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Rockets CANSA Active Wally Hayward Marathon 42.2, 21.1, 10, 4.9 & 1km

1st Of May Is Wally  Day - Why Work If You Can Run & Have Fun!
• Free 180g Rockets CANSA Active Wally Hayward Marathon short-sleeved t-shirts for the first 3000 pre-entries in the combination of the 21.1 km and 42.2 km events.
• Goody Bag To All Finishers
• Plenty of Spot Prizes will be up for grabs
• Kiddies Entertainment

Event Date: 01 May 2014
Province: Gauteng North
Venue: Hoërskool Zwartkop Mopanie Road, Centurion
Online Start Date: 01 Feb 2014
Online End Date: 27 Apr 2014
Contact: Race Office / Bert van den Raad
Contact Number: 012 654 8077 / 082 922 6817 (between 8:00 and 18:00)


Distance & Entry Fee
42.2km R114
21.1km R79.80
10km R68.40
4.9km R26
1km R15
Temporary License R36
Great Grand Masters, Blind Runners and Wheelchair Athletes FREE Entry, on 1st May Only.

Short-sleeved:  180g 2014 Rockets CANSA Active Wally Hayward Marathon t-shirts may be ordered at R55 each.

"Long-sleeved" Moisture-management good quality 2014 Rockets CANSA Active Wally Hayward Marathon t-shirts may be ordered at R165 each.

Start Time
42.2km 06:30
21.1km 06:30
10km 06:45
4.9km 07:00
1km 07:30

Hoërskool Zwartkop Mopani Road, Zwartkop Centurion
GPS co-ordinates: S 25°50'58.60" I E 28°09'54.32"

Last COMRADES Qualifier In Gauteng

How To Enter
At Races:
We will be at most road races in the Gauteng Area.
You will receive your race number when you enter

Online At
You can collect your race number on 30th April from the race venue from 14:00 to 19:00, or on race day from 04:15.

Late Entries At The Venue:
Enter at the race venue on 30th April from 14:00 to 19:00 or on the morning of the race from 4:15 until the start of the race.

Sorry, no fax or postal entries

Store Entries:
At these participating Sportmans Warehouse Branches:
Centurion, Value World  012 665 0768
Pretoria, Atterbury Value Mart  012 991 4926
Pretoria, Kolonnade 012 548 5131
Fourways, Fourways Crossing Retail Centre  011 467 0997
Woodmead, Woodmead Value Centre  011 802 8208
Boksburg, East Rand Value Mall 011 832 3203
Roodepoort, Princess Shopping Centre 011 768 0167
Cresta, Blackheath Pavillion 011 476 6882

Rules and General Information
All athletes must be amateurs as defined under Athletics South Africa rules, and not be under the stipulated ages as indicated in the table below.
All entrants will participate under the rules of AGN and ASA and it is the athlete's responsibility to be familiar with the rules.
Age restrictions:
- Minimum age of 15 years on the day of the race for 10km
- Minimum age of 16 years on the day of the race for 21.1km
- Minimum age of 20 years on the day of the race for 42.2km
Marshals and Traffic Officers must be obeyed at all times – failure to comply with their instructions may lead to immediate disqualification.
No seconding will be allowed.
Sufficient refreshment stations will be available.
It is the participant's responsibility to ensure that he / she is medically fit and healthy to participate in any of the events.
The race committee reserves the right to accept or reject any entry.
Proof of age must be produced if requested by the race referee.
No iPods or any other audio devices are allowed. (IAAF & ASA Ruling).
No dogs allowed.

All entrants must be in possession of a valid 2014 license number.
Athletes must wear the official race number on front and the 2014 ASA licence number on the back of the running vest.
Athletes competing for category prizes must wear official age category ID tags on the front and back of the running vest.
Foreign athletes must comply with IAAF Rule 4 paragraph 2 regarding the handing over of their permits to the Race Organisers.

All unlicensed athletes participating in the 42.2km, 21.1km and 10km events must purchase a temporary license number.
The Temporary License must be worn on the back of the running vest and the race number on the front.

No faxed entries will be accepted
Walkers may enter for any event. The cut off time stipulated will apply for both runners and walkers.
Any participant in the 42.2km event, who has not reached the 21.1km/42.2km split (approximately 20 km mark) in 2 hours 40 minutes, will not be permitted to proceed on the 42.2km route.
Clubs are requested to bring their gazebos and trailers to the venue on 30th April between 14:00 and 19:00. Security will be provided. There will be a drop off zone for trailers available on 1 May and assistance will be provided to push the trailer from the drop off zone to the field.
Regrettably, no vehicles will be permitted on the field on race day.
No open fire braais will be allowed on the sports field - ONLY gas braais.
Various spot prizes will be given away throughout the day. To qualify for a spot prize, you must be present at the venue when the draw is made.
Entry fee is not refundable.

