WESTVILLE ATHLETIC CLUB, KZN
Address: 123 Maryvale Road,
When: Tuesday at 17:45
Distance: 4km and 8km
The Westville time trial is best described as tough… with a sting in the tail! It starts on a track at the clubhouse in Maryvale Road. After a lap around the track runners start a gentle climb of about 900m. Another climb awaits as runners make their way right into Chislehurst Road which takes them to the 1km mark.
From here it’s time to get your breath back as the route descends into Edgbaston Drive. Now is the time to pick up some speed for the next kilometre. At the 2km mark runners make a u-turn and start working their way back. A gentle climb of about 100m is followed by a left turn into St George’s Drive for about 50m. After a fast downhill, a right turn into Kingsmead Drive takes you to the 3km mark.
The real hard work starts after you have turned right into Centurion Road. Now is the time to concentrate and focus because the way back to the club is hilly! As you turn right into Mkhula Road a hill of about 800m awaits you. The last 30m of this hill is ‘make or break’ as it is very steep. Club members describe it as a ‘monster’ and this is usually where the wheels fall off for anyone who doesn’t know the time trial. The last 50m to the club is flat. Runners who choose to do the 8km simply turn around and repeat the first lap.
Most members stay for a braai after the time trial and a cash bar is available.
Difficulty Rating: 4 out of 5