GBS Mountain Drive Half Marathon festivities this Saturday

This Saturday promises perfect weather for athletes and a fun family day outdoors in Grahamstown, when hundreds of runners set off from the Graeme College start/ finish of the GBS Mutual Bank Mountain Drive Half Marathon at 8am.

Rotary’s Glen Arthur, Tim Dold, Anton Vorster of GBS and Viv Quin chat outside The Graemian. Graeme College’s sport and social club will be the relaxed and friendly venue for a day of family fun, al fresco food and drink and socialising for supporters – before, during and after the GBS Mountain Drive 21km on Saturday August 25. Photo: Sue Maclennan

From 7am, as race entrants arrive with their families and supporters, Rotary Grahamstown will be serving delicious breakfasts, with Mugg & Bean at hand to supply the perfect cup of coffee.

While the runners make their way over the mountain in what is forecast to be comfortable 17C sunny conditions, things will be warming up at the Graemian Centre and the school’s Somerset Field will see its own action.

Fun for kids and adults includes a jumping castle and games, stalls and other entertainment organised by Round Table. A day-long menu starts with cooked breakfasts and coffee, with hot drinks and muffins all morning, followed by lunch. Al fresco eating at the pop-up cafe makes for a sociable day outdoors while you keep an eye on the race action.

Keep your ears open for the fantastic spot prizes on offer.

The first runners are expected in a little after 9am (last year’s winner on a variation of this year’s course came home in 1:07:10) and all should be home and dry at the finish by midday, when the official prize giving begins.

In an all-Grahamstown collaboration, GBS Mutual Bank is the title sponsor for the race, which is hosted by the Rotary Club of Grahamstown Sunset, and organised by the Albany Saints & Sinners Multisport Club.

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