Racing Ahead

Satur­day 21 Oc­to­ber

Runner's World South Africa - - Contents -

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 har­ri­smith­marathon­ 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.

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