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Road Races November 2018

PIRATES ROAD RUNNING

ROAD RACES IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER

Information about the races has been obtained from the Runnersguide website and is up to date at the time of publication of the newsletter.  The racing calendar definitely sees a slow down as we approach the end of the calendar.  The month starts with a big bang of marathons before petering out with gaps on some weekends.

7 November 2018

CENTRAL GAUTENG

ALL RACES

Races Missed: Soweto marathon

Sunday 11th November

Alberton Half Marathon & 10km

The Alberton half is probably the flattest 21km in Joburg as the town is off the hilly rand. The race starts at 6am in the morning from the Alberton Rugby Club, which is where the athletics club also based. The route can be exposed but with the early start one would be done very early.

Sunday 25th November

RAC City Lodge Tough One 32km

The RAC Tough One is a traditional race on the Pirates calendar and as such it will have a gazebo and a breakfast. The route is a testing one with a long slog up gradual gradients (read slow poison) from the right turn off Witkoppen around 14km. This is one of the 21 bucket list races to do in the 2nd half of the year.

GAUTENG NORTH

ALL RACES

Races Missed: Tshwane Oppie Bol Disability Awareness

Saturday 17th November

Tom Jenkins Challenge Run/Walk

There is a half marathon and a 10km at this race. The race is run through the historic suburbs of Pretoria and starts and finishes on the lawns of the Union Buildings. Make no mistake this is a very difficult race with a brutal climb up the dreaded Tom Jenkins Drive above the Union Buildings. This is one of the 21 bucket list races to do in the 2nd half of the year.

Saturday 24th November

Voortrekker Monument Half and 10km

This is a brand new race on the calendar so route information is a little scarce. What is guaranteed is that the route will be very tough. Those that are familiar with the Vasbyt race know that the Voortrekker monument sits on top of a hill and no matter how they craft the route there will be a brutal climb in it somewhere.

REST OF SOUTH AFRICA

ONLY BIG RACES

Races Missed: Kaapsehoop Marathon

Saturday 10th November

Spar Bela-Bela Marathon

The Bela-Bela marathon is the biggest race in Limpopo in the entire year. Definitely a race of two halves with a pan flat first 21km followed by a very hilly 2nd half.

Saturday 10th November

The Winelands Marathon

The Winelands Marathon is a race between Stellenbosch and Somerset West and back again. For those that are familiar with the winelands you will know that the area is not flat with the R44 between the two towns including a lot of little valleys. Look out for the turn up the gravel Stellenrust road to really deliver a cheap shot.

Saturday 17th November

Medihelp Cherry Race

The Cherry race is part of the Ficksburg Cherry Festival. It can definitely be defined as a mountain race with the high point on the Imperani Mountain being roughly halfway along the course. It has been called Free State’s biggest race with all the visitors at the cherry festival. This is one of the 21 bucket list races to do in the 2nd half of the year.

Saturday 24th November

Sani Stagger

There is quite a contingent of Pirates runners who are going to do this race. One of those events where if you blink you would have missed the entry window (even marathon entries closed within a day). The Sani Stagger is a brutal marathon with 21km up the Sani Pass to the summit before turning around and running back down again. Well over 1000m of elevation within 10km. This is one of the 21 bucket list races to do in the 2nd half of the year.

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Road Races October 2018

PIRATES ROAD RUNNING

ROAD RACES IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER

Information about the races has been obtained from the Runnersguide website and is up to date at the time of publication of the newsletter. October has some interesting races before a few massive ones in November.
5 October 2018

CENTRAL GAUTENG

ALL RACES
Sunday 7th October

Spar Women’s 10km Joburg

The Joburg event of the Spar Women’s series is a 10km from Marks Park around Greenside, Emmarentia and Parkview. It uses many of the same roads as some of our training runs so not quite as flat and fast as advertised. The race includes on the day entries from the venue.

Sunday 14th October

5km Fun Walk 4 Champs

The Fun Walk 4 Champs is an event hosted by our Pirates 2 Pirates partners – the Greater Motlana Branch of the Orlando Pirates Supporters Club.  It is a fund raising event to raise funds for the Vukani Learning Centre.  It is an event that we encourage Pirates to support.  It is based at the Moletsane Sports Complex near Jabulani Mall.

Sunday 14th October

Burger & Co 15km

The Burger & Co is the old Sportsmans Warehouse 15km and has been moved back to the Boksburg stadium.  The route includes many of the same parts as the Colgate race in May and as in Boksburg it is flat and fast.  Interestingly enough this race doesn’t hand out medals with finishers all getting a buff.  Entries are available at the venue before the race.

