Marathon

Don’t forget the OVER the Mountain race, on Cape Town’s marathon weekend

By Stephen Granger Prodigal Khumalo and Toni McCann start as favourites to take the inaugural titles in the long-awaited Sanlam Cape Town Trail Marathon to be run over Table Mountain. The Ryan Sandes’ signature race has all the potential to become...

Steyn to finally compete for “home” marathon honours

By Stephen Granger South African Olympian, Gerda Steyn, flew into Cape Town earlier this week to prepare for her first-ever standard marathon on African soil at Sunday’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, setting up a mouth-watering contest against another of Africa’s...

Mokoka returning to Cape Town, looking for a good time

Stephen Mokoka feeds off the support from an activation station en route to winning the 2018 Cape Town Marathon. Photo: Stephen Granger by Stephen Granger Stephen Lesego Mokoka returns to his happy hunting ground near the southern tip of the continent...

Cape Town Marathon is”on”

Stephen Mokoka feeds off the support from an activation station en route to winning the 2018 Cape Town Marathon. Photo: Stephen Granger by Stephen Granger It’s all systems go for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, following Wednesday's (September 15) 30-days-to-go announcement that...

Africa’s first candidate for world’s elite marathon membership announced – guess where.

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon announced as an Abbott World Marathon Majors Candidate The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has officially been confirmed as an Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) candidate race - the first marathon in Africa to be nominated.“We have...

Scramble for places as Trail addition for Cape Town Marathon gets real

By Stephen Granger The only standard marathon on the African continent to have achieved World Athletics gold status has added a trail marathon carrying the signature of the country’s preeminent athlete trail athlete to its bouquet of events, from 2021. The...

Olympics Special – SA’s Olympics marathoners to make the most of Sapporo

By Stephen Granger Tatjana Schoenmaker’s gold medal in the 200m breaststroke was undoubtedly the high point of South Africa’s Tokyo Olympic endeavours, while surfer Bianca Buitendag’s silver medal proved an added delight.  Can the talented marathon team, currently honing their...

Gerda Steyn’s ultra-long route to Japan

It’s 13 786 km from Durban, South Africa, to Sapporo, Japan, but Gerda Steyn will attempt to bridge the distance between the Comrades and the Olympics marathons with a few strides next Saturday, 7 August, as she goes to the...

Olympics Special – Mokgobu’s dreams of gold

Story by Stephen Granger Desmond Mokgobu is running shoulder to shoulder with one of host Japan’s favourite marathoners, in the final stages of the biggest race of his life.  The two enter the stadium almost stride for stride, but Mokgobu’s...

Olympics Special: Irvette Van Zyl’s remarkable comeback

By Stephen Granger In May 2020, three-time Soweto Marathon and SPAR Grand Prix 10km series winner, Irvette Van Zyl, chose to go under the knife to relieve the nagging knee pain she had experienced ever since a scooter accident as...