July Newsletter

July Newsletter

The winter solstice has come and gone so in theory we have started the slide towards summer.  It certainly doesn’t feel like it.  This festival week has been bitterly cold.  Those runners heading off to Knysna this weekend are packing extra blankets, gloves, beanies and hot water bottles to give to those in need at the start of the Forest Marathon and Half Marathon.  The dedication to running though, has not abated.  The early morning running groups are still gathering in the dark – even if the layers hide their identity – for their run and it is always fabulous to see runners out on the road enjoying the crisp air.  Our time trial will be back in full swing from next week, 10 July, and we look forward to seeing many of you at the start at 5:15pm.

A reminder of our AGM on 31 July at 6:00pm, immediately after the time trial.

Chairman’s report

Hi Everyone,

Halfway through the year and with the Festival atmosphere in the air I realise that a lot has happened behind the scenes in a short amount of time.

At last I can confirm that Cathy Gorham will be joining our club committee to assist with the cycling division.

Cathy is one of the original Saints & Sinners pillars and I’m very happy to have her on board to assist us in getting the cycling situation back on standard!

At the same time, I want to say thank you to Adrian Stoltz who is stepping down as our treasurer. I hope that now he can join our cyclists and relax a bit without worrying about the club finances.

Also a big thank you to Rose Hurford who has been managing our new athletic clothing project. We will be showcasing these garments and our new club Gazebo at our AGM.

Talking about the AGM – Please diarise this date:

31 July 2018 at 6:00pm after the time trial.

This is your platform to discuss any issues or ideas and we can update our members in person on the future of the club regarding events, club runs/cycles and socials.

Regarding events – we have been meeting with Eastern Province Athletics(EPA) quite a bit in trying to improve our experience for hosting events and to improve our club management. There are always places for improvement and we want to ensure that our club’s standard is on par with the rest of South Africa’s.

Lastly – we have a few members who have signed up on our website who have not paid us yet – we will get in contact with you to discuss your requirements as we are required to pay the EPA and the Albany club for each member and we need to ensure that these monies are paid – otherwise the club will fall into disrepute and we will no longer be able to host any events.

Otherwise enjoy the rest of the Festival and don’t forget to hit the road! Jaco

Race Report Backs

In June I had the pleasure of joining a few other super excited athletes for the third trail run in the Oxpecker Series, The African Oxpecker.  What an event! The Green family, of Winterton, have put together a superbly organised weekend with every eventuality thought of and catered for, from hot water bottles in the goody bags to strip stations at the start and 3km mark of each stage of the race to drop off the layers we wore to survive the cold start.  Catering was handled by the amazing ‘Farmer’s Daughter’ team who ensured all the athletes went home heavier than when they arrived.

Day 1 was 21km.  The first 10 was a climb to the top of Spioenkop Mountain.  This was really tough but the ‘compulsory’ selfie stops meant we got to catch our breath as we were distracted by the unbelievable views.  The remaining 10 was a leisurely jog all the way down the hill to the last flat kilometre around the camp to the finish line.

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Day 2 was 16km and a lot less strenuous.  I think some athletes were very grateful for this after the disco under the trees from the previous night that went on into the small hours of Sunday morning.  We were taken to our secret start by local taxi drivers early Sunday morning driving us safely through the mist which only added to the thrill of the event.  This leg started with a 3km jog through the mielie fields into the beautiful acacia forests.  This leg was slightly more technical with narrow, rocky single track and a floating bridge river crossing but that really just added to the fun. Prize giving was a jovial affair with the African Oxpecker winner taking the honours of overall winner (from all three events) in a record time NINE minutes faster than any previous winner. The Green family wanted to make their event as green as possible and each participant went home with a tin cup and some seeds.  The participant who sends in the best photograph of their sprouting seed can win their entry for 2019.

I certainly am planning on being there but in the mean time – if the sound of this kind of event appeals to you – have a look at the Kudu Classic just outside Bedford.  This event is a bit smaller but just as awesome!!! It is on 11 and 12 November.  Hope to see you there.

Exciting Cycling News and Updates

Cycling membership as we know has taken a bit of a knock. Some of us have been discussing how to revive cycling activities. We will continue to do this, but how successful we are depends very much on whether we meet cyclists needs and if we have the resources to do so. That means identifying how to support and encourage cycling as well as attracting members who will assist in the process.

Using feedback from the recent rider survey, we decided to focus first on getting group rides going again. Over the last couple of months, there’s been growing turn-out at the Saturday morning ride.

