected to attend the event on Sunday, first entered public office in 1953 when he inherited the chieftainship of the large Buthelezi tribe, a position he still holds today. The respected politician, who turns 91 later this month,…

"Endurance the key to rich rewards at ultra"