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About Isavel Roche-Kelly

UCT athlete, Isavel Roche-Kelly was one of South Africa’s most talented distance runners.

Her unique spirit and positive view on life contributed significantly to her extraordinary athletics achievements which made the diminutive Isavel a giant at the clubhouse and throughout UCT, where she was named UCT sportswoman of the year in 1980 and 1981.

Isavel was a fun and run-loving young woman, but serious minded when focussed on her talent. Extremely loyal to and proud of UCT Athletics Club, she had roots in the Free State and Ireland.

With no prior background in running, she unleashed two years of running magic at UCT with astonishing performances over the distances from 1500m to 90km, rivalling the best in the country. She broke the SA Marathon record and was the first woman to run faster than 7 hours at the Comrades Marathon.

Tragically, she died at just 25 in a cycling accident in Ireland while training to make the Irish Olympic Team.

In this year’s UCT 10km Memorial Run Edition, we will remember her enduring contribution to the club and university at large.

Online entries are live! Click HERE to enter 


UCT 10KM Memorial Race
Inter-Res Race 

For the first time in years, the 2024 UCT 10km Memorial Race will include an Inter-Res Race where UCT residences will go Head-to-Head.

The res with fastest finishers will be crowned 2024 UCT 10km Res Champion and will receive a trophy. There are two trophies for Males and Females.

In the years to come, the competition will remain a tradition of the UCT Memorial Run and other residences will have the opportunity to contest the trophies from current winners.

Students in UCT Residences are therefore invited to enter and compete for their res. 

Entry fee for residences has been reduced to R50 per student. However, some residences will pay for their students. 

Trophies for the Winning residence(s)

Winning Residence
Our fastest ladies will receive this female! 
Winning Residence
The fastest men's residence will get this trophy!

The Trophy
More Prizes! 

Apart from the Inter-Race Race, amazing prizes are up for grabs for all participants .

  • The first woman home will win R1 800 cash, the Merrilyn Smith Trophy and an additional R5 000 incentive for running under 36 minutes.
  • There are cash prizes as well for men and all different age categories sponsored by Hobbs Sinclaire.

Our Race sponsor, Mr Neil Hobbs will giveaway to lucky winners;

  • Nine individually packaged bottles of Stanford Hills wine.
  • Three cases of assorted Stanford Hills wine. 

The Vineyard Hotel has amazing accomodation and meal vouchers for the winners.

  • One lucky person will stay at the Vineyard Hotel for two nights
  • two lucky people will have the opportunity to dine at the Vineyard (R179 each)  

All finishers will receive commemorative Mohair running socks made locally by Cape Mohair

Isavel Roche Kelly
Tim Stewart was a marathon training partner to Isavel Roche-Kelly at UCT.  He went on to captain South Africa at Triathlon and also represented Great Britain in the sport."

Race Poster



Memorial Run

May 2024

UCT 10KM Memorial Run, 2024 - Sun, May 5 2024