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TRAIL WINNERS SET PACE FOR RECORD-BREAKING WEEKEND

16 September 2017

The SANLAM Peace Trail Run in Cape Town this morning kicked off an exhilarating weekend of running. The 22km and 12km trail runs form part of a weekend of running through Africa’s spectacularly beautiful Mother City. Awarded IAAF Gold Label status earlier this year, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon will take centre stage tomorrow.
 
Men’s 22km Trail Run
Lesotho’s Tebogo No


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WORLD CLASS FIELD

15 September 2017

Asefa Negewo made history in 2016 when he won the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon in the fastest time ever recorded on South African soil, crossing the line in 2:08.41. The Ethiopian is back to defend his title, but will be facing some incredibly tough opposition.
 
The elite men and women’s fields were introduced to the media this morning, and what a field! Five athletes have dipped 2:10 and t


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STAGE IS SET FOR WORLD CLASS RUNNING ON SOUTH AFRICAN SOIL

by Michelle Carnegie - 14 September 2017

South African elite marathoner Irvette van Zyl is hoping to finish in the top three women at this year’s highly competitive Sanlam Cape Town Marathon (SCTM), one of only a few marathons in the world to achieve IAAF gold label status.
 
Van Zyl will be amongst some of the world’s best lining up on Sunday morning in Cape Town, where the stage has been set for some spectacular running.


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THIS IS WHAT DETERMINATION LOOKS LIKE

by Michelle Carnegie - 13 September 2017

The day he had to bail out of a corporate race due to a serious health scare was a turning point in the life of Tapiwanashe Zhou. Not only did he feel embarrassed in front of his colleagues and company MD, but he realised in what bad shape he was, having run only 1km before experiencing serious health problems.
 
At that stage Tapiwa (as his friends call him) weighed 107kg, and though this race


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STORMING AHEAD

10 September 2017

Comrades top five finisher and Nedbank elite athlete Gerda Steyn flew the South African flag high this weekend, smashing the Great North Run (GNR) in North East England in another Personal Best of 1:17:47. On top of this she finished 13th overall in the elite women's race.
 
The GNR is the largest half marathon in the world, taking place annually between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shield


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XABA RACES TO CROSS COUNTRY DOUBLE

09 September 2017

Glenrose Xaba stole the show on Saturday, blasting around the course to bag a memorable double at the ASA Cross Country Championships at North West University’s Pukke Sports Fields in Potchefstroom.
 
The Gauteng North (AGN) athlete, who won the national 10 000m Women’s title on the track in April, displayed fine form by first winning the Senior Women's 10km race and then taking


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SHOW UP AND SHOUT

07 September 2017

“Marathon runners feed on encouragement to get them over the line, and spectators play a vital role to keep their momentum going,” says Janet Welham, race director of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 17 September this year.
 
The 42.2km road race, whose International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) Gold Label status makes it unique in Africa, fol


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MANJA AND MOLOTSANE TO DEFEND THEIR ASA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS TITLES

06 September 2017

Defending champions David Manja and Kesa Molotsane will defend their titles at the ASA Cross Country Championships in Potchefstroom on Saturday.
 
Manja leads host province, Athletics Central North West, to face a strong challenge from a line-up which includes last year's silver and bronze medalists, Precious Mashele and Joel Mmone in the Senior Men’s 10km race.
 
Other contenders include national 5 000m champion Thabang Mosiako, former World Stude


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FROM CANCER PATIENT TO MARATHON RUNNER

by Michelle Carnegie - 04 September 2017

After being diagnosed with the most aggressive kind of breast cancer, she wasn’t sure whether she would even live to see 40. But miraculously she did. And now Louise Vernon is making life count. She is training for her first marathon, and proving that there is life after cancer.
 
Shortly after UK nursery practitioner Louise Vernon got the all clear that she was no longer at any greater r


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WHAT IT TAKES TO BECOME A COMRADES CHAMPION

by Michelle Carnegie - 31 August 2017

Elite athletes might be born with great genes and loads of talent, but make no mistake; it takes hours of dedication, grit and hard work to become the best of the best. In fact, it takes running up to 250km in one single week.
 
The 2017 Comrades Marathon Men’s Champ, Bongmusa Mthembu shared his thoughts on what it takes to become a champion at the recent launch of the 2018 Comrades Marat


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