October News Letter – At Last!!

Hi Everyone,


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.


Comrades 2019:
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.44376075_749292835410744_908444883717455872_n

cangoA 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:
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.

For more information please head over to:


You might have also seen/heard that our club name is not displayed when registering online for this event.
The Eastern Province Athletics board was contacted but were unable to assist.

I was able to contact one of the events organisers and hope to have this matter resolved before the end of the week.

For now please select the Albany Road Runners club(our old club name) as your club and I will arrange to have it corrected.


I’m aware of the challenges that one faces to prepare for the Comrades which not only includes training(and a little dieting) plus organisation with regards to transport and accommodation.

With regards to training – we were able to get copies of Lindsey Parry’s training programs.
Lindsey is the official Comrades coach for 2019.

Here are the links to these training programs for your perusal:
Silver Medal Training Program,
Bill Rowan Training Program,
Bronze Medal Training Program and
Finishers Training Program.

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.

Ok – let’s get the ball rolling..or running ?!

Hope to see you on the road,