Two Oceans 2013 Fun Run Series

Two Oceans Fun Run

Two Oceans Fun Run

The first Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Fun Run Series of 2013 took place this weekend at the Alphen Hall in Constantia. Young and older athletes lined up on 26 January 2013 to complete a 5.6km route that took participants around the leafy suburb of Constantia.

Organised as a joined initiative between the Two Oceans Marathon Association and Western Province Athletics, the Fun Run Series is aimed at encouraging participation in physical activity within the communities where the runs are organised.

Lester Cameron, chairman of the Two Oceans Marathon Association, says: “The aim of these Fun Run events is to target every child in the Western Cape to not only participate in the events, but to encourage them to live a healthy lifestyle. Sport is an important aspect in a holistic lifestyle and the series provides the opportunity to identify running talent, while also creating a platform for development of future South African running stars.”

Kassar Adams (14) from Steenberg and Gershawn Aziza (12) from Wynberg both took part and were among the first runners to complete the route. Adams says: “I really enjoyed it! It was my first race, and it was fun but quite far. I practise at school and one day I would like to be a professional runner.” Aziza was delighted with his medal and says that he trained for the race by running with his parents.

Each Fun Run Series is hosted by different running clubs within the community who provide the logistics and manpower. The distance of 5.6km has been chosen to align itself with the 56km Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon. Some Fun Run Series participants will be invited to take part in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Fun Runs held at UCT on Good Friday, 29 March 2013.

The next Fun Run Series event will take place on Saturday, 09 February 2013 at Stratford Primary School in Blue Downs at 9:00am. Entrance to the Fun Run is free. The full schedule of upcoming Fun Run Series events is below;


Date Area Time Venue
23 February Khayelitsha 08h00 Mandela Park Stadium
02 March Rondebosch East 09h00 Rondebosch East Primary School
16 March Mitchell’s Plain 09h00 Rocklands Sports Field
20 March Sea Point 18h00 Green Point Stadium
23 March Ravensmead 09h00 Florida Park Stadium


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Marathon 2013 February entry deadline

Cape Peninsula Marathon

Cape Peninsula Marathon

The Cape Peninsula marathon and half marathon take place on Sunday 17 February and runners are reminded to enter online at or pick up an entry form at any Sportsmans Warehouse, who will also be accepting entries at the till points.

Over 1 500 entries have been received to date and race organisers are expecting a record field to line up for the event.  Runners must enter before Sunday 3 February as no late entries will be taken after this date and no substitutions, upgrades or downgrades will be allowed.

The event is organised by Celtic Harriers in association with Top Events and the 42km marathon is an official qualifier for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and Comrades, with many runners using it not only as their qualifier but also as their long training run.

The marathon starts in Green Point Main Road at 05h15, while the half marathon starts from the Bergvliet Sports Club at 07h00.  Both routes offer runners a fast, flat and scenic run through to the finish at the Naval Sports Grounds in Simon’s Town.

Two runners stand the chance of each winning an all-expenses paid trip to the Victoria Falls Marathon or Half Marathon in July 2013 just by entering the Cape Peninsula 42km or 21km.  All entrants’ names will go into a special lucky draw the day before the event and the winners will be informed ahead of race day.

Runners can also purchase their branded moisture management New Balance event T-shirt online when they enter.

Participants’ donations and a portion of proceeds from this event will be donated to the Beth Uriel Home and the Pink Drive.  The Beth Uriel Home provides assistance and shelter for marginalised youngsters between 15 to 22 years through various development programmes.

The Pink Drive is a non-profit organisation committed to improving breast cancer awareness, education and offering services to women around South Africa, particularly those who do not have access to information.

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The New Green Point Stadium

New Green Point Stadium

New Green Point Stadium

The New Green Point Stadium is currently being rebuilt to be available for athletics in the future. The old stadium was steeped in tradition and the new stadium promises a track for the future. [Read more…]

Gun Run celebrates 20 years

The Gun Run - Half Marathon

The Gun Run — Half Marathon

Cape Town, Sunday 14 October.  The OUTsurance 94.5 Kfm Gun Run celebrated its twentieth birthday with a record field of just over 15 000 participants (15 309), and has become one of Cape Town’s biggest annual events.

