Tempe geared for 2nd Leon Botha Memorial run

Anastacius Ontong (left) pipped Chabeli Nyedimane in a sprint finish for the line at the inaugural 4km Leon Botha Legacy race. PHOTO: MILLIE VAN WYK

The second edition of the Leon Botha Memorial 4 km will be taking place on Saturday at the Tempe military base in Bloemfontein.

The 4km route, which starts and finishes at the Tempe Sports Stadium, is the run along the legendary route the renowned athletics coach and announcer used to train his runners in a time-trial.

This was an extremely popular fitness barometer which Botha used once a week since the mid-1970s.

The route will see the runner exit Tempe along Furstenburg Road, turn left into Pierre Olleman Street, left into Klerk Avenue, left in Nettleton Street, left onto General Dan Pienaar Drive, left onto Papa Brits Street, and left back onto Furstenburg Road to the finish.
The race is an ideal race for runners of all ages and sizes to enjoy a fun morning on the road.

The first man who breaks the route record (10:45) of Anton Nicolaisen and/or the first woman who breaks the route record (12:18) of Zola Budd, will win R10 000. There will also be R2 000 up for grabs in the lucky draw. Entries cost R50 and all proceeds will go in aid CANSA Bloemfontein Care Centre.

The entries take place from 8:00 to 8:45, with the race itself starting at 9:00. – MORGAN PIEK