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Top milers line up

The South African track and field season is set for an early start, with cash up for grabs for sub four-minute times clocked in the mile event, during the four Yellow Pages Summer Series meetings at the coast from December 10-18.

SA’s middle distance specialists will have to up the pace if they wish to dip under the magical four minute barrier, during the meetings to be held at Coetzenburg, Stellenbosch (Friday, December 10), Oudtshoorn (Monday, December 13), Port Elizabeth, Wednesday, December 15) and Parow, Cape Town (Saturday, December 18).

The first athlete to clock a time faster than four minutes during the Yellow Pages Summer Series will collect R5000, with athletes thereafter running faster than four minutes, collecting R1000 each.

ASA and Yellow Pages have identified the mile event as an exciting discipline and will provide pace-makers to help SA’s best runners to strive to dip under four minutes.

The last athlete to run a sub four minute mile in SA was Johan Cronje (3min 58.81sec in Parow on December 16, 2005), while the fastest time in a mile event in SA this year stands behind the name of Windy Jonas (4:02.88) clocked in Port Elizabeth during the opening event of the Yellow Pages Series on February 19 this year.

ÔÇ£The intention of the Yellow Pages Summer Series meetings is to combine mass participation with top class athletics,ÔÇØ said ASA board chairman James Evans, who also chairs the national body’s track and field commission.

ÔÇ£We are delighted to work closely with Yellow Pages to add more track and field competition opportunities to the national calendar and look forward to witnessing our athletes taking full advantage of these new platforms to finish 2010 in fine style.ÔÇØ