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March Road Races

PIRATES ROAD RUNNING

ROAD RACES IN THE MONTH OF MARCH

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.

2 MARCH 2018

CENTRAL GAUTENG

ALL RACES
Sunday 4th March

Hot Legs 32, 15 & 5km

This is a new race on the calendar run under the banner of Born 2 Run. It starts at St Stithians and the 32km is a loop around the far northern suburbs of Joburg. The area that it runs through is hilly and so it promises to be a relatively tough course. Online entries only.

Sunday 11th March

Pharmaton Edenvale Marathon

Rand Road Warriors have had a sponsor change so many people would be familiar with this race as the Sarens marathon over the last few years. Traditionally a very quick route through the suburbs of Edenvale, Edenglen and Sebenza. It is a Championchip race which would mean that it sells out very quickly however you are able to pick up late entries at the venue on the race weekend.

Sunday 18th March

K-Way Gallopers 15 & 5km Run/Walk

The Gallopers 15km has been described as the ideal route for a PB. There isn’t a huge amount of information currently online besides the fact that entries are on Championchip and the race takes place in Leondale in Germiston.

Sunday 25th March

Run Zone Joburg Challenge

Another new race on the calendar. This time it is the Run Zone one that is being held in Berario, just North of Pirates. There are distance options of 21km, 10km and 5km and entries are available on Entrytime. Late entries are also available at the venue. With it being a new race it is a bit difficult to assess the course – it does mention suburbs of Fairland, Weltevreden Park and Montgomery Park but with Montgomery Park being on the other side of Northcliff that would indicate that there could be at least one large hill?

Friday 30th March >> Sunday 1st April

Randburg Harriers Easter 100

Technically not a race but generally an event well supported by the Pirates runners not travelling to Cape Town to do 2 Oceans. The Easter 100 is exactly that, 100km over the Easter weekend with the distance being split up over 3 days. Runners don’t have to run each and every day and are able to pick their distances. Runners are also able to start their run at a time that suits them (within reason as there are dedicated water points along the route).

GAUTENG NORTH

ALL RACES
Saturday 3rd March

Medihelp Sunrise Monster and Baby Monster

The name of this race is most apt as the route is a proper monster taking into account some of the toughest hills in Pretoria. Follow the green monster footprints as you run up and over Klapperkop into Waterkloof. Entries are available on the morning of the race which starts at sunrise.

Saturday 10th March

Buco Bobbies 3-in-1

The Buco Bobbies race makes Saturday morning racers wonder what is going on in Pretoria. For the third week in a row they give you a route that takes you over a number of the Pretoria hills. It starts and finishes at Wonderboom Junction which is North of the Pretoria ridge, you will need to travel slightly earlier to take into account the additional distance. Entries are available at the start of the race.

Saturday 17th March

Budget Kolonnade 3-in-1

You have to ask what it is with Pretoria races and starting at shopping centres.. Another weekend and another shopping centre, this time the Kolonnade Shopping Centre. After a number of tough weekends sanity returns to Pretoria with a slightly easier course. As with most Pretoria races entries are available on the morning of the race.

Saturday 24th March

Denel Half Marathon & 10km

This race is run from the Denel Irene Campus and as such it runs through large parts of Irene and Centurion. The race’s biggest drawcard are its medals with the medals being made by Denel and representing their products (read weapons). All finishers receive silver medals. Online entries are on Entrytime and as with most GN races entries are available at the start.

REST OF SOUTH AFRICA

ONLY BIG RACES

March sees the continuation of big races. Plenty of marathons and thus we have focused only on the bigger marathons again.

Saturday 3rd March

Surrender Hill Marathon, Half and 10km

This is a fantastic race with it providing you a great excuse to have a weekend in Clarens. The marathon race is run from Clarens over Surrender Hill (hence the name) before turning around and coming back again. A very tough route but incredible scenery. Entries are obtainable in Clarens on the weekend.

