Dear Ovies, fellow runners and friends
Please note: This Newsletter covers our club activities for June and July as I will be out of the country in July and will therefore not be able to do a newsletter. Johan will communicate with you per sms if new information that you should be aware of comes up.
Congratulations to the following runners who will participate in Comrades 2018:
Christine van der Berg
Vicky van Staden
Harry van der Westhuizen
Rocky van Staden
Jaco van Wyk
Sandi van Duyker
We wish you all the best and will definitely track your progress on the day!!!
Here is a poem by Chris Mann specially for you:
Well Vic, I wonder what you’d make of this,
I mean the flag-hung square, the jostling crowds,
a helicopter clattering through the dark,
runners in their thousands, massed down the street,
and someone famous being interviewed
in a bright white glare on the steps of City Hall.
I wish you could be here, right here with us,
dressed in your baggy shorts and tennis shoes,
smelling the wintergreen, the nervous sweat
and feeling strange pricklings in your skin
as speakers boom the anthem down the street
that shifts the day from normal into epic time.
Look at the scaffolding, the tents, the bins,
the marshals with clipboards and yellow bibs.
They do this for nothing, year after year.
It’s a bit like a local Olympics now,
all sorts of money-scheming hangers-on
but still, somehow, decency on a podium.
Isn’t it much, much bigger than you thought?
At times I’ve wondered what was in your mind
when back home from the war to end all wars
you’d sit in the hot steel cab of your train
swabbing your neck and chest with cotton waste
and slowly swigging a bottle of cold sweet tea.
Tell me, didn’t it churn you up inside –
watching each day across the shunting yard
the salesmen on the platform in white shirts,
the women in high-heels and fancy hats
saying goodbye with a kiss and a wave
as if their dads and uncles hadn’t died at all?
Didn’t you really hate it when young blokes
with slicked-back hair in the Railway Hotel
would turn away from you, beer-mug in hand,
and switch the talk to Saturday’s races
the moment you even mentioned the war
and passing round the hat for a memorial?
That must have got to you, as if your pals
who’d marched their youth along the street
in row on row of boots and bayonets,
on their way north, to mud and death in France,
weren’t even worth a few words in a bar.
Is that why you dreamed us into this marathon?
Well Vic, each year, out of that dream emerge
not just the rugby types you started with,
that group of balding friends in boxing vests
trotting off down a farm road with a laugh,
but men and women of all sorts and shapes,
the black, the blonde, the bronze of our humanity.
Does hope, a marathon of hope like this,
you make me ask, remind the heart of grace?
Look, Vic, at what you got going with joy,
a huge, jostling ritual of human decency
whose athletes set off down a cheering street
then toil across the landscape of South Africa.
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 www.agn.co.za
All AGN results are available at www.raceresults.co.za
You can also download the following app for free www.runsa.co.za
Please go to the Home page of this website for details on how to become a member of the Overkruin Atletiekklub.
BIRTHDAYS IN JUNE AND JULY
Happy birthday to the following members:
Piet van Aswegen 12 June
Henk Booyse 20 June
Ankcorn Fernihough 22 June
Yolandi Rautenbach 23 June
John-Robert Bevington 28 July
Congratulations! We wish you a day with lots of fun with your loved ones.
Please note that NO club braai will take place in June and July.
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.
LEAGUE AND OTHER RACES
23 June: Riana van Niekerk
7 July: Ice Breaker
25 August: Solomon Mahlangu
29 September: Clover Irene
20 October: CSIR
17 November: Tom Jenkins
According to Johan building will start shortly! A huge thank you to Harry who is going out of his way to help the club!!! More about this next time.