Stuart Mann

Johannesburg, South Africa
Member since Dec 2017

My Completed Races

2017
Cape Town Marathon
2017
Reykjavik marathon
Umgeni Water Marathon
Old Mutual Om die Dam Ultra Marathon
Kosmos 3 in 1

My Latest Reviews

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.9

Umgeni Water Marathon 2018

Umgeni Water Marathon

This is a beautiful but deceptively tough marathon centred around the Midmar Dam in the Kwazulu Natal Midlands. Although there are no major hills the continual undulations add up and the some short but very steep sections in the last 10km test your marathon running prowess. There is 1uite a bit of easy dirt road running and the scenery is simply stunning over the entire course. This is a definite "Top 10 Marathon List" candidate.

Posted on 16.04.18

Om Die Dam 50km - 2018

Old Mutual Om die Dam Ultra Marathon

This is the 3rd largest ultra in South Africa and gets about 4000 finishers. The traffic to the start can be an issue and this year was really bad as due to road works and a new venue. There were also some issues with marshalling/traffic control on the day.

Aside from that it was a great run. The route is a challnging one with two major climbs (Saaarjie's and Kommando Nek) and the scenery is attractive along most of the course (as you quite literally run around the Hartbeespoort Dam). A highlight is crossing the dam wall. Those who've completed 10 ultras get a permanent number - and I was proud to earn mine this year.

There is also a half marathon and fun run.

Posted on 16.04.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.6

Kosmos - a morning marathon or 73.3km over the day

Kosmos 3 in 1

This is a 3-in-1 event that allows you to run a marathon in the morning, a half at lunchtime and then finish the day off with a sundowner 10km.

About 2,500 runners take part in at least one of the events - amazingly about 80% of those run all three events for a tidy one day haul of 73.3km!

I took the "soft option" and just ran the marathon. The route is very flat and, although the scenery is not the most interesting, the support tables are fantastic and all have a variety of snacks to choose from.

The start and finish is at the Lake Umuzi resort which is easy to access and has plenty of space as well as things for the rest of the family to do.

Posted on 27.03.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.8

The fastest ultra in Africa

Uniwisp Fast One

This is a downhill marathon in the Lowveld where you plummet about 900m as you run from the R37 near Sabie and finish at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit/Mbombela. Fairly small field most of whom get to the start via the busses that the organisers arrange. Water tables are really good and the scenery is truly stunning. This race is run on the doorstep of the world famous Kruger National Park and there are many other attractions in the area - so this is a good race to plan a holiday around.

Posted on 16.03.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.6

The race that more runners use than any other as their Comrades qualifier

Maritzburg City Marathon

This is a double-lap AIMS certified marathon run around the streets of Pietermaritzburg (the captial of South Africa's Kwazulu Natal provinces). There are close on 8,000 runners for the Sunday road races (42, 21, 10) and there are also trail runs, fun runs and nappy dashes on the Saturday. One of the best organised races in the country - and a good course for a fast time.

Posted on 16.03.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.9

A bucket list race on the Swaziland Border

Assegaai 3 in 1 Marathon

This is an exceptional race. It had been on my bucket list for some time and I'm glad I finally got the chance to run it - definitely lived up to expectations. Some of the best support tables around and an awesome long sleeved shirt for the first pre-entries. Quite a hilly course as you run down to the Assegaai River, turn around and then have a lot of uphill on the way home.

Posted on 16.03.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.8

A Marathon in the Bushveld

Oasis Potties Run

A lovely double-lap marathon with plenty to see along the route. Includes a dirt road section alongside game farms where you have the chance to see some wildlife.

Posted on 16.03.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.6

Run the first ultra of the year in South Africa

Amobia Bay Ultra Marathon

The Bay Ultra is a 50km race around Algoa Bay in Port Elizabeth. The first 30km of undulating hills and then you have 20km of stunning coastline running to get you to the finish.

This is a really well organised race in the Friendly City.

Posted on 02.03.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.7

The biggest medal in Africa

Volksrust Marathon 5 in 1

This was a rainy, muddy but incredibly fun marathon in the town of Volksrust (3 hours drive from Johannesburg). The support tables are manned by the local farming community and are fantastic - watch that they don't spike your Coke with brandy though! At the end of the race you get a giant race medal - the biggest for any race in South Africa.

Posted on 02.03.18

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