Stuart Mann

Johannesburg, South Africa
Member since Dec 2017

My Completed Races

2017
Cape Town Marathon
2017
Reykjavik marathon
Finlime Harriers Fast and Flat Marathon
NGK Familiefees Marathon
JB Marks Fun And Fitness Marathon

My Latest Reviews

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.6

A marathon in the middle of the Kalahari Desert in the middle of summer

would highly recommend it to runners who want to run an interesting marathon with great small town hospitality. It's a challenge to get to Lime Acres (7 hour drive from Johannesburg) but worth making the trip once. The route is very interesting and the support tables excellent - the whole town gets involved in the event.

Posted on 02.02.18

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.4

Great way to avoid the December running slump

JB Marks Fun And Fitness Marathon

This is the last marathon on the South African calendar. It was run for the first time in 2017 and was well organised. Hopefully it will become a regular fixture and attract a largre field. The course is out and back and the scenery is really nice at this time of the year - look out for the Whydah birds along the route, they are stunning!

Posted on 02.02.18

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.2

Tiny race in Ventersdorp

NGK Familiefees Marathon

This was the first time the race was run - and I am not sure that they will have another one but if they do it's worth making a visit. There were only 7 runners in the full marathon but other than getting lonely on the route everything else was perfectly organised.

Posted on 02.02.18

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

Friendly people, tough low fuss race.

Heroes Marathon South Africa

If you’re looking for a tough, relaxed and friendly marathon in the countryside this is a good race to do. The people of Mthatha are very friendly and welcoming. The Transkei is a beautiful part of the world and you get to see plenty of their rolling hills on the point to point course. Busses are provided to the start and the race finishes at Qunu which is Nelson Mandelas childhood home and where he is buried.

Posted on 02.02.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.3

A clinical race in the Port Elizabeth suburbs

Aspen PE City marathon

A well organised fast and flat race in the outlying suburbs of Port Elizabeth. Everything is well organised and clinical.

Route is pleasant enough although you don't see the sea. This is a really nice marathon to end the year with.

Posted on 02.02.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.6

A nice excuse to visit Cape Town

A well organised IAAF Gold event (the only one in Africa). The course is fast and flat and you can expect to brush shoulders with some local sporting celebrities over the course. If you're visiting Cape Town for a race I would still recommend Two Oceans (56km) over this marathon but this is still a good option.

Posted on 05.01.18

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.3

Low key marathon for the marathon junkie

PHOENIX  Its a Numbers Game Marathon Double

This event allows one the opportunity to run back to back marathons on the same course. I only ran the Saturday and enjoyed the event for what it was - a simple way to allow running junkies to get more marathons under their belt. You run an out and back lap 8 times which, although along the scenic Thames path, can get a bit boring. The end of lap support table is fantastic - the best stocked table I've ever come across and that alone is worth the entry fee!

Posted on 05.01.18

Completed in 2017

4.8

Lots of mud, hills and jelly beans

Clarendon Marathon

A well organised point to point race from Salisbury to Winchester. A challenging course with great support tables. It was quite muddy this year but that just added to the experience.

Posted on 05.01.18

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

Reykjavik Marathon

Reykjavik marathon

Reykjavik Marathon is definitely an excellent option as a different and unique destination marathon. If offers the benefits and organisation of a big city marathon whilst keeping the charm and distinctiveness of an out-of-town marathon. 

 

Check out the full race report @: http://runningmann.co.za/2017/09/16/reykjavik-marathon-everything-i-learned-about-iceland-in-2-days/

Posted on 13.12.17

Completed in 2017

4.7

Soweto Marathon

Old Mutual Soweto Marathon

Soweto is a marathon that offers something different to other big races, local or international. I would strongly recommend all South African runners take an “on foot” tour of Soweto at least once during their running careers. International runners, if you’re not scared of heat, hills and altitude Soweto provides a unique cultural and historical race experience that you won’t get anywhere else.

 

For full race report see my blog post: http://runningmann.co.za/2017/11/12/soweto-marathon/

Posted on 11.12.17

Completed in 2017

2.7

Inaugural Platinum Belt Marathon

This was the first running of the race and unfortunately there were a lot of issues (no water, etc.). The organisers have apologised and promised to rectify next year.

The race is p2p from Rustenburg to Marikana Mine. Interesting route if not always pretty.

For full report see: http://runningmann.co.za/2017/12/05/platinum-belt-marathon/

Posted on 06.12.17