Dikgaka athletes are gearing up for the 49th edition of the Two Oceans Marathon to take place in Cape Town over the Easter Weekend, Saturday March 31 2018. The 56km Ultra and the 21km half annual marathons both start in Newlands and will finish at the University of Cape Town campus. The former follows a more or less circular route through Muizenberg, Fish Hoek, over Chapman's Peak, through Hout Bay and Constantia Nek while the latter takes the runners along Edinburgh Drive (the M3 highway) before turning into forest roads past Kirstenbosch (where runners meet up with Ultra Marathon participants).
Approximately 6 000 runners - including toddlers and young children with their families - take part in various fun runs.This year, members of the Welkom-based athletics club, Dikgaka, are setting foot in what is known globally as ‘the most beautiful marathon’ and club member, Abe Nkomo believes everything is coming together for the runners.
“We're training hard for it...it will be the 3rd time that we'll be running this race. Our plans started last year when we tackled Mandela Day Marathon, since then we never rested. We try to do long runs every weekend and that helps a lot to improve our endurance muscles and also our resistance to fatigue. So yes the planning started last year and it's been going well so far. Running is a life style," he told Dumelang Sport.
Six members of the group, including Nkomo, will tackle the 56km while one will feature in the 21km.Since its inaugural edition in 1970, the event has grown. Selling out every year, the Half Marathon sees some 16 000 participants (making it the biggest half marathon in South Africa), while 11 000 athletes tackle the Ultra Marathon. In addition to the main events, other events take place the day before Good Friday.