Twizza Bonkolo Marathon & Half

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Date: 04 November 2017
Time: 05h30
Organisers: Queenstown Harriers
Distance: 42.2; 21.1;
Province: Border
Start: Bonkolo Dam
Race Changes 12 Jun 2017
  Race Name changed changed from Twizza Bonkolo Marathon & Half Marathon to Twizza Bonkolo Marathon & Half .
Race Date changed changed from 01/01/2017 to 04/11/2017.
Contact 1: Theo Ferreira
(C) 082-8734597
Entry Details:
Entries can be faxed, with proof of payment, to 086-5770823. No late entries will be accepted at registration. This event is strictly pre-entry. The first 500 entries receive a hand-out.
Route Description:
Difficulty Rating: 3. Route Type: Circular
The first half of the race is very easy. From the start at the Yacht Club you can use the easy loop along the rim of the Bongolo Basin as a warm-up. This stretch is characterised by good gravel roads through farmlands. The race then heads into Queenstown through Blue Rise and around Berry Dam. By now the guinea fowl have abandoned all hope of a peaceful breakfast. The halfway mark is at the Queenstown Harriers Clubhouse.

Continuing through the suburbs of Queenstown the route goes into the Longhill Reserve. The climb is steady but the effort is rewarded with panoramic views of the magnificent gardens of Queenstown. Eland, impala, springbok and other species of game gaze in wonder as the runners puff up the hill. The highest point is reached at 27 kilometres after which there is a two kilometre fast and easy downhill section followed by five kilometres of demanding running as the route passes the picnic spot at Sunnyside, proceeds out of the reserve and heads back into town. You may be lucky enough to spot some rhino here, fortunately on the other side of the electric fence.

The run back to the Yacht Club is fairly flat with only two hills, one a gradual incline and the other a short, steep climb up to the wall of the historic Bonkolo Dam.

The half marathon event is undulating, easy and very scenic. The race starts off with a downhill stretch into Queenstown and then goes through Blue Rise, around Berry Dam, and through Balmoral and Van Coller Park. There is a slight hill as you go past the golf course and then it is flat past the SPCA to the bottom of the Bonkolo Dam Wall. The only real hill is the 600 metre climb up to the wall.

Bonkolo Marathon
Prizes and Give-Aways:
The first man and woman home in both races each receive a gold medal and generous cash prizes. Gold medals go to category winners. Silver medals go to marathon finishers within 03:00 or half marathon finishers within 01:25, and bronze medals go to all other finishers.
Course Records:
Name Time Year
Men Zilindile Ndziweni 02:25:42 2000
Women Celeste Swart 03:03:05 1999
Editor's Notes:
Finishers: 600 Time Limit: 05:00
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