Local races to add to your list

If you’re going to put in the training, you’ll want to run the best of the best. And if you’re a real racing junkie, you can consider this the ultimate bucket list from January until May:

Van Wettens Night Race
LVCC marathon club will once again host the massive five- and 10-kilometre race around Mbombela Stadium.
Venue: Mbombela Stadium
Date: January 25
Time: 18:00
Distances: 10km and 5km
Defending champion (10km):
Male: Emmanuel Kekani (31:31)
Female: Nontokoza Dlamini (39:28)
Contact details: Mark Greeff on 079-881-3582.

Also read: Van Wettens Night Race draws more than 1 000 runners


UNIWISP 3-in-1 fast marathon
It is hosted by Nelspruit Marathon Club and all races will start on the Sabie/Lydenburg road and end at the Mbombela Stadium. Medals to all finishers and a fast qualifier for Comrades Marathon.
Venue: Mbombela Stadium
Date: March 4
Time: 06:00
Distances: 42,2km, 21,1km and 10km
Contact details: www.uniwispmarathon.co.za

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Merucrial Bateleur Estate
Participate in remembrance day, honouring someone you have loved and lost. Bateleur Estate, Nelspruit is a 200Ha lifestyle estate with retirement facilities nestled in an idyllic Lowveld landscape. There is a race for everyone, 10km or 21,1km. Get your running shoes on and join in the fun.
Venue: Bateleur Estate, The Rest
Date: April 8
Time: 06:30
Distance: 21,1km and 10km
Defending champion (21,1km):
Male: Lovers Hlatswayo (01:15:36)
Female: Nontokoza Dlamini (01:38,24)
Contact details: [email protected]

Also read: Hundreds take on Bateleur Memorial Run


Sudwala Screaming Monster half-marathon
The Sudwala Screaming Monster is a half-marathon. This isn’t an easy route. It involves a climb to the top of the pass and into the Sudwala Caves. It is mountain goat heaven. Just when you think you must be at the top, you go even further up, and when you run out of road, there’s still a little bit more steep climbing up to the cave itself.
An amazing treat waits for you at the top, though, as you get to
run inside the Sudwala cave,
entering the awe-inspiring space, which is millions of years old, at an altitude of around 200m. Accommodation is available at the finish venue, but hurry, as places run out fast.
Venue: Sabie Lodge
Date: April 29
Time: 07:00
Distance: 21,1km
Defending champion:
Male: Ntuthuko Maseko (01:19,55)
Female: Marlene Kuhl (01:49,27)
Contact details: Jurgen Halbrich on 083-290-0678.

Also read: Uphill at Sudwala is a true monster


Selati 2-in-1
This is a moderate and scenic race. Around 8km of the 21,1km race is run along the Crocodile River, which overlooks the Kruger Park. Starting at the Rugby club, the route passes the golf course, before turning back at the sugar factory and running along the Crocodile River.
This is a popular race among novice runners.
Venue: Malalane Rugby Club
Date: May 13
Time: 07:00
Distance: 10km and 21,1km
Defending champion (21,1km):
Male: Abednico Mashaba (01:07,02)
Female: Noria Sibanda (01:33,26)
Contact details: Deon Valks on 082-788-0675.


Carli Koch
Sports Editor

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