In May and June, we had rides to

  • Riebeeck East, where everyone stopped off for coffee and muffins at Mooimeisies Guesthouse,
  • Bathurst, via Penny’s Hoek and stopping of course at the Pig and Whistle,
  • Kenton, where we enjoyed freshly prepared boerewors rolls at middle beach We asked people to organise their own transport back but also offered some space to bring back those who didn’t have someone to fetch them.

Rides to the microwave tower on the Highlands road also proved popular. Cold and galeforce winds could not stop a large group enjoying a hard ride out but a fast return for coffee at Noom!

The plan is to offer varied, regular rides with a social element that caters for as wide a range of cyclists as possible. No one is left behind – there is always an experienced rider to check on back-markers.

Just Pedal Cycles (in Cuyler Street) have been organising the rides and making sure everyone has a fun, safe ride that is as challenging as they feel up to. They have lots of ideas and info for anyone wanting to know about routes and rides in our area, so do pop in and speak to Andre or Denise if you need any help or want to know more about the group rides.

Not everyone is ready, has time, or is keen to ride 2 to 3 hours. So we are looking at shorter routes and ideas for newcomers or those getting back into cycling. There are plans too for a “get to know your bike”, bike-skills workshop aimed at encouraging women in particular to join us.

The focus is very much on G2C right now but we do have some exciting plans, so watch this space, and the club’s Facebook page!

Huge thanks to Jaco, Ian, Oliver, Ken, Jolandi, Denise, Andre and “newby” Fretson for their input and commitment to getting the wheels turning again. We agreed to meet every few months to see how we are doing and make plans. Anyone is welcome to bring energy and ideas. We will be meeting in August (after the AGM) so keep an eye out for that date. If you would like to share news, feedback, ideas and cycling stories, please contact me in the meantime – cmgorham@gmail.com is best, or whatsApp on 0825622388 Keep the wheels turning!

Club News

  • Please join us for our AGM on 31 July at the Albany Sports Club at 18:00. We’ll run the Time Trial together at 17:15, and then grab a drink and settle in for the meeting.
  • News of our club revival must be getting out there as I received two emails last month from online sports kit shops who wanted to tell us about their kit. Do have a look at their websites:
  • 1) Enjoy Fitness is a company that manufactures a range of sports gear, specialising in cycling, running and triathlon. http://enjoyfitness.co.za/store/
  • 2)The second company is Bioracer. The kit is made in Belgium. Internationally, they manufacture the Dimension Data kit as well as the Belgium, German and Netherlands Olympic teams kit to mention a few. Here in SA, corporate companies like Old Mutual, Absa  and the latest, Team Vitality Discovery allows them to produce their kit.They also have retail kit that is available to purchase.You are welcome to visit the website at www.bioracer.com Please note, I have not personally tried the merchandise, this is just a medium to let you know what is out there.  Please do share your purchase experience with us if you choose to use either of the companies mentioned.
  • The GBS Mountain Drive Half Marathon is round the corner. It’s wonderful to see so many club members planning to join the run – however, it would be great if you can ask your cousins and aunties and adult colleagues if they can help out with the marshalling. If you can convince someone to help, please ask them to personally whattsapp (0826436733) or email David Stoloff (dstoloff@vghs.co.za). There will be a volunteers run the previous weekend too. It would  be a huge help if you could each try to find someone for the marshalling.
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Any other news? We want to hear from you. kirstiwells03@gmail.com

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

5:15pm 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 Wednesday from Gray’s Dam •Weekend Long Runs

We will confirm the details.

Upcoming Races and Events
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  • Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 July

JBayX Trail Run 2-day 60km, Saturday: 20km (7am) & 20km (7pm), Sunday: 20km

(7am), SuperTubes Park, Da Gama Road, Jeffreys Bay, 7am, Rieghard Janse van Rensburg 071 896 6831

  • Sunday 15 July JBayX Trail Run 10km & 5km, SuperTubes Park, Da Gama Road, Jeffreys Bay, 7am, Rieghard Janse van Rensburg 071 896 6831 – Saturday 28 July Nelson Mandela Bay SA Half Marathon Champs and 5km Pollock Beach, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth.

7am(21km) and 9am(5km)

Contact: Alan Taylor 083 658 0050 – Sunday 29 July

Gulu Trail Challenge 10km and 4km

Farm 19 Gulu, near East London

Contact: Nadia Lucouw 078091 7200

  • 29 July Tsomo Half Marathon, 10km and 5km

Mtsheko Bridge, Cofimvaba

8am

Contact: Nomakwezi Manqaba 083 602 2801

’Til next time, keep fit, healthy and stay warm.

