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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).