Going the ultra distance

Wedaad Hoosain, Gesant Abed and Faldhi Adams showing some Ultra gees.

Wedaad Hoosain, Gesant Abed and Faldhi Adams showing some Ultra gees.

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.

Cross Country Season Is Here!

Mogammad Abdullatief runs with some of his young runners.

Mogammad Abdullatief runs with some of his young runners.

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.

Slave Route Challenge Entries Open

The finish area of the 2013 Jive Slave Route Challenge.

The finish area of the 2013 Jive Slave Route Challenge.

Online entries for the 2014 Jive Slave Route Challenge, hosted by Itheko, have opened.

The Jive Slave Route Challenge will be run on Sunday May 11.

Runners can enter online for the following events: the 21.1km half marathon, 10km run, 10km Big Walk and a 5km Fun Run.

In-store entries will be available at Sportsmans Warehouse from Monday 14th April.

You can find your Jive Slave Route Challenge entry form at the following Sportsmans Warehouse branches: Rondebosch, Tokai, Canal Walk, Somerset West, Sea Point, Tygervalley and West Coast Village.

More race day details will be forthcoming.

Check out our pics from the 2013 Jive Slave Route Challenge.

LOA Itheko Sport Athletic Club

  • 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 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 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 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!!!

  • SHOE DROP APPEAL part of the SSISA/UCT 10km Memorial Run, presented by The Sweat Shop The UCT Athletics Club’s annual 10km road race will be held on Sunday the 4th of May, starting at 07h00 on UCT Middle Campus. This year sees the expansion of the ‘Shoe Drop’ charity event that aims to collect shoes, warm clothes and old sporting equipment from around the city and donate it to SHAWCO Rags2Riches, from which funds will be generated for SHAWCO education projects. This year’s race will see the second edition of the exciting and highly successful ‘Shoe Drop’, which helped generate thousands of Rands for SHAWCO in 2013. We ask all Capetonians, runners or not, to help the needy gear up for winter. Donate your unused shoes, warm clothing and sporting equipment by dropping it off at one of the following locations: • The Sports Science Institute of South Africa, Boundary Road, Newlands Mon-Fri: 05h30-21h00, Sat: 06h30-19h00, Sun/Holidays: 08h00-12h30 & 16h00-19h00 • The Sweat Shop, cnr Cavendish & Vineyard Roads, Claremont Mon-Fri: 09h00-17h30, Sat: 09h00-14h00, Sun/Holidays: 10h00-13h00 • UCT Sports Administration offices, UCT Sports Centre, UCT Upper Campus Mon-Fri: 09h00-15h00 • UCT Athletics clubhouse, Groote Schuur Oval, UCT Middle Campus Mon-Thurs: 17h30-18h30 and also on race day at registration and the finish. The UCT Athletics Club has once again teamed up with the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) as the title sponsor and The Sweat Shop as the presenting sponsor to bring you this year’s race. Pre-entries can be bought from The Sweat Shop or UCT’s Sports Centre up until Friday 2 May, with entries on the day starting at 06h00 at the Kramer Building on UCT Middle Campus. The race starts at 07h00 and will finish on UCT’s Groote Schuur Oval. The attractive 10km route takes runners through UCT campus, Newlands and Rondebosch with cash prizes for the category winners, many spot prizes up for grabs at the prize giving and a competition for the best fancy dress. The first 100 finishers are awarded gold race medals, followed by silver for the next 500 and bronze for the next 1000. We look forward to a great day and wish everyone the best for their race! The race will also form part of Western Province Athletics’s Winter Team Challenge 2014. RACE ENQUIRIES: For more information, please visit or contact the race organisers at 650 3563 or 336 7900 Released by: Matthew Henshall, Shoe Drop coordinator E-mail: • tel: 083 7780 294


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