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Experiencing Life’s firsts through 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. 

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


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

Need we say more?


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!



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




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



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.


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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!



Running update 27 October

Pirates RR Year End Dinner – Friday 28th

This is to be held this Friday in the Bowls Clubhouse. At R125 a head it is a real steal as we are going to get to experience some top food and some great entertainment (even if this is provided by the runners themselves). Dress code has been described as black tie but similar to last year no-one is going to get kicked out for a little less formal. Time is 7pm for 7:30pm so more than enough time to get to the Main bar beforehand for Club Draw, Joker Draw & Wellington VO bottle Draw (as per last week’s newsletter – Reckson not included).

Presidents Handicap – Sunday 30th

Probably the best run on the Pirates calendar for members. It is the one that suits all abilities as it doesn’t matter what speed you can run but rather how well you can judge your pace. The Presidents Handicap is run over the Pirates 21km race route and the challenge part is to be the first runner to finish after 9:30. You get to decide your start time in order to get back to the finish at the appropriate time. Don’t worry if you aren’t confident of pacing or if you don’t know the route that well – there are always a few buses to help you pace – from the walking buses, through the social 2:30 bus that tends to deliver the winners more often than not to the quicker groups that race around the course, there is a home for everyone. This event always has a fantastic vibe afterwards so there will be some festivities in the morning – bring swimming costumes etc and we’ll arrange to get the Pirates pool open. Warning – in order to win this event you need to be within a minute as most participants finish by 9:32 with the runners all on top of each other as they finish on Cruden Bay.

AGM – Tuesday 1st

The Pirates Road Running Annual General Meeting is to be held in Old Bones at 19:30. This gives all the runners and walkers more than enough time to complete time trial prior to the AGM. Quorum as per the constitution is 10% of members so we need a whole lot of members in attendance to meet this quorum and have a valid meeting. There will be snacks to encourage attendance. Remember this is your big opportunity to find out what happened over the last year, to have your say and to be involved in the way forward of the section. As always new committee members are always needed so if you have some time and wish to help – please put your hand up.

Pirates 2 Pirates

We have experienced great demand so far for Pirates 2 Pirates and it is already a record size running group.  As the run is for charity we have decided to keep registration open up until this weekend.  We still have a few seats left on the bus if anyone wants to register for that.  In order to register you can click on the following link:

The logistics on Sunday are working as follows:

·         This year’s edition of P2P is the first time we have managed to get the logistics right to host the up run.  The intention going forward will be to alternate direction each year.  If you want an electronic map for inserting in your watch you can make contact with me.
·         The run will start at 7am on Sunday at Greenside Pirates, 25 Braeside Road.  We encourage participants to get there 15 minutes early to get their items on the tog bag bakkie if needed.  Speaking of the tog bag bakkie there is no charge to transport your items in it, whether it be a change of clothes, some drinks or some meat (or all three).
·         The 22km’s can be run at your leisure but there will be a few groups of runners of similar abilities to ensure no-one gets lost or left behind.  It will be apparent within the first few km’s the appropriate group to be in as we climb up into Melville.
·         There are no set or official water points along the route.  As in the past a few of the supporters may setup them up but we encourage runners to make sure that they are self-sufficient if need be.  There are plenty of cafes and garages along the route where runners can buy something to drink.
·         We encourage all the runners to run in club colours if you belong to a running club.
·         Upon completion of the run there are showers available at Orlando Stadium and the tog bag bakkie will be there to collect your bags from.
·         The Motlana Branch of the Orlando Pirates Supporters Club have selected a house one road up from the stadium to host the braai for those that are staying for the festivities – this should start around 10:30am.  People attending the bring and braai are encouraged to bring their own meat and drinks although there are shops in the area (another use for the tog bag bakkie)
·         It appears that the PSL are getting behind this event as Love PSL, the Supersport Magazine show will be doing a piece at the finish and the local Caxton newspapers looking to put a few articles together of the event.
·         For those that are catching the bus back to Greenside the bus will leave Orlando at 3pm.


