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Competitive field promises tough 2018 1City Relay & 42.2km this Sunday

Race organisers are hoping that one of the top local athletes take home the rich prize money to be won in the third 1City Relay and Marathon on Sunday (28 October).

A generous prize purse of R350 500 is up for grabs, in addition to qualification slots for the 2019 Two Oceans and Comrades marathons as well as league points for athletic clubs and individual runners.

Both the 42.2km marathon and relay race, presented by Eastern Province Athletics in partnership with Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, will start and finish at the Port Elizabeth City Hall.

The race will follow a circular route through the streets of Walmer, Pari Park and Mount Pleasant before returning to the starting point.

Speaking at a press briefing where both the 1City Relay & 42.2km marathon as well as the Gelvandale race were launched, an elated Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani wished athletes well and said the municipality is fully committed to the growth of athletics in the Bay.

"I am happy to see that you are estimating that one hundred more athletes will be competing this year from the 400 of last year.

"It is in line with our strategic objectives to promote healthy lifestyles through participation in sport and to market our city as a preferred destination to host first class sporting events,” Mayor Bobani said.

Last year the visiting athletes made a clean sweep of the prize money, Ikhamva athlete Zolani Mabhongo running only his second marathon was the overall 2017 winner in 2:24:03.

Debutant Andile Motwana (Tinarha) finished second with Lucas Raseruthe (32GI EP) third.


Samukeliso Moyo (Nedbank AGN) led the women home in 2:59:57. She was followed home by Bulelwa Simae (Nedbank WP) and teammate Beryl Makokha.

The Ikamva AC team anchored by roadrunning ace Melikhaya Frans won the 2017 club relay in 2:14:11. Lubabalo Mdlungwana, Amos Nyongo and Adriaan Gerwell made up the powerful Ikamva team.

Roadrunning queen Ntombesintu Mfunzi anchored the Nedbank team which included Liza-Marie Kingston, Priscilla Dyantyi and Toegeda Vyver to win the 2017 women's relay in 3:05:24.

Last year Desmond Zibi, of Achilles Athletics Assoication, finished first in his 50 -59 age category in a record time of 2:42:10 and Ndileka Mvakwendlu (Tinhara) was the first local woman home in 3:09:27.

A new incentive this year is that the 1 City Relay will score one league point per runner and four points per team. In the men and ladies team category, all four members of the team must belong to the same club and be the same gender.

In the social category, all four members must belong to the same club but consist of two ladies and two men. Athletes must run in club colours and wear their licence numbers on the back of their vests.Teams must submit their final team and running order before the start of the race.

Entry fee for the marathon is R120, however, EPA-registered participants 60 and over will pay R60. The temporary license, required for the 42.2km only, is R30. Relay team fee is R160.

Enter online on http://entrytime.comor at local sport shops before Wednesday, 24 October.

Registration and late entries will take place at the PE City Hall from 16.00 to 18.00 on Saturday, 27 October and from 05.00 on the morning of the race, Sunday, October 28.

Gelvandale Race

The Gelvandale race over 15 km and the 5km famly fun run/walk, takes place on Saturday, 10 November, has a new addition this year. Prospective participants can now also participate in a 10km (25 laps on the track of the Gelvandale Stadium).

Legacy Project

The Legacy Project kicked off in 2011 with the Motherwell Freedom Run is a successful partnership between the Eastern Province Athletics and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. It entails the hosting of eight events annually across Nelson Mandela Bay.

These are:

·Human Race in Uitenhage (5km, 10km, 30km) – 3 March 2018

·Freedom Run in Motherwell (5km & 10km) – 7 April

·Athletics South Africa 21.1km Championships - 28 July

·Diva run, Kings Beach (10km, 5km & 1.5 km) – 9 August

·Colchester Development Run (5km & 10km) – 22 September

·One City Relay & Marathon – 28 October

·Gelvandale run/Northern Areas (5km, 15km) – 10 November

·Uitenhage Street Carnival (5km & 10 km) – 24 November

For more information, contact Alan Taylor on 083658 0050 or Michael Mbambani on 079149 6796.

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Issued on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality by MediaManagement Officer Kupido Baron (082 780 2726 / 041 506 1500 / kbaron@mandelametro.gov.za / @kupidobaron).

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