Saturday 3rd March

Saturday 3rd March

We’ve included this race on the list because of the interesting nature of the course. You run through the big 5 Marakele game reserve. Numbers are always very limited so best to plan a year in advance for this one.

Saturday 3rd March

Uniwisp Fast 5-in-1 Race

For fans of Kaapsehoop this is one for you, as it can be viewed of the cousin of that race. The Fast 5-in-1 starts well above Nelspruit on the Sabie/Lydenberg Road and you bomb down over 42km to finish in the Mbombela stadium. Where it differs from Kaapsehoop is that there are no bumps at the end, fewer steep downhills but more consistent profile. Buses are available from the finish to take you to the start and entries are available before the race and on the Friday

Sunday 4th March

CapeGate Vaal Marathon

Maybe affected this year with the earlier timing of Easter (and thus earlier cutoff of qualifiers for Oceans) this still remains a race for those in Gauteng that wish to do a fast flat marathon. Some runners prefer flat races and swear by this one, others prefer a few downhills and avoid this one like the plague. It is run through Vereeniging and the marathon is a double lapper. Online entries have closed but you can get on the race weekend.

Saturday 10th March

PWC Kosmos 3-in-1

This Secunda race is one of the few remaining traditional 3-in-1 races. Like other races with the description they have 3 distances but the difference is that all 3 distances start at different times to allow the runners to run a 42, followed by a 21, followed by a 10km. The races are all around the Lake Umuzi area in Secunda and thus relatively flat. All the events that include the marathon are pre-entry only. For the other distances you will be able to enter on the day (seeing as those distances don’t start at the crack of dawn).

Saturday 17th March

Old Mutual Om Die Dam Ultra, Half Marathon & 10km

Om Die Dam is one of the big 4 Ultras of South Africa (probably sits in third behind Comrades and Oceans and just ahead of Loskop). 50km’s of toughness. This year sees a change in the route as they have reversed the direction to get a better resemblance to this year’s Comrades down run. It does mean that Sarkies is now fortunately towards the beginning of the race although does place some tough hills towards the end. It may also indicate that they will be switching direction each year if they wish to replicate the sensations of the Comrades routes (which do switch each year). The race is now Championchip and similar to all their other events sold out in record time. 10km entries are available on race weekend.

Saturday 31st March

Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

South Africa’s second largest marathon and by far and away the biggest half marathon in the country. The race is so big that it warrants its own section in this month’s newsletter so refer to the body of the newsletter for more information.

Pirates Running March Birthday

PIRATES ROAD RUNNING

BIRTHDAYS

Wishing all our members well this month!

2 March 2018

Saturday 3 March
Eva Hancox

Monday 5 March
Franck Deroche

Wednesday 7 March
Beniamino Pellegrini

Saturday
10 March

Alison van den Berg

Stephen Miller

Monday 12 March

Warren Bewsher

Marcus Crowther 

George Gerber 

Beth Mandel

Tuesday 13 February
Sarah van Olst

Saturday
17 March
Anton Odendaal

Monday 19 March
Adrian Steven

Tuesday 20 March
Grant Abrahams

Friday 23 March
Wayne Tucker

Saturday 24 March
Arran Brown

Sunday 25 March
Anthony Meyer

Monday 26 March
Rupert Nanni

Thursday 29 March
Mary-Lyn Raath

Saturday 31 March

Marc van Olst

Katrien Haegeman

Pirates Running February Birthdays

PIRATES ROAD RUNNING

BIRTHDAYS

Wishing all our members well this month!