The event has huge support from the people of the Western Cape, local dignitaries, sports stars and media personalities.  Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia De Lille, started the half marathon by firing the Cape Field Artillery 4-pounder gun at 07h00 and local Springbok Bryan Habana fired the cut-off gun at 10h30.

Others chose to enter the race like television personality Michael Mol with his son Joshua and 94.5Kfm presenters Elana Afrika and Keri Miller who completed the 5km and 10km races respectively.

This year’s half marathon winner Xolisa Tyali from Gauteng finished in 1:03:41, one second faster than the very first winner 20 years ago.  Bulelwa Simae won the women’s race in 1:21:28.  Gladwin Mzazi won the 10km in 29:08, with the top three men finishing in under 30 minutes.  There were a small group of runners who have participated every year since the very first race back in 1993 and earned their permanent number for completing all 20.

This year the event chose to support the JAG Foundation and raised R60 000 for the charity through runners, OUTsurance, 94.5 Kfm and Atlantic Athletic Club.  The Western Cape, in particular, is in a crisis from alcohol and drug abuse within poorer communities and this contribution will ensure that JAG Foundation’s positive work continues.


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CHOC Corporate Relay for November

Choc Corporate Relay for November

Corporates are being encouraged to lace up and show their support for the CHOC Corporate Relay, which takes place from Central Park, Century City on Thursday 29 November at 17h30.

The event consists of five runners per team with each one completing a 3km lap around the scenic Intaka Island wetlands area in Century City.  Runners can enter their teams online at  Entries close on Tuesday 20 November or as soon as 400 team entries are received.

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA is the primary beneficiary of this event and corporates are encouraged to support their fundraising initiatives.  Financial services company Macquarie Group is the first to get behind the event through offering sponsorship, as well as entering teams to take part.

CHOC provides holistic support for children suffering from cancer and life threatening blood disorders, as well as offering much needed support for their families.  All funds raised are used to provide direct practical help for the children, their families and those involved in the treatment.  CHOC does not receive funding from the government, but relies heavily on donations from corporates, individuals and parents of children with cancer.  Visit for further details or contact 086 110 6441 or

Teams will need to register and collect their numbers from Central Park on race day from 11h00 to 16h00 and are encouraged to dress up, as prizes will be awarded for the best team costumes.

The event promises to deliver a great team building opportunity for companies with corporate hospitality areas and live bands The Professors and Paradigm Live.

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Marathon celebrates Heritage

Table Mountain and V&A Waterfront

Table Mountain and V and A Waterfront

The Cape Town Marathon 2012 on Sunday 23 September forms part of the City of Cape Town’s Heritage Day festivities and is an ideal opportunity to experience and celebrate the city’s rich natural and cultural heritage. [Read more…]

Support for ASA 21km championships

Stephen Mokoka

WPARR would like to appeal to clubs and members to support the ASA Half Marathon Championship that takes place this coming Sunday 26th August.

This is the first inter-provincial road running championship WP has hosted for several years.

Championship races are typically lonely runs for the athletes and we would like show that WP appreciates seeing the best runners in the country battle it out !

Stephen Mokoka will be defending his title while other top names will include the 2010 winner Lucky Mohale, SA 10km Champion Elroy Gelant, Coolboy Ngamole, Boy Soke, Gladwin Mzazi, Kgosi Tsosane, Lusapho April and the SA Marathon record holder Gert Thys.

Perhaps plan your Sunday run in Constantia !?

The race starts at 07h00 and is restricted to provincial runners or individuals entered through their province. (Entries are now closed). There will be about 300 athletes from all over the country.

The start and finish venue is the Academy for Mathematics and Science in Constantia (previously called the Constantia School for Boys), the same venue as used for the Lion of Africa Half Marathon, in Firgrove Road.

The route is a two-lapper. A map of the first lap is attached.

Start in Firgrove facing the mountain then right into Spaanschemat. Turn right into Willow then into Strawberry Lane. Re-join Spaanschemat at Peddlars then go up the hill to turn right into Ladies Mile.

All the way down Ladies Mile, past the roundabout, eventually turn right into Children’s Way. Right into Dreyersdal and back up the hill to Firgrove where they turn left and return to the start/finish at 10km.

The second lap is generally the same except turns earlier off Ladies Mile into Dreyersdal.

Jacobs Kronung will have their promotions van at the Start where you can get a complementary cup of coffee to keep you warm.

Thank you to all the clubs that are assisting at the event.

Best of luck to the WPA team.

