WPA Half Marathon squad ready to bring back gold at ASA champs
July 25, 2018  

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Western Province Athletics have announced a 19 member squad to travel to Port Elizabeth for the ASA Half Marathon Championships to be held this weekend on the 28 July 2018. 

The team consisting of 12 females and 7 males will travel to the small coastal city on the 27 July 2018 with the championships being held on the 28 July 2018. 

Elite WPA runner Nolene Conrad who was picked for the squad had to pull out of the championships due to an injury and her place will be taken by Zintle Xiniwe. 

The championships will include a 5km fun run in addition to the popular half marathon and all clubs and school athletic teams are encouraged to enter. 

The organisers have increased the prize money this year, with the overall male and female winner taking home R80 000. ASA have also introduced a bonus incentive of R25 000 should a South African athlete finish first, boosting the winning purse to R105 000. 

The official attendance-only prize-giving ceremony will take place at 10:30 at Pollock Beach race village, Summerstrand. 

The 21.1km route, credited as the fastest in South Africa, will start and end at Pollock Beach. Runners will need to complete two fast laps along the spectator-friendly beach front. 

Starting from Marine Drive they will head towards Kings Beach then turn and run through NMU, down Admiralty Road and head back to Kings Beach for the second loop before the finish back at Pollock Beach. 

A full rolling road closures from 05:30 will ensure a safe run and minimum inconvenience for the public. The 21.1km road race starts at 07:00 and the 5km fun run at 09:00. 

Vehicles can gain access to the start from 8th Avenue and 4th Avenue into the Bird Rock parking area until 06:30. 

Registration and late entries will take place at the Summerstrand Surf Lifesaving Club on July 27 from 14:00 to 19:00 and on race day from 05:30. 

Here is the full squad below 

Senior Men (20-39)

Lungile Gongqa, Sibusiso Madikizela, Nkosinathi Madyo      

Veteran Men (40-49)                                                   

Mthandazo Qhina, Vakalisa Kopolo, Shawn Abrahams         

Grand Master Men (60-69)                                       

Mochamat Kriel

Senior Women (20-39)                                               

Zintle Xiniwe, Anel Terblanche, Nomvuyisi Seti                                                                                           

Veteran Women (40-49)

Bulelwa Simae , Ulrica Stander                                                                                                                      

Master Women (50-59)                                                                                            

Sandra Kohnert, Suzanne Marais, Mariëtte Strauss, Olga Howard                                                 

Grandmaster Women (60-69)                                                                                              

Bev Charters, Nancy Will       

Great Grand Master Women (70+)                                                                                     

Pixie Sparg     

Team Managers:                                                                   

Malikah Meyer,  Kevin Harlock                                                             

Team Coach:                                                             

Petrus Campher