November 09, 2023

Since 2017 we have seen a number of Tifosi Sports Ambassadors take part in the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon offers a truly breathtaking course that showcases the best of what Cape Town has to offer. Starting at Beach Road, road runners are immediately greeted with stunning views of the ocean thereby setting the tone for an unforgettable race.

As the course winds its way through the city, participants are treated to the majestic sight of Cape Town's iconic mountains. These include Table Mountain, Lion's Head and Signal Hill - they all provide a picturesque backdrop, inspiring runners to push through any fatigue they may be feeling.

But it's not just the natural beauty that makes this marathon course special. Along the way, runners pass by some of Cape Town's most famous attractions, including the vibrant V&A Waterfront (with its bustling shops and restaurants) that energise both the runners and the spectators lining the streets.

Continuing on, the course takes runners through the historic Bo-Kaap neighbourhood, known for its colourful houses and rich cultural heritage. The cheers of the locals generally echo through the streets, providing an extra boost of motivation for the runners.

As the marathon nears its end, the excitement builds as participants approach the grand finale at The Cape Town Stadium. This iconic venue, which has hosted numerous international sporting events, serves as the perfect backdrop for the triumphant finish.

This year, Tifosi Sports athletes took part in both the Road Running Marathon as well as the Trail races - and it turned out to be a year of triumphs for the Tifosi Sports athletes - many achieving amazing results and many firsts, as they took on both the road races and beautiful trails.

Tifosi Sports had three athletes taking part in the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, namely, Mpho Tshesane, Noel Smouse and Kelvin Steyn.


Irma Sparks

Completed in 02:56:07.

Irma Sparks took part in the 22km Trail Event on 14 October 2023.

Irma made use of the following On Running products:

  • On Running Cloudultra trail shoes
  • On Running Long tights
  • On Running Performance T shirt 
  • On Running Lightweight Cap

“This was my third 18-20k Trail Race in four weeks which I did between 16 September and 14 October 2023, with a Beach Battle Hybrid Event thrown into the mix as well” said Irma, “I'm a bit tired, so I need a few days rest to let my hard work turn to gains and then I’m onto my final event for the year in December.”

The 22km trail route was designed by the legendary Ryan Sandes. While the route had to be shortened due to the recent storm damage at the Glen trail, the small detour took absolutely nothing away from the intensity of the race terrain. The single track was technical, the downhills fast and furious, and that sneaky extra little climb up from Bo Kaap to Signal Hill near the end was certainly a gamechanger for Sparks. She managed to complete the course in under three hours – which is something only the top five out of the 35 competitors achieved.


Mpho Tshesane

Mpho completed the event in 03:56:56, achieving her personal best.

Mpho made use of the following On Running products:

  • On Running Cloudsurfer 7 running shoe
  • On Running shorts
  • On Running Performance T shirt for ladies
  • On Running Lightweight Cap

After a severe fall on a 100-mile trail event earlier in the year, Mpho made an awesome recovery to run multiple ultra distance events this year. She rallied and managed to get herself ready for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.


Noel Smouse

Noel Smouse has had the most amazing season in 2023. He completed multiple 70.3 Iron Man events and took part in the 70.3 Iron Man World Championship in Finland. He found himself wanting to explore the journey of attempting his first ever full marathon distance race. The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon proved to be the ideal race for that.

Smouse completed the marathon distance in 02:54:44.

Noel made use of the following On Running products:

  • On Running Cloudboom Echo 3 road running shoes
  • On Running Tank T shirt for men
  • On Running Lightweight Cap

Kelvin Steyn

Kelvin Steyn, an avid runner and tri-athlete, had his eye on a PB performance at the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.

Steyn finished the race in 02:44:37, surpassing his previous personal best time.

Kelvin made use of the following On Running products:

  • On Running Cloudboom Echo 3 shoes


So whether you're an experienced athlete aiming for a personal best or a first-timer simply looking to complete your first marathon, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon course caters to all. With its fast and flat terrain, it offers the ideal conditions for achieving a fast time. And for those embarking on their inaugural marathon journey, the course provides a sense of accomplishment as you cross the finish line in the heart of Cape Town.

So lace up your On running shoes, take the time to train appropriately, and look to enter the 2024 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon planned for the the weekend of 19-20 October 2024.

Whether you're a local or a visitor, this race is sure to leave you with lasting memories of Cape Town's natural beauty, vibrant culture, and the incredible spirit of the running community in South Africa.