Two Oceans Marathon 2011 route and facts!

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 under Two Oceans Marathon | 4 Comments

With the Two Oceans Marathon Entry date approaching soon, we want to give you an overview for the highlight of the 2011 Marathon season in Africa. We already wrote about the Two Oceans Marathon Entry requirements and limitations in a previous post.

The Two Oceans Marathon Route:

The World’s Most Beautiful Marathon: This year’s route (the PURPLE line on the map) will be the same as the one used since 2004. Runners will veer off left onto Noordhoek Road (Chapman’s Peak Drive) at the foot of Ou Kaapse Weg after passing through Sun Valley, and then head through Noordhoek and Hout Bay to Constantia Nek.

Two Oceans Marathon Route Map

  • Start point : Main Road in Newlands.
  • Quarter way mark (14 km): In Lakeside, just past the Sandvlei turnoff.
  • Halfway mark (28 km): On Noordhoek Road before Chapman’s Peak
  • Marathon mark (42.195 km): Near the cemetery on Constantia Nek.

It is the responsibility of each runner to know the route of their race. Traffic Police and race marshals will take all reasonable steps to ensure runners safety, however runners are responsible for their well being at all times.

56 km: The route remains the same as last year. From the start in Newlands along the Main Road to Fish Hoek, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Constantia Nek, Rhodes Drive, and Union Avenue to the finish at UCT. An IAAF graded course measurer has certified the route. A sign will mark every kilometer of the route. The course is 56 km (35 miles).

Route Profile

The Ultra Marathon Route is actually quite flat for the first 28 kilometers, and then starts to climb quickly as one approaches the start of Chapman’s Peak. From Hout Bay, the route climbs again to the highest point at Constantia Nek. Thereafter the route is undulating until the finish at UCT.

Two Oceans Marathon route profile (click on image to enlarge)

Interactive Map

Click here for our interactive map (by MapIT) indicating the route, kilometre markers, refreshment stations and medical points.

Virtual Map

Click here to view the virtual route map as was set up by Bertus van Elburg. One can zoom in and out and see the route in comparison with other landmarks.

Peninsula Marathon 2010 route description

Posted on Feb 04, 2010 under Peninsula Marathon | No Comment

We are now happy to provide with you an exact route profile and description, kilometer by kilometer for the 2010 BDO Peninsula Marathon:

