Date: 26 February 2017
Organisers: Phobians Athletic Club
Distance: 42.2; 21.1; 10;
Province: Gauteng North
Start: PHSOB Club, Hofmeyr Park, cnr Kings Highway & Queens Crescent, Lynwood, Pretoria
The first leg (42.2km) of our Club Championship series is here: the DELOITTE PRETORIA MARATHON
Most runners are asked 4 questions: are you doing Comrades, Two Oceans, Om Die Dam or Deloitte? The answer to the last question can be found on Sunday when thousands of participants will line up for the start of this popular race.
First things first: the 42 and 21 are PRE-ENTRY events, the good news is that you can still enter at the venue on Friday and Saturday (Pretoria High School Old Boys Club, Hofmeyer Park c/o Kings Highway and Queens Crescent Park Lynnwood). 10km can enter on the day.
This attractive and historic two lap route takes in some of Pretoria’s most beautiful landmarks. Pretoria Boys’ High is just one such feature en route - designed by Sir Herbert Baker and a national monument. The race presents its greatest challenge in the first half of the lap as the route steadily climbs up the Waterkloof Ridge on its way to Klapperkop Hill. The pull starts near the two-kilometre mark and goes on relentlessly for about four kilometres. The work put in here is well worth it as you are rewarded with breath-taking views of the Pretoria city centre and the surrounding mountains.
The seven kilometre downhill charge is accompanied by the strident sounds of the Boys’ High Pipe Band. Once through the beautiful school grounds, at the 16-kilometre mark, it is time to think of the home stretch. Not too difficult, with an easy one kilometre run into the finish. The marathon turns away for the second lap on the 18km mark. It’s a tough one for sure, and the total elevation gain on the 42 is just over 1000m (compare this to Om Die Dam that is around 900m, and I’m sure you get the picture).
The weather forecast looks favourable with partly cloudy and mild conditions predicted. No Rain! Athletes must wear the race number on the front, and 2017 license numbers on the back and front of the running vest as per ASA race rules. Let’s run clean and deposit our litter in the bins provided at the water points.
Our club gazebo will welcome you at the finish, and Kelly and Lynell with provide the catering, thanks ladies!
May you have a good race!
Hein le Hanie
Club Captain: Alpha Centurion Runners and Walkers (ACRW)
Mobile: +27 82 904 3615