Just over 200 trail running enthusiasts could once again be part of the action at the TOTALSPORTS XTERRA Grabouw presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT on Saturday, 23 February 2013 by taking part in either a fun 5km or challenging 11km New Balance Trail Run presented by ISUZU. Eduardo Ordax (Spain) set the pace in the 11km [...]
Kathleen Shuttleworth (Claremont) and Ronel Nattrass (Stellenbosch) will be seen testing their trail running prowess the weekend of 19 – 21 April 2013 when they take on the 5th annual ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance, South Africa’s most exciting three day stage trail run. “I am pleased by the venue shift from Kleinmond [...]
Zimbabwian born sisters, Delia and Daphne Chiunye will make their stage racing debut the weekend of 19 – 21 April 2013 when they take on the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance, South Africa’s most exciting three day stage trail run. Delia and Daphne were given an entry for the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun as [...]
Husband and wife trail running sensation Iain and Su Don-Wauchope (Central Drakensberg) will be aiming for a successful title defence the weekend of 19 – 21 April 2013 when they take on the 5th annual ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance, South Africa’s most exciting three day stage trail run. According to Su Don-Wauchope [...]
Kane Reilly and Nicholas Rupanga of Team Salomon take Stage One Kane Reilly and Nicholas Rupanga of Team Salomon set a blistering pace during Stage One of the much anticipated ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance in the beautiful Elgin, Grabouw area on Friday, 19 April 2013. According to Reilly they felt really good [...]
Despite the gale force South Easterly winds a record of 13 765 runners enjoyed finishing the Old Mutual Two Oceans half-marathon at the University of Cape Town fields.
The 6 and 6.10 starts appears to have favoured the 21,1 km participants as the wind increased in strength when they had already turned after 6 km back towards the Table Mountain range.
The growing international interest reflected in the outstanding win by youthful 23 year old Ethiopian Biru Meseret Mengistu.
Her outstanding winning time of 1 hour 12 minutes 43 seconds reducing the record set on the new course last year by 2 minutes 19 seconds and only 47 seconds behind the record on the old course which excluded the tough Edinburgh Drive climb after 2 km into the race.
Last year’s winner Rene Kalmer improved her record too by 8 seconds with 3 time bridesmaid Irvette van Blerk running a superb 62 seconds faster than last year but dropping to third.
Clearly the wind was not an inhibiting factor but the emergence of another classy Ethiopian raised the level of performance to the top level on a tough course.
The men ran according to form with Stephen Mokoka winning in 1 hour 3 minutes 36 seconds smashing last year’s record by 78 seconds.
A mere 9 seconds covered the first three with twice-winner (2010 & 2011) Lusapho April maintaining his excellent record of consistency finishing 2 nd.
2012 runner-up Joel Mmone took a huge 76 seconds off his time of last year and as with Irvette van Blerk dropped from 2 nd to 3 rd.
These performances would indicate a significant improvement on 2012 which is confirmed in the top 7 men all finishing below last year’s winning time and record on the new course.
report by Peter Wrensch
Michael Bailey and Ben Brimble of Team ProNutro Asics were on top form on Saturday, 20 April 2013 claiming a Stage Two victory at the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance in a super fast time of 02hours25minutes22seconds. According to Brimble everything went according to plan on the day. “Sticking to our plan we [...]
Bigger and better: 2013 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Expo opens its doors at CTICC
More than 50 000 visitors are expected to walk through the doors of the 2013 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Expo at its brand new home at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) between 27 and 29 March 2013. The Expo has moved to the CTICC for the first time in the history of the event.
All runners need to collect their race numbers for the Two Oceans Trail Run, International Friendship Run, Half and Ultra-Marathon events at the Expo which is open to the public and is free of charge. All participants need to bring their RaceTec chip to register. Runners who register on Wednesday and Thursday stand a chance to win one of ten free entries per day to any Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon event for 2014 and be entered into a lucky draw to win a trip for two to the Victoria Falls Marathon in July 2013.
Bigger and better seems to be the theme for the 2013 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon with the Ultra Marathon securing over 10 000 entries, making it the biggest field in the event’s 44 year history. With the move to the CTICC, the Expo promises to appeal to more than just runners as more than 100 lifestyle exhibitors will be present including top sporting brands, apparel, supplements, outdoor adventure sports and sporting tours.
Title sponsor Old Mutual will be inviting visitors to meet their Virtual Coach, Norrie Williamson for some last minute race tips, or check cholesterol and general health with trained professionals. Runners who need foot massages before the big day or supporters who would like personalised posters are encouraged to visit the Old Mutual stand.
Robert Mafuna, the Marketing Executive Group Sponsorship & Events at Old Mutual says, “Old Mutual looks forward to meeting all participants and supporters and wish all the runners a fantastic run. Their participation in this event ensures that we continue to “Do Great Things” together.”
New technical sponsor, adidas, will be showcasing their range of technical running gear including the revolutionary new cushioning technology, BOOST™. The stand will feature a comfortable lounge area where runners can meet adidas brand ambassadors such as Janez Vermeiren, Liezel van der Westhuizen and Nigel Pierce. Technical reps will conduct free foot scans, and runners can share their goals on the custom-built adidas commitment wall.
Parking is available in the following areas, Wednesday 27 March to Friday 29 March:
· CTICC on-site parking in P1 or P3 (Visitors are advised to exchange their parking entry ticket for a discounted parking ticket at the CTICC parking desk at the exit of the Expo — R30 per day.)
· V&A Waterfront – open parking area at the entrance to the V&A Waterfront off Coen Steytler Ave opposite the Caltex Garage with a shuttle service running to and from the CTICC. (Cost R10 on entry to the parking area.)
· Table-Bay Boulevard parking – under the elevated freeways, accessed from DF Malan Street (Cost R15 on entry to the parking area.)
Additional parking only open on Friday, 29 March:
· CTICC using the Convention Towers parking area — accessible via P3 (Visitors are advised to exchange their parking entry ticket for a discounted parking ticket at the CTICC parking desk at the exit of the Expo — R30 per day.)
· On street parking and open parking areas in the vicinity of the CTICC (Visitors to follow pedestrian routes and cross roads with care obeying all traffic officers and marshals.)
The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Expo will open from 10:00 – 19:00 on Wednesday, 27 March and Thursday, 28 March. On Friday, 29 March it will open from 09:00 – 17:00. For more information, please visit www.twooceansmarathon.org.za.
On the 10th March I took part in the 36th Pick ‘n Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour, along with 35000 other cyclists. It was the first time that I participated in a cycling race (runner here). To say I was nervous would be an understatement. I hadn’t trained but I wasn’t backing out. [Read more...]
The organisers of the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance, taking place the weekend of 19 – 21 April 2013, are very excited to announce the route for Stage Two of this much loved event. According to Hendrico Burger, Route Designer, this will be the first time in the history of the ProNutro AfricanX [...]