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11 Jan, 2010

Boksburg Athletic Club, Johannesburg

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Don’t worry about parking when you arrive at this time trial, the Boksburg Blitz. There is ample parking in Jimmy Cawood Park, where the time trial starts. The time trial is well attended and in summer months, attracts up to 40 runners and walkers. Members of Boksburg Athletic Club are very proud of their time
trial and welcome visitors to run it.

The best thing about this time trial is that it is run on very quiet roads with nearly no cars to interrupt the speed session. It starts quite fl at around the park, which gives you a chance to warm up and fi nd your rhythm. The time trial makes its way along President Brand Street, into Andrew Murray Street and into the service path of Jubilee Road. This is the start of the fi rst little climb of about 250m.

After this hill, a mix of comfortable, fl at and downhill running awaits you until just after the 2km mark. You climb once again for about 200m before making a u-turn. This is when you can make up time as it is flat and downhill all the way to the 3km mark. After a third and last little climb of about 300m, you can finish fast and strong down a 400m downhill to the park. The 8km is simply two laps of the 4km.
This is a great time trial if you are looking for a mix of short climbs combined with fast downhills. A good course to run a PB on.

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 OUT OF 5.
After time trials, runners usually get together in the club’s own pub, the Finish Line, situated under the grand stand of the Boksburg City Stadium for a well deserved beverage.

Address: Thomas Pringle Street, alongside Jimmy Cawood Park, opposite Boksburg City Stadium.
When: Wednesdays – 18:00 in spring and summer and 17:45 in winter.
Distances: 4km (one loop) and 8km (two loops of the 4km).