Hundreds expected to turn out for popular East London half marathon
Lifelong health and fitness are the focus this weekend when the Border Masters Athletics
Association present their 40th Masters Half Marathon, under the theme “Do it! Run it! Master it!” this Sunday.
“Through this road race, runners and walkers aged 35 to 80 will be competing against rivals in their respective age groups as they face their own personal challenge of completing the 21.1km distance,” said Border Masters chair John Oatley.
“In our 40th year, we can reminisce about the first race in 1981 in which 37 Masters finished. “Among the winners were legends of Border marathon running, the late John Ball in the 50- 54 age group, and the recently departed Tony Viljoen in the 45-49 age group.”
Oatley said the race had grown in numbers with 750 participants expected, many only taking up running or walking in their middle years and now reaping the benefits.
“With first three prizes on offer in each of 20 age group categories, space does not permit an analysis of prospective winners, but be assured competition will be fiercest among those born before Masters organised the first race in 1981,” he said.
Early entries will qualify for the Border Masters t-shirts, and due to popular demand the organisers will issue a commemorative medal to all finishers.
The race starts at 6.30am near Winterstrand and finishes at Buffalo Club in East London.
Runners must attend registration at the Buffalo Club on Friday evening from 4pm to 7pm, or on Saturday afternoon from 2pm to 5pm to collect their race numbers.
Further details are available on Facebook at Border Masters Athletics or from John on 084-619-5126.