2 FEBRUARY 2018

Tuesday
6 February
Raudzinyana Mabuda
Thursday
8 February
Maria Mazibuko
Friday
9 February
Xavier Leroy
Saturday
10 February
Colin Mitchley
Monday
12 February
Duncan Irvine
Thursday
15 February
Robyn de Kock
Saturday
17 February
Roeleen van den Heever
Sunday
18 February
Damian Lincesso
John Stark
Monday
19 February
Michael Creighton
Ruth Smith
Tuesday
20 February
Marihanda Trudgeon
Thursday
22 February
Heather Robertson
Saturday
24 February
Damian Lincesso
Nicholas Koning
Sunday
25 February
Luke Choate
Lize Richmond
Monday
26 February
Mickie Jacobs
Helena Oberholzer
Andre Vos

January 2018 road running results

PIRATES ROAD RUNNING

JANUARY 2018 RESULTS

2 February 2018

 All results of our running members submitted online. Remember to submit your results here. All results are updated here

Your First Name
Your Surname
Event Name
Event Date
Event Type
Event Distance
Your Official Finish Time
Johan Botes Botanical Gardens New Year's Fun Run 1/1/2018 Road Running 11.5 1:09:05
Johan Botes A4A Road Safety Run/Walk 1/6/2018 Road Running 21 2:04:04
General Senyadiwa Kudus 1/7/2018 Road Running 15 1:11:57
Clint Holing Varsity Kudus – Johannesburg 1/7/2018 Road Running 15 1:42:57
Edward Van Rooyen ACE BESTMED 1/13/2018 Road Running 21 1:53:51
Struan Brown Dischem 21 1/14/2018 Road Running 21 1:34:34
Brendin Scholtz Dischem 21 1/14/2018 Road Running 21 1:40:42
Marc Van Olst Dischem 1/14/2018 Road Running 21 1:41:00
General Senyadiwa Dischem 1/14/2018 Road Running 21 1:43:46
Colin Mitchley Dischem 1/14/2018 Road Running 21 1:44:26
Adrien Thoma Dischem 21 1/14/2018 Road Running 21 1:46:12
Helena Oberholzer Dischem 21 1/14/2018 Road Running 21 1:47:29
Belinda Marais Dischem Half Marathon 1/14/2018 Road Running 21 1:49:22
Sandra Case Dischem 1/14/2018 Road Running 21 1:53:00
Johan Botes Dischem 21 1/14/2018 Road Running 21 2:00:36
Fran Harrison Dischem 1/14/2018 Road Running 21 2:03:14
Mary-Lyn Raath Dischem 21km 1/14/2018 Road Running 21 2:10:00
David Case Dischem 21 1/14/2018 Road Running 21 2:18:02
Clint Holing AdventureTrail – Reitvlei Zoo Farm 1/14/2018 Trail Running 15 2:19:37
Liza Odendaal Dischem 21 1/14/2018 Road Running 21 2:23:17
Niesha Green Dischem 1/14/2018 Road Running 21 2:55:11
Russell Smith President Hyper 15 1/17/2018 Road Running 15 1:19:07
Clint Holing TrailAdventure: Smuts – Irene 1/21/2018 Trail Running 21 2:47:01
Mark Davis Striders Springs 32 1/21/2018 Road Running 32 2:52:00
Michelle Davis Striders (Garbie) 32 1/21/2018 Road Running 32 2:53:00
Johan Botes Garbie 32 1/21/2018 Road Running 32 3:07:00
Chana Preston Springs Striders 1/21/2018 Road Running 32 3:11:05
Struan Brown Ottosdal Draf ‘n Trap 1/27/2018 Road Running 21 1:53:02
Gerry Greyling Ottosdal 1/27/2018 Road Running 21 2:09:00
Adrien Thoma Akasia Marathon 1/27/2018 Road Running 42 3:46:38
Sandra Case Ottosdale 1/27/2018 Road Running 42 3:52:00
Mark Raubenheimer Redhill Marathon 1/27/2018 Road Running 42 4:06:00
David Case Ottosdal Draf en Trap 1/27/2018 Road Running 42 4:38:38
Liza Odendaal Ottosdal Night race 1/27/2018 Road Running 42 4:44:42
Clint Holing Trail Adventure The Barn 15 1/28/2018 Trail Running 15 1:47:11
Niesha Green Johnson Crane 1/28/2018 Road Running 21 2:47:12
Kieron Futter Johnson Crane 1/28/2018 Road Running 42 3:29:38
Marc Van Olst Johnson crane 1/28/2018 Road Running 42 3:41:00
General Senyadiwa Jonson Crane Hire Marathon 1/28/2018 Road Running 42 3:41:38
Helena Oberholzer Johnson Crane marathon 1/28/2018 Road Running 42 3:46:42
Yunis Francis Johnson’s Crane Marathon 1/28/2018 Road Running 42 3:50:46
Johan Botes Johnson Crane Marathon and Half 1/28/2018 Road Running 42 4:19:51
Bradley Hugo Johnson Crane marathon 1/28/2018 Road Running 42 4:35:01

