De­stroyer will be grip­ping stuff

Ex­cite­ment builds for 25th edi­tion of the race

Daily Dispatch - - Sport -

well in the Sole De­stroyer, but now it will give some other run­ners a chance.”

With the Leg­ends half­marathon tak­ing place next weekend, some of the top run­ners in the re­gion might be tak­ing it easy to­mor­row, in prepa­ra­tion for that race.

There­fore the race could be wide open for an out­side pick, with the top prizes and pres­ti­gious King and Queen of the Moun­tain ti­tles there for the tak­ing.

One of the con­tenders on the women’s side could be Han­lie Botha, how­ever she is still de­cid­ing whether she wants to do the 9km Sole Teaser and Leg­ends Half, or the 21km Sole De­stroyer and the shorter run at the Leg­ends.

Botha won the ti­tle in 2014 and 2015 be­fore miss­ing out on last year’s race.

“I will def­i­nitely be at the race, I re­ally en­joy it and I am happy to be back after I missed last year, which I was plan­ning to run but wasn't feel­ing a 100% so had to make the call to pull out,” he said.

Premier East­ern Cape marathon run­ner Lusapho April will also be at the race, but he has con­firmed he will be tak­ing it easy in the Sole Teaser to ease him­self back into com­pet­i­tive run­ning.

This year, in hon­our of the 25th edi­tion of the race, there will be spe­cial medals for the top three male and fe­male run­ners as well as the top male and fe­male in each off the cat­e­gories.

Race or­gan­iser, Dil­lon Pre­to­rius said that the weather pre­dicted for to­mor­row could not be more favourable for the run­ners.

“We are ex­pect­ing a slightly cooler day with pos­si­bly a sprin­kling of rain along the way and a slight east­erly wind pick­ing up later in the morn­ing, as run­ners we can­not ask for bet­ter con­di­tions” said Pre­to­rius.

Cal­tex East­ern Cape mar­keter and CEO Clive Ber­lyn (spon­sors for the past 11 years) will be par­tic­i­pat­ing Teaser.

“You will be see­ing me at the fin­ish line but not at the Heart­break Hill as I opted to rather do the 9km Sole Teaser and leave the Sole De­stroyer to the big guns on Sund in the Sole said Ber­lyn.

The 21km Sole De­stroyer will set off at 6.30am to­mor­row morn­ing in Smith­field Street in Cam­bridge and fin­ish at Ox­ford Strid­ers, while the 9km Sole Teaser will get go­ing at 7am, start­ing and fin­ish­ing Strid­ers.

The fi­nal chance to reg­is­ter for the race will be at Ox­ford Strid­ers from 9am to noon this morn­ing as no en­tries will be ac­cepted on the day of the race. at Ox­ford

TAK­ING IT IN THEIR STRIDE: Run­ners will hit the start of the Sole De­stroyer 21km race in Cam­bridge to­mor­row

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