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It's Washie100 time!

Friday (12 July) sees the start of what is undoubtedly one of the most gruelling road races in South Africa - the iconic Washie 100 miler.

Now in its 43rd year, the Washie100 - which is credited as the oldest 100 miler (161km) in the world - was first run on July 12, 1977, with just 12 entrants.

Last year, 153 runners entered, of whom 123 finished.

The race is traditionally run between Port Alfred and East London. However, an alternate route from Cathcart to East London is currently in use due to ongoing roadsworks on the R72.

This year, runners will set off from the Cathcart Country club at 5pm tomorrow (Friday). They then have 26 hours to reach the finish at Buffs Club in East London before the cut-off at 7pm on Saturday.

LATE ENTRIES: Good news for anyone who missed yesterday's race deadline: late entries will be accepted until 3pm on Friday at registration, on payment of a R200 late entry penalty.

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