Events in MiddelburgForever Resorts Loskop 50km Marathon
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Starting in Middelburg before the town begins to stir, there are some twists and turns through the sleepy suburbs, before the course spills out onto the Loskop Road. On the way out of town, there is a dip and a small river, and a blanket of mist for the first few kilometres. Somehow it is always there and adds a touch of mystery to the morning’s proceedings.
Suddenly you find yourself in a different world: distant from city life, in total contrast to the noise and clatter of the start. The first 20 kilometres or so are run through typical Highveld terrain, with open spaces, crisp morning air and cosmos. These are magical miles, to be sure, but they will also provide a deceptive challenge to the unwary. At the 22-kilometre mark stands the infamous Post Office Tower. This tower will have been taunting and tantalising you for quite a few kilometres by now, silently waiting in the morning haze. But it is the highest point of the race. Raise your arms here and know that it is downhill from this point. Or is it? The following stretch will provide great relief as you settle into an easy pace and enjoy the forgiving run of more than 10 kilometres down to Buggers Hill.
This tester stands as a bastion to the Kranspoort Pass, and at the 36-kilometre marker it is time to shoulder in and grind your way up the back of Buggers Hill. There is work to be done here, but there is a great reward on the other side of this testy hill. Here lies the special appeal of this magnificent race. The Kranspoort Pass, at 38 kilometres, is simply breathtaking and is sure to impress even the most widely travelled runner with its sheer splendour. Beware; running down the pass is harsh on tired legs.
After the pass, the road is easy, forgiving and quite pleasant. Loskop Dam is in sight. But before this race leaves you, it has one final, challenging gift - Varaday's Hill stands in wait at 46 kilometres. It is here that the runners are separated from the joggers. At the end of every great race lies a great hill. Varaday's is the one at Loskop. Be warned, it is long and tiring and even the most seasoned athlete can be reduced to walking. If you failed to show sufficient respect up Bugger’s Hill, or were too excessive through the Kranspoort Valley, you will pay at Varaday’s.
Once over this challenging obstacle the final run into the resort is pleasant and welcome. The Loskop Dam now spread before you is home, and here lies the finish. This is a race well worth the effort.