O-Week Bike Tours and some exciting road runs this weekend

Dear Saints and Sinners,

It’s O-Week at Rhodes, and we’re almost ready to welcome new first-year students to Grahamstown with our annual O-Week Bike Tours!  I also can’t believe it’s already Valentine’s Day next week, and that means that there’s a Valentine’s Fun Run at Metlife Mall in PE on Saturday too.  Then on Sunday, the Caltex Border Masters’ Half-Marathon is happening from Winterstrand to East London.  But most importantly, it’s our AGM next week Thursday, 15 February.  Richard Foss has prepared a very helpful list of positions on the committee and descriptions of their roles.  Please take a look at them and think about who you’d like to nominate for these positions for 2018.  It would be brilliant to have some new folk on the committee.  Watch this space…


Our club is having its AGM on Thursday 15 February at 6:30pm at the Albany Sports Club. It promises to be a fun evening, but there’s also the serious matter of choosing who is going to take our club forward for the rest of 2018.

Here’s a list of the committee positions we’ll be voting on:

  • Chairperson: Oversees club activities. Organizes and chairs meetings as and when issues arise. Coordinates with various club committee members particularly in relation to fund allocation.
  • Secretary: Takes minutes for all club committee meetings and distributes them. Generates a newsletter at intervals (currently each week).
  • Treasurer: Manages the club bank account. Fields requests from various members of the committee, determines the availability of funds, and performs payments if appropriate.
  • Running and Cycling Licence Officers: Engage with the provincial/national licensing officers, acquire the necessary licenses, and ensure that club members know the licensing procedures.
  • Road Running, Trail Running, Road Cycling, Mountain Bike and Triathlon Captains: Promote and advertise club training and time trials. Make club members aware of races in their respective disciplines.



O-Week Bike Tours
Our O-Week Bike Tours are happening this Saturday, 10 February!  They are a wonderful way to introduce students to cycling as an affordable, healthy and fun way of getting around Grahamstown. This event also raises loads of publicity and goodwill for the club. So if you can, we’d still really appreciate your help with making it happen. We need:

Volunteers to help with registration: registering students, getting them to sign indemnity forms and helping them to be at the right place at the right time for the start of their tour.
Volunteer tour leaders: each tour needs a leader at the front and at the back. This requires not so much in the way of tour-guiding and cycling skills, but some shepherding skills and an eagle eye for traffic would help! Tour leaders will also have to use their own bikes and helmets.
If you’d be keen to help in any of these ways, please get hold of me at . The Bike Tours are a really fun event, so I hope you’ll join us!



Die Burger / Metlife Mall Valentine’s 10km
This is a fast and flat road race along the Old Cape Road from PE’s Metlife Mall on Saturday 10 February. The theme is “Love 2 Run”. There’s also a 5km fun run distance. Take a look at http://runningraces.co.za/port-elizabeth/die-burger-metlife-mall-valentines-10-km/ for more info.

Caltex Border Masters’ Half Marathon
This 21,1km race on Sunday 11 February starts on the Winterstrand Road off the R72, southwest of East London, and finishes at the Buffalo Club in the city. Entrants must be 30 years or older on the day of the race.  See https://runningraces.co.za/port-elizabeth/caltex-border-masters-half-marathon/ to find out more.

45th Buffalo Marathon and Half Marathon
A humdinger for local road runners, the legendary Buffalo Marathon is happening on Sunday 18 February from Macleantown to East London. There’s also a half-marathon which starts halfway down the route at Python Park and finishes at the Buffs Club with the main race. The Buffs is also a Two Oceans and Comrades qualifier. You can enter online at https://www.entrytime.com/event-details/?EventId=5407.

Herald Continental Cycle Tour
This one’s a premier local race for all cyclists, both mountain-bikers and roadies. The mountain bike races happen on Sunday 18 February from Addo Polo Club: there are 80km, 60km, 30km, and 5km distances and a 500m kiddies’ dash. The road event is the following Sunday, 25 February, starting and ending at Pollok Beach, with the 106km classic event and a 55km distance too. If you’re in business, there’s a 38km corporate team challenge on Saturday 24 February, as well as 2km and 500m kiddies’ races. See http://www.heraldcycletour.co.za/ for more info. Entries have closed.

Kromberg & Schubert 15km Road Race
This is a popular race through the centre and outskirts of Despatch on Saturday 24 February. Medals and goodie bags will be awarded to all finishers and prizes to category winners.  See more info at https://runningraces.co.za/port-elizabeth/kromberg-schubert-15-km/.

Fedgroup PEPlett 4-Day Stage Race
This mountain bike stage race is happening from Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 March between PE and Plettenberg Bay.  The distances are split up into the “Tough One”, about 320km long in total, and the “Lite One”, about 250km long.  Unfortunately entries are already closed, but you can find out all about it at http://www.peplett.co.za/.

Bamboesberg MTB Challenge and Trail Run
The GWK Bamboesberg MTB challenge is a 115km endurance race on Saturday 3 March, starting at the Bamboes Guest Farm outside Hofmeyr, through the picturesque Karoo landscape and Bamboesberg mountain range. Roads consist mostly of dirt roads, jeep and single tracks, with a steep ascent at Uiehoek (approx. 300m) and a technical descent for the last 10km of the race. The 50km race is less challenging with beautiful scenery and wildlife along the way.  They are also launching a 10km trail run and a fun XCO track for kids in 2018 to accommodate the whole family.  Find out more at http://www.bicycling.co.za/event/bamboesberg-mtb-challenge/.

Addo Elephant Trail Run
The well-loved, and feared, Addo Elephant Trail Runs are happening from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 March.  The massive 100-mile route will be pushing runners to the limit, and the 76km and 44km distances will cater for the not-so-insane.  I’m sure our trailies are beginning to get excited about this year’s races, so why not join them?  Look at http://www.trailadventures.co.za/addo/ for more info.


To find out about who to get in touch with for regular runs and rides, please take a look at these web pages:

Cycling: http://www.saintsandsinners.co.za/cycling/
Running: http://www.saintsandsinners.co.za/running/
Triathlon: http://www.saintsandsinners.co.za/triathlon/

Have a great week!