Redhill

 

Redhill Marathon is usually run in January and is an official qualifier for both the Two Oceans and Comrades Marathons.

With a cut-off time of 5 hours.

Venue:
The race STARTS and FINISHES at the Fish Hoek Athletic Club which is situated at the Silverglades Sports fields, 20th avenue, off Kommetjie Road, Fish Hoek. Where cold beer and cool drink is for sale inside the club itself.

Registration:
Participants may collect Enter online entries, or enter the race at:-

Sportsmans Wharehouse Tokai  from 15h00 to 18h00 on Thursday, 25 January;
Fish Hoek Athletic Club from 17h00 to 19h00 on Friday, 26 January;
Fish Hoek Athletic Club from 04h30 to 05h15 on Saturday 27 January

Pre-entries:

Entry fee:

Licensed Athletes Unlicensed Athletes
36.2km R140 R210
42.2km R150 R220

 

The Route:
Both races will proceed from Fish Hoek AC, through Sun Valley, along Kommetjie Road to Kommetjie, up Slangkop, through Misty Cliffs and Scarborough to the PerdeKloof intersection. The 36.2 km Classic will fork to the left up Red Hill. The Marathon will fork to the right and do a 6 km loop towards Cape Point returning to the Perdekloof intersection where it re-joins the Classic up Red Hill. Both races are then run over Red Hill, down towards Simonstown Main Road and back through Glencairn to Fish Hoek where it follows the Kommetjie road back to the FHAC.

Fun Run:

A 5 KM FUN RUN at 7 am
Cost R15.00 organized by Bay Primary School (Tel:  021-782 2065)
**MEDALS TO ALL FINISHERS**

Enquiries:
Fish Hoek Athletic Club – Ph: 021-7852581 after 6pm on Tue, Wed or Fri
or Marieta Stevens (Race Director) on 074-470-4444 or race@fishhoekac.com.

A Redhill review by Doubin

Red Hill Marathon

One mistake I am glad I made was to do the Red Hill Marathon as my first marathon last year. I remember running up the Scarborough side of Red Hill and people asked me how many marathons I had done and they said I was crazy doing it as a first one, my reply was only to say “Hey pal I am still running it”. It was a pity by the time I got past 30km I was running less and less. Why running it first was a mistake is that people who know me know I have slight OCD tendencies. So now I am stuck having to run it every year that I am able from now on.
33%The percentage increase in the number of runners doing the marathon in 2010 compared with 2009. Fish Hoek Athletic Club must be doing something right.I also like the idea of having an escape route option of the 6km shorter 36.3km Red Hill Classic and not taking it. This year I noticed a guy at the t-junction asking one of the marshals if he could down grade from the 42.2km to the 36.3km but never got to see what the outcome was.Slangkop Light House
The Red Hill route is amazing. A bit of a slow start from the Fish Hoek sports complex, then onto the Kommetjie Rd, up Slangkop hill looking down at the Slangkop lighthouse.

I try to run in the middle of the road on this stretch as the camber it quite pronounced.

At the top of Slangkop is the start of a long speedy downhill, through Misty Cliffs to Scarborough, famous for the Camel Rock. Passing though Scarborough is a sneaky uphill up until the t-junction where the race splits between the Red Hill Classic and Marathon.

The out and back section towards Cape Point is mostly 3km of downhill. At the turnaround you are at the lowest point and the uphill does not stop until just before the 30km mark. The top of Red Hill was one of the best water stops ever, sponsored by a coffee shop.

It was too bad that I really was not up to eating muffins only had a slice or two of oranges. I could see that I was faster this year by the options available, last year by the time that.

Running down Red Hill gets to work some different parts of the body. I managed to get to the 30km point faster than Bay to Bay which was a good suprise.

At that bottom of Red Hill it is mostly flat until the Fish Hoek circle. At this point it becomes a mostly mental race.

There are 19 avenues that you need to run past, I like add 1 in my head and count them up one by one as percentages, counting 5%, 10% … 95% each time of cross an avenue. Before you get to 20th avenue you go off the main road and join up with the field. Getting onto the field is not the end there is quite a bit of running until you get to the finish. This year was well organized, plenty of everything: cold water, marshals, scenery and good weather. The only annoyance was the congested start. There definitely were much more people running this year.

Red Hill Marathon route elevation profile and Google Earth route KMZ.
Red Hill Marathon Profile - Click to Enlarge

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