Kirsti

July Newsletter

The winter solstice has come and gone so in theory we have started the slide towards summer.  It certainly doesn’t feel like it.  This festival week has been bitterly cold.  Those runners heading off to Knysna this weekend are packing extra blankets, gloves, beanies and hot water bottles to give to those in need at the start of the Forest Marathon and Half Marathon.  The dedication to running though, has not abated.  The early morning running groups are still gathering in the dark – even if the layers hide their identity – for their run and it is always fabulous to see runners out on the road enjoying the crisp air.  Our time trial will be back in full swing from next week, 10 July, and we look forward to seeing many of you at the start at 5:15pm.

A reminder of our AGM on 31 July at 6:00pm, immediately after the time trial.

Chairman’s report

Hi Everyone,

Halfway through the year and with the Festival atmosphere in the air I realise that a lot has happened behind the scenes in a short amount of time.

At last I can confirm that Cathy Gorham will be joining our club committee to assist with the cycling division.

Cathy is one of the original Saints & Sinners pillars and I’m very happy to have her on board to assist us in getting the cycling situation back on standard!

At the same time, I want to say thank you to Adrian Stoltz who is stepping down as our treasurer. I hope that now he can join our cyclists and relax a bit without worrying about the club finances.

Also a big thank you to Rose Hurford who has been managing our new athletic clothing project. We will be showcasing these garments and our new club Gazebo at our AGM.

Talking about the AGM – Please diarise this date:

31 July 2018 at 6:00pm after the time trial.

This is your platform to discuss any issues or ideas and we can update our members in person on the future of the club regarding events, club runs/cycles and socials.

Regarding events – we have been meeting with Eastern Province Athletics(EPA) quite a bit in trying to improve our experience for hosting events and to improve our club management. There are always places for improvement and we want to ensure that our club’s standard is on par with the rest of South Africa’s.

Lastly – we have a few members who have signed up on our website who have not paid us yet – we will get in contact with you to discuss your requirements as we are required to pay the EPA and the Albany club for each member and we need to ensure that these monies are paid – otherwise the club will fall into disrepute and we will no longer be able to host any events.

Otherwise enjoy the rest of the Festival and don’t forget to hit the road! Jaco

Race Report Backs

In June I had the pleasure of joining a few other super excited athletes for the third trail run in the Oxpecker Series, The African Oxpecker.  What an event! The Green family, of Winterton, have put together a superbly organised weekend with every eventuality thought of and catered for, from hot water bottles in the goody bags to strip stations at the start and 3km mark of each stage of the race to drop off the layers we wore to survive the cold start.  Catering was handled by the amazing ‘Farmer’s Daughter’ team who ensured all the athletes went home heavier than when they arrived.

Day 1 was 21km.  The first 10 was a climb to the top of Spioenkop Mountain.  This was really tough but the ‘compulsory’ selfie stops meant we got to catch our breath as we were distracted by the unbelievable views.  The remaining 10 was a leisurely jog all the way down the hill to the last flat kilometre around the camp to the finish line.

Day 2 was 16km and a lot less strenuous.  I think some athletes were very grateful for this after the disco under the trees from the previous night that went on into the small hours of Sunday morning.  We were taken to our secret start by local taxi drivers early Sunday morning driving us safely through the mist which only added to the thrill of the event.  This leg started with a 3km jog through the mielie fields into the beautiful acacia forests.  This leg was slightly more technical with narrow, rocky single track and a floating bridge river crossing but that really just added to the fun. Prize giving was a jovial affair with the African Oxpecker winner taking the honours of overall winner (from all three events) in a record time NINE minutes faster than any previous winner. The Green family wanted to make their event as green as possible and each participant went home with a tin cup and some seeds.  The participant who sends in the best photograph of their sprouting seed can win their entry for 2019.

I certainly am planning on being there but in the mean time – if the sound of this kind of event appeals to you – have a look at the Kudu Classic just outside Bedford.  This event is a bit smaller but just as awesome!!! It is on 11 and 12 November.  Hope to see you there.

Exciting Cycling News and Updates

Cycling membership as we know has taken a bit of a knock. Some of us have been discussing how to revive cycling activities. We will continue to do this, but how successful we are depends very much on whether we meet cyclists needs and if we have the resources to do so. That means identifying how to support and encourage cycling as well as attracting members who will assist in the process.

Using feedback from the recent rider survey, we decided to focus first on getting group rides going again. Over the last couple of months, there’s been growing turn-out at the Saturday morning ride.