Sunday 21st October

Diepkloof Half Marathon & 10km

The Diepkloof Half is a tough race using some of the hills found on the Soweto Marathon route.  The race entry includes a t-shirt to the first 1000 entrants.  Entries are available on the morning of the race.

Wednesday 31st October

Rowlin National Brokers 15, 10 & 5km

This is another Benoni Northerns race and one of the few remaining night races left. Being in Benoni it will be pancake flat. They always try make it a festive race so it is termed a “Glow Run”? Entries are available at the start.

GAUTENG NORTH

ALL RACES
Saturday 6th October

Chamberlain Capital Classic Half Marathon

The Chamberlain Capital Classic is another race hosted by Phobians and is just one of the large PTA races in October. The route is quite a tough route with the half marathon being a double lapper of the 10km. Entries are available on the morning of the race.

Saturday 13th October

SABS Jacaranda City Challenge

The Jacaranda City Challenge is Pretoria’s big marathon in the second half of the year. The marathon and the half are pre-entry only which close on the 5th October. The race has moved venue down the road to the Pretoria Rugby Club. The route is flatter compared to other Pretoria races with the route all being within the bowl of Pretoria – no worries about Waterkloof Ridge.

Saturday 20th October

CSIR Half Marathon

The CSIR race is run from the CSIR campus just to the side of the N1. The race has a challenging part to it as it runs to the top of the koppie that is part of the CSIR campus. Entries are available on race day at the venue.

Saturday 27th October

CSIR Irene Farm Race

The final race in the Irene series and probably the most interesting one as the route takes you around the Irene Diary Farm and the Irene Golf Course – there is a stretch through the farm where you run through a barn whilst played to by a boereorkes.  Entries are available on the morning of the race.

REST OF SOUTH AFRICA

ONLY BIG RACES
Saturday 13th October

Voet van Afrika

This year is the 40th edition of Voet.  This is a very tough marathon as portions of it are on trail straight over the mountain above Napier before heading back to Bredasdorp.  The race has a special character with many of the Cape Town clubs using it for their out of town race.  The race is pre-entry only which is sold out.

Sunday 14th October

Outsurance 94.5KFM Gun Run

The Gun Run is one of the bigger half marathons in the country, rivalled only by the Two Oceans Half.  The course is flat and fast with only one slight hill to even worry about.  The race is pre-entry only with entries closing on the 4th October.

Saturday 20th October

Harrismith Mountain Race

The mountain race is described as tough, tough, tough….  The race is one of the oldest races in South Africa and definitely the oldest trail race as it has been held since 1922.  The race climbs up and down the Platberg above Harrismith with the route being 7km up and 7km down (one “flat” km on the top of the mountain).  Entries are available on race day which starts at 9:30 (historically a late start to allow runners to get there from Gauteng and Natal).

Pirates Running April Birthdays

PIRATES ROAD RUNNING

BIRTHDAYS

Wishing all our members well this month!

6 April 2018

Sunday 1 April
Maddie Brummer
Wednesday 4 April
Angelo Coppola
Thursday 5 April
General Senyadiwa
Friday 6 April
Jessica Holland
Tuesday 10 April
Shelagh Smith & Vicky Stark
Thursday
12 April
Max Gebhardt
Friday 13 April
Valerie Wiggett
Sunday
15 April
Randall Kan
Tuesday 17 April
Melissa Hofert
Wednesday 18 April
Luc Tellier
Thursday
19 April
Doug Dunbar
Saturday
21 April
Jimmy Styan & Dantzler Smith
Sunday
22 April
Konrad Kaiser
Sunday 29 April
Audrey Johnson

April Road Races

PIRATES ROAD RUNNING

ROAD RACES IN THE MONTH OF APRIL

Information about the races has been obtained from the Runners guide website and is up to date at the time of publication of the newsletter.

5 APRIL 2018

CENTRAL GAUTENG

ALL RACES
Sunday 8th April

Alan Robb 32 & 15km

The Alan Robb race is the traditional Germiston Callie race, now named after one of their famous runners (as one of the oldest Joburg clubs they have had a few Comrades legends run for them).  It is relatively quick although the runnersguide route description says the second half is tough which sees you running through the industrial areas close to Rand Airport.  Route goes through some of the older parts of Germiston for those that like Joburg history).  Online entries are closed but you can enter on the morning of the race.  Note the start time of 6:30 – most races will start at this time with sunrise being later.

Sunday 15th April  

Jackie Gibson Marathon & Alan Ferguson Half Marathon

This race taking place in and around Kibler Park is renowned for having a tough route that goes over the Klipriviersberg ridge. Another one of Joburg’s oldest club Harriers have moved this race around over the last few years. The start is at the Kibler Park Rec centre again which would indicate a clockwise route. The flyer mentions that it is pre-entries only which have closed. It does appear that you can still enter on Webtickets if needed.

