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Surfers Challenge now open to all age groups

The future of Surfers Challenge Marathon, two youngsters making their mark in the 5km race last year.

Buffalo City will host the 46th Discovery Surfers Challenge on Saturday, February 15 and it will be open to all age groups. The 17.5km race will start from Kwelera to Nahoon.

This year’s challenge is set to break records since the original 1975 Surfers Challenge.

In 2010, due to extremely high tides, the race was re-routed at the Gonubie River exit point. Instead of running across the magnificent Gonubie Beach. The race never went back to the original route and so is today, still run over 17.5km.

Interestingly, the men's record has not since come under any threat at all, whilst the women's record has been broken twice. Once by the event ambassador, Hanlie Botha who is a three times winner, and once by Myrette Brink, also a three-time winner and a regular visitor from Pretoria.

The most celebrated women's winner was Colleen de Reuck (nee Lindeque) who is a multiple Olympian, South African and American champion. Her time was unfortunately not documented when she ran the race as a student at university in Port Elizabeth. She later married her husband Darren, an East London boy who was himself a top athlete.

The fastest man in history was the late Mzwandile Shube who won the race in both 1989 and 1991 with a best time of 55min. He was also a South African junior half marathon champion.

(Please ignore the event dates and venue in the print version)


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