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Looking Ahead

Dargle Trail Festival Run – 19 July 2014. Start: Lions River Club, Indlovu, Howick – KZN.
Distances: 21km, 12km, 6km
Time: 08h30
The route is run on forest single track, gravel, dams, and country roads with Dargle valley views. The 12 kilometre race starts at 08h45.  There will also be a Boot and Paw 6 kilometre trail run starting at 09h00.

Entry Details: Pre-entries are available at www.dargletrailsfestival.co.za and close on 16 July 2014.  Registration takes place at the start from 06h30 to 08h30. Late entries are accepted at the start. For more information, please contact Chester Foster on 082-3204141 or info@dargletrailsfestival.co.za.

Clover Milk Run – 26 July 2014. Start: Kings Beach, Port Elizabeth – EC.
Distances: 10km, 5km
Time: 07h00
This is an easy, fast and flat route which is also quite scenic. The first part of the race along the beachfront is flat with a slight uphill pull to the halfway mark. The second half is easy and flat as you go through the residential area and run downhill to a flat and fast finish.

Entry Details: Pre-entries are accepted at the start venue the evening before the race between 17h00 and 20h00. Late entries are accepted at the start from 06h00. Walkers are Welcome. For more information, please contact Shane Brown on 079-4900669 or sbrown@mandelametro.gov.za.

Guide Book News

Runners Guide: New Race or Race Changes?

Please remember for all things Running, Walking or Trail related that Ann is the person to contact on ann@guidebooks.co.za.

Publications

2014 Nedbank Winter Race Dates: June to DecemberOur 2014 Nedbank Winter Race Dates went out in the Comrades goodies bags as usual. If you missed out be on the look out for your copy at local Sportsmans Warehouse stores.

To find out about our 2014 publications visit this link.

Nedbank Runners' Guide 2014 Digital Apps and PaperbackNedbank Runners' Guide 2014 Digital Apps
Nedbank Runners’ Guide for iPhone or iPad
Nedbank Runners’ Guide for Android
Nedbank Runners’ Guide Paperback

Other Guide Book Publication Books Available:
Tom Cottrell's Cyclists’ Guide for iPhone or iPad
Tom Cottrell's Cyclists’ Guide for Android
Tom Cottrell's Cyclists’ Guide Paperback

Tom Cottrell's Swimmers’ Guide for iPhone or iPad
Tom Cottrell's Swimmers’ Guide for Android

2014 - 2015 Tom Cottrell's Swimmer's Guide
Ann has been hard at work gathering information for the 2014 - 2015 Open Water Swimming Season which starts on 1 September 2014 and ends on 31 August 2015. If your run an event then please confirm your details and date with Ann on ann@guidebooks.co.za.

Been there, Done that

Nedbank Save the Rhino Trail Run organised by Trisport - 14 June 2014
We often hear of the terrible things happening around us. News channel Nedbank Save the Rhino Trail Run – 14 June 2014. Photo by Bruce Viaene.and social mediums have become depressing to pay attention to, due to acts of violence against others and total disregard for this planet we call home. Unfortunately it is not uncommon for us to sit on the couch wondering; “What could I do?” before switching the channel to something more entertaining.

This past weekend, runners from all over South Africa, got off their couches to make a difference and show their support for our natural environment.  Due to our Rhino population being in crises Hano & Sonja Otto from Trisport, with the support of Nedbank, put together a race that will help “Save the Rhino”.  Athletes that took part in this two day trail run (with a one day option) were exposed to the Mabalingwe Game Reserve, where  these athletes run amongst the animal tracks created by the multiple wild life that call this reserve home.

The Nedbank Save the Rhino Trail Run started at the family friendly caravan site on the reserve and took the athletes straight into the bushveld. Giraffe, impala, and bushpig were amongst the confused while these two-legged creatures came running through their world.  Dirk Cloete and Spaniard, Pedro Calderon took off with impala like speed and distanced themselves from the rest of the herd. Cloete kept the lead throughout the day with the quick Spaniard on his heels. “It was a fast day!” exclaimed Cloete. Third and fourth place had their own problems to deal with when they came across a healthy strong herd of African Buffalo blocking their single-track.