Sunday 22nd April

Birchwood Half Marathon & 10km

The Birchwood Half is probably Joburg’s quickest 21km, run around the Boksburg suburbs close to the Airport.  Normal problem for Championchip races though is that it is already sold out. 

Friday 27th April

MiWayLife Cradle Humankind 32km, half marathon & 10km

Another race that is pre-entries only and by the time you are reading this, entries would have closed.  The route is a very scenic out and back (turn around the bin) for all distances.  The routes are quite lumpy as you go from valley to hill.  Generally an enjoyable race but the traffic can be a huge problem getting in do car pooling is suggested.

Sunday 29th April

Robor Scaffolding 50, Marathon, Half, 10 & 5km

The last marathon in Joburg before Comrades.  The Benoni Northerns route is pretty flat although the bits through Ebotse golf course always a challenge.  The most difficult aspect of this race is the fact that the split for the double lap (and triple lap for the 50km) is right at the finish – causing a lot of temptation to just stop instead of going out for another lap.  Pre-entries close on 22nd April but you can enter on the weekend of the race at the club.

GAUTENG NORTH

ALL RACES
Saturday 7th April

Ford 3-in-1

Information on this race is relatively scarce as it appears to be a newish race.  It starts from Ford’s sports fields in Silverton, hence the sponsorship.  You are able to enter on the morning of the race.

Sunday 8th April

Modern Athlete Irene Ultra Marathon

The Irene Ultra is designed to take advantage of an anomaly in the Comrades seeding brackets.  48km races have the same qualifying criteria as a 50km distance so you are therefore getting “2 free kms”.  The course is designed without any significant hills to ensure that runners can get their best possible time.  Finally as it is partnered by Championchip they provide mat-to-mat times to Comrades for seeding purposes.  Race is pre-entry only.

Saturday 21st April

PnP Sosh Morula Half Marathon & 10km

This race is run from Giant Stadium in Soshanguve.  Entries are available on the morning of the race.  Information is limited on the net so difficult to find a route description.   

Saturday 28th April

Tshwane Half Marathon & 10km

The Tshwane half is one of those races not affiliated to any club but rather hosted by the regional body (City 2 City used to be organized by CGA and AGN, now CGA don’t organise any races).  It is the second one in the month starting in the industrial area of Silverton which is relatively flat.  Entries are available on the morning of the race.

Tuesday 1st May

MiWay Wally Hayward Marathon

The Wally is the last official Comrades qualifier and the last marathon prior to Comrades.  Many runners use this as their final tune up race (or desperate qualifier) and as such it has been recorded as South Africa’s third biggest race.  The race is pre-entry only which close on the 15th April.  Please note the new venue of the Centurion rugby club which should make access a little easier.

REST OF SOUTH AFRICA

ONLY BIG RACES

April sees the final marathons that can be used as Comrades qualifiers.  We have only focused on the big races which are predominantly marathon distance or further.

Saturday 7th April

Arthur Cresswell Memorial Ultra Marathon & Half

The Bergville to Ladysmith Ultra is one of the historic race dates on the calendar.  The 52km distance gives you slightly more qualifying time than the 50km races (Om Die Dam, Loskop & Benoni) so is a great one to improve seeding.  The point to point race starts in Bergville which is higher than Ladysmith so another net downhill race with the second half being predominantly downhill.  The ultra is pre-entry only which closed at the start of April.

Sunday 15th April

Durban City Marathon and Half

The Durban City Marathon is a favourite amongst some of the KZN runners due to it being almost dead flat.  For a hilly city they make sure that you don’t get anywhere close to the Berea ridge.  Race is pre-entry only although you can enter on race weekend at a premium, just not on the morning of the event.

Saturday 21st April

Forever Resorts Loskop Ultra Marathon

Loskop is these days one of the Big 4 Ultra marathons.  Run as a point to point from Middelburg to the Loskop Dam it is quick and a net downhill race.  Always a good race to use for seeding or qualifying due to the quick course.  The race is pre-entry only and this year Pirates have a bus taking a number of the runners through.

Saturday 21st April

Langebaan Country Estate Weskus Marathon, Half, 10 & Fun Run

The race is held within the West Coast National Park and the beauty of the race is that there are no cars on the route – runners have the whole roads to themselves.  The marathon is point to point.  Both marathon and half are pre-entries only with entries closing on 16 April 2018.

Saturday 28th April

Potato Pride Wilge Marathon, Half & 10km

The Potato Pride is one of the last marathons outside of Gauteng for those looking to qualify for Comrades (although same weekend as Benoni and Wally so only for those looking for something different).  The route does include quite a bit of offroad but as it is along the banks of the Wilge river it is flat and fast.  You can enter on the morning of the race.