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, trail running and Mountain Biking.

Route Summary

LegDistanceDescription
1st5kmPE Station to Sydenham Station
2nd3.5kmSydenham Station - Deal Party
3rd4.5kmDeal Party - Swartkops
4th10kmSwartkops to Perseverance Station (MTB)
5th6kmPerseverance to Despatch Station
6th8kmDespatch Station to Uitenhage Station


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.

Route - Stage 1

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.

Route - Stage 2

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.

Route - Stage 3

4th Leg - Swartkops to Perseverance Station

This is the MTB stage for a cycle along the railway line, through the picturesque village of Redhouse and onto Perserverance Station, a distance of approximately 10km. Finish is just 10m above sea level. 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.

Route - Stage 4

5th Leg - Perseverance to Despatch Station

Gently undulating mix of trail and road running of approximately 6km to finish 22m above sea level outside the Despatch Station. Running on RIGHT HAND side of the road at ALL times and where possible on the pavement.

Route - Stage 5

6th Leg - Despatch Station to Uitenhage Station [CHANGED 19th Sept 2017]

A mixed trail and road running section of approximately 8km rising to the finish at 52m above sea level to finish at the Uitenhage Station. Running on RIGHT HAND side of the road at ALL times and where possible on the pavement.

Due to the strong flowing and polluted Swartkops River, we are not taking runners through the off-road section anymore. From Despatch Station runners will remain on the road all the way to the Uitenhage Station (see Route - Stage 6 below). 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.

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

Naming Sponsor
Medihelp Medical Scheme
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