Supervised by CHILD WELFARE TSHWANE Available at R30 per child of 3 years to 10 years of age between 05h30 and 11h30 on the morning of 1st May 2014

Please do not discard water sachets / cups in gardens or drains.
Please drop them in the bins provided or directly on the road.
Toilets will be available at every water point.
First Aid facilities will be available.

Race results will be published within five working days at and

Race Enquiries
For race enquiries, please contact the race office on 012 654 8077 or Bert van den Raad on 082 922 6817 (between 8:00 and 18:00) or
No SMS messages or "Please Call Me’s” will be responded to.
E-Mail enquiries:

Release & Waiver
In consideration of the acceptance of my entry, I, for myself, my executors, heirs, administrators and assigns, do hereby release and discharge Wally Hayward Marathon, Alpha Centurion Runners and Walkers, national and provincial bodies, any and all sponsors, any and all volunteer groups, all medical personnel, any and all local authorities from all claims for injuries, damage or property loss that I may suffer caused by the negligence of any of them and arising out of my participation in this event, including pre and post race activities. I am physically fit and sufficiently trained to participate in this endurance event and assume all risks for such participation. I agree to abide by the rules of this race as well as the rules of ASA and AGN, and the race conditions and regulations, which include the terms of payment of the entry fee, and will comply with them.

About Wally Hayward
Wally Hayward's exceptional running career spanned six decades, and although he represented South Africa at the Olympic Games and set numerous ultra-distance world records, he is best remembered for his remarkable achievements in the Comrades Marathon, which he won five times and ran at 79 and 80.

In 1930, Wally entered his first Comrades Marathon when only 21. He had a 29 minute lead by half way but was running in heavy solid rubber soled canvas tackies, had put too much boracic powder in his socks (which wore away his feet like sandpaper) and he only stopped to drink every 30 KM - but he hung on courage-ously and managed to win by just 37 seconds in 7:27:26.

Having broken his right ankle during a training run just before the 1931 Comrades, Wally was forced to miss it and then concentrated instead on shorter distances for the next several years. In 1950, Wally returned to Comrades and again strode to victory. The following year he made it three wins in three appearances, and sliced a massive eight minutes off the record. After finishing tenth in the marathon at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games, Wally returned to secure his fourth Comrades title in 1953, becoming the first athlete to break six hours as he won the 'down' race in 5:52:30.

On 26 September 1953, at 45, Wally shattered the 80 Km London-to-Brighton record by 22:42, winning in 5:29:40. He also established his first World record for 50 miles (5:14:12) along the way. On 24 October 1953, Wally broke fellow Comrades hero Hardy Ballington's World 100 mile record at Bath in England, by more than an hour, in 12:20:28 (a record which remained unbroken for 15 years!).

On 20 November 1953, Wally set out after Arthur Newton's 24 hour record. Along the way Wally passed 100 Km in a new world record of 7:41:36 (which stood unbroken for 16 years) as well as 100 miles in another world track record time of 12:46:34 (which was unbroken for 15 years). Despite being slowed by tightening muscles and cramping after an unfortunate shower at 160 Km, - which reduced the 150 Km he had covered in the first 12 hours to "only" 106 Km in the last 12 hours - he still managed to complete 256,4 Km in 24 hours, improving 11,3 Km on the great Newton's old world record and despite his difficulties, this World record was only beaten 26 years later, in 1979!

In 1954, one month before his 46th birthday, Wally became the oldest participant in the history of the Comrades Marathon to win this grueling event, winning for the fifth time in a new "up" record (by more than 19 minutes) in 6:12:55 - achieving his ambition of holding both the up & down.

Although the South African Amateur Athletic & Cycling Association had granted permission to his club, to raise funds for this record breaking trip to England, Wally had unwittingly broken the rules by directly accepting donations towards his travelling expenses and he was declared a professional and banned from participating in amateur events, such as Comrades. Wally's amateur status was reinstated 20 years later - so, in 1978 he set a world marathon age record of 3:06:24 for 70 year olds!

Probably the most remarkable achievement of the great Wally Hayward was finishing the 1988 Comrades Marathon, just before his 80th birthday! Wally stunned the world by finishing in a time of 9:44:15 - beating more than half the field! In 1989, just a few weeks short of his 81st birthday, he completed Comrades just before the cut-off, in 10:58:03 in front of a rapturous crowd to become the oldest finisher in Comrades history.

Wally was a carpenter and draughtsman for the Johannesburg Municipality most of his working life. He died on 28 April 2006, at the age of 97, a couple of days before the Wally Hayward Marathon that year, which was held, as always, on 1 May.


Last update on this event: 14/03/2014
Event added: 14/03/2014
General Event Details
Thursday, 01 May 2014
Gauteng Province, Centurion
Map of Event Start