Event Areas Archives: KwaZulu Natal

Giba Monthly Night Trail


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Illovo Sugar 15km Christmas Challenge

Westville Athletic Club proudly presents its own race, the popular Illovo Sugar 15km Christmas Challenge. This event was started in 1993 when the club decided to shorten their annual December run from 21km to 15km. The fact that the club’s colours were red and white and that the festive season was around the corner, resulted in the birth of the Christmas Challenge.

Running clubs embraced this theme and many have used it for their own end of year celebrations. Today it is one of the most festive races on the calendar; many clubs run in buses and a trophy is awarded to the bus with the best spirit.

A fairly hilly route through Westville.

Unique Fact: A trophy will be awarded to the first “mini bus” – comprising a minimum of ten members from the same club who must finish the race within 30 seconds of each other. The “bus driver” must report to the line judge at the finish who, later at the prize giving, will declare the winner. The “mini bus” competition is a pre-entry event. Phone Alen L Hattingh on 031 701 1726.

T-shirts will be awarded to the the first 1700 finishers (within the cut-off) and prizes to category winners. Lucky dip and spot prizes are also on offer.

Starting time: 15km Run/Walk: 6am.

Pre-entries, available at www.enteronline.co.za, will close on 11 December at midnight. You can also enter at the Westville Clubhouse on 13 December, from 10am – 4pm, or on race day, from 5am.

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KZNTR Summer Series Race 3 – Faulklands

Now it’s time to run into the Umngeni Valley and down to the river. This is the final event of the series and starts and finishes in the Edmonds Farm Yard on Faulklands Farm. The agricultural feel soon disappears as the route takes runners and walkers along some beautiful tracks and trails into the Valley.

“This race is a bit of a hidden gem” says race organiser Andrew Booth “The trail is technical in places, especially the two river crossings on the 14km course. The climb back out of the Umngeni Valley is also a challenge, but the course is well balanced with a little bit of everything” Booth said.

The short course is 7km and the long course 14km, but they should not be judged too much by their distance. Many runners rate this as their favorite in the series!

Starting times: 14km & 7km: 7:30am.

Pre-entries, available on www.roag.co.za, close Thursday 4 December at midnight. Only 400 pre-entries will be available, but if the cap has not been reached late entries will be available from 6:30am – 7:30am on race morning.

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Sani Stagger Marathon & Half Marathon (Down Run)

The Sani Stagger 21.1km down and 42.2km marathon is run along the famous SANI PASS. This is the only motor road that crosses the Natal Drakensberg and the only road between KwaZulu-Natal and the kingdom of Lesotho.

Unique Fact: Entries usually fill up within 45 minutes.

Medals will be awarded to all finishers and prizes to category winners. There will also be a lucky draw.

Venues, distances and starting times: Sani Pass Hotel, Himeville; 42.2km: 6am; Lesotho Border Post; 21.1km: 8:30am.

Pre-entries, available at www.sanistagger.com, opened on 1 August at 9am. The 21.1km is sold out (taking bid or buy entries and waiting list only). You can still enter the 42.2km.

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Thrombi Xfest Trail Run

Part of the unique Thrombi Xfest whitewater kayaking festival, the 10km trail will follow the beautiful Umzimkulu River along the gorge down to the spectacular Thrombosis Falls.

Starting time: 10km: 8:30am.

Pre-entries, available on www.thrombifest.com, close Friday 16 January 2015.. You can also enter on race day, from 7am.

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KZNTR Summer Series Race 2 – Table Mountain

There is no other race on the calendar like this one! Run up onto Pietermaritzburg’s Table Mountain, around the top and back down. The vista as your circumnavigate the top takes you from distant views of Pietermaritburg and the Umsunduzi River across to the Umngeni River and the hilltop panorama of the Valley of 1000 Hills. The view down onto Nagle Dam is also impressive. On a clear day the views of the Drakensberg are also spectacular.

This race has been embedded into the local community with the local secondary school playing host to the event. Funds from the event are donated both to the school and local community trust. A local group of Zulu Dancers will drum you off the mountain and entertain with their athletic manoeuvres.

The 7km course is still a challenge because of the hill up the mountain. Most people walk and only entertain the thought of running once on top. The trail on top is a network of cattle tracks that have been marked out to keep a little away from the edge. The 7km course does not go all the way around the top, but instead cuts though the middle along a beautiful wetland and stream.

The 12km course goes all the way around the top and involves significantly more ascent and descent. In sections of the course the trail disappears and participants have to follow markers through open grassland.

Starting time: 14km & 7km: 7:30am.

Pre-entries, available on www.roag.co.za, close Thursday 20 November at midnight. Only 400 pre-entries will be available, but if the cap has not been reached late entries will be available from 6:30am on race morning.

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Stihl Sharks Trail Adventure

The STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure is into its third year and the 2014 showing is set to be another great day of outdoor adventure and family orientated activities at the picturesque Summerveld Estate in Shongweni.

As schools break-up for the year and the corporate world winds down towards Christmas, the day affords mountain bikers and trail running enthusiasts one last opportunity to get their fix of outdoor adventure for the year while also giving Cell C Sharks fans the chance to rub shoulders with their rugby heroes and favourite mascot, Sharkie.

Participants, their families, spectators and general community members alike are encouraged to join in on the festivities and soak in the magnificent trails, explore the variety of lifestyle activities, take in the delightful live entertainment as well as spend some time relaxing with friends and family in the shade of the leaves and outstretched branches of Summerveld’s age-old trees while enjoying a scrumptious picnic or braai.

Race Details:
18km Trail Run: 6:30am (Early-bird: R125, Pre-entry: R145, Late entry: R180)
9km Trail Run: 7am (Early-bird: R90, Pre-entry: R110, Late entry R130)
40km MTB: 7:45am (Early-bird: R145, Pre-entry: R175, Late entry R200)
19km MTB: 8:30am (Early-bird: R115, Pre-entry: R135, Late entry R170)
10km Family Ride: 10am (Entry R50)
2km Sharkie Kids Ride: 11am (FREE!)

Pre-entries, available on www.roag.co.za. Early-bird entries closes on 8 November; Pre-entries on 2 December 2014. Late entries are available at registration, on race morning, from 5:30-8am.

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Queensburgh Mineshaft 15km Run & Walk

Badges to the first 600 finishers (including walkers). Fantastic lucky draw prizes!

Pre-entries, available from 1 November 2014 at Durban Runner, The Sports Zone and Poobie Naidoo Sports. Or, you can enter at the Queensburgh Club House on Wednesday 18 November, from 5-7pm, Saturday 22 November, from 10am – 4pm or on race morning, from 4-6am.

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