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It takes 11 000 runners nearly half an hour to pass any given point during the first 21km of the Two Oceans Ultramarathon. It starts as a trickle, as the elite competitors fly by. Then it becomes a steady flow as runners in all shapes, sizes and running strides pass by, all of them intent on sticking to their race plan for the first part of the race. The flow holds steady for a while before it tapers off and turns into a trickle again and before you know it, they’re gone.
By the time the runners get to the halfway mark just before Chapman’s Peak, it takes those 11 000 runners considerably longer to past through a point. This, though, is what all the hours of training have been about. The early morning training runs, the long slow distances and the track training; all to have the legs to be able to tackle Chapman’s Peak and come out smiling on the other side. Then they have to finish the rest of the race.
Itheko’s band of ultra runners did themselves proud, both the veterans and the newbies, for finishing a tough 56km race. There were plenty of smiles and grimaces along the way, with plenty of walking in the last few kilometres but the course was conquered. All the training paid off.
The Ultramarathon, though, was not the only race to be run on the day, as 16 000 runners also took part in the half-marathon. It started half an hour earlier than the ultra and the excitement was just as palpable as for the ultra.
Itheko had a good turn out for the 21km race too, with many runners doing it for the first time. Let’s hope it’s not the last time either.
Congratulations to all the Itheko runners who finished the ultra, half-marathon and trail runs.
We look forward to hearing your stories.
Check out our Two Oceans Ultra runners in action.
Some Itheko kids got their first taste of cross country running at the traditional curtain raiser in Pinelands on Saturday.
The event was held in sweltering heat but that did not dampen the enthusiasm of the kids.
The relay event saw teams of five, across varying age groups, competing over a three kilometre off-road course.
The WPA cross country events are usually fun-filled, family affairs as parents bring their kids along to participate in running.
The league races cater for all ages, with varying distances for the age groups. Each course is different and is focused on the off-road element of running.
Entry fees for the cross country races vary between R3 and R5 for the junior runners and R5 and R15 for adult runners, depending on the distance being run.
2014 WPA Cross Country Fixture List:
03 May – 1st League – UWC
10 May – 2nd League – CPUT/Bellville South
18 May – 3rd League – Elfindale
24 May – 4th League – Fish Hoek
07 June – 5th League – Koeberg Nature Reserve
20 July – 6th League – Atlantis
26 July – 7th League – Rocklands
02 Aug – 8th League – Pollsmoor
16 Aug – WPACC Champs – CPUT/Bellville South
Check out our pics from the Cross Country Relay.
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Last nights begginers with Coach Farouk after an easy 5km slow run #Itheko #LionOfAfrica
The most amazing thing happened to me today that is worth sharing with all of U...this morning before I left my house filled with anxiety I spoke to Allah swt saying, Ya Allah pls give me signs & show me u with me on this race guide me & help me finish with a time u have for me...when on Edinberg dr I start reciting La illahaillah Anta subhanaka inni kuntu mienalthalimeen...a man with itheko colours ran next to me & starts chatting...I'm thinking to myself oh God, pls stop talking I don't have krag for U now ...so he starts guiding me by saying don't run on white line cos u might trip on cats eyes...then saying u going a bit too fast, by that time I was doing 6.35 on my watch...on Kendal rd, I started losing Mariam & Malikah...he just kept next to me...on southern cross, he tells me now we gonna walk till there then run till there...so I ask him, what's your name...he says I'm Yunus...I start thinking which of our prophets recited La illahaillah Anta subhanaka inni kuntu mienalthalimeen...it clicks Nabi Yunus AS in the whales stomach! Allah was guiding me thru the entire run bcos of my thikr in my head Allahu Akbar! this man helped pull me thru till the end...he left me @ the entrance of uct cos he didn't enter Oceans...he came to help ME Shukr Ya Allah for all my blessings!!!