Dear Ovies, fellow runners and friends
Thank you to those of you who attended the Annual General Meeting on the 25th last month. I think you will agree that we had some valuable inputs for the way forward for our club. The draft minutes will be distributed for corrections to those who attended before the end of the month, The December newsletter will contain the most important decisions impacting on our activities planned for 2018
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE FOR 2018
Congratulations to the following members who were elected to the management committee for 2018:
Chairperson: Johan Kisten
Vice-chairperson: Jeanne Prinsloo
Treasurer: Rocky Van Staden
Projects: Sandi Vanduyker
Club captain: Leon Marais
Clubhouse manager: Ronell Herbst
Our November club braai will be held on 1 November. The club will provide the coals. Bring your family to share the evening with running friends.
PROVISIONAL FIXTURES FOR 2018
AGN is in the process of finalising the fixtures for 2018. Go to Fixtures – Calendar 2018 on our website for the latest but bear in mind that some details may still change.
OVIES RACE 2018 IMPORTANT DATE!!!
We will host our fourth race on 17th March 2018. Please diarise this date for next year. Further details to follow!
The good news is that the Education Department has given us the go-ahead for the building of our club house! A site meeting with representatives from the school took place and the plans are currently being drawn up. We are also in the process of finalising the contract with the school with the assistance of lawyers.
Here is a draft of the plans for the new club house:
Our time trials are popular as always and we have a great number of club members attending the time trails every Wednesday at 05: 30. You are welcome to bring running friends from outside the club. The more the merrier!
LEAGUE AND OTHER RACES
Details of all races are provided in the Annual Programme which is available on our website on the Calendar page. However, you can also click on the following links to obtain full up-to-date details of upcoming races:
The next league race is the xxx on the 11th November. Let’s make an effort to be there.
Congratulations to the members who celebrate their birthdays in November!
Jeanne Prinsloo 5 November
Grant Neuper 7 November
Bernard Els 17 November
Ronell Herbst 17 November
Fanie Naude 24 November
Samuel De Beer 30 November
OUR CLUB TURNS 20 IN 2018
Our club will be 20 years old in 2018. Please provide us with interesting photos that you may have and if you have an interesting story or two, please send it to us. Ex-members who have moved away but still receive the Newsletter, please let us hear for you. Members are also invited to share with us suggestions for how we can celebrate this important milestone.
Most road runners enjoy running off road once in a while for cross training and the sheer pleasure of running in nature. For those of you who are looking for beautiful trails to run not too for from here, the Buffeslsdrift Mountain Bike Park has recently opened 3 running trails in addition to their cycling trails: 5km, 7km and 10km. They are in the process of developing 15km and 21 km trails as well. The trails are clearly marked and route descriptions are available at the start. Impala, zebra and kudu are frequently spotted on all the routes and there is an abundance of bird life.
Buffelsdrift caters for the runner’s every need: a coffee shop overlooking a pond serving light meals and sweets; clean ablution facilities with showers and true hospitality. The fee per day is R30 and the annual fee R300. A cycling/running annual combo membership will be R650 for 2018. The annual fee allows you access 24/7. Go to http://www.buffelsdriftmtb.co.za/ for detail on their location.
Cas and I have done all three distances recently. Here are a few photos to wet your appetite!
CONGRATULATIONS TO JENNY NEUPER!
Jenny completed her 100th race at the CSIR race recently:
Well done Jenny!!!
OUR MEMBERS ARE HAVING FUN!
Stephanie mailed me the following race report of a duathlon that she and Leon and a few other Ovies have done recently! Thanks, Stephanie!!!
I am a runner by Stephanie Marais