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Experiencing Life’s firsts through Running

PIRATES ROAD RUNNING
Experiencing Life’s firsts through Running
Michelle Davis, Pirates Club, Greenside
21 September 2017
“Being on an airplane was scary- especially when it goes up. I felt the fear coming to my mind and then when we were up in the air, I felt free.”
These are the words of Jack Makganyoga, 44 years, a Pirates member who experienced flying for the first time in his life as he travelled to Cape Town to participate in the Cape Town Marathon. Jack represents the Pirates Running Club Development initiative and together with fellow runner Katleho Monaheng, have been training hard to break personal records at this coastal run in the Mother City.
Jack Makganyoga (left) and Katleho Monaheng (right) about to take their first airplane ride
Katleho’s goal was to break 30 minutes for the 10 km race. Explaining the details of his race he notes “To start I wasn’t nervous. I was excited. I was very tired because I didn’t sleep well and my neck was sore but at the start, my body started getting excited. In the beginning, I was leading the race and then started running my own race at 2h50 per km. The advice I had before the race was that I must always be able to see the leaders. I didn’t leave them but at about 6km, I realized my shoes were too small as my left toe was curled in and painful… but I could still see the leaders and didn’t let them out my sight. Each person that passed me, I ran with them. With 2km to go, I met up with a runner from a rival club and we pushed each other to the finish. We were sprinting!”
“..When I run I am so focused I don’t see anything. But this time we ran alongside the beach. Just for a few seconds I looked up and I saw the sea, the mist and the waves crashing and it gave me energy…”

Katleho finished the race in a time of 30 minutes 20 seconds- beating his PB by close on 2 minutes, although unfortunately not breaking his own goal of sub 30 minutes. He notes however that it was all about the experience. “Normally when I run I am so focused I don’t see anything. But this time we ran alongside the beach. Just for a few seconds I looked up and I saw the sea, the mist and the waves crashing and it gave me energy. I thought to myself ‘wow I can do this!”

Jack’s race didn’t go as well as he had hoped. Commenting with disappointment in his voice he notes “I started fast because its known to be a flat race. But after 24km I felt the cramp was coming and so I started to slow my pace. At 30km 1 leg started cramping and it was painful so I walked a bit saying to myself ‘I am going to finish.’ In the last 5km, both legs started to cramp. I got help from other runners who rubbed my legs. I was amazed. Runners always help each other. I was disappointed but I will try again next time and ask fellow runners how to deal with cramps.”

Jack enjoying the sights of the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain

Both runners note fondly how friendly and engaging the Capetonians are and how electric the vibe was amongst the fellow travelers on the plane. “We met so many people at the airport. One guy- you could see he was a runner- came to greet us and wish us well. And then there was another traveler who was our biggest fan and wasn’t even a runner” notes Katleho.

The Development Squad at Pirates Road Running is an initiative started by the club and spearheaded by member David Case and his wife Sandra to afford an opportunity for local, disadvantaged athletes to meet their running goals and dreams through the provision of funding. This was a weekend of first for both gents- not only flying for the first time but also watching rugby in a local restaurant and topping it off with wine tasting. “I had white wine first and it was very bad so I told David I needed to try the red wine. They gave us 5 samples and I could only get through 2 but could see that Dave and Sandra were experienced at this” says Jack laughing. “David and Sandra also took us to a restaurant in Observatory where we ate the best burgers I have ever had in my life” recalls Katleho, adding “they are a good couple. They have good hearts. They always made sure we were alright and Dave even cooked beef for us!”

Jack recalls how he went and stood in the sea and Katleho notes the awe he saw in Jack’s eyes as he collected shells from the beach. Responding to what the best part of the whole weekend was, Katleho notes “My best moment was around 7pm when we all sat down to dinner. No TV. No cell phones or technology but just the big windows with a view of Cape Town. We were all relaxed and had pure conversation together for 30 minutes. This was with our whole spirit. This is what it means to be human.”

