Destroyer will be gripping stuff
Excitement builds for 25th edition of the race
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