The Battlefields Marathon is a historic race has a well-balanced route with a few hills, all in the right places. You run out of the town onto the Memel Road to Ingogo and back. The first section is run on tar and incorporates a climb of about seven kilometres. There is some respite however as the following 10 kilometres are flat and the running is easy and relaxed. Here you can really enjoy the mountains, fresh air and the race’s natural surroundings.
At the 17-kilometre marker, the route turns onto a sand road for about eight kilometres. Along this stretch lie the silent gravesites of the fallen heroes of the Schuinshoogte Battle. This is a good spot to pause and reflect. Before the turning point at Ingogo, there is a monster of a hill that goes on for a punishing two kilometres. This is followed by a steep downhill stretch to the Ingogo River where you steel yourself for the return journey to Newcastle. All other races are on the same route with different turning points.
This race will be run for the 41st time in 2018. Certainly, it is a good race to do as an early Comrades qualifier or even as a training run. It can be rather cool at the start so be prepared. This historic run takes in some of the sites of battles leading up to the famous Battle of Majuba, a major deciding battle of the Anglo-Boer War. Fought on 27 February 1881 Majuba became a legend in South African military history. Schuinshoogte was the site of a one-day battle on 8 February 1881, when the British under General Colley found themselves surrounded by the Boers at the top of the hill.
TOG BAG FACILITY:
Tog Bag facility will be provided at Huttenpark Primary School on race day but at the owner’s risk. A tag will be provided when handing in your bag. Bags will be released once the owner can provide a tag. Bags and goods laying around on rounds on race day will not be under our supervision.
Refreshment stations will be provided along the route and NO personal seconding will be permitted. There will be 9 refreshment tables along the route, providing athletes with water and coke.
Prizegiving will take place @ 11:30 for all race distances. Proof of age may be required.
ASA Rule 2.12: Proof of age will be required for age category winners.
The Harcourts Battlefields Marathon takes place on the 29th of February 2020, from Huttenpark Primary School (Newcastle). Distance options: 42.2km, 21.1km & 10km.
This event is a qualifier for the 2019 editions of Two Oceans & Comrades Marathons. The race will be timed. A Comrades (4h50) and Two Oceans qualifier (5hrs).
Distance & Entry Fee:
42.2km – R180*
21.1km – R150*
10km – R100*
Temp license – R40*
Venue: Huttenpark Primary School, Newcastle, South Africa
06:00 – 42.2km
06:15 – 21.1km & 10km
Route Type: Out-and-back
How to Enter?
Pre-entries can be done online on www.newcastleharriers.co.za from Tuesday the 1st of January 2019 to Friday the 15th of February 2019. Late entries not accepted on race day. Race number collection takes place on Friday the 1st of March from 15:00- 20:00 at Hutten Park Primary School, and on race day from 5:00 – 5:45
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