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Road Races November 2018

PIRATES ROAD RUNNING

ROAD RACES IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER

Information about the races has been obtained from the Runnersguide website and is up to date at the time of publication of the newsletter.  The racing calendar definitely sees a slow down as we approach the end of the calendar.  The month starts with a big bang of marathons before petering out with gaps on some weekends.

7 November 2018

CENTRAL GAUTENG

ALL RACES

Races Missed: Soweto marathon

Sunday 11th November

Alberton Half Marathon & 10km

The Alberton half is probably the flattest 21km in Joburg as the town is off the hilly rand. The race starts at 6am in the morning from the Alberton Rugby Club, which is where the athletics club also based. The route can be exposed but with the early start one would be done very early.

Sunday 25th November

RAC City Lodge Tough One 32km

The RAC Tough One is a traditional race on the Pirates calendar and as such it will have a gazebo and a breakfast. The route is a testing one with a long slog up gradual gradients (read slow poison) from the right turn off Witkoppen around 14km. This is one of the 21 bucket list races to do in the 2nd half of the year.

GAUTENG NORTH

ALL RACES

Races Missed: Tshwane Oppie Bol Disability Awareness

Saturday 17th November

Tom Jenkins Challenge Run/Walk

There is a half marathon and a 10km at this race. The race is run through the historic suburbs of Pretoria and starts and finishes on the lawns of the Union Buildings. Make no mistake this is a very difficult race with a brutal climb up the dreaded Tom Jenkins Drive above the Union Buildings. This is one of the 21 bucket list races to do in the 2nd half of the year.

Saturday 24th November

Voortrekker Monument Half and 10km

This is a brand new race on the calendar so route information is a little scarce. What is guaranteed is that the route will be very tough. Those that are familiar with the Vasbyt race know that the Voortrekker monument sits on top of a hill and no matter how they craft the route there will be a brutal climb in it somewhere.

REST OF SOUTH AFRICA

ONLY BIG RACES

Races Missed: Kaapsehoop Marathon

Saturday 10th November

Spar Bela-Bela Marathon

The Bela-Bela marathon is the biggest race in Limpopo in the entire year. Definitely a race of two halves with a pan flat first 21km followed by a very hilly 2nd half.

Saturday 10th November

The Winelands Marathon

The Winelands Marathon is a race between Stellenbosch and Somerset West and back again. For those that are familiar with the winelands you will know that the area is not flat with the R44 between the two towns including a lot of little valleys. Look out for the turn up the gravel Stellenrust road to really deliver a cheap shot.

Saturday 17th November

Medihelp Cherry Race

The Cherry race is part of the Ficksburg Cherry Festival. It can definitely be defined as a mountain race with the high point on the Imperani Mountain being roughly halfway along the course. It has been called Free State’s biggest race with all the visitors at the cherry festival. This is one of the 21 bucket list races to do in the 2nd half of the year.

Saturday 24th November

Sani Stagger

There is quite a contingent of Pirates runners who are going to do this race. One of those events where if you blink you would have missed the entry window (even marathon entries closed within a day). The Sani Stagger is a brutal marathon with 21km up the Sani Pass to the summit before turning around and running back down again. Well over 1000m of elevation within 10km. This is one of the 21 bucket list races to do in the 2nd half of the year.

Road Races September 2018

PIRATES ROAD RUNNING

ROAD RACES IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER

Information about the races has been obtained from the Runnersguide website and is up to date at the time of publication of the newsletter.  Some big races in September but the lateness of this newsletter means that we have skipped the first ten days.

12 September 2018

CENTRAL GAUTENG

ALL RACES

Races Missed: Adrienne Hersch Half Marathon & 10km Challenge
Fred Morrison Half Marathon & 10km

Sunday 16th September

Rockies Gerald Fox Memorial Half Marathon & 10km

The Rockies race is the last of the four races in the Vitality Series. These races are all pre-entry only and already sold out. It has however become apparent that entries do become available if you are interested in running. The route is tough mentally as there are lots of turns, with the entire route being squeezed in between Bolton, Oxford and Jan Smuts roads. The 21km is a double lapper with the race starting at 7am outside the Joburg Zoo. The race is part of the internal Old Goats v Young Kids competition.

Monday 24th September

FNB Joburg 10km CITYRUN

The FNB race is Joburg’s biggest 10km race. The event is pre-entry only which have already closed. The course is a loop around town starting at FNB Bank City before heading up to the Civic Centre, across Nelson Mandela Bridge and ending at the Mary Fitzgerald Square. Information is scarce on the website but should be accessible to those that have entered.