The woman’s race was dominated by a very bouncy and cheerful Karine Bezuidenhout, keeping her lead over Diedre Watson van der Merwe and Madre Marx throughout the two days. 

That evening the perfect waterhole for the tired runners, the Kalahari Oasis, served a great meal and created an amazing atmosphere for the second day of running.

Day 2
Day 2 presented itself with 21km of fast racing. A mere 10km into the race, runners climbed Vodacom Hill which was a hard, tough climb up to the highest point and brought them back down and past the lion enclosure. “We loved the climb up to Vodacom Hill with the beautiful views. A typical Hano (Otto) race by taking us up to the highest point but we had such fun!” Natalie Saunders shares excitedly.

The race in the men’s category was neck and neck with Calderon taking an early lead over Cloete up Vodacom Hill with enough time to be able to take first place, however it would not be so as the local South African played the strategic game and finally took Calderon on the downhill. “I still can’t believe how fast it was and I am happy to be able to keep up and then take the lead over the youngster (Pedro).” Cloete shared while being massaged at the finish. When asked about the Spaniard’s lead up to the top, Dirk responded, “I knew from yesterday that his downhill running was slower than mine which I guess is from sore feet, today I put on a harder shoe knowing that the downhill’s Nedbank Save the Rhino Trail Run – 14 June 2014. Photo by Bruce Viaene.would be my advantage and I need to protect my feet”.  It paid off for Cloete who took the title at this year’s Nedbank Save the Rhino Trail Run.

The back markers had their own fun as they stumbled upon a herd of elephant grazing just metres off the single-track. This is what makes this race exciting; you never know what you are going to come across, buffalo or a calm herd of elephant.

The day ended with stories being shared and boerie-rolls.  As each runner sat on the grass tired and exhausted during prize giving, I could not help but realise that this is what it takes to make a difference, actively doing something for a worthy cause, and saving our beautiful rhino is a cause worthy of our blood, sweat and tears! For more information and to enter this event in 2015, please go to www.trisport.co.za. (Thanks to Bruce Viaene for the write up and the photos)

 

Exhilarating End to Four Weeks of Gauteng Trail Running - Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series™ - 29 June 2014
The Spur Gauteng Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series™ - 29 June 2014.Winter Trail Series™ came to a fantastic conclusion on 29 June 2014 as more than 800 runners showed up to the Pelindaba Nature Reserve to take part in the final race of this year’s Series. It was one of the most successful Spur Gauteng Trail Series™ yet with every race selling out and Gauteng runners proving that trail running is alive and well on the Highveld.

The Long Course Championship was taken by Edwin Sesipi who won his third race of the Series after missing race 3. He finished the 11.3km course in a superb time of 47:53 to take the Championship title. Anita O’Brien won a tough battle for the ladies’ Championship between herself. Takalani Ndandani and Marelise Retief. She won the race in a time of 54:57 which was just enough to secure the Championship ahead of Ndandani.

In the Short Course Challenge 6.9km race Ryan Mathaba and Penny Taylor stamped their authority as both won a full house of races in this year’s Series to take the titles home. Mathaba was the only runner to break the 30 minute mark and came home in a time of 29:08. Taylor was beaten to the finish line by junior runner, Kayla Visagie but still did enough to secure the Series with a time of 35:30. Visagie’s winning time was 35:04.Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series™ - 29 June 2014.

The Spur Trail Series™ moves back to Cape Town now with the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ set to kick off on 19 July with the Spur GLB46km Ultra and the normal Long and Short Course the next day, Sunday 20 July – all at the Paul Cluver Estate in Grabouw. 

