PIRATES ROAD RUNNING
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7 May 2018
PIRATES ROAD RUNNING
Happy Birthday to all our May-borns!
7 May 2018
The Colgate race is a staple on the calendar, especially in tapering down to Comrades. With Comrades a little earlier this year it does change things somewhat. Colgate is always sold out in advance with the goodie bag being one of the best. Pre-entries are already closed. The 32km is a double lapper and the route is relatively quick and flat although the little hills can feel challenging at times.
The RAC 10km is a big one on the Pirates calendar due to the large Pirates bus. There is more information in this newsletter but essentially it is the one opportunity where we show colours en masse. Bring a whistle, a drum, a tambourine or a vuvuzela and make a large amount of noise as we run the last kilometre together. Entries are available at Sweatshop, on Entrytime or on the weekend of the race.
The Love Run race starts at the Hatfield Church in Waterkloof Glen. The route is described as moderate to testing, which would be an apt description for any race in that part of Pretoria taking in the East part of Waterkloof Ridge (part of the dreaded hills on Sunrise Monster and Deloittes). Similar to most races in Pretoria you are able to enter on the morning of the race which starts at 7am.
The Wings for Life is a charity race with no pre-determined direction. You set off from the start 30mins ahead of a car that then proceeds to drive at a standard pace of 4min/km or 15km/h. When the car overtakes you your race is done. The race is run around the world at the same time hence the late start of 1pm. The world record is 88.4km before being caught. Pre-entries only which are already closed.
One of the many races hosted by Irene during the year. The Night Race is their flattest and shortest one. The unique characteristic of this race is that the entire route is lit by lanterns. Similar to most night races you are able to get entries before the start.
The Jackie Mekler race is a very quick race around the Voortrekkerhoogte military base. The route is generally flat to undulating with a few climbs and a number of lengthy downhills. Entries are available on the morning of the race. The 25km is a double lapper of the 10km with an additional section in the middle of the lap.
This race is organized by the Run/Walk for Life of Pretoria and starts at the Grove Shopping Centre in Equestria. Information on the internet is scarce with regards to the route but we would expect based on the part of Pretoria it is in that it could be relatively flat, being out in the East. Entries are on Entrytime and available on race day.
Another race organized by the Run/Walk for Life of Pretoria and very similar information available to the Grove Mall one. This one starts at the Superspar on Moot Street. Information on the internet is scarce with regards to the route but we would expect based on the part of Pretoria it could be hilly or flat depending which direction they head. Entries are on Entrytime and available on race day.
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.
