It is that time of the year where you can all ready find Christmas decorations in Checkers and all you can think of is the December holidays…
We as a committee have been quiet lately.
We had the very successful GBS Mountain Drive event and then a week later the challenging Oldenburgia Trail event.
The events didn’t stop there though.
Last month we had the Kowie Pineapple Event and I want to thank everyone who competed. Prior to the race I met with various of the Kowie members and their Chair and we discussed how important it is for all the smaller clubs to support each other.
The minute we shy away from our responsibility as a community to support our own club and other clubs we run the risk of eliminating our combined interest namely running.
It might sound highly dramatic but the truth is that we are a rather small club with a small amount of active athletes.
We constantly need to focus on the horizon and ask ourselves what in the sport is changing, what can we as a club do to add value and renew interest in a manner that doesn’t deplete our very limited capacity.
A good example is the 2019 Comrades Marathon which this months newsletter will focus on.
For those of you unaware or perhaps not part of any of our social media platforms – the qualifying time for the Comrades has been shortened to: 4:50 – Thus 4 Hours and 50 minutes to complete 42,2 km.
A great qualifying marathon to consider is the Cango Marathon that normally takes place towards the end of February at the Cango Caves near Oudtshoorn in the Western Province.
The reason for mention this race is because of the decline in elevation across the route as can be seen in this profile.
I realise that running downhill is not everyone’s cup of tea, especially as this years Comrades is an ‘up hill’ event but it’s better than nothing.
So, what else do you need to know?
This year the race starts at the: City Hall in Durban on Sunday, 9 June 2019 at: 05:30am.
Entries cost: R600.00
The race finishes at the: Scottsville Race Course in Pietermaritzburg.
The race distance this year is: 87km and
entries close on: 19 October 2018 or as soon as the entry cap of 25 000 is reached.
A few of our members has shown interest in this event next year and we will focus on the Bronze Training program to try and beat the elusive 11 hours!
If you are interested in joining us for training please send me a direct message over Whatsapp, Facebook or you can email me at:
Please do this at your earliest convenience!
If we see next year that the interest and motivation is still strong we can try and arrange accommodation and transport plus support for the day.
If you have any info, trade secrets or experience to share with us please feel free to contact me and I will include it in our next newsletter.
A big Hello to all our current members and ex-members.
The club is currently aware that not much is being done for cycling in Grahamstown.
We have spoken about cycling in our past couple of newsletters and in the background we have met with various stakeholders to try and get a general idea regarding the current cycling landscape.
A lot of information has been gathered but we need you to indicate to us what your needs are.
I’m finding it hard to believe that I am already writing my second newsletter of the year. The days seem to be passing by with incredible speed. The fact that I have to keep my headlamp on for most of my early morning run, to avoid the potholes and cow pats in the road, is proof that Autumn is fast approaching.
Our new committee has been working tirelessly behind the scenes, and we are happy to report that our running club seems to be increasingly busy this month.
Our weekly Tuesday time trials are growing slowly which is most encouraging to see.
The first ever Public Holiday fun run held on Human Right’s Day was very well attended. Aside from our beloved chairman’s accident, the day went off without a hitch and many of the runners stayed behind to enjoy a social coffee at Noom. Trevor Davies, from Crossfit, enthusiastically offered us the gym’s facilities for any future events – an offer we will most certainly take him up on.
It is Two Oceans season and we have quite a few athletes running this weekend. We wish them all the best. We would also like to thank everyone who sponsored our three development runners, especially the Bannatynes and our Cape Town member Ryan Bruton who assisted with transport and accommodation. The club donated R3000 to them plus an additional R1000 was sponsored.
We are aware that the previous newsletter didn’t reach all our members. We spoke about support for cycling in it and a transcript is available at:
Fundamentally we accommodate the cyclists but we don’t have the capacity to support them at present as we have no cyclists involved in the club.
This is a problem as there is an assumption that the club will assist with the hosting of cycling events for little/no compensation.
