Anyone who has ever run the Comrades will tell you that even though the Valley of a Thousand Hills is one of the most beautiful places in the country, running through the ‘Valley’ makes for some difficult running. And though the Comrades Marathon is a whole different kettle of fish, running a time trial on those same undulating hills still makes for some tough running. Yet every Thursday at 6pm, anything between 80 and 90 runners arrive at the Hillcrest Villagers clubhouse at the Hillcrest Sports Club to take on a very tough TT course over either 4km or 8km.
It is by no means an easy time trial, because a couple of testing hills surprise you when you least expect them! But if you’re planning on taking on Comrades, there’s no better place to test yourself and improve your strength and speed!
Every last Thursday of the month, one lucky runner can win a pair of Saucony running shoes sponsored by Saucony and a local running shop, Sports Zone. If the weather permits, there might be a braai and a few cold ones afterwards as well. Results are available at the club after the trial and anyone is welcome to participate.
DIFFICULTY RATING: 3 out of 5