February Newsletter

Dear Saints and Sinners

This is it! Our new look newsletter that you can expect once a month. We’d love to see you at our new look Time Trial Start/Finish line at the Albany Sports Club every Tuesday at 5:30, especially now that the route has been cleaned up and is clearly marked – just what you need to start your week!

As a committee we are super excited to revive our club’s activities and are going all out to get Grahamstown excited about being a part of an active sports club again.  This newsletter will keep you updated on our weekly runs and cycles, as well as races and events for the month.

The committee’s contact details are available further on, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.  Keep up to date on our Facebook page as well.

Chairman’s Report

Hi Everyone,

Our AGM and 1st committee meeting are barely behind us and we’re already a quarter through the year. Our committee have been busy with networking and arrangements to try and see if we can improve on our current situation with regards to value added services and events.

Recently there has been a lot of talk regarding cycling and should cyclists continue to belong to a club.

New Committee

Welcome to our new committee:

Chairperson:  Jaco van Dyk

Secretary:  Kirsti Wells

Licensing officer: Steve Beckerling

Trail running club captain: Nolan Berryman

Cycling engagement officer: Ken Watson

Road running club captain: Kenny Noeka

If you need to get hold of any of them, their email addresses are available on our website at http://www.saintsandsinners.co.za/committee/.

Membership Fees

At the AGM we also made decisions about this year’s membership fees for cyclists, trail runners and social members of the club.  You’ll be glad to hear that, unlike VAT, our fees aren’t going up a cent!  This is a perfect time for all our cyclists and trail runners to get up to date with their subs.  To find out how, please visit http://www.saintsandsinners.co.za/fees2018/.

Race Report Backs

We’d love to hear what you have been up to, please email us and let us know.

Herald Continental MTB Cycle Tour

“I should’ve done the 30km event!” Those were my thoughts as I attempted my first ever MTB race, having literally taken position of my new MTB the day before.


Herald Continental Cycle Tour (Road 106km)

Having not cycled a road race since the Argus in 1994, I was naturally apprehensive as I started (happily so) right at the back for this event.

Addo Elephant Trail Run

The Addo Trail run is a must and has to be put on any runners bucket list.

It is a spectacular, superby organised trail run of 100 miles (for the very serious runners #HUGEHUGERESPECT), 76km (for the serious trail runners #HUGERESPECT) and a 44km (for any trail runner #FUNandRESPECT).

Club News

Congratulations to our award winners for 2017.

Award: Athlete:
Road Runner of the Year – Male: Richard Alexander
Road Runner of the Year – Female: Phillipa Field
Veteran Runner: David Stolloff
Fastest 1/2 Marathon: Devernito du Plessis
Best Master: Mario Hockley
Greatest Number of Competitive Runs: Richard Alexander
Fastest Marathon – Male: Mario Hockley
Fastest Marathon – Female: Phillipa Field
Most Improved Runner: Lubabalo Bokuva
Chairmans Performer: Zwelethemba Yaka

These awards are up for grabs again in 2018, so let’s see you out on the road.

Upcoming Races and EventsSportsman’s Warehouse 15km Road Race

The Sportsman’s Warehouse 15km

The Sportsman’s Warehouse 15km on Saturday 10 March is run on a fast route through a suburban area, ideal for setting a personal best. The event also has a 5km fun run. The start and finish is the Sportsman’s Warehouse off William Moffett Expressway in PE. For more info see https://runningraces.co.za/port-elizabeth/sportsmans-warehouse-15km/

The Cabbage Patch MTB Race

This race is happening out at Komga on Saturday 10 March. Both the 20km and 40km routes provide plenty of beautiful wildlife and countryside beauty to take in along the Great Kei River. Apparently the 40km is a toughie but a great challenge, while the 20km provides a more relaxed effort. See more info at http://www.bicycling.co.za/event/cabbage-patch-mtb-run/.

Cape Town Cycle Tour

The single biggest individually-timed road cycling race in the world is back on Sunday 11 March! After last year’s race was abandoned due to some seriously nightmarish winds, this year’s hashtag is #40take2: the second attempt at the 40th Cycle Tour. The race’s start has also been moved to the Grand Parade. This year promises to be a fantastic race. This year’s riders should all just have received their seedings and start times. All the best to our roadies training for this one! Entries are closed, but you can find out more about the race at https://www.capetowncycletour.com/.

Grahamstown’s Get Out & Run Trail Series



Langley Park/Faberskraal 18 March 2018

Featherstone/Thomas Baines 8 April 2018 – Extra R20 Entrance Fee

Table Farm/Craig Doone 20 May 2018

Sign up online: www.getoutandrunec.weebly.com


Lake Farm Charity Run
A whole array of trail and road running races are happening from Lake Farm Centre outside PE on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March.  It includes a 15km trail run, and 10km and 5km road races, plus loads of shorter options for walkers and kids.  Find out more at http://www.runnersworld.co.za/events/lake-farm-charity-run-4/.

EC XCO Series #2
The second race in the Eastern Cape cross-country mountain bike series is happening on Sunday 18 March in East London.  Keep an eye on http://eastcapemtb.co.za/event/ec-xco-series-2018-2/?instance_id=171 for more info.

Autumn Trail Series
There’s a great series of trail running races happening soon in the PE area.  It starts on Wednesday 21 March with runs at Cape Recife, and continues on Sunday 25 March at Sacramento Trails.  The final race is on Sunday 8 April at Crossways Farm Village.  Each race has a 5, 10 and 15km route.  For more info check out http://www.bigosports.co.za/events/34.

Family Weekend hosted by Bedford Country School

BCS Logo 2018


Booking Essential

Any enquiries contact Adele 082 875 3772 / sportbcs@r63.co.za

Weekly Events

  • Grahamstown Parkrun

Every Saturday morning at 8:00, starting at the Makana Botanical Gardens, Lucas Avenue.

Contact: Nicola Brown grahamstownoffice@parkrun.com

072 180 1594

  • Albany Saints and Sinners Time trial

5:30pm every Tuesday from Albany Sports Club

  • Rhodes Athletics Club Time Trial

5:15pm every Wednesday from Rhodes Sport Building next to the field at the end of African Street

  • Trail Running

5:20pm every Thursday from Gray’s Dam

  • Weekend Long Runs

We will confirm the details.


’Til next time, have a great, energetic month.