Red-hot running and riding ahead!

Dear Saints and Sinners,

It seems like our slow, sleepy start to the year is over, and things are heating up in the multisport scene this weekend, with no less than five great races happening, from the nearby Holy Cross fun run on the Highlands Road to the Bay Ultra Marathon in PE and the Tomato Trot and Cycle near East London. Phew! We also got some fantastic results in the Half Ironman last weekend in East London.  And the club AGM and O-Week Bike Tours are just round the corner!  Read on for more about all the action!

 

CAN YOU HELP?

O-Week Bike Tours
Our O-Week Bike Tours on Saturday 10 February 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 really appreciate your help with making it happen. We need:

People to lend bicycle helmets to us for the day: all helmets will come back cleaned.
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.
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!

 

CLUB AGM
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. Please keep thinking about who you’d like to nominate!

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

  • Chairperson
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Web and Media Officer
  • Running licence Officer
  • Road Running Captain
  • Trail Running Captain
  • Mountain Biking Captain
  • Road Cycling Captain
  • Triathlon Captain

RACE REPORT-BACKS

Ironman 70.3

Megan Hobson had a fantastic Half Ironman last Sunday (28 January), beating her PBs and coming 12th in her division with a swim of 32:03, a 3:02:58 cycle and a run of 2:08:41, adding up to a time of 5:48:57. Another local, Terri-Lynn Penney, came an amazing eighth in her division, with a 36:19 swim, a ride of 3:06:49 and a 1:51:42 run, making a finishing time of 5:44:08.  Massive congratulations to both of these ladies!

 

UPCOMING RACES

Holy Cross Fun Run
If you’re in the mood for a local fun run this weekend, go up to Holy Cross School on the Highlands Road for their run at 8am on Saturday 3 February. After the run, there will be a Country Fair with plenty of interesting stalls for kids and adults alike.  Go along and support this great event!

BUCO Tomato Trot and Cycle
There’s also fun for the whole family at Lilyfontein School near East London on Saturday 3 February. There are 55km, 35km, 15km and 8km cycling routes, and a 15km and 5km fun run / walk, meaning there’s something for just about everyone! For more info see http://www.lilyfontein.co.za/index.php/news/upcoming-events/1058-23rd-buco-tomato-trot-a-cycle-3-february-2018.

Midnight Express
This legendary MTB race starts at midnight on Saturday 3 February in Steytlerville and winds through 135km down the Groot Rivier Poort to Patensie. Last year some Saints and Sinners did very well on this one, so let’s see if we can repeat those feats or better them! Take a look at http://midnightexpress.co.za/ to find out more.

Bay Ultra Marathon
The Bay Ultra is almost upon us. The 50 km race follows the same route as last year, with the last 20km offering unparalleled views of the coastline from Schoenmakerskop to Pollock Beach.

Taking place on the  Saturday 3rd February, the Bay Ultra is offering a 50 km ultramarathon, a 21,1km half marathon and a 5km family fun run this year! Qualifying participants in the 50km will also be given their 42,2km time, assisting them with qualifying times for Two Oceans and Comrades. 

With Amobia Communications as the new naming sponsor, the Bay Ultra is offering increased prize money. R5 000, R3 000 and R1 500 are being offered for the top three runners home in both the men and ladies’ 50 km, resulting in an even more competitive race. The prize money for the 21,1 km is set at R1 500, R1 000 and R750 respectively. The full breakdown, including the increase in age category prize money, can be viewed at www.bayultra.co.za.

An area will be provided at the finish for all running clubs to erect their gazebos so that they can remain and enjoy the atmosphere, food trucks and refreshments on offer, whilst waiting for their runners to reach the finish line.

Together with a number of other lucky draw prizes, Amobia Communications has put up an extremely generous lucky draw prize of a year’s free Internet subscription valued at R15 000. 

This year, the school that enters the most learners in the 5km family fun run will also receive a year’s free Internet subscription valued at R15 000, which they can either utilise at the school or use to raise further funds for the school. 

Entries are open on www.bayultra.co.za

King of the Valley Trail Run
This run in PE’s Baakens Valley is happening on Sunday 4 February. There’s a 6km and 12km option, and the start / finish is at Little Walmer Golf Club. Find out more at http://www.bigosports.co.za/events/33.

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.

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 Saturday 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/.

 

NEED A TWO OCEANS HALF MARATHON ENTRY?

A charity called Khululeka Grief Support has entries available for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon 2018 – 21km Half Marathon.  They are selling each entry at R1 600 as part of their fundraising efforts as they continue providing bereavement support groups for learners at schools.

They do not require additional fundraising and offer a Section 18 A certificate and a soft therapeutic toy for children called a Worry Muncher. Registration deadline is 28 February 2018.  Please email Marion at  for more details.

IN THE MEDIA

Two Oceans going ahead despite water crisis
This year’s Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon is scheduled to take place 12 days before Cape Town’s current projected Day Zero.  Organizers have confirmed that the marathon is definitely going ahead, with some strict water-saving measures in place.  For more info, take a look at https://www.sport24.co.za/OtherSport/Athletics/South-Africa/water-crisis-two-oceans-marathon-to-go-ahead-but-20180125.

RUNS AND RIDES THIS WEEK
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!
Ian