NO “CHAPPIES” FOR TWO OCEANS

 
Updated: March 27, 2015

Organisers remain confident of pulling off another successful race, after confirming the alternative route will be used for next week’s Old Mutual Two Oceans ultra-marathon in Cape Town.
The Ou Kaapse Weg route would be utilised, it was announced on Friday, and runners would not follow the scenic Chapman’s Peak climb for safety reasons, due to damage created by recent fires along the Cape Peninsula.
It would be the first time since 2003 that the alternate route would be used for the popular 56km race.
“This is not a decision that was made lightly,” said Two Oceans general manager Carol Vosloo.
“We are responsible for every single runner on race day, so all decisions were made with this in mind.”
Having used the detour route on four previous occasions, when Chapman’s Peak was closed due to construction of tunnels and catchment nets, Vosloo assured runners the organisation of the event would not be affected.
“Our team can now move forward to make the necessary logistical changes to facilitate this change,” she said.
Despite the route change, the bonus incentive for the first man or woman to break the long-standing race records would stand.
Thompson Magawana’s mark of 3:03:44 has stood for 27 years, while Frith van der Merwe’s record of 3:30:36 has stood firm after 26 years, with R1 million up for grabs if either should fall.