We look forward to seeing you there.

WPA Road Running Commission

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Two Oceans attracts international runners

Two Oceans

Two Oceans

The Old Mutual Two Oceans has been confirmed as a world leading event attracting 1500 international visitors.

34% are novices which indicates a resurgence in ultra marathons.

The 56 km field of 9200 is the 2nd largest with all 10 of last year’s gold medalists in the men’s racing returning.
Contenders outside of this experienced group include Michael Mazibukon, of Team Toyota, who was 16 th last year but boasts a silver at the recent SA Marathon champs in 2:15.12.

Novices with the pedigree to challenge for honours include Shadrack Hoff, who this morning felt cold symptoms, and Odwa Tunyiswa, also of Nedbank Running Club, who won last year’s 50 km City-to-city.

Following last year’s PB 4 th place Stephen Muzhingi, representing Formula 1 Bluff Meats, has set his sights on adding this title to his last 3 Comrades.

Whoever wins will have to be at their best in this competitive race and the likelihood of rain.

The women’s event looks a formality for Elena Nurgalieva after the disppointing withdrawal of her twin Oleysa who won last year.

The performance of American novice Devon Crosby-Helms will be monitored as she has a chance of breaking the American 50 km record.
Officials have confirmed that mats will capture this time.
She has trained for 2 months in wet San Franciscan conditions and with a marathon PB of 2:38.55 she is one of the faster ladies and this 3:13.50 target  is realistic should all go well for her on raceday.

Gwen van Lingen, 2001 winner, returns to accompany her sister and is aiming for a 4:30-4:40.

In winning in 2002, Natalia Volgina from Russia, recorded the 3 rd fastest ever time but is not expected to repeat this performance on her returns since 2003.

Of great public interest and support will be the debut of national treasure, Olympian Zola Budd-Pieterse, in the 40-49 category.

Another instantly recognizable face will be Gary Kirsten, the indian cricket World Cup winning hero and now Proteas coach.

The Half Marathon started in 1998 with 3600 entrants but has increased by virtually that number on last year as 16 266 entries have been received.

contributor: Peter Wrensch

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Top Province Athletes for Bellville

Track Sprinters

Track Sprinters

Some of Western Provinces, as well as the country’s, top track and field athletes will be in action at the final leg of the Yellow Pages Interprovincial Series, which takes place at the Bellville Stadium this Saturday 3 March.

Western Province is lying second on the points table behind Gauteng North so good performances at this weekend’s meeting could see them move to top of the table.  Gauteng North’s 100m sprinters Cherese Jones and Carina Horn, as well as a double by Wenda Theron in the 400m and 400m hurdles at last weekend’s meeting in Germiston, saw Gauteng North take first place in the series.

African junior champion, Rocco van Rooyen, will be hoping to repeat his win in the javelin (69.04m) in front of a home crowd, with the province’s relay team of Samantha Pretorius, Siobhan Loots, Stacey Welsh and Bernice Roman planning to improve on their winning time of 47.60.

Sonja van der Merwe placed second in last weekend’s 200m and was fourth in the 400m behind three upcountry runners Wenda Theron (Gauteng North), Eugenie Wicksell (USSA) and rival Anneri Ebersohn (Gauteng North).  Overall winner and runner to watch is Tsholofelo Thipe from Athletics North West North.

Local lass and top athlete Zintle Xiniwe won the 5 000m by 6 seconds last weekend and is the province’s best middle and long distance athlete on the track.  The Western Province women’s 4 x 100m relay team took first place last weekend so will be looking for another win this weekend.

Young 400m hurdler, Taariq Solomons, joins the WP team having started his season on 21 February with a time of 52.59, and will be hoping to move closer to his 2011 personal best of 51.39.

The men’s 4 x 100m relay team will have their honour to defend, as they did not finish last weekend’s relay and as a result lost points, so will be out to prove a point.

Triple jumper Jason Sewanyana is the only athlete from the coast competing this weekend, with Keenan Watson and Roelf Pienaar (Boland) taking on Zark Visser who is jumping close to 8m in the long jump and the one to watch.

This meeting provides athletes with another opportunity to run faster, jump higher and throw further with the London Olympic qualifying standards high on their agendas.

Gates open at 11h30, and the main programme gets underway at 13h00.  Tickets are available at the gate at R20 for adults and R10 for children.

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