Tortoise Tuff 10th March 2012

The 15th Tortoise Tuff (Sponsored by Total Sedgefield) takes place on Saturday 10 March 2012 and for the 2nd year the host club, Sedgefield Striders, are offering four distances: 10km walk/run, 18.5 km trail run, 30km run/walk and 2,5km fun run/walk. All of these races take place in and around Sedgefield, giving those taking part a grand tour of some of the village’s most beautiful areas.

The flat course of the 10km event has always been popular amongst the ‘speedsters’ of both the running and walking sectors, but the 1 ½ hrs allocated for the event also attracts those just looking for a gentle run – or stroll – through the Village, around the island, and back again. This race also serves as official ASWD Race Walking Trials to select a team for the SA Road Walking Champs later this year. Those runners who are a tad fitter (dare I say ‘Tuffer’?) may choose the original ‘TUFF” 30km course, which covers some of Sedgefield’s most spectacular climbs, drops and flats on both gravel and tar. An ideal training run for Two Oceans AND a great ‘Target distance’ for those who normally stick to ½ marathons, this has always carried the ‘not for sissies’ warning! Walkers are also welcome for this event, but should take note of the 4hour cut off time.

The Trail Run event enters its second year, and presents a challenging course including sections along the beach, through the Goukamma Nature Reserve, and some serious ‘dune work’. Stunning views and almost untouched trails are the reward for the hard work-out this event will provide the ever-increasing market of adventure racers.

And of course the youngsters (and perhaps not-so-fit) haven’t been forgotten. The race conveners have linked up with the Sedgefield Primary school to once again set up the 2.5km fun run which always attracts great numbers of younger athletes.

The generosity of Total Sedgefield and co-sponsor Knysna Tourism has allowed for an extra marketing push, ensuring the event will once again attract large numbers of both South Western District athletes AND those from around the country. The race conveners have also taken a brave step forward to embrace state of the art race technology and will be using the ‘IPICO SPORTS’ timing system for the event – which in effect means the Athletes will have their time electronically recorded via a microchip as they cross the finishing mat . This does mean that the Tortoise Tuff becomes a pre entry event– and athletes should note that the cut off date is 10h00 on Thursday 8 March 2012.

All the races will start at the Sedgefield Primary School field at 07h00 except for the fun run which will begin at 08h00. Spectators are encouraged to come and support the runners, and there will be food on sale and bar facilities at the school.

Participants can enter on the website or  Alternatively Tekkie Town’s Mossel Bay, George, Sedgefield and Knysna Branches will have forms available, as will Sports Centre in George and Knysna.

Registration will take place at Tiffany’s,1 Egret Street, Sedgefield from 17h00 to 19h00 on Friday March the 9th and from 05h30 at Sedgefield Primary School on race day

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