Chasing Amanda through the 21km of Township to Township

By: Zethembiso (Nana) Nxumalo

Township to Township Marathon 2017 KwaMashu to Umlazi – the only township with its own number plate NUZ. The 21km starts in Chesterville on Harry Gwala Road. It is one of KZN’s most popular and cheapest races on the calendar. The race was meant to start at 5:30am but was three minutes late which meant you received a text with three minutes shaved off of the stadium clock.

This is a tough course, end of story! Few things to note you cross the N2 three times after Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital, the most scenic is the Woodhaven crossing with the NPC cement plant behind and ocean view between Bluff and Wentworth as you summit to the highest point. The loveliest is the hardest with its green trees and crisp fresh air running along Yellowwood Park. Of course, we suffered FOMO as people were still partying away at the tavern across the Seaview train station at 6:20am. The Kenyon Howden Road drop can give you vertigo, you get a chance to decide to either roll or save your knees. The least eventful part is the South Coast Road stretch leading to Lamontville township with its cheerful spectators which is a vast contrast to the leafy suburbs prior.

The third and the last time you cross the N2 is over a bend 5km to the finish in which you climb Griffith Mxenge Highway, by now you are wasted, you want it to end, so you dig deeper for a second wind. At the 1km to go mark we were shaken up by a belly-up dead goat, but once recovered we were greeted by KwaMnyandu Shopping Mall spectators hanging over the balconies that ushered us home.  Of course, like all good things in life,  there is a little 60m bump at the end that takes you to the stadium gate. Water tables were aplenty and there were enough marshals along the route. I would say, do it once and experience Durban and its people.

Fast facts:

  1. First person home: 1:07:33
  2. Last person 5:15:49
  3. Youngest: 15 years old
  4. Oldest: 76 years old
  5. 807 finishers

Stella 21km finishers:

  • 01:32:22 Simphiwe Phillip Ntombila
  • 01:49:01 Matthew Dray
  • 01:57:31 Amanda Botes
  • 02:08:52 Zethimbiso (Nana) Nxumalo
  • 02:12:33 Philani Msomi
  • 02:22:48 Simphiwe Khumalo
  • 02:31:32 Phaghiswe Damini
  • 02:36:27 Lindokuhle Mabika

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