Online entries are open for the Cape Peninsula Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 17 February 2013. Runners can enter online at www.topevents.co.za or pick up entry forms at any Sportsmans Warehouse, who will also be accepting entries at the till points.
The marathon starts in Main Road, Green Point at 05h15, while the half marathon starts at the Bergvliet Sports Club at 07h00 with both routes taking runners on a fast, flat course through to the finish at the Naval Sports Grounds in Simon’s Town.
The event is organised by Celtic Harriers in association with Top Events and is an official qualifier for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and Comrades, with many runners using it not only as their qualifier but also as their long training run.
According to Roger McCallum, chairman of Celtic Harriers: “The 2012 event attracted a record field of just over 4 000 runners and we expect a similar size field for 2013, as well as some top runners to take part.”
McCallum added that the event always attracted the province’s top runners, as it is a fast, flat course that allows them to test themselves ahead of Two Oceans or Comrades. The course records are held by Ernest Tjela (2:11:47 in 1987) and Monica Drogemoller (2:37:19 in 1990)
Two runners stand the chance of each winning an all-expenses paid trip to the Victoria Falls Marathon or Half Marathon in July 2013 just by entering the Cape Peninsula 42km or 21km. All entrants’ names will go into a special lucky draw the day before the event and the winners will be notified ahead of race day.
Entries close on Sunday 3 February and no late entries will be taken after this date. Runners will also not be able to do substitutions, upgrades or downgrades. For more information contact Top Events on 021-511 7130 or visit www.topevents.co.za.
Runners’ donations and a portion of proceeds from this event will be donated to the Beth Uriel Home and the Pink Drive. The Beth Uriel Home provides assistance and shelter for marginalised youngsters between 15 to 22 years through various development programmes. The Pink Drive is a non-profit organisation committed to improving breast cancer awareness, education and offering services to women around South Africa, particularly those who do not have access to information.