ALBERTON AMATEUR ATHLETIC CLUB (AAAC)
Address: Alberton Club House at the Alberton Sports, Stadium, cnr Second Avenue and Braun Road,
When: Tuesday at 6pm
Distance: 4km and 8km
Alberton’s time trial is run through quiet streets in the suburb of Verwoerdpark. It starts in front of the club house, which has facilities to change if you go straight from work. If it is your first time, it is best to run with someone as it is easy to get lost through the different twists and turns.
There are no major uphills or very tough sections, but it is a course that continuously makes you work hard. It consists of a mix of little bumps, fl at sections and downhills. As most runners prefer, the finish is fast and flat!
You can choose between a 4km and an 8km, with the latter comprised of two laps of the 4km. The run starts off relatively flat with the first bump around the 200m mark. After that the route is fairly flat and fast. The second part is easier than the first, so leave something for the last 2km where you can make up time. Expect a last minor bump at the 3.5km marker before finishing strong.
The 8km route can be mentally hard, simply because you run right to the finish line of the 4km, before you turn around for the second lap. Stay focused and you will soon get back into a rhythm as you turn the bend.
It is a great time trial to test your speed and fi tness. Share your experience with running buddies afterwards over a cold one at the club’s bar.
The club house is open every Tuesday night. You will be able to receive guidance and advice on your running while cross-country and track and fi eld coaches are available to help with training.
DIFFICULTY RATING: 2.5 OUT OF 5