With its rolling hills and striking views, there are few places more scenic to take a morning run than Maropeng, the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. And that’s exactly what you’ll be able to do at Maropeng next month.

myrun South Africa is set to hold a free, timed run at Maropeng on 5 November. The 5km timed run (or walk, if you prefer) will follow a route around our beautiful sprawling site in the Cradle of Humankind. myrun organises free and safe; weekly timed fitness events across South Africa every Sunday morning. The events are open to everyone, including children.

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Maropeng's sprawling grounds offer an enjoyable running route. Picture: Maropeng

Register here with myrun, and pick up your timing band from 8am on Sunday 5 November. The run starts at 9am. If you haven’t exercised in a while and are wondering how to get started, myrun has shared these tips with us.

“Align your race-day target with your current fitness level and running background,” myrun advises.

“5km is a huge feat and one you shouldn’t take lightly. For many newbies, just finishing the race is the ideal goal, even if it means walking some of the way. Remember to run at a pace that you can maintain over a steady amount of time – because increasing your time and mileage is key.”

You can finish off the morning with a post-run breakfast at Maropeng’s Tumulus Restaurant. The delicious spread costs R80 for adults and R40 for children under 12, and is available from 8.30am to 10.30am. The meal consists of eggs, toast, sausages and grilled tomatoes. The adult meal includes a minute steak, while the children’s meal includes chips.

Email bubim@maropeng.co.za by 2 November if you’d like tuck in after your run.