Last days of heat, spring has sprung out and autumn is causing the sun to come up later and later. Keeps it cool for those morning jogs and still enough time for early bike rides.
Cordwalles Mudman _ Sun 17th Midmar http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2311
Third one in this years series, swim-mtb and run, usual 2 distances and you can enter as a relay team, so anyone in the family that doesn’t sink is in for the swim leg. You can also do a paddle instead of the swim if you are scared on the water. Full distance (R170) is 750 m swim, 20 km MTB and 5 km run, half distance (R150) is half of that, funnily enough. There is a kiddies race which is always good, and they have put on a half distance mtb / run option for those weeding out of the swim.
If you have not done the mudman before, it is the most fun on a Sunday, no beer but you can stop over in Howick or Hilton for a quick one or five to reward yourself for participating. If you have done it before, same applies.
DeLoites Marathon and Half Marathon – Sun 17th (Ballito to Durban)
This is a really nice route, plenty of crowd support, rolling hills to test the legs but still quite quick. Unfortunately there are no late entries, a quirk of the road running fraternity that causes endless irritation to those of us who wake up on the day with less of a hangover than we thought and want to participate. If you have pre-entered, your wallet is emptier than last year but they claim these prices are justified, going up in accordance with the fuel prices and Deloites fees!! Anyway, have a gas there, remember you need a lift or bus to the start, finish on the beachfront and have a dip in the waves and a beer at the pub.
Other than these 2 events, I do not know of any others except the usual park runs on Saturday to keep the juices flowing. Also there is apparently a new one from St Ives, who excitingly are going to reopen their restaurant soon, which is great for the region. This run is a nice route, quite challenging but satisfying.
Take the MTB out for a spin in the hills, up the Curry’s Post road and in and out of a few of the dirt tracks and forest roads is fun once you have cleared the hill, otherwise the good old Bisley Nature reserve ride is easy. Karkloof have still got some closed routes due to logging. Riding or running through Pietermaritzburg is like off roading due to the poor state of the local infrastructure. This is thanks to a useless and inactive but well paid Umgeni Municipality led by some Mayor resulting from cadre deployment. We should fire the whole lot and hire people who are qualified to run a municipality without prostituting to local businessmen and developers.
Get your fresh foods at the various farmers markets after your park runs, or even delivered to you (BuyLocal on facebook) to stay healthy and keep the local producers in and outsiders out!! Local buying uses less logistics, packaging, and puts the money in the pocket of the producer rather than commercial value cold chains.