Runners who reside or work in the Greenside/ Parks area who are interested in joining the Pirates Development initiative can visit the Pirates Road Running website to view the criteria for applications. www.pirates.co.za/running 

NEWSLETTER – 17 November 2016

It’s the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge this weekend, good luck to all members taking part and read more below how you can show your support! Remember there will be road closures, particularly along Jan Smuts Drive, click here for live traffic updates. The Bokke continue their European Tour against Italy on Saturday at 15h00! Finally if you’ve ever thought of doing Comrades join us for a chat and advice from our experienced runners in The Old Bones on Tuesday from 7pm.


Coming up

Tuesday 22 November: Comrades Intro Chat, 7pm at the Old Bones
Wednesday 23rd November: Harry Potter Pub Quiz.
Friday 25th November: Club Night — final Club Draw and Long Service Awards


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“Old Pirates Never Die, They just get blown off shore”

Need we say more?


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Saturday 26th November: Tequila & Mexican Food Festival
Club Members will be allocated complimentary tickets for this exciting event taking place on the grounds next Saturday. Save the date and look out for more important details next week!

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94.7 Cycle supporters

The Annual Pirates 94.7 Cycle Race Support Gazebo will once again be just off Jan Smuts Avenue at Timber City, Blairgowrie (the slip road) on Sunday. We will be there from about 7am until 2pm. The braai skottle will be available so bring your own Brunch, cooler box & chairs. It has been great fun over the last  8 or more years. Come down and Support. All Welcome. Dress in Pirates Club gear or as a pirate, arrrghh!
See Ya There!
Neil | BaseBall/Road Running | 0824570285


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Running

Two Pirates members, Beni Pellegrini and Brad Nelson, will be taking on the 100km SkyRun this weekend. You can track their trek through the Winterberg at http://skyrun.sportraxs.com/


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Rugby

The Rugby section held their AGM last night with thanks to the 2016 committee and those members who have volunteered their time again and to our new committee members and newly elected president, Mark Marais.


Gym

High Performance Training: R499  per month
** Get ready for your season with world-class techniques and international trainers **
Three sessions a week | 17:45-18:30


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Bowls

Our sides have had something of a topsy-turvy start to the season . All three of our league sides (1st, 2nd and Pennant) lost on Saturday although the scores do not give an accurate reflection of how the games progressed. Our 1st team played at home against the current log-leaders Old Parks. What was rewarding was to hear the very complimentary things that were said about our Greenside green by the opposition. There were also many good things said about the quality and quantity of the snacks provided after the game and we compliment Fiona of Puff Pastry on a job very well done. May her efforts long continue!

Yesterday was Wednesday league again and we had a derby game in that our two Pirates sides met each other . Ultimately Mike Theunissen’s side prevailed over that of Cavin Cornelius by four shots .


Joker Draw

Our waitress, Abby Edgar, was drawn last Friday but unfortunately did not turn the joker so its now rolled over to R5930. Come try your luck on Friday!


For the next two weekends we will be hosting fundraising charity events at The Bowls Club Hall. Poker this Saturday and Jazz the next, it promises to be fun!


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NEWSLETTER – 24 OCTOBER 2016

NEWSLETTER – 24 OCTOBER 2016

The rains have arrived and our thirsty grounds are getting their green on. Bowls, tennis and cricket all have fixtures over the weekend so don’t be shy to show your support! Even if you team didn’t make it the Currie Cup final between Cheetahs and Blue Bulls kicks off at 17h00 on Saturday and promises to be a thrilling game of rugby.

Coming up

Wednesday 26 October – The Jameson Ambassador Whiskey Tasting


Tennis

The final leagues of the year are underway, despite some interruptions by rain storms in Sandton!  Good wins were recorded by the B and C senior mixed teams, as well as both under 14 teams.


 

The A-side mixed team was rained out and will reschedule their match.  Week two of  both mixed and junior matches will take place again this Sunday (08h30 hours start for mixed and 13h30 hours start for under 14) – come down to the club and see your fellow members in action!

 

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Buy a double Wellington VO & Mix and stand a chance to win this mammoth 4.5L magnum (Reckson not included). Draw takes place next week Friday.