FNB hold a short distance race in each major metro during the year. May sees the Cape Town leg of it. The race is 12km long from Milnerton into the city bowl and is a pan flat course through the harbour. Entries are still available at this stage. The Joburg leg of the series takes place at the end of September.
Your First Name
Your Official Finish Time
|05 Apr 2018||Brendin||Scholtz||JP Morgan Corporate Challenge||Road Running||5.6||0:23:05|
|05 Apr 2018||Beth||Mandel||JPMorgan Corp Challenge||Road Running||5.6||0:25:45|
|05 Apr 2018||Johan||Botes||JP Morgan Corporate Challenge||Road Running||5.6||0:30:57|
|05 Apr 2018||Brad||Nelson||JP Morgan Corporate Challenge||Road Running||5.6||0:33:57|
|08 Apr 2018||Johan||Botes||Irene Ultra||Road Running||48||4:58:01|
|08 Apr 2018||EDWARD||VAN ROOYEN||IRENE ULTRA||Road Running||48||5:12:31|
|15 Apr 2018||Sherryl||Cant||Alan Fergusson||Road Running||21||2:08:02|
|15 Apr 2018||Beniamino||Pellegrini||Jackie Gibson marathon||Road Running||42||2:48:38|
|15 Apr 2018||Kerryn||Prowse||Jackie Gibson||Road Running||42||3:31:52|
|15 Apr 2018||Schalk||Liebenberg-||Iron Man Nelson Mandela Bay||Road Running||42||4:02:16|
|15 Apr 2018||Clyde||Germond||Ford Fury Trail Fest||Trail Running||50||5:12:52|
|15 Apr 2019||Brad||Nelson||Fury Ford Fourways Trail Fest||Trail Running||30||3:24:02|
|16 Apr 2018||Mark||Davis||Boston Marathon||Road Running||42||3:00:37|
|16 Apr 2018||Michelle||Davis||Boston||Road Running||42||3:26:37|
|16 Apr 2018||Ian||Benson||Boston Marathon||Road Running||42||3:48:15|
|21 Apr 2018||Gerry||Greyling||Loskop 21||Road Running||21||2:13:00|
|21 Apr 2018||Calvin||Tsholoba||Loskop Ultra Marathon||Road Running||50||3:06:30|
|21 Apr 2018||Jomo||Mntungwa||Loskop Ultra Marathon||Road Running||50||3:09:00|
|21 Apr 2018||Thabang||Mmolawa||Loskop Ultra Marathon||Road Running||50||3:38:03|
|21 Apr 2018||Patrick||Machakela||Loskop Ultra||Road Running||50||3:47:03|
|21 Apr 2018||Jack||Makganyoha||Loskop Ultra Marathon||Road Running||50||3:48:08|
|21 Apr 2018||Emmanuel||Makhafola||Loskop Ultra Marathon||Road Running||50||4:06:25|
|21 Apr 2018||Belinda||Marais||Loskop Ultra||Road Running||50||4:15:03|
|21 Apr 2018||Helena||Oberholzer||Loskop Ultra||Road Running||50||4:19:12|
|21 Apr 2018||Sandra||Case||Loskop||Road Running||50||4:34:05|
|21 Apr 2018||Adrien||Thoma||Loskop Ultra Marathon||Road Running||50||4:44:44|
|21 Apr 2018||Struan||Brown||Loskop Marathon||Road Running||50||4:48:52|
|21 Apr 2018||Alyna||Wyatt||Loskop ultra||Road Running||50||5:22:34|
|21 Apr 2019||Brad||Nelson||Loskop ultra||Road Running||50||5:22:34|
|21 Apr 2018||David||Case||Loskop Ultra||Road Running||50||5:28:37|
|22 Apr 2018||Schalk||Liebenberg||Trinity Germiston Spring Triathon||Road Running||5||0:22:21|
|22 Apr 2018||Clint||Holing||Birchwood Half Marathon||Road Running||21||2:13:50|
|22 Apr 2018||Beth||Mandel||London Marathon||Road Running||42||3:54:27|
|22 Apr 2018||Ian||Benson||London Marathon||Road Running||42||3:59:44|
|27 Apr 2018||Sean||Mills||MiWayLife Cradle of Humankind Road Race||Road Running||21||1:43:57|
|27 Apr 2018||Blythe||Tappin||MiWayLife Cradle of Humankind Road Race||Road Running||21||2:13:00|
|27 Apr 2018||Brendin||Scholtz||MiWay Cradle run||Road Running||32||2:45:40|
|27 Apr 2018||Chana||Preston||Miway Cradle 32km||Road Running||32||2:54:21|