A massive thanks to our loyal sponsors, Spur Steak Ranches, adidas, BOS Ice Tea, Protea Hotels and Graham Back Wines for your support. Without you none of this would be possible. And of course, to you the runners, for showing your support and growing the sport of trail running. (Thanks to the organisers for the write up and for the photos)

Plaatjies, Van Der Westhuizen Victors at Puma Nightcat Dash – 9 July 2014
Debuting at the Pezula Field of Dreams (Knysna) on Wednesday, 09 July The women’s field in action at the inaugural PUMA Nightcat Dash at the Pezula Field Of Dreams (Knysna) on Wednesday, 09 July 2014. Photo by Cherie Vale/NEWSPORT MEDIA2014, the exciting PUMA Nightcat Dash saw adventure enthusiasts sprinting up and then back down one of the infamously steep hills at the Pezula Private Estate.  Ettiene Plaatjies and Liandi Van Der Westhuizen were the athletes to beat in the men’s and women’s race respectively.

PUMA Nightcat Dash participants needed to complete a 1.5km run (+- 750m up the hill and +- 750m down the hill).  The race took place in heats, with the fastest runners advancing to the semi-finals.

Ettiene Plaatjies (Oudtshoorn) was victorious in the men’s race completing the 1.5km run in a mind-blowing time of 04minutes17seconds.  “The race was very easy for me.  The first couple of heats were run at a steady pace, while the final heat was much faster.  I wasn’t worried though, as I knew I’d catch the guys on the hills.  I enjoyed everything about the event and would definitely recommend it to others,” says Plaatjies.  Antoine Van Heerden came in second, while Francois Maquassa finished third.

Liandi Van Der Westhuizen (Durbanville) claimed victory in the women’s race in a lightning fast time of 05minutes34seconds.  According to Van Der Westhuizen, the PUMA Nightcat Dash is unique.  “Taking place in the evening, the PUMA Nightcat Dash was a lot of fun.  I’d recommend it to anyone that enjoys adventure.  It is very adventurous”.  Cameron Riddle came in second, while Michelle Haines finished third.

The 2014 PUMA Nightcat Dash was staged by Stillwater Sport & Entertainment, organisers of the TOTALSPORTS XTERRA presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT. (Thanks to the organisers for the write up and Cherie Vale/Newsport Media for the photo)
Charity

Comrades Big Five Hills Series for Rhino Conservation
The Comrades Big Five Hills Series, is a project that has been undertaken to raise The Comrades Big Five Hills Series for Rhino Conservation Charitymoney for rhino conservation. It has been allied with the Comrades marathon, the iconic South African ultra-distance race between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

Colin Milliken, an artist from the Eastern Province, was commissioned to paint the Big Five Hills of Comrades using a series of photographs from aerial photographer Pete van der Spek. Each of the Big Five Comrades Hills: Polly Shortts, Botha’s, Field’s and Cowie’s Hill, all well known to anyone who has run the arduous route, will be signed by one of the five legendary Comrades runners. They are Dave Rogers, Frith van der Merwe, Jackie Mekler and Alan Robb. This watercolour depicts Inchanga and is signed by Bruce Fordyce. They have been packaged in a portfolio that gives some background information on both the hills and the runners. You will receive all five hills when you purchase a set.

All proceeds from the sale of the set of five prints, will go the Magqubu Ntombela Memorial Foundation and the Wildlands Conservation Trust, in aid of Rhino conservation. The Wildlands Conservation Trust, headed by Dr. Andrew Venter is also devoted to rhino conservation and the protection of the environment. It’s a Comrades endorsed charity and brings considerable expertise to the fund-raising endeavour. Find out more.
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Fortnightly Race Dates