February Road Running Races

PIRATES ROAD RUNNING

ROAD RACES IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY

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.

2 FEBRUARY 2018

CENTRAL GAUTENG

ALL RACES
Sunday 4th February

Modern Athlete Bobbies Half Marathon & 10km

This is the fourth year where the Bobbies race is being run from Greenstone Shopping Centre.  The route is described by the organisers as being considered as a fast course. The race is run through the suburbs of Edenvale, Illiondale and Greenstone which would indicate a more undulating route.  Entries are available on the morning of the race.

Wednesday 7th February

Timbercity KHOSA Night Race

It is a little difficult to find a flyer for this race but it appears that it will be unchanged from prior years.  That will mean a 7pm start for a 15km route through the very hilly Noordheuwel.  Entries are available at the start and parking is generally readily available near the KHOSA sports club. 

Sunday 11th February

Pick n Pay Marathon & Half Marathon

The Pick n Pay marathon is probably Joburg’s biggest marathon but one that is very difficult to get in to. Entries are sold out for the race. The route is quite a testing route through Edenvale and Bedfordview with parts of the course being very challenging if the weather is hot.

Friday 16th February

Randburg Harriers 10km Valentine’s Nite

The Randburg Race is one that occurs right on our door step. A big race with a big field does sometimes cause logistics problems when trying to find parking. There is more information on this race later in this month’s newsletter as we are encouraging Pirates runners to participate in it.

Sunday 18th February

Pirates Half Marathon

Our very own race and thus it fittingly receives its own section in this month’s newsletter. A reminder though that Pirates members cannot run in the race as everyone is required to help to ensure a successful event.

Sunday 25th February

Gift of the Givers Township Marathon, Half & 10km

The Township marathon takes place between Eldorado Park and Lenasia. The route is for the most part flat but does have some challenging hills, especially towards the end where you have to take on Heartbreakers Hill. Entries are available on the day of the race. This is the last chance to qualify for runners participating in the Two Oceans ultra as you need to submit your qualifying times by the end of the month.

GAUTENG NORTH

ALL RACES
Saturday 3rd February

Bidvest McCarthy Toyota Half Marathon & 10km

The McCarthy Toyota half is generally the quickest out of all of Pretoria’s half marathons. Normally the race organisers in that part of the world like to take you over a ridge or up a hill but the Rietondale area that the race takes place in is relatively flat. The 21km is pre-entry only.

Saturday 10th February

Bronkhorstspruit 32 & 10km

This race is relatively flat and fast. There are 3 major hills on the 32km but none of them are too long. Runners traditionally have a well-earned refreshment at the famous die Stoep. The race starts at 6am and you can get entries before the start.

Wednesday 14th February

My Spar Irene Lantern 10 & 5km Night Race

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.

Saturday 17th February

Bestmed Tuks Marathon, Half & 10km

Tuks are celebrating 100 years by including a marathon in their event for the first time. Assume it will be a double lapper of their existing 21km route. The route runs through leafy Pretoria in its most historic suburbs. Entries are available on the morning of the race but would you really want to do it when it clashes with the Pirates Half?

