Eager runners are invited to the Caltex Sole Destroyer race hosted by Oxford Striders on Sunday, September 16, at Smithfield Street in Cambridge.
The race is sponsored by Caltex Eastern Cape Marketer and is named after Chris Sole, a well-known athlete from East London, Chris Sole, who used the Horseshoe Valley as his training ground.
“The first half of the 21.1km route is run on dirt roads through panoramic farming areas and includes several testing hill climbs, with the aptly named Heartbreak Hill at 7.5km into the race,” race convener Helen Pretorius said.
“At 12.5km, athletes are confronted with a steep descent followed by a relatively flat and fast section through East London suburbs until at 18km, when they will reach their last ascent, assent, the climb up Willasdale,” she added.
She said they were excited to welcome Beebiz, a BEE compliance consulting company, as sponsor for the Sole Teaser 9km.
The Beebiz Sole Teaser is a tough 9km that includes two very well-known hills, Batting Hill and Willasdale Drive.
“The amazing scenery, the camaraderie and the fantastic T-shirts keep many runners coming back each year to take on the challenge,” said Pretorius.
There are T-shirts for the first 600 entrants in the 21km and first 250 entrants in the 9km. Entrance fees are R120 per person for the 21km race and R80 for the 9km.
Entry forms are available at all participating Total Sports Vincent Park and Sportsmans Warehouse at the Hub & Caltex Service Stations.