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HARRISMITH MOUNTAIN 15 KM ROAD AND 30 KM TRAIL RUN
DATE 20 October 2018
TIME 08h00
ORGANISERS Harrismith Marathon Club
DISTANCE 30km, 15km
PROVINCE Free State
START VENUE Harrismith Primary School,Greyling Street,Harrismith
PRIMARY CONTACT
NAME Barbara van der Hoven
NUMBER 084-5702544
EMAIL harrismithmk@gmail.com
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HARRISMITH MOUNTAIN 15 KM ROAD AND 30 KM TRAIL RUN

ENTRY DETAILS



Pre-entries only for the 30 kilometre race and close on 14 October 2018. Late entries for the 15 kilometre race only are accepted at the start from 06h00.




HARRISMITH MOUNTAIN 15 KM ROAD AND 30 KM TRAIL RUN

DIRECTIONS

Race Start Coordinates: -28.272769310976294, 29.13495361804962 

Race Finish Coordinates: None

HARRISMITH MOUNTAIN 15 KM ROAD AND 30 KM TRAIL RUN

THE RUN


What can I say about this mountain race except that it is tough, tough, tough. The first three kilometres are run in town. From there it is a gruelling climb up the slopes of the Platberg. Stock up well at the first watering point for it is a tough climb to the next water table at ‘Bloekombos’ at the base of One-Man Pass. If you are on the hunt for a silver medal do not get caught behind the slower runners here as there is very little chance of overtaking until you reach the top of the Platberg.

Once on top there is a one kilometre run along the top before you come to the knee-jerking, quad-ripping downhill run. After the Zig-Zag the route leads to the “Klein Akkerbos” where the next water table will be. Then you will run on a single track back to the town. Your legs will take a beating here, over the tar road bridge, but the crowd support will spur you on. There are very clear directions throughout the route and the golden rule is: ‘Follow the white stones’. After you leave the town the race is run on a footpath. At the top of the mountain there is a control point where times for the first man and woman are taken. In this race the first half should be taken more slowly than the second.


FACILITES

There is a beer tent at the finish.

HARRISMITH MOUNTAIN 15 KM ROAD AND 30 KM TRAIL RUN

MEDIA RELEASE
Race Name Release Date Media Release
HARRISMITH MOUNTAIN 15 KM ROAD AND 30 KM TRAIL RUN

ORGANISER
NAME Harrismith Marathon Club
PROVINCE Free State
EMAIL fairhaven@dorea.co.za
WEBSITE
ADDRESS P O Box 573 Harrismith

CONTACT PERSON
NAME Barbara v d Hooven
PROVINCE
EMAIL fairhaven@dorea.co.za
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ADDRESS

RACES BY THIS CLUB
TYPE PROVINCE RACE DATE VENUE CONTACT NUMBER
Free State Harrismith Sterkfontein 25 km & 10 km - Cancelled for 2013 01 January 2018 Sterkfontein Dam Harrismith Pieter du Toit
Free State Green Lantern Inn Half Marathon 01 January 2018 Green Lantern Inn Van Reenens Pass Gaelyn 083-6197600
Free State Harrismith Sterkfontein 25 km & 10 km - Cancelled for 2013 01 January 2019 Sterkfontein Dam Harrismith Pieter du Toit
Free State Green Lantern Inn Half Marathon 01 January 2019 Green Lantern Inn Van Reenens Pass Gaelyn 083-6197600
Free State Harrismith Mountain 15 km Road and 30 km Trail Run 19 October 2019 Harrismith Primary School Greyling Street Harrismith Barbara van der Hoven 084-5702544
HARRISMITH MOUNTAIN 15 KM ROAD AND 30 KM TRAIL RUN

EDITORS NOTES



EDITORS NOTES

This race started in 1922 as a wager. Major A.E. Belcher bet a local inhabitant that he could scale “that small little hill of yours”, the Platberg, in less than an hour. The bet was on and the major finished with eight minutes to spare. Afterwards, Major Belcher presented a floating trophy as a prize and in 1927; the Belcher Cup was awarded to the first athlete to reach the summit of the Platberg. The late, great Wally Hayward said, ”Never again. It's the toughest obstacle in the whole world”. Dare one argue that this is one of the most difficult 15 kilometre races in the world? This race will be staged for the 97th time in 2018. The 15 kilometre race starts at 09h30.



Time Limit: 03:30

Finishers: 464

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