Chesang, Khatala and Xaba return to Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series this time in Gqeberha

No strangers to the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series, Kenya’s Diana Chesang and Lesotho’s Neheng Khatala will return to SA shores where they’ll join South Africa’s Glenrose Xaba at the inaugural Absa RUN YOUR CITY GQEBERHA 10K on Sunday 02 April 2023.

Chesang placed 8th at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K in 2022 but returned to South Africa in July to smash a huge personal best at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K by finishing second in 31:55, an improvement of 1min and 7sec on her previous best.

“I am looking to break my personal best from last time,” said Chesang. This will be the third time she races in the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series and will be only her third 10km road race. If she improves the way she did in Durban, then something special is on offer in Gqeberha on 02 April.

Khatala is the Lesotho record holder in the 10 000m (33:27.35), 10km (32:06), Half Marathon (69:57) and Marathon (2:28.06), all run in 2022 except for the Marathon which was run in 2021. Khatala set that 32:06 at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K in May last year. She had the season of her life in 2022 and is keen on picking up where she left off. Narrowly missing out on breaking 32min in the 10k, she is keen on that breakthrough, and with Chesang racing for a PB in Gqeberha, chances of that coming to fruition are high.

“The Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series routes are fast and flat, especially Gqeberha, Cape Town and Durban”, says Khatala. “I like it because every time I line up, I race against good elite runners and that pushes me beyond my limits and that helps me achieve good times.”

Khatala went on to say “I love the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series because it brings together runners, locally and internationally, elite and social. The organization is very good, and I would love to run all five the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series races in 2023.”

It will also be the perfect opportunity for South Africa’s Glenrose Xaba to make a big breakthrough. The 28-year-old is a regular at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series, fishing top ten and even top five against some of the best athletes in the world. In 2022, Xaba never once finished outside the top five and at the Johannesburg leg ran an incredible 34:03, on a tough course to finish second. Xaba will be one of the leading contenders of the South African contingent to line up on Sunday 02 April. More recently Xaba won the Gauteng North 5000m title with a 15:52.10, showing she is in good form as the Absa RUN YOUR CITY GQEBERHA 10K approaches. “My preparations for Gqeberha are going really well, and I’m looking forward to producing a good time. We’ll once again be having international athletes competing and that will continue to push our performances.”

Xaba has featured in virtually every Absa RUN YOUR CITY Race, a series which clearly has had an impact on her. “The courses are always measured to international standards; the hospitality, great organisation and entertainment on the route are why I keep coming back.”

EVENT INFORMATION:  2023 Absa RUN YOUR CITY SERIES

1.       Sunday 02 April 2023Absa RUN YOUR CITY GQEBERHA 10K
Start & Finish Venue: Kings Beach Precinct
Start Time: 07:00
Entry Fee:
1.      Standard Entry:
Licenced Runners R240.00
Temp Licence: R20.00 

Standard Entry Includes:
·         Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series Event Performance T-shirt
·         Absa Entrant Gifts
·         DHL Water Bottle
·         Race Number with Timing Chip
·         Sponsor Route Entertainment Points
·         Route Entertainment Points
·         2 x Refreshment Stations on Route
·         Tog Bag Drop and Collect Service
·         Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series Finisher’s Medal
2.      Gold Package: R1200.00 

Gold Package Includes:
·         Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series Event Performance T-shirt
·         Absa Entrant Gifts
·         DHL Water Bottle
·         Exclusive Gold Package Gifts
·         Race Number with Timing Chip
·         Access to Pre-race VIP Area (incl. refreshments)
·         Preferential Start Seeding
·         Sponsor Route Entertainment Points
·         Route Entertainment Points
·         2 x Refreshment Stations on Route
·         Tog Bag Drop and Collect Service
·         Access to Post-race VIP Area (incl. refreshments, massage, ablution facilities)
·         Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series Finisher’s Medal 
3.      Sunday 14 May 2023Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K
4.      Sunday 09 July 2023Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K
5.      Sunday 27 August 2023Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K
6.      Sunday 24 September 2023Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K

PRIZE PURSE: The Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series boasts an impressive, combined Prize Purse of R 1 560 000.00 in 2023. Each of the five events will be assigned R312 000.00 in prize money of which R252 000.00 will be allocated towards the Open Category (R126 000.00 going to Top 10 Open Men’s and R126 000.00 to Top 10 Open Women’s), and R60 000 towards Age Categories (Junior, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69 and 70+ Age Categories).  CLICK HERE to view the prize purse breakdown.

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Hashtag:  #RunYourCity #AbsaRunYourCity

Websites:  www.runyourcityseries.com

About Absa

Absa Group is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and is one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups. 

Absa Group offers an integrated set of products and services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management and insurance.  

Absa operates in fourteen countries. The Group owns majority stakes in banks in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania (Absa Bank Tanzania and National Bank of Commerce), Uganda and Zambia and has insurance operations in Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zambia. Absa also has representative offices in Namibia and Nigeria, and securities entities in the United Kingdom and the United States.

For further information about Absa Group Limited, please visit www.absa.africa

About the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series 

A proudly South African mass participation road running series, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series has been revolutionizing the sport since 2015.  A road running celebration like no other, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series comprises five unique events namely the Absa RUN YOUR CITY GQEBERHA 10K (launched in 2023), Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K (launched in 2015), the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K (launched in 2017), Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K (launched in 2023) and the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K (launched in 2016).

A diverse road running series, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series integrates businesses, families, investment in community, world class achievement and fun for all participants.

For further information please visit https://runyourcityseries.com/

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CONTACT DETAILS:

E-mail: entries@runyourcityseries.com

General Queries: 082 991 0045

Call: 082 991 0045

WhatsApp line: 072 042 7613

Please note our office hours from 09h00-15h00 Monday to Friday

ADDRESS DETAILS:

Unit 8, Cotillion place, 22 Techno Ave, Techno Park, Stellenbosch, 7600

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GET IN TOUCH

CONTACT DETAILS:

E-mail: entries@runyourcityseries.com
General Queries: 082 991 0045
Call or WhatsApp: 082 991 0045
Please note our office hours from 09h00-15h00 Monday to Friday

ADDRESS DETAILS:

Unit 8, Cotillion place, 22 Techno Ave, Techno Park, Stellenbosch, 7600

SOCIAL CHANNELS:

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.