As part of my work at Grocott’s Mail, I was tasked with promoting, sharing and covering the 2018 GBS Mutual Bank Mountain Drive Half Marathon in Grahamstown (Makhanda). This is the full, comprehensive coverage of the event, before, during and after the race…

 

Eat well, train hard, run farther

As the GBS Mutual Bank Mountain Drive Half-Marathon creeps its way closer, with just 15 weeks to go until race-day on 24 August, runners and walkers planning on tackling the mountain should be starting their training for the event. However, what many first time runners do not always take into consideration is the importance of one’s diet while training. READ MORE…

 

GBS Half Marathon back again

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The organising committee of the 2019 GBS Mutual Bank Mountain Drive Half Marathon gathered at the top of Mountain Drive, overlooking Makhanda in the distance as they prepare for the race on 24 August 2019. From left to right: Jaco van Dyk (Albany Saints and Sinners Multisport Club Chairperson), Izak Smuts (President of the Grahamstown Rotary Sunset Club), Tim Dold (Race organiser and member of the Grahamstown Rotary Sunset Club) and Anton Vorster (Managing Director at GBS Mutual Bank). Photo: Stephen Kisbey-Green

The 2019 GBS Mutual Bank Mountain Drive Half Marathon has officially been announced, once again organised by the Rotary Club of Grahamstown Sunset, with the aid of the Albany Saints and Sinner Multisport Club and sponsored by GBS Mutual Bank. For the second year in a row, the GBS Mountain Drive 21km challenges residents and visitors to conquer the mountain, this time on Saturday 24 August, 2019. READ MORE…

 

Over 400 runners scale Mountain Drive

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After months of preparation for the GBS Mutual Bank Mountain Drive Half Marathon, runners finally descended upon Mountain Drive on Saturday 25 August in their attempt to conquer the mountain. More than 400 runners, and one dog, took off from Graeme College to tackle the tough 21,1km route. READ MORE…

 

GBS Mountain Drive goes green

 

With the current global focus on protecting the environment, the GBS Mutual Bank Mountain Drive Half Marathon will do its part in reducing environmental impact on race day. The race, ready to take place on Saturday 25 August, will reduce harmful waste through a number of donations and strategies specifically designed to make the race as environmentally friendly as possible. READ MORE…

 

This is the GBS Mountain Drive

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The GBS Mutual Bank Mountain Drive Half Marathon takes place this year in Grahamstown (Makhanda), on 25 August. In an all-Grahamstown collaboration, GBS Mutual Bank is the title sponsor for the race, which is hosted by the Rotary Club of Grahamstown Sunset. READ MORE…

 

Albany Saints & Sinners focus ahead of GBS event

 

As the GBS Mutual Bank Mountain Drive Half Marathon draws ever closer, the Albany Saints and Sinners Multisport Club has once again committed to enabling running in the community through its Development Runners Programme. READ MORE…

 

GBS Mountain Drive fun for the whole family

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The only non-human athlete to receive a medal at the GBS Mountain Drive, Nandi Dumond finished the event in good time.

The GBS Mutual Bank Mountain Drive Half Marathon is shaping up to be another successful and enjoyable race for everyone involved. While the runners will be putting themselves to the test on a grueling 21km course on 25 August, there’s all-day entertainment for the family at the start-finish. READ MORE…

 

A 21km smile with Tsepiso on 25 August

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The GBS Mountain Drive celebrity ambassador, Tsepiso Nzayo, with his usual big smile and personality after finishing the race

Local celebrity Tsepiso Nzayo will be one of the pairs of feet completing the GBS Mutual Bank Mountain Drive Half Marathon on 25 August. The entrepreneur who stuck his neck out to pioneer isiXhosa stand-up and a Grahamstown (Makhanda) comedy club, long before the Festival made stand-up comedy fashionable, is also a more than competent long-distance runner who recently completed the Comrades Marathon. READ MORE…

 

GBS Mountain Drive 21km teams up with Albany Saints & Sinners

The GBS Mutual Bank Mountain Drive Half Marathon will place on 25 August, and promises to be another exciting and entertaining day out for runners and their families. The Albany Saints and Sinners multi-sport club has once again played a major role in the organisation and planning of the event, which is rich in history. READ MORE…

 

One day left to catch GBS Mountain Drive 21km early bird!

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GBS Mutual Bank on show at the GBS Mountain Drive Half Marathon on Saturday 25 August

There’s a day left to catch the discounted early bird registration for the GBS Mutual Bank Mountain Drive Half Marathon on 25 August. Organised by Rotary in partnership with Albany Saints & Sinners Multisport Club, the event’s first 200 entrants get a T-shirt. The first 400 get a goodie bag. Early birds who enter today or tomorrow also receive a Mugg & Bean voucher redeemable anywhere in South Africa. READ MORE…

 

GBS Mutual Bank event gets its logo-legs!

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The GBS Mutual Bank Mountain Drive Half Marathon was announced last month as an all Grahamstown affair, with GBS Mutual Bank being named as the sponsor, and has just released their official event logo and branding. The race, which is set to take place on August 25, is being hosted this year by the Rotary Club of Grahamstown Sunset, and looks to bring athletes back to Grahamstown in what is a family-orientated fun day. READ MORE… 

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