There is ample parking in Van Buuren Avenue and at the Virgin Active Health Club. Average attendance varies between 15-40 runners. The time trial is run from the fi rst week in September till just before Comrades. Walkers are most welcome.
It is run in the suburb of Bedfordview and is a fairly quick course if you start conservatively, especially as the start is on an uphill in Chester Road. The hill is about 800m long before you turn right into Bowling Road, which is a comfortable fl at run to the turnaround mark at about 2km. After turning back into Bowling Road you run into Daws Avenue. It’s always nice fi nishing on a downhill, especially in a time trial where time is everything, and this time trial offers exactly that. After a slight uphill for about 200m towards the fi nish, you can really pick up the pace to the fi nish line in Chester Road. If you feel strong
enough for the second loop, you follow the same route until 6.5km. After a slight variation, runners fi nish back in Chester Road. This is a great time trial to ascertain your speed and race readiness.
DIFFICULTY RATING IS 2.5 OUT OF 5.
Once a month (usually the fi rst Wednesday of every month) you can mingle with friends and fellow runners at the club’s monthly takkie draw held in the clubhouse on the grounds of the Virgin Active Health Club. The social starts at 19h00 and is a great time to share running stories, win a pair of takkies or just relax with a drink.
Address: Chester Road, Bedfordview (opposite Virgin Active Health Club)
When: Wednesdays – 18h00
Distances: 4km (one loop) and 8km (two loops with a slight variation on the fi rst loop)