Cricket

Well done to SA 7’s, President’s XI and Premier League XI on their wins this weekend.
Full results here.
Fixtures — 22/10: SA 3’s vs Thirsties and SA 5’s vs Crescents (away). 23/10:  Premier XI vs Khosa & Presidents vs Old Eds (home) SU 4’s vs NWU Vaal (away).


Joker Draw

has now breeched the 4k mark, standing at R4135.00 Remember, even if you don’t turn the Joker you still stand the chance to walk away with a super hamper filled with goodies!


Running

The final Old Goats (over 40s) v Young Kids (under 40s) event takes place at next week Tuesday’s time trial. Don’t be a nanny, run for your herd in either the 5km or 8k.


Bowls

Keep a look out for the October edition of The Ratler newsletter in the Bowls Bar for some really entertaining and informative titbits!


Pizza at Pirates Grill

A selection of yummy pizzas available! Check out the blackboard for toppings options.


Pick Pirates for your Party

Members are eligible for a 50% discount on venue hire for private parties. We’re extending this offer to your business for year-end functions too! A mid-week 50% discount is also available for non-members. Find out MORE.


 

NEWSLETTER – 14 OCTOBER 2015

NEWSLETTER – 14 OCTOBER 2015

On that note Free State Cheetahs take on Golden Lions at 15:00 on Saturday in the Currie Cup semi-finals. We all know who is top of the food chain in this one but we’re sure you won’t want to miss it if you’re a proud Lions supporter!

The Telkom 94.7 Cycle Challenge is coming up, why not wear a Pirates top if you’re riding? Check out our special below.


Coming up

Tuesday 18th October – A Rucking Fun Comedy Evening

Wednesday 26 October – The Jameson Ambassador Whiskey Tasting


Pick Pirates for your Party

Members are eligible for a 50% discount on venue hire for private parties. We’re extending this offer to your business for year-end functions too! A mid-week 50% discount is also available for non-members. Find out MORE


Support the Lions

By wearing red and drinking red!

Try our awesome Rum and Raspberry mix.

375ml jars @ R35.00 (members: R30)

One litre Jugs @ R60 (members: R55)

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Cycle as a Pirate

Get a Pirates cycling top at 20% discount,now only R448.00

We have both ladies and mens sizes but stocks are limited

ONLY AT Pirates Club Shop

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Cricket

We have home games against Phoenix in the Saturday Sevens and Randfontein in the Sunday Fours competitions this weekend.


Tennis

Final leagues of the year get underway on Sunday 16 October.  We have entered three teams in the mixed league starting at 0830 on Sundays.  There will be either 1 or 2 teams playing at home each week.

FIXTURES HERE

The under 14 junior league plays on the same dates but their matches begin at 1330 hours – come see the champions of the future in action!

FIXTURES HERE


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Support this side-splitting Rugby fundraiser next Tuesday 18 October, 19:30 for 20:00. The Comedy Evening is hosted by the hilarious Robby Collins with acts by Gavin Kelly, Prins and Mum-z. Tickets are R300 per person, emailnon@piratesclub.co.za for bookings.


Joker Draw

tick-tock, up goes the pot! Tickets are R10 each and ticket sales close at 18:15 on Friday.Weekly rollover draw for cash pot currently at

R3610.00!

 


 

Pizza at Pirates Grill

Ask one of our waiter from Friday about our pizzas starting at only R50.00


Bowls

Wednesday League begins on 26 October 2016 and we’ll have two sides playing again . This is very encouraging as it is another reflection of the increase in our playing membership.


Saturday League begins on 29 October 2016 and , as mentioned before , we are delighted to have two sides entered for the first time in a few years . Some good bowlers have joined us so we should be quite competitive in the respective leagues that we will be in .

There really is a great vibe as to the way things are progressing at the club and Tuesday evening , which appears to have become our ” social ” evening , saw our deck almost overflowing with thirsty and chatty members . The Greenside green is looking particularly good after its full body massage and we hope to use it again this weekend for the first time since early August .