|27 Apr 2018||Brad||Nelson||Miway Cradle 32km||Road Running||32||3:16:45|
|27 Apr 2018||Gerry||Greyling||MiWay Cradle||Road Running||32||3:16:38|
|27 Apr 2018||Glynis||Mauldon||MiWay The Cradles||Road Running||32||3:52:53|
|29 Apr 2018||Helena||Oberholzer||Robor Scaffolding 10km||Road Running||10||0:44:39|
|29 Apr 2018||Sandra||Case||Benoni Northers||Road Running||21||1:47:21|
|29 Apr 2018||David||Case||Benoni Northerns 21km||Road Running||21||2:06:24|
|29 Apr 2018||Clint||Holing||Benoni Northerns Half Marathon||Road Running||21||2:13:07|
|29 Apr 2018||Niesha||Green||Robor 21||Road Running||21||2:46:48|
|29 Apr 2018||Brave||Mseteka||Benoni Northerns Marathon||Road Running||42||2:59:00|
|29 Apr 2018||Mabuda||Raudzingana||Benoni Northerns Marathon||Road Running||42||3:12:44|
|29 Apr 2018||Belinda||Marais||Robor Scaffolding (Benoni Northerns) Marathon||Road Running||42||3:33:33|
|29 Apr 2018||Johan||Botes||Robor 50||Road Running||50||5:28:04|
Your First Name
Your Official Finish Time
|3/3/2018||Brendin||Scholtz||Medihelp Sunrise Monster||Road Running||32||2:55:28|
|3/3/2018||General||Senyadiwa||Medihelp sunrise monster||Road Running||32||3:00:53|
|3/3/2018||Shayla||Bailes||Sunrise Monster||Road Running||32||3:11:13|
|3/4/2018||Tiffany-Jade||Smith||Hot Legs||Road Running||5||0:34:57|
|3/4/2018||Helena||Oberholzer||Vaal half marathon||Road Running||21||1:38:07|
|3/4/2018||Marcus||Crowther||Vaal marathon||Road Running||42||2:50:50|
|3/4/2018||Yunis||Francis||Hot Legs Run||Road Running||32||2:58:10|
|3/4/2018||Heather||Robertson||Hot legs 32km||Road Running||32||3:08:15|
|3/4/2018||Natalie||Mills||Hot Legs||Road Running||32||3:40:00|
|3/10/2018||Clint||Holing||Highland Gate Trail Run Dullstroom||Trail Running||17||2:29:27|
|3/11/2018||Mark||Davis||Edenvale Marathon||Road Running||21||1:26:55|
|3/11/2018||Brendin||Scholtz||Pharmaton Edenvale Marathon||Road Running||21||1:39:14|
|3/11/2018||Sean||Mills||Pharmaton Edenvale Marathon||Road Running||21||1:53:00|
|3/11/2018||Chana||Preston||Pharmaton 21km||Road Running||21||1:58:56|
|3/11/2018||Sherryl||Cant||Pharmaton 21km||Road Running||21||2:09:54|
|3/11/2018||Blythe||Tappin||Pharmaton Edenvale Marathon||Road Running||21||2:13:00|
|3/11/2018||Belinda||Marais||Pharmaton Edenvale Marathon||Road Running||42||3:42:04|
|3/11/2018||Clyde||Germond||Edenvale Marathon||Road Running||42||3:42:40|
|3/11/2018||Brian||Malcomess||Edenvale Marathon||Road Running||42||3:54:36|
|3/11/2018||Johan||Botes||Edenvale marathon||Road Running||42||4:27:36|
|3/11/2018||Natalie||Mills||Pharmaton Edenvale Marathon||Road Running||42||4:27:58|
|3/11/2018||shirley||allsworth||pharmaton edenvale marathon||Road Running||42||4:39:37|
|3/11/2018||Shirley||Allsworth||Pharmaton Edenvale marathon||Road Running||42||4:39:37|
|3/11/2018||Randall||Kan||Pharmaton Edenvale Marathon 2018||Road Running||42||4:52:30|
|3/17/2018||Kerryn||Prowse||Om die dam||Road Running||50||4:28:19|
|3/17/2018||Sandra||Case||Om die Dam||Road Running||50||4:49:58|
|3/17/2018||Roxanne||Smith||Om die Dam||Road Running||50||4:52:29|
|3/17/2018||David||Case||Om Die Dam||Road Running||50||5:57:46|
|3/17/2018||Glynis||Mauldon||Om die Dam||Road Running||50||6:43:36|
|3/18/2018||Jana||Rabe||K-way Gallopers 15km||Road Running||15||1:28:05|