Sunday 25th February

Deloitte Pretoria Marathon, Half & 10km

Pretoria’s biggest marathon and probably the best one in the whole of Gauteng. Each lap includes the testing Waterkloof Ridge as you go up to Fort Klapperkop but fortunately from that point it just gets easier. Entries are not available on the morning of the race but you can enter on Entrytime until the 11th Feb or at the venue on the Friday and Saturday. T-shirt limit of 5 000 already reached would indicate a big field. This is the last chance to qualify for runners participating in the Two Oceans ultra as you need to submit your qualifying times by the end of the month.

REST OF SOUTH AFRICA

ONLY BIG RACES

February is Marathon Month in the rest of South Africa so we have taken the liberty of only focusing on marathons, and the biggest of those.

Saturday 3rd February

Sasol Marathon, Half & 10km

The Sasol marathon is generally accepted to a very flat and quick marathon. The only problem is that with a lack of hills it also lacks any scenery – through the residential, industrial and commercial precincts of Sasolburg. Entries are available on the morning of the event.

Sunday 11th February

NOSA Hillcrest Marathon

The Hillcrest marathon is an ideal race for those that wish to start getting a feel of the Comrades area. The race is tough as the area is anything but flat. Entries are done via Championchip and it is a pre-entry race only.

Sunday 18th February

Cape Peninsula Marathon & Half

Billed as South Africa’s quickest marathon the Peninsula Marathon is unique in that it is a point-to-point race with the start at the Cape Town stadium and ending in Simon’s Town. You run for a long time on the Two Oceans ultra route. The race is pre-entry only. The big issue with the race is the conflict with the Pirates Half…

Saturday 24th February

Pirates Groot Gat Marathon, Half & 10km

The Groot Gat Marathon is our mother club’s biggest race. Last year we revived a tradition of going to do their race and thus there is a section dedicated to it in this month’s newsletter

Sunday 25th February

Witness Medihelp Maritzburg City Marathon, Half & 10km

They say a third of all Comrades entrants supply the Maritzburg marathon as their qualifier. That could indicate one of two things – either the course is very quick or alternatively it is Natal’s biggest marathon. I suspect the latter. This is a pre-entry race only with pre-entries closing on the 4th February. This is the last chance to qualify for runners participating in the Two Oceans ultra as you need to submit your qualifying times by the end of the month.

PIRATES CLUB

HOW TO ADD EVENTS TO MY CALENDAR

Brad Nelson, Pirates Club, Greenside

29 November 2017

We use Teamup to diarise our events.

Every event on our Teampup Calendar has its own unique event webpage. If this link is shared with you you can easily add the event to your own preferred calendar in under two clicks or taps.

Once you’ve opened the Event Page click the icon on the top that corresponds to the Calendar you use.

This should open your default calendar where you’ll be prompted to save the event. Your browser may download the event instead, click the download file to open in your calendar.

Using your mobile device?

The Share icons may be hidden.

Tap the green Share icon in the top right of your screen to show the icon.

If you have an Android smartphone such as a Samsung open in Google Calendar (top left) or if you an iPhone tap the apple.

Stor-age Old Boys Tens 2017 Round-up

4th annual Old Boys Tens sports tournament a huge success

Pirates Club, Greenside

16 November 2017

This past weekend saw the 4th annual Stor-Age Old Boys Tens (OBX) sports tournament as a huge success, where 25 teams, representing the old boy associations of prestigious local schools, battled it out to be crowned champions.

Held at the Stor-Age Pirate’s Rugby club, OBX17 teamed up with Stor-Age, South Africa’s leading self storage brand, to host an event that was bigger and better than ever before. After a tough two days, the Middelburg Old Boys rugby team took home the Cup for the third year. The tournament also included a netball division where the Meyersdal Scorpions won the title.

The competing teams, combined with the support of the 4,000 spectators over the two days, raised approximately R300,000 for the Education Endowment Fund. These funds will go towards bursars and education nominated by the winning teams in their respective divisions, being Middelburg, Michaelhouse, Stirling, Parktown Boys, Hilton College and Queens College.

