NEWSLETTER APRIL 2018

Dear Ovies, fellow runners and friends

Our race has once again generated lots of excitement!  The Race Committee would like to express its gratitude towards each member who assisted in whatever way to make a success of the race.  Here is an extract from a race report that appeared in the Agape Newsletter:

“Water points:  The best water points as I have experienced in a long time…..simply because of the spirit of the Overkruin pupils …their enthusiasm and friendliness just made the race….I would come back next year just for that”. (sic)

A big thank you to all who served on the Race Committee.  Thank you for making yourself available to serve our club and the running community.  Johan, a special thank you to you for working exceptionally hard this year to make the race happen.

Also a big thank you to our sponsors and staff of the Kolonnade Centre.

Last year we promised that we would use all extra money to build our club house.  SO… watch this space for news about the building of our club house!

 

BIRTHDAYS IN APRIL

Happy_birthdayHappy birthday to the following members:

11 April Johan Roodt

13 April Michelle Pienaar

14 April Henning Strauss

18 April Stanley Mangena

24 April  Wessel van Tonder

26 April Rocky van Staden

30 April Francois Rossouw

30 April Jaco van Wyk

May you have a wonderful day with family and friends!

CLUB BRAAI

Due to circumstances the monthly club braai has been postponed to 11 April 2018.  Bring your family and enjoy the evening with your running friends.

TIME TRIALS

Members as well as visiting members are welcome to meet on Wednesdays at 17:30 at the Club for a 5km or 8km time trial.

TWO OCEANS

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Congratulations to our members who finished the Two Oceans Ultra and half marathon respectively!

Ultra marathon results:

Name Time
Marlene Breytenbach 06:25:14
Willie Engelbrecht 05:47:01
Stephanie Marais 05:09:46
Rocky van Staden 05:22:13
Vicky van Staden 06:53:42
Eugene van Vuuren 06:00:25
Lynn Zietsman 06:52:19

Half marathon results:

Name Time
Leon Marais 01:43:41
Bonni Pieterse 02:01:50
Riaan Rautenbach 02:12:13
Yolandi Rautenbach 02:07:18
Donavin Reynolds 01:38:52
Marietjie van der Westhuizen 02:26:07
Ruan van Staden 01:39:35

RACE INFORMATION

Details of all races are provided in the Annual Programme which is available on our website on the Calendar page.

AGN race calendar for 2018 is available at http://www.agn.co.za/joomla/index.php/road-running:home/road-running-fixtures

All AGN results are available at www.raceresults.co.za

For flyers for upcoming races visit www.raceresults.co.za/flyers.php as well as http://www.runnersguide.co.za/

You can also download the following app for free www.runsa.co.za

LEAGUE RACES

21 April:  Morula Sun

19 May:  Race of Hope

30 June:  Riana van Niekerk

7 July:  Ice Breaker

25 August:  Solomon Mahlangu

29 September:  Clover Irene

20 October:  CSIR

17 November:  Tom Jenkins

MAGNOLIA LONG RUN

Date:  27 April

Venue:  Magnolia Clubhouse

229 Middel Street

Nieuw Muckleneuk

Registration from 05:00 and start at 06:00

Determine your own distance (15km to 45km).  The nature of the course will allow for incomplete laps.

5 fixed water points on route stocked with Coke, Powerade/Energade, water and snacks.

Run on quiet shaded streets with very little traffic, no big hills and relatively flat.

It is a long standing tradition to assist the Magnolia Road Runners in hosting this long run for Comrades (and other) runners.  The event is open to runners from all clubs.  Leon is looking for members to help at the Overkruin water point.  Please contact Leon if you can help on the day:  072 390 9775 or leon.marais1@gmail.com.

TRACK-SPEED SESSIONS

You are invited to meet our chairperson  Johan every  Monday at 18:00 on the rugby field of the school for a speed session.

LET’S SEE WHAT STEPHANIE AND LEON WERE UP TO RECENTLY!

Adventure race  by Leon Marais

After all the excitement of the Budget Kolonnade race which our club presented on 17 March, Stephanie and I decided to take on a different challenge.  We entered for the Kinetic Events adventure race at Avianto, Muldersdrift.  the race format is teams of two who complete an unmarked course of approximately 25km with the aid of a map.  You have to visit different checkpoints by foot, kayak and mountain bike.

We entered as a mixed team along with about 100 other teams.  The first leg was a 1.5km running leg with four checkpoints.  It was a mad scramble as people were fighting for a good position while trying to figure out how the maps work.  This was followed by a 15km mountain bike leg with 28 checkpoints.  Unfortunately my navigational skills left much to be desired and we got very lost in search of the first few checkpoints.  Eventually we managed to master the art of riding your mountain bike on a technical course while reading a map.

After the mountain bike leg there was a short obstacle course which had to be dealt with.  We managed to finish 14th out of the mixed teams and 26th overall in a time of 2:31.  The sprint adventure races usually last between 2 and 3 hours and are lots of fun.

Kinetic events are hosting a further 3 adventure races later in the year.  you can get more information at:  http://kinetic-events.co.za/Events/Kinetic-Adventure

Happy running!

Jeanne