GAUTENG NORTH

ALL RACES

Races Missed:
Spirit of Flight 10km
Muller Potgieter Half Marathon & 10km

Saturday 15th September

Brooklyn Half Marathon

The Brooklyn Half Marathon is run from the Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria. The route is flat and fast with the half marathon being a double lapper. Pre-entries are already closed however like most Pretoria races you are able to enter on the morning of the race. Race starts at 6:00.

Saturday 29th September

Clover Irene Spring Race

This is one of Pretoria’s bigger races and the second of the three Irene races. Entries are available on Enteronline and close on the 23rd September. Entries are available on the morning at the start at the Irene Village Mall. The half marathon and the 10km start at 6:00.

REST OF SOUTH AFRICA

ONLY BIG RACES

A month that has become very quiet with the move of the Legends Ultra to October and the cancellation of the Karoo Ultra.

Races Missed: • Mont-Aux-Sources 50km Challenge Keystone Milling Rustenburg Mountain Race • Vaal River City Marathon

Friday 21st September

Karkloof 100 Miler

We have been punting this race quite extensively because of the involvement of Pirates members Jack and Michelle in the organization of this race through their Trail Lab company.  Read elsewhere in the Newsletter and visit the Karkloof website https://karkloof100.co.za/ Entries are closed for the event.

Saturday 22nd September

Boulders 25km & 10km

The Boulders race is a point to point race into Kaapmuiden from the N4, one of South Africa’s eastern most points. The route is hilly. The race starts at 6am and buses are available to the start at 5am. Online entries close on the 14th September however you are able to enter on the morning of the race.

Sunday 23rd September

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon & 10km

The Cape Town marathon is Africa’s only gold status marathon – in order to have this status it needs to include various things including a flat and fast course and it certainly delivers on that. The only real inclines on the marathon route are the humps over railway lines. The race is pre-entry only and they are already closed.

Road Running Results June 2018

PIRATES ROAD RUNNING

JUNE 2018 RESULTS

10 July 2018

 All results of our running members submitted online for March

Remember to submit your results here: piratesclub.co.za/submitRRFull results are updated herepiratesclub.co.za/viewRR2018

please note the results are not automatically updated from submission and may take a few days to appear

Event Date
Your First Name
Your Surname
Event Name
Event Type
Event Distance
Your Official Finish Time
02 June 2018 Tiffany Smith Discovery 947 Rhythm Run Road Running 9 00:53:00
02 June 2018 Helena Oberholzer MTN 21km Road Running 21 01:44:38
02 June 2018 Shirley Allsworth MTN 21km Road Running 21 02:03:10
02 June 2018 Niesha Green MTN 21km Road Running 21 02:49:17
10 June 2018 Adrien Thoma Comrades Marathon 2018 Road Running 90 08:25:32
10 June 2018 Struan Brown Comrades Marathon Road Running 90.184 08:49:47
10 June 2018 Clayton Anderson Comrades 2018 Road Running 91 09:01:03
10 June 2018 Sandra Case Comrades Road Running 90 09:34:50
10 June 2018 Heather Robertson Comrades Road Running 91 09:50:50
10 June 2018 Chana-Lee Preston Comrades Marathon Road Running 90 09:51:27
10 June 2018 Brendin Scholtz Comrades Road Running 90 09:57:14
10 June 2018 Bradley Nelson Comrades Marathon Road Running 90 10:36:23
10 June 2018 Natalie Mills Comrades Marathon Road Running 91.2 10:37:30
10 June 2018 Johan Botes Comrades Marathon Road Running 90.18 10:39:58
10 June 2018 David Case Comrades Road Running 90 11:39:13
17 June 2018 Clint Holing Gauteng Winter Trail Series 1 of 4 Trail Running 12.79 01:36:44
23 June 2018 Clint Holing RvN Half Marathon Road Running 21 02:13:33
24 June 2018 Clint Holing Hennops Trail Run Trail Running 12.8 01:59:17

July Road Races

PIRATES ROAD RUNNING

ROAD RACES IN THE MONTH OF JULY

Information about the races has been obtained from the Runners guide website and is up to date at the time of publication of the newsletter. . July sees the restart of the running calendar in the second half of the year so a number of races on the program.

9 JULY 2018

CENTRAL GAUTENG

ALL RACES
Sunday 8th July 

Northgate 10km

The traditional first race for the second half of the year in Johannesburg.  This 10km race is run around the suburb of Sundowner before returning along Northumberland.  The route is relatively flat although has some climbing once back on the main road and back into the shopping centre.  You can enter the race on the morning – please note 7:30 start.

Sunday 15th July

Rundela27 Long Run to Freedom

This is a new race on the calendar and as such information about the route is unknown except for the distance of 27km.  The event is pre-entry only but an additional batch of entries have been made available on Webtickets.  The race starts at 6:30 at the Wits Education Campus.