In May and June, we had rides to

  • Riebeeck East, where everyone stopped off for coffee and muffins at Mooimeisies Guesthouse,
  • Bathurst, via Penny’s Hoek and stopping of course at the Pig and Whistle,
  • Kenton, where we enjoyed freshly prepared boerewors rolls at middle beach We asked people to organise their own transport back but also offered some space to bring back those who didn’t have someone to fetch them.

Rides to the microwave tower on the Highlands road also proved popular. Cold and galeforce winds could not stop a large group enjoying a hard ride out but a fast return for coffee at Noom!

The plan is to offer varied, regular rides with a social element that caters for as wide a range of cyclists as possible. No one is left behind – there is always an experienced rider to check on back-markers.

Just Pedal Cycles (in Cuyler Street) have been organising the rides and making sure everyone has a fun, safe ride that is as challenging as they feel up to. They have lots of ideas and info for anyone wanting to know about routes and rides in our area, so do pop in and speak to Andre or Denise if you need any help or want to know more about the group rides.

Not everyone is ready, has time, or is keen to ride 2 to 3 hours. So we are looking at shorter routes and ideas for newcomers or those getting back into cycling. There are plans too for a “get to know your bike”, bike-skills workshop aimed at encouraging women in particular to join us.

The focus is very much on G2C right now but we do have some exciting plans, so watch this space, and the club’s Facebook page!

Huge thanks to Jaco, Ian, Oliver, Ken, Jolandi, Denise, Andre and “newby” Fretson for their input and commitment to getting the wheels turning again. We agreed to meet every few months to see how we are doing and make plans. Anyone is welcome to bring energy and ideas. We will be meeting in August (after the AGM) so keep an eye out for that date. If you would like to share news, feedback, ideas and cycling stories, please contact me in the meantime – cmgorham@gmail.com is best, or whatsApp on 0825622388 Keep the wheels turning!

Club News

  • Please join us for our AGM on 31 July at the Albany Sports Club at 18:00. We’ll run the Time Trial together at 17:15, and then grab a drink and settle in for the meeting.
  • News of our club revival must be getting out there as I received two emails last month from online sports kit shops who wanted to tell us about their kit. Do have a look at their websites:
  • 1) Enjoy Fitness is a company that manufactures a range of sports gear, specialising in cycling, running and triathlon. http://enjoyfitness.co.za/store/
  • 2)The second company is Bioracer. The kit is made in Belgium. Internationally, they manufacture the Dimension Data kit as well as the Belgium, German and Netherlands

Olympic teams kit to mention a few. Here in SA, corporate companies like Old Mutual, Absa  and the latest, Team Vitality Discovery allows them to produce their kit.They also have retail kit that is available to purchase.You are welcome to visit the website at www.bioracer.com Please note, I have not personally tried the merchandise, this is just a medium to let you know what is out there.  Please do share your purchase experience with us if you choose to use either of the companies mentioned.

  • The GBS Mountain Drive Half Marathon is round the corner. It’s wonderful to see so many club members planning to join the run – however, it would be great if you can ask your cousins and aunties and adult colleagues if they can help out with the marshalling. If you can convince someone to help, please ask them to personally whattsapp (0826436733) or email David Stoloff (dstoloff@vghs.co.za). There will be a volunteers run the previous weekend too. It would  be a huge help if you could each try to find someone for the marshalling.

Any other news? We want to hear from you. kirstiwells03@gmail.com

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

5:15pm 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 Wednesday from Gray’s Dam •Weekend Long Runs

We will confirm the details.

Upcoming Races and Events

  • Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 July

JBayX Trail Run 2-day 60km, Saturday: 20km (7am) & 20km (7pm), Sunday: 20km

(7am), SuperTubes Park, Da Gama Road, Jeffreys Bay, 7am, Rieghard Janse van Rensburg 071 896 6831

  • Sunday 15 July JBayX Trail Run 10km & 5km, SuperTubes Park, Da Gama Road, Jeffreys Bay, 7am, Rieghard Janse van Rensburg 071 896 6831 – Saturday 28 July Nelson Mandela Bay SA Half Marathon Champs and 5km Pollock Beach, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth.

7am(21km) and 9am(5km)

Contact: Alan Taylor 083 658 0050 – Sunday 29 July

Gulu Trail Challenge 10km and 4km

Farm 19 Gulu, near East London

Contact: Nadia Lucouw 078091 7200

  • 29 July Tsomo Half Marathon, 10km and 5km

Mtsheko Bridge, Cofimvaba

8am

Contact: Nomakwezi Manqaba 083 602 2801

’Til next time, keep fit, healthy and stay warm.

Kirsti