At present we are busy with negotiations for the G2C and I call on all members to support us as we are busy with long term planning that will benefit our club members and the cycling community in the not too distant future. More about this in our next news letter.
Historically A.S.S was hugely involved with the organisation of this event however as the cycling landscape changed and cyclists didnt require club membership/licensing the clubs role waned and at present we there is no benefit for us to continue our support.
However – As we are a multisport club we would be naive not to consider supporting our cycling community and we have a a plan to involve the cyclists but we need our running members to meet us 1/2 way.
Once the negotiations are complete we will send further communication to you all.
A huge thank you to everyone who has joined us for our Tuesday evening time trials.
It is slowly but surely becoming more popular and I would like to see more of our club members join in on the fun.
We have members from all ages and speeds running with us and I believe the networking is valuable as new friendships allow for more frequent runs.
Please try and join us on the next one!
– Future Events:
* At present we are looking at hosting a possible 3 local events this year.
This largely depends on the joint efforts with other clubs and/or parties and we will update you once we have more information.
* Also – there seems to be interest from a few members to start training for the 2019 Comrades. Should this be something you are interested in contact me(Jaco) and we can get the ball rolling.
– The Mountain Drive 1/2 Marathon:
This historic race has a new sponsor for then next 3 years – GBS Mutual Bank in Grahamstown.
The Rotary Club is managing the organisation and the previous A.S.S committee will be assisting with various tasks.
We might reach out to our members for some assistance but at present we have everything under control.
– AGM: I would like to propose the date for our next AGM to be 14 June 2018. We will confirm the details in good time.
Please note, these meetings can be long(between 2 to 3 hours) however there is a bar and it is not to formal.
These meetings are rather crucial as we as a committee needs to ensure that we understand your challenges plus requirements and this is your platform for these discussion.
We also need to update our members with important information on the club’s future, the state of our finances and various other issues.
Please pencil this date in and commit, I cannot stress the importance of this enough.
– Club Kit: We have had a few requests to update our closet and we have already met with all the local suppliers and are awaiting feedback from a few out of town options.
A couple of our members have indicated that they are willing to assist in this matter and we’ll have all the options ready for you at the above mentioned AGM.
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’ve been up to, please email us and let us share your experience with our members
A COMMUNITY TAKES TO CITY STREETS FOR NITE RACE
The Makana Brick Race over eight kilometres of Grahamstown’s streets as the sun sets is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most popular social-cum-sporting in the city each year. Essentially it’s a fun run that brings together people from all parts of the community.
Hundreds of runners, joggers and walkers take to the well-marshalled streets with two refreshment stations for their fun-filled jaunt under starry skies. This year’s race on Wednesday 14 March attracted a huge entry of about 500 townsfolk, Rhodes University students and hundreds of pupils from local private and public schools.
The atmosphere was on the jovial side as local battle re-enactment specialist Basil Mills set the field on its way at Somerset field on the Graeme College campus with some booming help from his hand-held ‘mini-cannon’, as one participant described it.
Among those in the field were a good number of Rhodes students sporting their athletics club colours.
A feature of the race, and indicative of the support given by sponsors Makana Brick, is that every finisher receives not only a medal, but also a freshly-harvested pineapple from a farm in the Lower Albany district.
There were also spot prizes for lucky finishers and prize-money for the faster finishers.
A sight to behold on race evening was the looks on the faces of schoolchildren as they proudly held up their medals and pineapples upon finishing the journey on foot along city streets.
Another all-important feature of the event is that proceeds go to Grahamstown Hospice, an organisation that performs invaluable work within the Grahamstown community.
For the record, the men’s and ladies’ winners this year were Masixole Xhayiya and DSG pupil Kendal Rose respectively. Runners-up were Lubabalo Bokuva (men) and DSG pupil Emily McLean (ladies). Third-placed finishers were Sisa Camagu (men) and Terri-Lynn Penney (ladies).
We want to hear from you!!! Please let us celebrate your news with the club.
Upcoming Races and Events
– Autumn Trail Series
There’s a great series of trail running races happening soon in the PE area. 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.