TFM Tomato Trot 2014 - 1 February 2014
The 19th TFM Tomato Trot drew over 850 runners/walkers/cyclists for the 15km and over 1 600 fun runners/walkers/ cyclists. It was hot, humid and windy - typical February weather in the East London area of the Eastern Cape, but the feedback from all involved was once again enthusiastic.
The growth of the event from 36 runners 19 years ago to almost 2 500 has forced logistical changes on the organisers, but they have risen to the challenges and continue to deliver an event that is one of the top three running events in our region.
These changes have included an online entry process, a new layout for the start to ease congestion, and improved parking and security facilities to ensure smooth access for all participants and supporters.
The new 40km mountain bike race drew 80 riders, most of whom were impressed by the level of challenge presented by the route and have indicated that they will return again next year.
All in all, a successful and growing event that continues to provide an opportunity for the entire family to get involved in good fun and healthy exercise. (Thanks to the organisers for the write up and the photo)
31st McCarthy Toyota Half Marathon: 1 February 2014
The 31st McCarthy Toyota Half Marathon and 10km road race started at 06h00 on 1 February 2014 at Rietondale Park and finishing at the same venue. The weather was cool with overcast conditions but luckily with no rain.
Both the half marathon route and 10km route were changed with the first 7.5km being the same for both distances. Thereafter the half marathon ran through the Moot area and finished at Ritondale Park. The first six kilometres were taxing on the legs, with a nice long down, flat section in the middle, and then another uphill section at about 18 kilometres.
The half marathon attracted more than 1 600 entrants and the race was closely contested between three runners up to halfway mark when two of the runners broke away. With six kilometres to go, Altus Badenhorst (Nedbank club) put in a final burst and led the race to the finish in a time of 01:11:13. Donald Mashamane (MAD club) was second (01:12:31), with Solly Serothoma (New Balance) third clocking 01:13:46.
The women’s race was also closely contested with Rene Kalmer taking top honours in 01:15:44, followed by Rutendo Nyahora (01:17:48) and in third place Christine Kalmer in 01:20:45.
More than 2 300 lined up at start of the 10km which was won by Precious Mashele (Transnet) in 31:34 in the men's race, while Ingvill Bovin (Norway) won the women's race in 35:41.
The McCarthy Automark five kilometre Fun Run/Walk was enjoyed by close to 1 300 participants.
Once again, the race was professionally organised by Magnolia Road Runners with the support of the main sponsor, McCarthy Toyota Gauteng and all the sponsors of the water stations who provided sufficient cold refreshments and entertainment to participants. The McCarthy Toyota Half Marathon remains as one of the "must run events" on the race calendar. (Thanks to the organisers for the write up and the photo)