START In Main Road to Fish Hoek, at the southern side of the Dido Valley robot intersection next to the robots, facing north.
Runners run on the right hand side of the road whilst running out along Main road until they reach Hillside road where they
cross over to the left hand side of the road and continue on that side until the Glencairn Expressway intersection
1 In Main Road to Fish Hoek, opposite Dixie’s on LHS
2 In Main Road to Fish Hoek, 100m before lookout point on RHS after Glencairn, and opposite large granite rock on LHS
3 In Main Road to Fish Hoek, 35m after yellow fire hydrant on LHS. Cross over to left at Hillside road
4 In Main Road to Fish Hoek, at Ballycline steps on lhs
5 Kommetjie Road, Fish Hoek, 5m before pedestrian crossing at False Bay College, just past bus stop on RHS
6 Kommetjie Road, Fish Hoek, 3m after robots at intersection with 17th Ave
7 Kommetjie Road, Fish Hoek, 8m after chevron sign on LHS just after 20th Ave ( road to FHAC)
8 Kommetjie Road, Fish Hoek, 100m before robots at Glencairn Expressway intersection
Runners turn left at these robots and cross over immediately to the right hand side of the road as they run over Black Hill
9 Black Hill, 15m after start of white slabs on RHS before arm curve barrier and 30m after 90km/hr sign on LHS
10 Black Hill, 100m before roadway on RHS to gate into TMNP area, just before top of Black Hill
11 Black Hill, 100m after half marathon 13km mark, opposite embankment on LHS, after crest of hill
12 Black Hill, half way down Black Hill, 30m before speed limit enforcement sign on LHS and 30m after M6N sign on RHS
13 Black Hill, near bottom of Black Hill, 20m after 90km/hr sign on RHS before Total garage
Runners then turn right onto Main Road and continue running on the right hand side of the road until they reach Red Hill
14 Main Road to Simonstown, at ‘No stopping” sign opposite entrance to Glencairn Station on LHS
15 Main Road to Simonstown, 8m before third entrance to old Marine Oil refinery on RHS
Runners then run over Red hill staying on the left hand side of the road.
16 Red Hill Road, 20m after Main Road intersection, just after entrance to bus depot on RHS
17 Red Hill Road, amongst Blue gum trees, 12m before hairpin bend sign on RHS
18 Red Hill Road, 70m after hairpin bend sign on RHS
19 Red Hill Road, 150m before hairpin bend sign before view site on LHS
20 Red Hill Road, 75m after Brookland Water scheme turn off on RHS
21 Red Hill Road, at top of Red hill
21,1 Red Hill Road, just after top of Red Hill, at entrance to Winford farm on RHS
22 Red Hill Road, half way down red Hill 30m before parking area for bus stop on RHS
23 Red Hill Road, on way down Red Hill 15m before last set of shacks on RHS, opposite large burnt our pine tree on LHS
Runners bear left at the bottom of Red Hill and then cross over to the right hand side of the road and continue on that
side of the road until the finish in Simonstown
24 Road to Cape Point, (M62) 80m before Cape Point Vineyards sign on LHS
25 Road to Cape Point, (M62) 100m before entrance to Cape point nursery on LHS
26 Road to Cape Point, (M62) 5m after fire hydrant and 20m before transformer on pole on RHS
27 Road to Cape Point, (M62) 1m before white culverts
28 Road to Cape Point, (M62) 50m after white bridge
29 Road to Cape Point, (M62) 80m before culverts on either side of the road, in row of pine trees
30 Road to Cape Point,(M62) 80m before white culvert on RHS on hill up to Cape Point entrance
31 Road to Cape Point, (M62), 6m after horses sign on RHS, 100m after Cape Point Ostrich Farm entrance on LHS
32 Road to Simonstown, (M62), just after descent to SmitWinkels Bay, 80m after big pine tree on LHS
33 Road to Simonstown, (M62), 5m before white bridge on LHS, on RH bend
34 Road to Simonstown, (M62), 100m before Millar’s Point on RHS, and opposite steep embankment on RHS, 2m after manhole
35 Road to Simonstown, (M62), on LH bend opposite rocky cliffs on LHS and 100m before parking area on RHS
36 Road to Simonstown, (M62), 15m after two big white painted rocks on RHS, and 20m after driveway on LHS
37 Road to Simonstown, (M62), 80m before entrance to Black Marlin restaurant on RHS
38 Road to Simonstown, (M62), at driveway next to tall pine tree on RHS
39 Road to Simonstown, (M62), half way along metal fence on RHS, 35m before LH intersection sign on LHS
40 Road to Simonstown, (M62), 3m before wooden fence on RHS just before start of Cape Times Fresh Air Fund complex
on LHS
41 Road to Simonstown, (M62), next to Dunearn on RHS, just before school on LHS
Runners the turn right into Martello Drive and then proceed onto the field at the north eastern corner of the field
42 Martello Drive, half way down road to naval sports fields
42,195 Naval Sports ground fields, Simonstown, on halfway line of soccer field facing south

