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Race News this week

  • Runaway Comrade - Bob de la Motte. Book lauch and signings. One would have to scratch around the statistics to find a Comrades runner who broke the record but didn’t win the race. One such individual was Bob de la Motte, out kicked by a rampant Fordyce in 1986. It is fitting that Bob’s book was written and published now, for his life is far bigger and richer than the Titanic duals that unfolded on Comrades Day in the mid ‘80s.
  • 2014 - 2015 Tom Cottrell's Open Water Swimmers' Guide is now Available in the App Stores. The 2014-2015 Tom Cottrell’s Swimmers’ Guide to Open Water Swimming in South Africa is now available with an exciting new look and feel in the Apple  and Android app stores .
  • 2014 - 2015 Tom Cottrell's Open Water Swimmer's Guide is now live on www.swimmersguide.co.za
  • Runners Guide Race Organisers: New Race or RaceChanges? If you organise an event and would like it to appear in the Runners’ Guide or if we already feature your race but you would like us to update your race details then please let Ann know.  You are also welcome to let us know your pre-entry links, closing dates and send through your flyers and we will gladly attach them to your race for you.
  • Nedbank Runners’ Guide for iPhone or iPad - now Free
  • Nedbank Runners’ Guide for Android - now Free
  • Nedbank Running Club`s Katema Negassa wins Gauteng Marathon Title – 7 September 2014
  • Rudamans Kaapsehoop 3-in-1 Marathon - 01 November 2014. Start: Kaapsehoop Town Main Street, Kaapsehoop. Finish: New Mbombela Stadium – Mpl. Time: 05h30 Distance: 42.2km, 21.1km, 10km
  • Liqui-Fruit Irene Half Marathon & 10 km - 08 November 2014. Start: Agricultural Research Council, Olifantsfontein Road, Irene – GN. Time: 06h00 Distance: 21.1km, 10km, 5km
  • Bluff Vets Half Marathon & 15 km Walk - 16 November 2014. Start: Fynnlands Sports Complex, 55 Smith Drive, Bluff – KZN. Time: 06h00 Distance: 21.1km, 15km
  • Die Vlakte Marathon, Half Marathon & 10 km - 22 November 2014. Start: 42.2 km - Heidelberg High School - 42.2km, 21.1 km - Zoutpan Farm Witsand, 10 km - Vondeling Primary School. Finish: White Sands Swimming Beach – SWD. Time: 05h00 Distance: 42.2km, 21.1km, 10km
  • ELB Extreme Road Challenge – 9 October 2014, Runners vs. Cyclists – They did it for St Vincent School for the Deaf, The Challenge: 503km in 50 hours! The winners, the runners by 27 minutes.
  • Pietermaritzburg Msunduzi’s Brand Spanking New Blue Athletics Track for The 100 Capital Classic 2014 – 19 September 2014. Hazel Moller is the new South African record holder with 190.1 kiolometres.
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Runaway Comrade - Bob de la Motte
One would have to scratch around the statistics to find a Comrades runner who Runaway Comrade - Bob de la Mottebroke the record but didn’t win the race. One such individual was Bob de la Motte, out kicked by a rampant Fordyce in 1986. It is fitting that Bob’s book was written and published now, for his life is far bigger and richer than the Titanic duals that unfolded on Comrades Day in the mid ‘80s.

De la Motte brings a chatty and friendly voice to his autobiography. There are several themes that run through this understated sometimes self-effacing account of a man’s life, abundantly lived. He modestly exposes the Comrades Marathon running scene, training and preparing at the time when Bruce Fordyce was its most potenTooltip trigger goes here.t running force. He gives a very personal insight into just how it feels to lead that great race only to be tapped on the shoulder by ‘Little Boy Blue’.

Conscription, university and the framework of an unjust life in South Africa are subjects dealt with more forthrightly. De la Motte’s political consciousness was inherited from a father who was a liberal politian who opposed Apartheid and inevitably led to Bob turning his back on his beloved country.

Bob de la Motte is a qualified Chartered Accountant and he gives the reader some insight into his career as well as some of his corporate experiences. There is a particularly poignant chapter where he looks back over his life with gratitude; he gently puts into perspective a marriage that didn’t work. Talented runners lost to South Africa like Mark Plaatjies are remembered. His new-found interest in cycling and swimming, together with participation in the Iron Man gives the reader a view of an athlete whose quest is never done.

On putting down his book I felt I had spent quality time with an old friend over a leisurely lunch. After reading his story I know him better and recognise him an ordinary okie like me. There is an overall impression though - here is a life well and successfully lived. Tom Cottrell, Guide Book Publications.

Book launch and signing details are as follows, we will keep you updated of changes on facebook and on our front page.

  Date/time Venue Contact
1 14 November 2014 Plettenberg Bay Dr John Donald - 084-4857055
  17h30 for 18h00  Life Savers Club House Georgie Minopetros - 072-6295316 - Plett Running Club
    Central Beach  
 
2 15 November 2014 Plettenberg Bay Jane Schultz
  TBC The Village Bookshop Village Bookshop 
    Main Street 044-5331450
    (book signing)  

 

 

 


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