To Bridgetown and back

“I think everything went smoothly on the day, from the marshals who were in place to the water stops.

“Yes, I crossed the finish line first for my club, but for me, it was more about my PB time of 40.53min that I ran.

“My previous time was 43.20min,” said Dramat – who, like many of the runners present, recently ran the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon.

Dramat said his PB came through a combination of factors, including the race being a flat one. He was well rested and felt fresh at the starting line.

He said after being introduced to the sport back in 2010, he found a passion for road running and never looked back.

“This is my sixth year with the club. I started running on a temporary license before I joined Topform. My colleague who runs for Celtic encouraged me to try it out, and I’ve been been hooked ever since.

“It’s an individual sport which means you are able to manage your own time,on which days you want to run, and that’s what I like about it.

“My first big race was in 2010 when I did the Two Oceans half marathon. And, in 2013 and 2014 I ran the back-to-back Comrades Marathons but decided to take a break from the race to achieve my goals at the ultra marathon.

“So far, I’ve done five ultra marathons and I’m aiming for 10,” said Dramat.

“I always attempt new training techniques to improve on my times. For the last ultra marathon, I went with a high mileage training regime which meant I ran almost 1 000km before the marathon, and it made a big difference to my race,”he said.

* Nantes will host a Western Province Athletics (WPA) cross country event on Saturday May 14. Call 072 972 7765 for details.