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Posted on: Friday, 30 April 2010

Get running – half marathons coming up in the Western Cape

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Half Marathons

Half Marathons

South Africa is in general, sports mad, and a weekend would not be a weekend without a sporting event of some kind taking place.  Running is one of our more popular pastimes and it’s not uncommon to see running die hards out pounding the pavements in the early hours of the morning or the last hours of the evening.

The Comrades Marathon is around the corner and perhaps some of you have friends that are taking part in the worlds greatest road race again this year or you know someone that will be tackling the 89km feat for the first time.  Maybe you’ve been inspired by someone who finished this years Two Oceans or maybe you just want to start getting fit …

Races take place all over the country but seeing as I live in Cape Town and I’m trying to get back into running myself, I’ve chosen a few half marathons taking place in the Western Cape over the next few weeks.  I think the best thing about a half marathon is that it’s generally all over in a little over two hours so by 10am the day is all yours!  We live in such a beautiful country so running a race is a great excuse to plan a weekend away or even a day out in a new place and after burning all those calories running you can reward yourself with a delicious lunch!  Most races also support a charity so you will be giving back to the local community too!

Try these out for starters:

The Safari Half Marathon (1 May 2010)
The Safari Half Marathon takes place in Wellington and is an incredibly popular race – according to the race website one should allow for a two to three hour drive from Cape Town to the start!  That’s a lot of traffic!  A 5km fun run and a 10km walk also take place during the day so you really can make this event a family outing.  The charity chosen for this year’s race is Mums for Wellington.  The mums provide a light meal and activities like singing, dancing and crafts for up to 200 Wellington youngsters twice a week.

The Milkwood Half Marathon (9 May 2010)
I speak from personal experience on the Milkwood and can honestly say it’s a great 21.1km.  Although there is a particularly nasty hill a little too close to the start of the race for my liking the rest of it is pretty flat and the scenery along the route is awesome!  Starting at the Soetwater Recreational area and running through seaside towns like Scarborough and Kommetjie means there is a bit of public support which always helps!  When I ran this race last the prize at the end was not a medal but a tree which I think is a brilliant idea!  There is also a 5km and 10km route for this event.

Darling Half Marathon (22 May 2010)
Although there is not much info on the web for the 2010 Darling Half Marathon, it is definitely taking place on May 22nd and from the looks of it, the 2009 race was something worth repeating!  The half marathon and the 5km run (dogs are welcome for the Doogie Dawdle) start from Darling Primary School.  The 21.1km route is part tar and part gravel and takes runners through residential areas, farmland, industrial area and then back to town.  All sorts of other activities are also planned so a day in Darling is not to be missed.

I hope I’ve given you a bit of a nudge to put the Asics on and get out to any of the races, whatever the distance, that take place in our fair land!

See you on the road…

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Helen Rushton

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After living in London and travelling the world for many years and more recently living in the Mother City, I now reside on a tranquil sugar cane farm in Kearsney; an area steeped in the history of South Africa’s sugar industry. During the summer months I get involved with the community by assisting the local primary school with swimming lessons at our country club. Some of my favourite things are reading or picking freshly grown vegetables and Iceland poppies in our garden. Milly, my boxer loves her walks to the river that runs through our farm and sometimes, Sandy the cat I hand reared, joins us for a stroll!

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