|3/18/2018||George||Gerber||K-way Gallopers 15km||Road Running||15||1:28:06|
|3/18/2018||Gerry||Greyling||Southern Trails Klipriviersberg Trail Run||Trail Running||18||2:23:47|
|3/18/2018||Clint||Holing||Tornado Trail Run||Trail Running||21||3:18:04|
|3/25/2018||Jana||Rabe||Run Zone 21km||Road Running||21||2:14:08|
|3/25/2018||George||Gerber||Run Zone 21km||Road Running||21||2:14:20|
|3/25/2018||Brad||Nelson||Klipriversberg Trail Run||Trail Running||24||2:20:56|
|3/25/2018||Glynis||Mauldon||RunZone Joburg Challenge||Road Running||21||2:35:39|
|3/25/2018||Brendin||Scholtz||Umgeni Water 32km||Road Running||32||2:35:46|
|3/25/2018||Niesha||Green||RunZone 21km race||Road Running||21||2:52:08|
|3/26/2018||Johan||Botes||Elkana Pay per Kay||Road Running||42||5:47:36|
|3/31/2018||Beth||Mandel||Two Oceans||Road Running||21||1:42:56|
|3/31/2018||Gerry||Greyling||Two Oceans Half 2018||Road Running||21||2:06:00|
|3/31/2018||Audrey||Johnson||Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon||Road Running||21||2:06:03|
|3/31/2018||George||Gerber||Two Oceans 21km||Road Running||21||2:20:26|
|3/31/2018||Mary||Carman||Two Oceans 21km||Road Running||21||2:27:40|
|3/31/2018||Jana||Rabe||Two Oceans 21km||Road Running||21||2:30:28|
|3/31/2018||Pieter||Oberholzer||Two Oceans half marathon||Road Running||21||2:51:23|
|3/31/2018||Adrien||Thoma||Two Oceans Ultra Marathon||Road Running||56||4:55:29|
|3/31/2018||Belinda||Marais||Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon||Road Running||56||4:56:11|
|3/31/2018||Helena||Oberholzer||Two Oceans Ultra Marathon||Road Running||56||4:56:54|
|3/31/2018||Sandra||Case||Two Oceans Ultra||Road Running||56||5:21:57|
|3/31/2018||Shayla||Bailes||Two Oceans Marathon||Road Running||56||5:34:22|
|3/31/2018||Adrian||Albrecht||Old Mutual 2 Oceans Marathon||Road Running||56||5:35:01|
|3/31/2018||Ian||Benson||Two Oceans||Road Running||56||5:39:59|
|3/31/2018||Brad||Nelson||Two Oceans 56k||Road Running||56||5:50:57|
|3/31/2018||CHANA-LEE||PRESTON||TWO OCEANS MARATHON||Road Running||56||5:53:07|
|3/31/2018||Anthony||Meyer||2 Oceans Ultra Marathon||Road Running||56||5:54:58|
|3/31/2018||Anton||Odendaal||Two Oceans||Road Running||56||5:59:07|
|3/31/2018||Natalie||Mills||Two Oceans Ultra Marathon||Road Running||56||6:11:38|
|3/31/2018||David||Case||Two Oceans||Road Running||56||6:17:16|
|3/31/2018||Shirley||Allsworth||Two Oceans ultra marathon||Road Running||56||6:19:57|
|3/31/2018||Liza||Odendaal||Two Oceans||Road Running||56||6:47:07|
|3/31/2018||Randall||Kan||Two Oceans Marathon||Road Running||56||6:52:21|
PIRATES ROAD RUNNING
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.
5 APRIL 2018
The Alan Robb race is the traditional Germiston Callie race, now named after one of their famous runners (as one of the oldest Joburg clubs they have had a few Comrades legends run for them). It is relatively quick although the runnersguide route description says the second half is tough which sees you running through the industrial areas close to Rand Airport. Route goes through some of the older parts of Germiston for those that like Joburg history). Online entries are closed but you can enter on the morning of the race. Note the start time of 6:30 – most races will start at this time with sunrise being later.
