Mokoka takes Two Oceans Half

Stephen Mokoka

Stephen Mokoka

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

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Two Oceans Marathon Expo 2013

Two Oceans Marathon Expo

Two Oceans Marathon Expo

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

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Two Oceans 2013 Charity Beneficiaries

TOMI Charity

TOMI Charity

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon provides runners a great day out and is also a fantastic way to give back to the community. The Two Oceans Marathon Initiative (TOMI) is the event’s official fundraising initiative that provides much needed support to select groups of charities that meet various criteria. The 2013 beneficiaries of TOMI were announced by the Two Oceans Marathon Association Board on 20 February 2013 and include SANParks Honorary Rangers, Western Province Athletics and The Cape Academy of Maths, Science and Technology.

Lester Cameron, Chairman of the Two Oceans Marathon Association, says: “Over R265 000 has already been raised and we look forward to seeing this number increase over the next few weeks.” He  goes on to explain that TOMI’s priorities lie with ensuring that the education and sporting needs of children are met, education facilities are provided and upgraded, and environmental issues, involving parks, flora and fauna are included. “We are confident that the charities chosen this year will allocate their funds to benefiting and uplifting their respective communities.”

The combination of marathon and mountain is an exciting collaboration between TOMI, SANParks and the Honorary Rangers and will provide support for a key Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) project. The SANParks Honorary Rangers in the Table Mountain region comprise of 35 volunteers who support TMNP by fundraising and working on a variety of conservation projects. Their project for 2013 is to create an Endangered Species Garden at Orpen Road in Tokai Park, which will highlight about 30 different threatened species. The garden will be easily accessible to everyone with paths wide enough for families and groups (such as school environment clubs, walkers and joggers).

The donation to Western Province Athletics (WPA) will fund a much-needed Club Development Programme. This programme will promote the development of people by instilling a sense of competence, belonging and pride, enabling them to reach their full potential. Due to the diversity of WPA members, continuously changing EXCO members and their daily commitments, many members across the province are facing a tough task and lack the proper guidance and necessary education to successfully manage, empower and grow their clubs. This programme reflects the WPA’s commitment to not only promoting the sport of athletics but to positively contribute to developing and transforming our society by improving the functioning and support of WPA affiliated clubs.

The Cape Academy of Maths, Science and Technology was started in 2004 by the Western Cape Education Department with the explicit objective to provide high-quality Further Education and Training (FET) to socio-economically deprived learners in Grades 10-12 with a bias to rural areas. The Academy currently has 405 learners from different areas in the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape in a residential school in Tokai. Funds donated by TOMI will be utilized to pay for school fees, hostel accommodation, stationery, school uniforms, medical & dental care and travel expenses.

If you would like to donate to TOMI, please visit or EFT to the following bank details:

Bank: Nedbank
Branch Code: 198765
Account Number: 1077006233
Account Holder: Two Oceans Marathon Association

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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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