Tsepiso set for GBS 21km
With the 2018 GBS Mutual Bank Mountain Drive Half Marathon promising to be another incredibly successful event for the whole family, many local and national celebrity runners will be looking forward to the race on 25 August. One such local celebrity, Tsepiso Nzayo, has recently been named as the local ambassador for the race.
Nzayo, who is a local celebrity comedian and longdistance runner, recently completed the Comrades Marathon, and will be looking to encourage other runners around him on the day of the GBS Mountain Drive run.
“I am excited and also feeling nervous at the same time,” said Nzayo.
“I am excited because people do acknowledge and trust me to associate their brand with me. I am nervous because, as a recreational runner, many people will be looking at me. All in all, I am ready for the challenge.”
Despite having recently completed the Comrades, Nzayo is aware of the different challenge that the GBS Mountain Drive poses.
“I will prepare just like I do for any other race,” said Nzayo, “but mountain drive has a long gravel road hill, so that means I will have do hill repeats and more gravel road training.
“Half marathon is very fast compared to comrades, so I will have be very fast. I hope to improve my time of one hour and 25 minutes on that course [from last year]”.
As Ambassador for the event, Nzayo has engaged the organisers’ vision to bring Grahamstown together through sport and a family atmosphere.
“It’s a good vision because sport does bring people together, and running is one of the sports where race and class don’t matter,” said Nzayo. “We are all the same on the road.”
He said he started running in 2017. “I love running in Makhanda, that is why I take every opportunity I get when it arises. I don’t usually run in Makhanda. I love running in front of the people,” Nyayo said.
With the event drawing closer, this mid-july weekend is the last opportunity to register for the early bird entry, which gives entrants a discount on the registration fee (currently R90 with an ASA license). Early birds register with R80 (with an ASA license).
A temporary license will be provided for those without one, making the total registration cost R120 per person; and R110 for early birds.
In addition to that saving, early bird entrants are rewarded for their preparedness with a Mugg & Bean coffee voucher that is redeemable at any Mugg & Bean across South Africa. Hurry, before early bird registration closes on Sunday 15 July.
In order to register for the race, visit: https://bit. ly/2n5ryqu, and fill in the registration information. And for those that have not started already, there is still time to start training for the GBS Mutual Bank Mountain Drive Half Marathon by following Grocott’s Mail’s training programme, designed by Terrilynn Penney.