Sunday 22nd July

702 Walk the Talk

The Walk the Talk is probably the biggest mass participation road event in Joburg.  The Walk the Talk has changed over the years and now caters for far shorter distances with the longest option being 15km.  It is a pre-entry only event – you can still enter although late entry fees will apply.

Sunday 29th July

Vosloorus 10 & 5km Race

This race starts at 8:00 at the Vosloorus stadium.  The online entries are already closed yet you will be able to enter on the morning of the race.

GAUTENG NORTH

ALL RACES
Saturday 7th July 

Garsfontein Icebreaker Half

This is the season launching race in Pretoria. The route is described as moderate undulating through the suburb of Garsfontein to the east of Pretoria. There are various distance options. The race starts at 7:00 and you can enter on the morning of the race.

Saturday 14th July

Afriforum Springbok Vasbyt 25

Make no mistake – this is a tough race. A combination of trail and road it is run on the koppies surrounding the Voortrekker monument. The race has a unique start with the Harvards and the firing of a cannon. Listed as one of the 21 races to do in the 2nd half of the year. Race starts at 7:30 and you can enter on the morning of the race.

Saturday 21st July

Long Walk / Run to Freedom

The most important thing to note is the venue change of this event to the Atterbury Value Mart. Various distance options start at 7:00. Race entries available on Entrytime however you will be able to enter on the morning of the race.

Saturday 28th July

Zwartkop Road Race

The final race in GN for July is more traditional race. The Zwartkop Road Race has a number of different distance options and is run to the west of Centurion. Pre-entries on Entrytime and also on the morning of the race.

REST OF SOUTH AFRICA

ONLY BIG RACES

It seems crazy but July has a number of big races with big distances.

Saturday 7th July

Halls Half Marathon

One of the biggest races in Mpumalanga. The Halls Half Marathon starts at the famous Halls Gateway at the entrance to Nelspruit. They advertise the race as follows: Run Through The Famous Halls Estate Past Rippling Rivers And Through The Cane Fields! Get A Close Up View Of The New Mbombela Stadium, See The Avocado, Pecan And Litchi Orchards! Cross Over The Crocodile River With A Possible Hippo Sighting!

One of the 21 races to do in the second half of the year. Pre-entries are closed but you can enter on the morning of the race.

Saturday 7th July

Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon

A massive race with both the half and the full marathon selling out this year in record time. The Knysna marathon falls at the end of the annual oyster festival. Both the 21km and the full start in the mountains high above Knysna with the marathon heading into the mountains on jeep and single tracks before joining the half course for the last few kms. Both events have a substantial net drop but the marathon is quite brutal. One of the 21 races to do in the second half of the year.

Friday 27th July

Washie 100 Miler

The Washie is by far and away the oldest 100 Miler in the country – this is the 42nd edition of the event. Previously run between Port Alfred and East London this year and next year sees a change of start venue to Cathcart. It does mean that the route has a substantial net drop although spread out over 160km. Online entries close on the 24th July. Runners need to provide their own seconds.

June Road Races

PIRATES ROAD RUNNING

ROAD RACES IN THE MONTH OF JUNE

Information about the races has been obtained from the Runnersguide website and is up to date at the time of publication of the newsletter.  June is the quietest month in terms of road races on the calendar.

The newsletter has gone out pretty late so a lot of the races would have already passed but worth reading for future purposes.

18 JUNE 2018

CENTRAL GAUTENG

ALL RACES
Saturday 2nd June

MTN Half Marathon, 10km and 5km

The MTN race is one of the newer races on the calendar but still gets a large turnout from the non-Comrades runners. It is a tough route with the dreaded Golf Club Terrace (or Hyper hill) being included. The race is pre-entry only.

Saturday 16th June

Striders Youth Day Half Marathon

Information is pretty scarce online with no entry information or race flyers available. The race is scheduled to start at Kagiso Sports Complex at 7:00. There is a 5km in addition to the half marathon.

Sunday 24th June

21km Orlando Race Against Cancer

This race takes place at the Orlando Communal Hall which has hosted some great races over the years including the defunct Sandton to Soweto.  The 21km starts at 7am and there is also a 10km and a 5km.  It appears that pre-entries get a race pack which needs to be collected on the Saturday of the event.  You are however still able to enter on the race day – not sure if that means no race packs for those entries.

GAUTENG NORTH

ALL RACES
Saturday 16th June

Frenus Zietsman Run Against Drugs

It appears that this is a brand new event with various short distance options. The first 300 entries receive a t-shirt. The run takes place at the Brooklyn school and starts at 7:30am. You are able to enter on the morning of the event.

