PIRATES ROAD RUNNING
ROAD RACES IN THE MONTH OF JULY
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. . July sees the restart of the running calendar in the second half of the year so a number of races on the program.
9 JULY 2018
Sunday 8th July
The traditional first race for the second half of the year in Johannesburg. This 10km race is run around the suburb of Sundowner before returning along Northumberland. The route is relatively flat although has some climbing once back on the main road and back into the shopping centre. You can enter the race on the morning – please note 7:30 start.
Sunday 15th July
Rundela27 Long Run to Freedom
This is a new race on the calendar and as such information about the route is unknown except for the distance of 27km. The event is pre-entry only but an additional batch of entries have been made available on Webtickets. The race starts at 6:30 at the Wits Education Campus.
Sunday 22nd July
702 Walk the Talk
The Walk the Talk is probably the biggest mass participation road event in Joburg. The Walk the Talk has changed over the years and now caters for far shorter distances with the longest option being 15km. It is a pre-entry only event – you can still enter although late entry fees will apply.
Sunday 29th July
Vosloorus 10 & 5km Race
This race starts at 8:00 at the Vosloorus stadium. The online entries are already closed yet you will be able to enter on the morning of the race.
Saturday 7th July
Garsfontein Icebreaker Half
This is the season launching race in Pretoria. The route is described as moderate undulating through the suburb of Garsfontein to the east of Pretoria. There are various distance options. The race starts at 7:00 and you can enter on the morning of the race.
Saturday 14th July
Afriforum Springbok Vasbyt 25
Make no mistake – this is a tough race. A combination of trail and road it is run on the koppies surrounding the Voortrekker monument. The race has a unique start with the Harvards and the firing of a cannon. Listed as one of the 21 races to do in the 2nd half of the year. Race starts at 7:30 and you can enter on the morning of the race.
Saturday 21st July
Long Walk / Run to Freedom
The most important thing to note is the venue change of this event to the Atterbury Value Mart. Various distance options start at 7:00. Race entries available on Entrytime however you will be able to enter on the morning of the race.
Saturday 28th July
Zwartkop Road Race
The final race in GN for July is more traditional race. The Zwartkop Road Race has a number of different distance options and is run to the west of Centurion. Pre-entries on Entrytime and also on the morning of the race.
REST OF SOUTH AFRICA
ONLY BIG RACES
It seems crazy but July has a number of big races with big distances.
Saturday 7th July
Halls Half Marathon
One of the biggest races in Mpumalanga. The Halls Half Marathon starts at the famous Halls Gateway at the entrance to Nelspruit. They advertise the race as follows: Run Through The Famous Halls Estate Past Rippling Rivers And Through The Cane Fields! Get A Close Up View Of The New Mbombela Stadium, See The Avocado, Pecan And Litchi Orchards! Cross Over The Crocodile River With A Possible Hippo Sighting!
One of the 21 races to do in the second half of the year. Pre-entries are closed but you can enter on the morning of the race.
Saturday 7th July
Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon
A massive race with both the half and the full marathon selling out this year in record time. The Knysna marathon falls at the end of the annual oyster festival. Both the 21km and the full start in the mountains high above Knysna with the marathon heading into the mountains on jeep and single tracks before joining the half course for the last few kms. Both events have a substantial net drop but the marathon is quite brutal. One of the 21 races to do in the second half of the year.
Friday 27th July
Washie 100 Miler
The Washie is by far and away the oldest 100 Miler in the country – this is the 42nd edition of the event. Previously run between Port Alfred and East London this year and next year sees a change of start venue to Cathcart. It does mean that the route has a substantial net drop although spread out over 160km. Online entries close on the 24th July. Runners need to provide their own seconds.