The Education Endowment Fund, established in 2011, purposes to raise funds to distribute to children in need by providing bursaries and assistance in non-profit educational programmes in disadvantaged communities throughout South Africa.

Chris Oosthuizen, Head of Sales, Marketing and Product for Stor-Age, the title sponsor for OBX, comments; “Experiencing such enthusiastic participation from both players and spectators for such an incredible initiative is exactly why we put our name alongside a sporting event such as the OBX. The event was a great success – both in terms of sporting entertainment and making a difference”.

“Experiencing such enthusiastic participation from both players and spectators for such an incredible initiative is exactly why we put our name alongside a sporting event such as the OBX. The event was a great success – both in terms of sporting entertainment and making a difference”

The OBX aspires to become a legacy event that brings communities together to boost self-empowerment through education. The tournament proved to be more than just a sporting spectacle, but a vehicle to make a difference.

For more information, visit the website: www.oldboystens.co.za  or contact Candice Land at candice@prlab.co.za.

Pirates Hosts Old Boys Tens again

Stor-Age backs the Old Boys Tens Annual Education Endowment Fund fundraiser

Pirates Club, Greenside

25 October 2017

The Old Boys Tens initiative (OBX) has teamed up with Stor-Age, South Africa’s leading self storage brand, for the fourth edition of the annual fundraising rugby tournament. More than 30 old boy’s rugby teams will take part in the two-day event on 10 and 11 November as a fundraiser for the Education Endowment Fund NPC.

Established in 2011, the Education Endowment Fund aims to raise funds to distribute to children in need through bursaries and assistance in non-profit educational programmes in disadvantaged communities throughout South Africa. The initiative has the committed support from fellow Old Boy Associations and partners. The purpose of the tournament is to align synergies amongst these existing Old Boys Associations of South Africa’s traditional schools through the comradery game of tens rugby. The iconic ambassadors of the event include the likes of Akona Ndungane, Lionel Cronje, Scarra Ntubeni and Sbura Sithole.

Event Details
  • Date:

    10 & 11 November 2017

  • Venue:

    Pirates Club, Greenside

  • Price:

    tickets from R75 Tickets: available at Quicket

Tournament Director of the Stor-Age Old Boys Tens and founder of the Education Endowment Fund, Marcel Malherbe comments, “As we kick off the 4th edition of the OBX, it truly is amazing to see South Africans come together for the sole purpose of nation building. The OBX alignment with the vision of the Education Endowment Fund’s legacy of creating sustainable educational opportunities is the very calling of all 700 players, 3000 spectators, and partners of the OBX. Long may it grow, and long may we make a real difference”.

The team from the Old School Group, who manage the award-winning Cape Town 10s, will also manage the OBX tournament. Stor-Age, title sponsor of the event, has been long involved in tens rugby and the club sport.

Comments Chris Oosthuizen, Head of Sales, Marketing and Product for Stor-Age, “We proudly support this initiative that offers more than just entertainment, but also an opportunity to make a difference in education within our country.”

“…The OBX alignment with the vision of the Education Endowment Fund’s legacy of creating sustainable educational opportunities is the very calling of all 700 players, 3000 spectators, and partners of the OBX. Long may it grow, and long may we make a real difference”.

As a vehicle for the Education Endowment Fund, the hope is that OBX will become a legacy event that brings communities together to boost self-empowerment through education, all the while enjoying the social fundamentals of sport. More than just a quality rugby spectacle, the OBX is an opportunity for teams and spectators to make a difference in the communities around them.

The event will again be hosted at Pirates Rugby Club and is expecting to attract over 700 participants to take part in more than 60 rugby games. With the theme of old school rugby spirit, the old school rivalries on the field promise for an entertaining weekend. There will also be live entertainment, music, food stalls, a beer garden and a kiddie’s play area to ensure a fun-filled weekend for the whole family at Johannesburg’s premium tens rugby festival.

For more information, visit the website: www.oldboystens.co.za

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