1 000 athletes up against rugged terrain

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

The harsh terrain around the Tshwane University of Technology is not very kind to professional athletes, but that does not worry Ou Voetpad mountain race organiser Leon Bezuidenhout.

This race takes place for the fourth time on Saturday at 7am, and 1 000 athletes are expected to attend.

Apparently, many an athlete has sprained an ankle attempting to tackle the hill before, although Bezuidenhout thinks the rugged nature sets their race apart from others cramming the Gauteng North athletics programme.

"The course is pretty rocky and much of the race is off road. It is always very interesting and it was really good last year.

"We had the race on spring day which gave it a festive feel. But the hill has many challenges and perhaps is not the best race for professionals," said Bezuidenhout.

Meanwhile, Athletics Gauteng North (AGN)resumes their programme, on Saturday after a three-month break brought on by the Olympic Games in Beijing.

The primary sub-youth race, which is for children between the ages of 7-13 and 14-15-year-olds, will be taking place in the first track and field league race on Saturday at Pilditch Stadium.

About 400 athletes are expected.

AGN is eager for this to be a successful race, as it is the first event of the season.