David Case


Special offer from Sportsmans Warehouse Blackheath
We will be Having a 20% OFF Discount when you purchase any 2 Regular Priced Running Apparel, and 20% OFF when you purchase any 2 Regular Priced Running Footwear in Our store. Members Please Note that This Offers is Valid for 4 Days only, starting Thursday 22 September and will end on Sunday 25 September 2016 .

Road Running 8 September


Old Goats/ Young Kids Challenge:

giphyThe Wanderers race on Sunday 29th August was the start of the Old Goats / Young Kids challenge – this is where the exuberance and energy of youth (i.e. those under 40) believe they can out-perform the wisdom and craftiness of experience (i.e. those over 40).

The Challenge is quite simple – there are 4/5 events over September/October, the last being a Pirates Time Trial. Each Pirates runner finishing the event gets a certain number of points giving a team total per race.

In total 65 runners participated in the Wanderers event, which must in itself be some sort of record. As was expected, the wisdom of age did out-perform the exuberance of youth on the day –  the Young Kids getting 2068 points and the Old Goats a whopping 2514 points!

Interclub challenge

The first event is at Pirates next Tuesday 13th September at 17h45.

We will be using part of the golf course for the run/walk – thank you Ian and Parkview Golf Club.

Pirates 2 Pirates 

Just a reminder about the Pirates 2 Pirates training run on the 25th September.  We have had a good number of responses to date but there is still lots of space on the run and on the bus, for those that wish to make use of the travel arrangements.

Pirates Road Running and the Motlana Branch of the Orlando Pirates Supporters Club invite you and your family / friends to join them in this year’s Pirates 2 Pirates.  A relatively easy 22km route between the grounds of two of Joburg’s oldest sporting institutions, namely Pirates Greenside and Orlando Pirates.  This year for the up run we will be starting at Pirates Greenside and finishing at the Orlando Stadium.  The information you may require is in the attached pdf but some of the important logistics to note:

·         Start at Pirates Greenside – 7am 25th September 2016
·         There will be a Tog Bag truck to transport bags, clothes, meat and drinks to the finish (more on the last 2 later)
·         Finish at Orlando Stadium
·         Shower facilities available at Orlando Stadium
·         We will be having a braai at a private residence close to the Stadium – runners to provide own food and drink
·         There is a bus back at 3pm from the braai, tickets are available at R100 per person and can be ordered through the registration process.  Alternatively runners can make their own transport arrangements
·         Pdf attachment includes the registration link and all runners will be required to register and pre-pay (no cash will be taken on the day)
·         All participants are requested to make donation of at least R50 to the Vukani Learning Centre, the official charity of the Motlana Branch of the Orlando Pirates Supporters Club.  Pirates Road Running will collect your donations and make bulk payment across to the Motlana Branch

You are more than welcome to forward the email on to your friends and family but they will also need to register via the very quick link.

Any queries to be sent to David Case:


Road Running


Old Eds Water Point + Helpers Runs

We are still short of helpers this Sunday (7th Aug) for the Old Eds water point.  If you are in JHB and able to assist please register on the link which allows us to get catering right.  The race starts at 8am so the water point only needs to be set up from 7:30am.  The back of the field should be through by 10am.

Link for catering:

Then the helpers run is going to take place on the 6th Aug at 7:30am starting at the Old Eds Bowls Club parking.  It is only going to be the 10km so, as in the past, there may be a group of Pirates runners going early to get a bit more distance in.

Sani Stagger – 26 Nov 2016

Sani Stagger entries went on sale yesterday and the 21km is already booked out.  42km entries are still available for those looking to do the marathon.

More information can be found on their website:


Two of the Superbru leagues that Pirates RR are running start this Friday with the Olympics and the Currie Cup Premier Division.  Get yourself into the respective pools before then and prove your superior sporting knowledge (or maybe superior luck).

Kind Regards

Sandra Case
Pirates Road Running Secretary

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