START Main Road Simonstown, at intersection to access road to Simonstown Museum on RHS, facing north, and opposite
Waterfall Road on LHS
Runners run on the right hand side of the road whilst running out along Main road until they reach the Fish Hoek taraffic
1 Main Road to Fish Hoek, half way alon row of white townhouses as you leave simonstown on LHS
2 Main Road to Fish Hoek,8m before white bus shelter on RHS before Dido Valley Road intersection
3 Main Road to Fish Hoek, 10m before Warbler Way on LHS
4 Main Road to Fish Hoek,on hill out of Glencairn, opposite cul du sac on LHS , before Whale viewing are on RHS
5 Main Road to Fish Hoek, 30m before yellow man hole cover on opposite side of road
6 Main Road to Fish Hoek,opposite no 56 Main Road, Fish hoek, “N’yhoba Lodge”
The runners then cross over to the left hand side of the road at the Fish Hoek Traffic Circle and run against the traffic
along Kommetjie Road
7 Kommetjie Road, 20m after 7th Ave and 5m after start of brick wall on LHS
8 Kommetjie Road, at False Bay Hospital sign, 30m before robots at 17th Ave
9 Kommetjie Road, 15m after 20th Ave Fish Hoek, ( FH Athletic Club)
10 Kommetjie Road, 15m after Black Hill/Chapmans Peak Drive direction boad on LHS, 200m before Black Hill Robots
Runners carry on running until the robot on the centre island of the Black Hill/Kommetjie Road intersection before
turning left to proceed up and over Black Hill running within the orange shoulder line against the traffic on the RHS
11 On Black Hill, 20m before 90km/hr sign on LHS as you start going up Black Hill, next to woodcutters on RHS
12 On Black Hill, at start of straight leading up to the top of Black Hill
13 On Black Hill, 500m after top of Black Hill, on RH bend and just past rocky outcrop on LHS
14 Half way down Black Hill 50m before M6N sign on RHS
15 20m before 60km/hr sign on LHS near bottom of Black Hill
Runners take the access road for Black Hill and then cross over to the left hand side of Main road, and continue running
with the traffic all the way to the finish at the Naval Sports grounds
16 Main Road to Simonstown,7m after robot sign on LHS after brick bus shelter on LHS
17 Main Road to Simonstown, 5m after first gate to old Marine Oil refinery, just after graveyard on RHS
18 Main Road to Simonstown, next to blue bench on LHS and 50m before Redhill turnoff
19 Main Road Simonstown, 5m after M4/ Runciman Drive turnoff sign on LHS
20 Jubilee square Simonstown, next to bus stop sign on lamppost on LHS
21 1 m before sidescreen just before entering Naval Sports ground fields ,Simonstown,
21,1 Naval Sports ground fields ,Simonstown, on halfway line of soccer field facing south

2010 BDO Peninsula Marathon registration closing soon

Posted on Feb 03, 2010 under Peninsula Marathon | 3 Comments

Only a few days left to register for the 2010 BDO Peninsula Marathon and Half Marathon. Closing date for Entries is midnight on 14th February 2010 – to enter for the BDO Peninsula Marathon and Half Marathon click here and register online.

Due to restrictions in the vicinity of the Cape Town Stadium and road works in Muizenberg, the routes for the 42km and 21km will remain similar to those used for 2009, starting and finishing in Simonstown. Both races start at 6am. Although challenging with several hills, they offer ideal training for Two Oceans and Comrades.

A Helpers’ Run will again be held the week before the actual race to allow Celtics members to assist with marshalling or helping at a refreshment station. Times will be recorded and can be used to qualify for Two Oceans and Comrades.

BDO Peninsula Marathon

Useful Information and distances:

Martello Road to start of 21.1km                   1500 meters

Martello Road to Jubilee Square                  900 meters

Jubilee Square to start 21.1 km                  600 meters

42.2 km start from 21.1 km start                  2100 meters

Martello Road to start of 42.2 km                  3600 meters

Two Oceans Marathon will go over Chapman’s Peak!

Posted on Mar 03, 2009 under Two Oceans Marathon | No Comment

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon race office has received confirmation from the Western Cape Provincial Government that Chapman’s Peak will be open for the race on Saturday, April 11. 2009. The decision was made late last week following a meeting between race organisers and provincial government.

Said race director Rowyn James:  “This certainly is welcome news for us and the City of Cape Town as the traditional route over the scenic drive is a major attraction for upcountry and international visitors, as well as the locals and means that the event has potential to attract record fields across all the distances.”

Entries are already up, particularly for the half marathon, which has 65 more entrants compared to last year at the same time and the race office is expecting to reach the maximum 11 000 entry mark before the closing date of March 4.  Ultra entries traditionally come in at a slower rate as many of the runners still need to run their qualifying events during February and early March.

This year sees the event celebrate its 40th birthday as well as 10 years with Old Mutual as the title sponsor.  Over the years, this truly Capetonian event has earned the reputation as the world’s most beautiful marathon.  The 26 runners who lined up to face the challenge back in 1970 probably had no idea they were starting something that has become a national institution and a favourite with local, upcountry, and international athletes.

The event attracts in the region of 26 000 participants across the ultra, half marathon and the fun runs, with 60 of the field coming from outside the Western Cape or overseas. It provides participants with a mixture of breathtaking scenery, a gruelling test of fitness for both the elite and recreational runner, and an unrivalled race organisation and atmosphere.