It's no race for late risers.
The starter's gun sounds at 6.25 am,
on Easter Saturday.
Do you spot anything peculiar with Frank's shoes?
More than 8,000 runners qualified for running the ultra distance of
56km (35 miles).
11,000 runners already had left for the half marathon 25 minutes before.
There is no chip mat at the start. Only gun time is taken. The
advantage: Those who overtake are really at the front.
Digital clocks along the route show the time valid for every runner.
Crack of dawn:
At 7 am the morning breaks.
The beginning miles don't make a show of natural outstanding beauty
spots. There is time for the runners to concentrate on themselves and
pick up the personal speed.
Temperature is fairly low today, rising during the day up to just over
Alas there was a light drizzle at the start and now we are moving
through a wet fog. The conditions make it easy to warm-up.
Bibs can be read like a runner's diary. A blue number signifies that
the runner has completed at least 10 Two Oceans within cutoff time!
It's also shown how many one did. The two chaps pictured here have done
more than 30!
Each runners wears to BIBs, front and back. The number shows one's age
group. Anyway most club runners have badges stitched on their shirts to
tell their age group. As you see: It's not a fun run.
Even blue number veterans have to qualify each year by a sub 5 hrs
marathon to be accepted again.
10 miles into the race runners get to the
first coast line: The Indian Ocean. Route profile still is conveniently
Welcome to Fishhoek:
Runners pass the half marathon mark and approach the first
At 25km the first cutoff point is threatening. If you don't pass it at
9.28 am, run time 3.03 hrs, you'll be disqualified and not allowed to
Provioning is consistent along the whole distance. One is able to
drink without a gap. Here it's coke in small plastic bottles.
Water and Powerade is provide in 200ml
tubes that can be handled easily.
Later on you get baked potatoes and ice cream.
After 28km the route gets to the leg that
the organisers let slobber of
"The world's most beautiful Marathon".
Peak Drive is built into the preciptous cliffs along the Atlantic
Countless bands entertain runners and
spectators along the route. African music gets tired muscles vital
Make New Friends ...
... is Cape Town's tourism slogan. Here it comes true. Overseas runners
can be identified by orange bibs. One can also spot their country while
South African wear a green bib.
Enjoyable small talk is practised gladly. A pleasant behaviour going
back to British roots.
View of Kommetjie Bay, Atlantic Ocean.
180 meters of height difference have to be climbed along the
distance of 5km at Chapman's Peak Drive.
The coast line of Hout Bay can already be seen, but it's still 3km
The Cutoff at marathon point is at 11.37am, after running time of 5.12
Therefore one shouldn't take too much time tasting the ice cream.
The route's highest point is reached after 46km at Constantia Nek.
A climb of 215 meters has to be done at the distance of 4km.
However one should not presume that climbing is finished now...
Anyway, at the peak it's time to celebrate. In front of the camera the
atmosphere gets to its peak as well.
Frank has already crossed the finish line while your author is
trotting on at 9min/mile speed.
No reason to hang the head!
With a sub 5 finish these runners are well among the first thousand
Many drop down to the University meadow and draw a deep breath.
Final Spurt after 35 miles:
These heroes do make it! Clock is 6:58 hours ...
We cheer them while enjoying our overseas buffet in the tent.
In previous years cutoff time actually was 6 hours. Later it changed to
6.30 hrs and now it's more human 7 hours.
"NO TIMING CHIP, NO RESULT.
The organisers words are unmistakable.
So Frank has to take his time himself ...
Luckily and nonetheless he gets his well earned beautiful
Each hour there is a different medal for the finishers. Sub 6 it's the
sub 7 there is the blue one, and from 7 on there is only a backslapping