Saturday 23rd June

Riana van Niekerk Run for Bibles

The Run for Bibles race has a new venue for 2018 from the Lewende Woord church in Centurion. The first 200 entries receive a t-shirt and pre-entries close on the 17th June. You are able to enter on the morning of the event. There is a half marathon, 10km and 5km with the event starting at 7:30.

REST OF SOUTH AFRICA

ONLY BIG RACES

All the marathons are finished around the country so this month’s races we mention are those that have substantial field sizes over the shorter distances – a very quiet month for races.

Sunday 10th June

Comrades Marathon

The largest race on the South African calendar with 22 000 runners participating by running the 90km between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. The 2018 edition is the down run. Comrades entries open in September each year and close when the entry cap has been reached.

May 2018 Running Results

PIRATES ROAD RUNNING

MAY 2018 RESULTS

18 June 2018

 All results of our running members submitted online for May

Remember to submit your results here: piratesclub.co.za/submitRRFull results are updated herepiratesclub.co.za/viewRR2018

please note the results are not automatically updated from submission and may take a few days to appear

Event Date
Event Date
Your First Name
Your Surname
Event Name
Event Type
Event Distance
Your Official Finish Time
01 May 2018 1 May 2018 Katleho Monaheng Wally Hayward 10km Road Running 10 0:33:23
01 May 2018 1 May 2018 Jomo Mntungwa JM Busha Road Running 42 2:40:00
01 May 2018 1 May 2018 Adrien Thoma Wally Hayward Road Running 42 3:19:01
01 May 2018 1 May 2018 Brendin Scholtz MiWay Wally Hayward Road Running 42 3:36:50
01 May 2018 1 May 2018 EDWARD VAN ROOYEN WALLY HAYWARD Road Running 42 4:02:47
01 May 2018 1 May 2018 Heather Robertson Wally Hayward Road Running 42 4:13:57
01 May 2018 1 May 2018 Johan Botes Wally Hayward 42 Road Running 42 4:34:48
01 May 2018 1 May 2018 Johan Botes Wally Hayward 42 Road Running 42 4:34:48
06 May 2018 6 May 2018 Clint Holing Colgate 15km Road Running 15 1:34:08
06 May 2018 6 May 2018 Brendin Scholtz Wings for Life World Run Road Running 22.66 1:59:06
06 May 2018 6 May 2018 Helena Oberholzer Wings For Life World Run Road Running 26.07 2:12:12
06 May 2018 6 May 2018 Alyna Wyatt Colgate Road Running 32 3:12:37
06 May 2018 6 May 2018 Anthony Allen Colgate Road Running 32 3:13:21
06 May 2018 6 May 2018 Randall Kan Colgate Road Race 2018 Road Running 32 3:42:06
12 May 2018 12 May 2018 Chana-Lee Preston Jackie Meckler Road Running 25 2:17:41
12 May 2018 12 May 2018 Johan Botes Jackie Meckler Road Running 25 2:18:39
13 May 2018 13 May 2018 Beth Mandel Slave Route Road Running 10 0:47:13
19 May 2018 19 May 2018 Helena Oberholzer Oxpecker Trail Running 21 1:48:23
20 May 2018 20 May 2018 Struan Brown RAC 10km Road Running 10 0:39:39
20 May 2018 20 May 2018 Brendin Scholtz RAC 10km Road Running 10 0:43:13
20 May 2018 20 May 2018 Kerryn Prowse Sweat shop RAC 10km Road Running 10 0:45:07
20 May 2018 20 May 2018 Belinda Marais RAC 10km Road Running 10 0:45:39
20 May 2018 20 May 2018 Ian Benson RAC 10KM Road Running 10 0:46:44
20 May 2018 20 May 2018 Alyna Wyatt Rac 10 km Road Running 10 0:52:44
20 May 2018 20 May 2018 Shirley Allsworth RAC 10km Road Running 10 0:55:43
20 May 2018 20 May 2018 Heather Robertson RAC 10km Road Running 10 0:56:12
20 May 2018 20 May 2018 Sherryl Cant RAC 10km Road Running 10 0:56:57
20 May 2018 20 May 2018 Tiffany Smith RAC 10km Road Running 10 1:07:00
20 May 2018 20 May 2018 Helena Oberholzer Oxpecker day 2 Trail Running 16 1:18:02
20 May 2018 20 May 2018 David Case RAC 10km Road Running 10 1:25:21
20 May 2018 20 May 2018 Johan Botes Beer Lover’s Marathon Road Running 42 5:19:23
27 May 2018 27 May 2018 Shelagh Smith HBF Run for a Reason Road Running 12 1:29:27
27 May 2018 27 May 2018 Clint Holing Kaia Manzi Trail Run Trail Running 21 2:33:35