This race taking place in and around Kibler Park is renowned for having a tough route that goes over the Klipriviersberg ridge. Another one of Joburg’s oldest club Harriers have moved this race around over the last few years. The start is at the Kibler Park Rec centre again which would indicate a clockwise route. The flyer mentions that it is pre-entries only which have closed. It does appear that you can still enter on Webtickets if needed.
The Birchwood Half is probably Joburg’s quickest 21km, run around the Boksburg suburbs close to the Airport. Normal problem for Championchip races though is that it is already sold out.
Another race that is pre-entries only and by the time you are reading this, entries would have closed. The route is a very scenic out and back (turn around the bin) for all distances. The routes are quite lumpy as you go from valley to hill. Generally an enjoyable race but the traffic can be a huge problem getting in do car pooling is suggested.
The last marathon in Joburg before Comrades. The Benoni Northerns route is pretty flat although the bits through Ebotse golf course always a challenge. The most difficult aspect of this race is the fact that the split for the double lap (and triple lap for the 50km) is right at the finish – causing a lot of temptation to just stop instead of going out for another lap. Pre-entries close on 22nd April but you can enter on the weekend of the race at the club.
Information on this race is relatively scarce as it appears to be a newish race. It starts from Ford’s sports fields in Silverton, hence the sponsorship. You are able to enter on the morning of the race.
The Irene Ultra is designed to take advantage of an anomaly in the Comrades seeding brackets. 48km races have the same qualifying criteria as a 50km distance so you are therefore getting “2 free kms”. The course is designed without any significant hills to ensure that runners can get their best possible time. Finally as it is partnered by Championchip they provide mat-to-mat times to Comrades for seeding purposes. Race is pre-entry only.
This race is run from Giant Stadium in Soshanguve. Entries are available on the morning of the race. Information is limited on the net so difficult to find a route description.
The Tshwane half is one of those races not affiliated to any club but rather hosted by the regional body (City 2 City used to be organized by CGA and AGN, now CGA don’t organise any races). It is the second one in the month starting in the industrial area of Silverton which is relatively flat. Entries are available on the morning of the race.
The Wally is the last official Comrades qualifier and the last marathon prior to Comrades. Many runners use this as their final tune up race (or desperate qualifier) and as such it has been recorded as South Africa’s third biggest race. The race is pre-entry only which close on the 15th April. Please note the new venue of the Centurion rugby club which should make access a little easier.
April sees the final marathons that can be used as Comrades qualifiers. We have only focused on the big races which are predominantly marathon distance or further.
The Bergville to Ladysmith Ultra is one of the historic race dates on the calendar. The 52km distance gives you slightly more qualifying time than the 50km races (Om Die Dam, Loskop & Benoni) so is a great one to improve seeding. The point to point race starts in Bergville which is higher than Ladysmith so another net downhill race with the second half being predominantly downhill. The ultra is pre-entry only which closed at the start of April.
The Durban City Marathon is a favourite amongst some of the KZN runners due to it being almost dead flat. For a hilly city they make sure that you don’t get anywhere close to the Berea ridge. Race is pre-entry only although you can enter on race weekend at a premium, just not on the morning of the event.
Loskop is these days one of the Big 4 Ultra marathons. Run as a point to point from Middelburg to the Loskop Dam it is quick and a net downhill race. Always a good race to use for seeding or qualifying due to the quick course. The race is pre-entry only and this year Pirates have a bus taking a number of the runners through.
The race is held within the West Coast National Park and the beauty of the race is that there are no cars on the route – runners have the whole roads to themselves. The marathon is point to point. Both marathon and half are pre-entries only with entries closing on 16 April 2018.
The Potato Pride is one of the last marathons outside of Gauteng for those looking to qualify for Comrades (although same weekend as Benoni and Wally so only for those looking for something different). The route does include quite a bit of offroad but as it is along the banks of the Wilge river it is flat and fast. You can enter on the morning of the race.
PIRATES ROAD RUNNING
Consolidated results for chip and manually timed finishers.