Local athlete does a double

Cornel with her South Coast 100 mile trophy.

Metcalfe, a member of the Fochville Marathon Club, was not only the first lady but also the first overall to reach the 100 mile (161,4km) mark at the South Coast 24 Hour Circuit Race in Uvongo in KwaZulu-Natal in September.
She finished the race in a time of 22 hours and 32 seconds, with her nearest rival being four kilometres behind her.
Two weeks later, on 6 October, she again topped the individual field to be first woman and overall winner of the Individual Lite2Nite 12-hour Circuit Race in Vereeniging. Here she covered a distance of 96km, while her nearest rival only managed 90km in the allotted time.
The Lite2Nite is a 12-hour circuit race that may also be done as team event.
Runners are required to com-plete a distance of 80km, at which point they are handed a flag, to successfully complete the event.
Two other local athletes, Elmarie Hayes and Gerda van Zyl, competed as a ladies team. They achieved 6th position with a distance of 91km.
Circuit racing is completely different from normal road running. In road running you have a set distance and once you have reached that distance, you are finished. In circuit running you run the same lap over and over again to achieve the maximum distance you can in a set time. The laps vary in distance from 400m (done on an athletics track) to 1km and tend to be on either grass, dirt or tar surfaces.
Due to the short distance, these laps are flat and runners get no assistance from any up or down hills.
Participants in these events are people who enjoy running and are crazy enough to endure the same scenery lap after lap, with no prize money up for grabs.
The 12-hour events tend to have individual and team entries, whereas the 24-hour events are usually individual events, but with shorter 6- and 12-hour events starting at various times throughout the main event.
An athlete competing as an individual in the main event therefore has their rhythm broken as runners with fresher legs start at the various different times. The athlete’s success in these races lies in having the ability to settle into a comfortable rhythm and sticking to it knowing that you are in it for the long haul and not just the short dashes of either a teamed or shorter-timed athlete.

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