Tortoise Tuff offers something for runners of all skill levels

Tortoise Tuff offers something for runners of all skill levels

20th Tortoise Tuff offers something for runners of all skill levels

The 20th Tortoise Tuff takes place on Saturday, March 11, and for the seventh year the host club, Sedgefield Striders, are offering four races:

  • 10km – Run and Walk
  • 21km – Trail Run
  • 30km – Run and Walk
  • 2,5km – Fun Run

All the races take place in and around Sedgefield, giving those taking part a grand tour of some of the village’s most beautiful areas.

The flat course of the 10km event has always been popular amongst the “speedsters” of both the running and walking sectors, but the one and a half hours allocated for the event also attracts those just looking for a gentle run – or stroll – through the Village, around the island, and back again. This race also serves as official ASWD Race Walking Trials to select a team for the SA Road Walking Champs later this year.

Those runners who are a looking for something longer and together the original “TUFF” 30km course is just what the doctor ordered. This race covers some of Sedgefield’s most spectacular climbs, drops and flats on both gravel and tar. It is an ideal training run for Two Oceans and a great ‘target distance’ for those who normally stick to half marathons. Walkers are also welcome for this event, but should take note of the 4 hour cut off time.

The Trail Run is presented for the seventh year, and presents a challenging course that includes sections along the beach, through the Goukamma Nature Reserve, and some serious ‘dune work’. Cape Nature‘s co-operation makes it possible for runners to enjoy stunning views and almost untouched trails as a reward for the hard work-out this event will provide for the ever-increasing market of adventure racers.

And of course the youngsters (and perhaps not-so-fit) haven’t been forgotten, with a gentle 2.5km fun run which always attracts great numbers of younger athletes

Timing for the race will be electronic – which in effect means the athletes will have their time electronically recorded via a microchip as they cross the finishing mat. Note that this means that the Tortoise Tuff is a pre-entry event.

All the races will start at the Sedgefield Primary School field. Starting times are:

10km run/walk – 07:15

30km walk – 06:00

30km run – 07:00

21km trail run – 07:10

2,5km fun run – 08:00

Spectators are encouraged to come and support the runners, and there will be food on sale at the school.

Equal prize money is on offer for male and female winners. The winner of the 30km race will win R500, whilst the winning walker in the 30km race will receive R200. Winners of the 10km (run and walk) and 21km Trail run will receive R300 each. Age category prizes are also on offer.

Six lucky runners will walk away with prizes ranging from Sport shop vouchers, running shoes and luxury weekend holidays. The winner must be present at the draw to qualify for the lucky draw.

* Participants can enter as follows:

– Download an entry form at www.sedgefieldstriders.co.za.

– Enter online through: www.aswd.co.za.

– Alternatively Tekkie Town branches in the Garden Route will have forms available.

Registration will take place at Sedgefield Primary School from 5pm to 7pm on Friday, March 10, and from 5.30am on race day.

For more information contact Sarie Exton at:

e-mail: sarie@cordinsa.co.za

mobile: 074 177 6888