Tsepiso set for GBS 21km

Grocott's Mail - - SPORT - By STEPHEN KISBEY-GREEN

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.

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