Saturday 21 October
5 15 30 Sound Harmonics Harrismith Mountain Race Harrismith Primary School, 64 Greyling Street, Harrismith, Free State; 30km: 8am; 15km: 10am; 5km: 10:15am Barbara van der Hoven 084 570 2544 harrismithmarathonclub.co.za In 1922, Major AE Belcher – a member of the Devon Regiment, and a veteran of the Anglo-Boer War – made a bet with locals in the bar at the Harrismith Club that he could run to the top of ‘that little hill of yours’ in under an hour. (Legend has it a case of whisky was at stake.) The local magistrate accompanied the Major on horseback, to make sure he didn’t cheat. Major Belcher made it to the summit of Platberg in 52 minutes, winning the bet. The oldest race in South Africa traverses the Platberg in a circular route, returning to the primary school, in honour of the Major’s achievement.
Harrismith Mountain Race Warning – Wally Hayward called it the toughest obstacle race in the world.