Ath­letes gear up to tame Washie 100-mile ‘Mon­ster’

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The race is named after Granville Wash­ing­ton “Washie” Whit­field, started in his hon­our by his son, Buffs mem­ber, Lionel Whit­field.

Washie’s grand­daugh­ter Mar­ion Kelly, will start the race this year.

Buffs Road Run­ners are hop­ing for 100 en­tries and run­ners have spent months of train­ing, weeks of prepa­ra­tion and days of an­tic­i­pa­tion build­ing up to the mo­ment when Chris Rea’s blares over speak­ers the starter’s gun sounds and they set off on this amaz­ing event.

“It is en­cour­ag­ing to note that there are a num­ber of novice fe­males en­tered this year, while stal­wart Eric Wright will be com­plet­ing his 27th Washie,” Meta Scott said on be­half of the Buf­falo Road Run­ners.

Other per­son­al­i­ties who have en­tered are Wan­dis­ile Non­godl­wana, a sil­ver medal­list at Com­rades this year, two broth­ers, Des­mond and Jan Juan Bekker, twin broth­ers Des­mond and Der­rick Oliver, and mother and daugh­ter team, Suzette Ven­ter and Petrie Ven­ter.

Four ath­letes so far, Justin Sher, To­bie Reyneke, Clive van Rayner and Johnny van der Walt who have com­pleted five Washies, are re­turn­ing in their yel­low num­bers.

John Ma­ga­gane will also be back for his 16th at­tempt.

The youngest en­trant so far is Sim­phiwe Mrola from Shin­ing Stars AC in Mdantsane, who is 22. The old­est en­trant so far is Peter John­stone from SANDF WP, who is 64 and will be com­plet­ing his 11th Washie this year. Last year’s men’s win­ner Yose Mce­bisi and ladies’ win­ner Me­gan Davey have both en­tered.

This will make it five Washies for Mce­bisi, thereby earn­ing his per­ma­nent num­ber.

An­dre Klein­smith and Wil­son Mo­gale, both from SANDF WP, will be go­ing for their 10th Washie.

This is the third year ELB equip­ment will be the event spon­sor.

The first run­ner, is ex­pected to ar­rive at the Buf­falo Club in East Lon­don around 7.30am and run­ners will be fin­ish­ing through­out the day un­til the cut­off time at 7pm on Satur­day, so come to the Buffs Club if you want to wel­come these great ath­letes home.

En­tries are still open so if you com­pleted the Com­rades and are look­ing to step up to the next level, get your en­try in now

or con­tact Meta Scott on or 081-487-4984.

En­tries will also be taken up to 3.30pm be­fore the race to­mor­row at Hal­yards Ho­tel, Port Al­fred.

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