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Balwin Pretoria Marathon (Main)
NASHUA LOSKOP ULTRA MARATHON
DATE 20 April 2024
TIME 06h00
ORGANISERS Middelburg Marathon Club
DISTANCE 4.9km, 21.1km, 50km
PROVINCE Mpumalanga
START VENUE Municipal Offices,Wanderers Avenue,Middelburg
RACE WEBSITE CLICK HERE
PRIMARY CONTACT
NAME Hein Koch
NUMBER 073-4245984
EMAIL heink@mrclean.co.za
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SECONDARY CONTACT
NAME Charmaine van der Merwe
NUMBER 083-2929207
EMAIL charmaine@bluemining.co.za
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NASHUA LOSKOP ULTRA MARATHON

ENTRY DETAILS



Postal and faxed entries are accepted with proof of payment. Entries are confirmed by email, SMS, fax or phone. For reasons of traffic control and safety, the field is restricted to 4,000 entrants. This event is strictly pre-entry, it is wise to send in your form as early as possible. Collect your race number from the start venue on the Friday before the race between 12h00 and 20h00 or at the start Saturday from 04h30.

Entries close 2 April 2024




NASHUA LOSKOP ULTRA MARATHON

DIRECTIONS

Race Start Coordinates: -25.773194476435037, 29.455659985542297 

Race Finish Coordinates: -25.42637710578821, 29.384857714176178 

NASHUA LOSKOP ULTRA MARATHON

THE RUN



What a run this is! Starting in Middelburg before the town begins to stir; there are some twists and turns through the sleepy suburbs before the route spills out onto the Loskop Road. On the way out of town there is a dip and a small river, and a blanket of mist for the first few kilometres. Somehow it is always there and adds a touch of mystery to the morning’s proceedings. Suddenly you find yourself in a different world; distant from city life, in total contrast to the noise and clatter of the start. The first 20 kilometres or so are run through typical Highveld terrain with open spaces, crisp morning air and cosmos. These are magical miles, to be sure, but they will also provide a deceptive challenge to the unwary. At the 22-kilometre mark stands the infamous Post Office Tower. This tower will have been taunting and tantalising you for quite a few kilometres by now, silently waiting in the morning haze. But it is the highest point of the race. Raise your arms here and know that it is downhill from this point. Or is it?

The following stretch will provide great relief as you settle into an easy pace and enjoy the forgiving run of more than 10 kilometres down to Buggers Hill. This tester stands as a bastion to the Kranspoort Pass, and at the 36-kilometre marker it is time to shoulder in and grind your way up the back of this notorious hill. There is work to be done here, but there is a great reward on the other side of this testy challenge. Here lies the special appeal of the Loskop. The Kranspoort Pass, at the 38-kilometre marker, is simply breathtaking and is sure to impress even the most widely travelled runner with its sheer splendour. Beware; running down the pass can prove punishing on tired legs. After the pass, the road becomes easy, forgiving and quite pleasant.

Loskop Dam is finally in sight. But before this race leaves you, it has one final, demanding gift, Varaday's Hill. It stands in wait at the 46-kilometre marker and it is here that the runners are separated from the joggers. At the end of every great race lies a great hill. Varaday's is the one at Loskop. Be warned, it is long and tiring and even the most seasoned athlete can be reduced to walking. If you failed to show sufficient respect up Buggers Hill or were too excessive through the Kranspoort Valley, you will pay for it at Varaday’s. Once over this difficult obstacle the final run into the resort is pleasant and welcome. The Loskop Dam now spread before you tells you that you are at last home, here lies the finish. This is a race well worth the effort.


FACILITES

The finish at Loskop is superb and there is a swimming pool to cool your aching muscles. Bring your own braai or picnic basket and make a day of it.

Type Point-to-point
Sub Event Road Running
Difficulty Rating 2
NASHUA LOSKOP ULTRA MARATHON

MEDIA RELEASE
Race Name Release Date Media Release
NASHUA LOSKOP ULTRA MARATHON

ORGANISER
NAME Middelburg Marathon Club
PROVINCE Mpumalanga
EMAIL mmkinfo01@gmail.com
WEBSITE
ADDRESS PO Box 527 Middelburg

CONTACT PERSON
NAME Piet Schoeman
PROVINCE
EMAIL pietschoeman321@gmail.com
NUMBER
ADDRESS

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Mpumalanga Dullies Altitude Charity Challenge 01 January 2024 Dullstroom Dam & Nature Reserve Charmane Horn 082-6546645
Mpumalanga Blue Mining Services MMK 5-in-1 27 January 2024 Kanonkop High School Jacaranda Street Middelburg Charmaine van der Merwe 083-2929207
Mpumalanga MMK Night Series 1 21 February 2024 Hoerskool Kanonkop Jacaranda Street Middelburg Magda Pretoirus 072-5937346
Mpumalanga MMK Night Series 2 27 March 2024 Kanonkop High School Jacaranda Street Middelburg Charmaine van der Merwe 083-2929207
Mpumalanga MMK Night Series 3 10 April 2024 Kanonkop High School Jacaranda Street Middelburg Charmaine van der Merwe 083-2929207
Mpumalanga Middelburg Hospice 4.9 km Nite Race 17 April 2024 C.R. Swart Laerskool Zuid Street Middelburg SR Judy 083-2315831
Mpumalanga Loskop Series ‘The Wild’ Challenge 20 April 2024 Loskop Nature Reserve Damwal Complex Charmaine van der Merwe 083-2929207
Mpumalanga MMK KHS Maximus Lion Half Marathon 27 July 2024 Kanonkop High School Jacaranda Street Middelburg Charmaine van der Merwe 083-2929207
Mpumalanga MMK Night Series 4 18 September 2024 Kanonkop High School Jacaranda Street Middelburg Charmaine van der Merwe 083-2929207
Mpumalanga MMK SpecSavers Night Race 23 October 2024 Aerorand Primary School Chapmans Peak Drive Aerorand, Middelburg Charmaine van der Merwe 083-2929207
Mpumalanga MMK Night Series 5 06 November 2024 Kanonkop High School Jacaranda Street Middelburg Charmaine van der Merwe 083-2929207
NASHUA LOSKOP ULTRA MARATHON

EDITORS NOTES



EDITORS NOTES

The Loskop Marathon has been consistently ranked highly in a number of our surveys as a well organised and well presented event. Point-to-point races always pose logistical challenges and to cater for this, bus transport to the start is provided from the Forever Resorts entrance at 04h15. Bus transport back to Middelburg from the finish is available after prize-giving. The route is closed to traffic between 05h00 and 13h00 and an alternative route has been worked out for supporters. There are three cut off points on the route and runners must make these in time to avoid removal from the race. The first is 25 kilometres in 03:30; the second is 36 kilometres in 05:00 and finally the marathon mark in 05:50. 



Time Limit: 06:30

Finishers: 4200

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