Medihelp Nelson Mandela Bay Train Race

Race Route

The Medihelp Nelson Mandela Bay Train Race runs between the Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage stations and is contested by individual participants or teams of 6 (5 runners and 1 MTB rider). 

This fun and unique duathlon relay event covers a distance of approximately 38km*, with an exciting mix of road running and Mountain Biking.

Route Summary

LegDistanceDescription
1st5kmPE Station to Sydenham Station
2nd3.5kmSydenham Station - Deal Party
3rd4.5kmDeal Party - Swartkops
4th12.5kmSwartkops to Azalea Park via Perseverance Station (MTB) *CHANGED FROM LAST YEAR
5th5kmAzalea Park to Despatch via Despatch Station  *CHANGED FROM LAST YEAR
6th6.5kmDespatch to Uitenhage Station     *SHORTENED FROM LAST YEAR

 

* to improve the race, we have taken out the stretch of trail run from the start of Leg 5 - to achieve this, Leg 4 (MTB section) has been extended by 2km with Leg 5 now starting in Azalea Park (and NOT Perseverance). This also enabled us to move the change over for Leg 6 further along the route and effectively shorten runner 6's leg. 

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1st Leg - PE Station to Sydenham Station

Approximately 5km of flat road running, starting outside the PE Station which is 5m above sea level and this leg will rise to a height of just 7m above sea level. Change over station will be opposite the Sydenham Station. Running on RIGHT HAND side of the road at ALL times and where possible on the pavement.

Water table at corner of Broad Street & Paterson Road.

Medihelp NMB Train Race - Stage 1
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2nd Sydenham Station - Deal Party

Approximately 3.5km of road running with a gradual rise to 14m above sea level with the change over station situated just past the pedestrian bridge to New Brighton Station along Grahamstown Road in Deal Party. Running on RIGHT HAND side of the road at ALL times and where possible on the pavement.

Medihelp NMB Train Race - Stage 2
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3rd Deal Party - Swartkops

Approximately 4.5km of road running with a slight decline to 5m above sea level to finish in the quaint village of Swartkops alongside the river to hand over to your cyclist. Running on RIGHT HAND side of the road at ALL times and where possible on the pavement.

Water table at corner of John Tallant Road & Grahamstown Road.

Medihelp NMB Train Race - Stage 3
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4th Leg - Swartkops to Azalea Park via Perseverance Station

This is the MTB stage for a cycle along the railway line, through the picturesque village of Redhouse and past Perserverance Station and into Azalea Park, a distance of approximately 12.5km. Initial 800m is on the road before heading off-road for a fairly easy course with some sections of loose stones. Obeying all road rules when on road. Finish is just 10m above sea level. 

No water table for MTB riders, please ensure you take your own refreshment - we will have Powerade available at Swartkops Change over so that you can take before you start your leg.

Medihelp NMB Train Race - Stage 4
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5th Leg - Azalea Park to Despatch via Despatch Station

Gently undulating road running of approximately 5km to finish 22m above sea level on the corner of Botha St and Dagbreek Street. Running on RIGHT HAND side of the road at ALL times and where possible on the pavement.

Water table outside the Despatch Station.

Medihelp NMB Train Race - Stage 5
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6th Leg - Despatch to Uitenhage Station

From the Despatch change over runners will remain on the pavement all the way into Uitenhage and then onto Uitenhage Station. Please note that the last section of the run from Marconi Street through to the Station is being run on the LEFT HAND SIDE of the road (pavement).

Water table in Marconi Street.

Medihelp NMB Train Race - Stage 6
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* Distances may vary by up to 500m depending on the exact location of the transition areas.

Naming Sponsor
Medihelp Medical Scheme
Support Sponsors

Nelson Mandela Bay's UNIQUE Man vs Machine relay race over 38km

Change-over Sponsors
Water Table SponsorsHavaal Port Elizabeth Mazars Kromberg & Schubert Relay Medical