NEWSLETTER – 07 OCTOBER 2017

NEWSLETTER – 07 OCTOBER 2017

It looks like another warm and sunny weekend so why not join us for a cold one and some cricket? 1st XI take on arch-rivals Wanderers on Sunday!

Exciting News! The Rugby Gold Cup playoff against Impala in Rustenberg will be televised live on SuperSport 1 from 13:30 followed by Springboks v All Blacks at 17:05


Coming up

Tuesday 18th OctoberA Rucking Fun Comedy Evening

Wednesday 26 October – The Jameson Ambassador Whiskey Tasting


Joker Draw

rolls over yet again. Tickets are R10 each and ticket sales close at 18:15 on Friday. Weekly rollover draw for cash pot currently at

R3160.00!


Rugby

Good luck to the first XV playing in Rustenberg this Saturday! Come watch the game on SS1 at the club from 13:30. Pirates needs to win this game to stay in the tournament.


Physio

Did you know you can visit a physio at Pirates Gym? Eloize Mellet is open for bookings on Tuesdays and Thursday from 2pm-7pm. ContactEloize on  082 321 7739 oreloizemelletphysio@mweb.co.za

The practice charges medical aid rates


Running

Spar Women’s Race 10/5km at Wanderers on Sunday. Entries R90 from venue.

Men may only participate in drag!

An Old Goats v Young Kids event


Tennis

Mixed League begins on Sunday 16 October at 08h30.  Schedule to follow next week.  Come and support your team members!


Saturday Special

Castle 500ml Draught 

only R22 for members!

Non-members price: R27

+ Scratch Card promo with great instant prizes! +


Cricket Sunday

Premier League vs Wanderers at Pirates

Should be a thriller against our biggest rivals

Presidents league vs Randburg at Pirates

Second game of the season, hoping for a better result this weekend. It was a tough loss against UJ two weeks ago. All the best guys! SU4 have a bye


Club Draw

Unclaimed again and nows rolls over to R5500 on 28 October. The following names were drawn:

1. Colin Mitchley (Running)

2. Grant Wilken (Squash)

3. Cavin Cornelius (Bowls)


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R&R Jar Weekend special

Try out this awesome rum and rasperry mix.

375ml jars @ R35.00 (members: R30)

One litre Jugs @ R60 (members: R55)

NEWSLETTER – 30 SEPTEMBER 2016

NEWSLETTER – 30 SEPTEMBER 2016

It’s Club Draw tomorrow evening at 18:30. The Draw has rolled over toR5000.00… on top of that the weekly Joker Draw will start at R2145.00! Come early and catch the Lions v Sharks game kicking off at 17:00. League cricket gets under way from Saturday and we will of course be screening the Springboks v Australia game kicking off at 17:00.

Coming up

Friday 30th September – Club Draw now at R5000!

Tuesday 18th OctoberA Rucking Fun Comedy Evening

Wednesday 26 October – The Jameson Ambassador Whisky Tasting


Tennis

Well done to all our Doubles league players. Men’s A finished second in their division while Ladies A comfortably topped their division. ALL RESULTS HERE


Hockey

Hockey Season officially concluded on Friday with an Oriental inspired prize-giving and formal dinner. CONGRATS TO  ALL OUR PRIZE WINNERS


Cricket

A big thank you to Claremont Cricket club for organising to come up to Joburg for a cricket tour. It was an unbelievable experience to host them. Thank you to all involved from the Pirates side of things. A special mention to Richard Connear who initiated and coordinated the whole tour.

LEAGUE RESULTS HERE


Go Bokke!

Watch the game this Saturday with a Jug of Creme Soda and Cane for only R99.00! And celebrate with Springbokkies at only R20.00. Pirates Grill will be offering burgers, baskets and more!

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Joker Draw

just keeps climbing. Tickets are R10 each and ticket sales close at 18:15. Weekly rollover draw for cash pot currently at

R2145.00!

Proceeds from ticket sales will also support a dedicated club project to be confirmed soon!


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Bowls

With growing interest we have been able to put together a new league team for the upcoming season! Excitement is building for new developments at Bowls Clubhouse READ MORE

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