The Running Mann’s Guide to October 2022 Marathons


This article provides detailed information on all South Africa’s October marathons and ultras including race descriptions, recommendations and travel information.

It’s a bit late so I’m just doing the basics this month. Will try to get the November / December article out with more time to spare!

A summary of all your choices is below:

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Big 5 Marathon (Entabeni Game Reserve)


Here’s a running trip down memory lane from one of my rare off-road marathons back in 2008: the Big 5 Marathon, run in the Entabeni Game Reserve in Limpopo Province.

WOW! That is the best way to describe this route, because 42km through a pristine game reserve in the Waterberg is about as good as it gets for this marathon runner. Throw in large herds of antelope (and the odd giraffe) for spectators, an incredibly tough course and excellent organisation and you have the recipe for one of South Africa’s great races.

As the name suggests the race is run in Big 5 territory with rangers out to ‘marshal’ the more dangerous animals away from the runners. (Actually, dodging rhinos seems to be the biggest challenge.) And one thing that you do have to be careful of is not admiring the spectacular surroundings too much, or you are liable to step in a large pile of elephant-style bran muffins! Continue reading “Big 5 Marathon (Entabeni Game Reserve)”