OR = Off-Road

10 Jul 2014 SWD Athletics SWD & Knysna Marathon Club Street Mile

11 Jul 2014 Bdr   Cambist Washie 100 Miler

12 Jul 2014 Bdr   Griffin 50 Miler 
12 Jul 2014 Bdr OR UTi Rhodes Trail Run
12 Jul 2014 Bol OR Salomon Bastille Day Trail Run
12 Jul 2014 Bol OR Baytown 12 km & 6 km Run/Walk
12 Jul 2014 GN OR Afriforum Springbok Vasbyt 25 km & 10.5 km
12 Jul 2014 KZN OR Talbot Trail Run Series 3 of 3
12 Jul 2014 Lim OR Haenertsburg Iron Crown Trail Run Half Marathon & 10 km 
12 Jul 2014 Mpl   Hall's Half Marathon & 10 km
12 Jul 2014 SWD   Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Half Marathon
12 Jul 2014 SWD OR Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon

13 Jul 2014 CG   Kaya FM 67 km Corporate Relay for Mandela Day
13 Jul 2014 CG   Zoo Trot 10 km & 5 km
13 Jul 2014 KZN Supa Mama Savages Half Marathon Challege & 10 km Run/Walk
13 Jul 2014 SWD OR Houtkapper Trail Run

16 Jul 2014 KZN OR Merrell Winter Night Run - Durban

17 Jul 2014 SWD   George Madiba 10 km Run & 5 km Walk

19 Jul 2014 GN   Mooikloof Realtors 10 km & 5 km Winter Road Race
19 Jul 2014 KZN OR Merrell Winter Run - Durban
19 Jul 2014 KZN OR Dargle Trail Festival Run
19 Jul 2014 Mpl   SuperSpar Grove Legogote Villagers Half Marathon & 10 km
19 Jul 2014 VT   Hi-Performance Midas Road Runners 10 km
19 Jul 2014 WP   Fairbridge Mall 15 km Run
19 Jul 2014 WP OR Spur GLB 46 km Ultra Trail Run

20 Jul 2014 EP OR Brak River Valley Trail Run 
20 Jul 2014 KZN OR Varsity College Multi Sport Trail Run Series 1
20 Jul 2014 KZN   Totalsports Ladies' Race - Durban
20 Jul 2014 NWN OR Redstone Trail Run Event 1
20 Jul 2014 WP OR Spur Cape Winter Trail Series 1 of 4

26 Jul 2014 Bol   PPC Riebeeck Berg Marathon, Half Marathon & 10 km
26 Jul 2014 EP   Clover Milk Run
26 Jul 2014 GN   Zwartkop Half Marathon & 10 km
26 Jul 2014 KZN   Richards Bay Coal Terminal Charity Relay Run/Walk
26 Jul 2014 KZN   Braai Ketts Longest Day 12-hour Track Race
26 Jul 2014 KZN OR Crazy Store 1 000 Hills Trail Challenge
26 Jul 2014 KZN OR Herblife 15 km, 10 km & 5 km Run
26 Jul 2014 Lim Savannah Mall 3 in 1
26 Jul 2014 NWN OR Keystone Milling Rustenburg Mountain Race
26 Jul 2014 RoA   Tsomo Half Marathon
26 Jul 2014 SWD   Beaufort West Municipality Half Marathon
26 Jul 2014 WP OR Hout Bay Trail Challenge
26 Jul 2014 WP   McCarthy Toyota Table View High School 10 km 

27 Jul 2014 CG OR Randpark Trail Run - Series 1
27 Jul 2014 CG   Discovery/702 Walk the Talk Fun Run
27 Jul 2014 CG   Discovery/702 Walk the Talk 30 km & 15 km
27 Jul 2014 WP OR Spur Cape Winter Trail Series 2 of 4

31 Jul 2014 KZN OR Herblife 11 km & 5 km Run

02 Aug 2014 Bol OR Green Mountain Forest Run
02 Aug 2014 CG   ELB St Vincent Colour Run
02 Aug 2014 GN   Tshwane Half Marathon & 10 km 
02 Aug 2014 GN OR Groenkloof Nature Reserve Fort to Fort 12-hour Race
02 Aug 2014 GW   Rihanna Moshoeshoe Marathon, Half Marathon & 10 km
02 Aug 2014 KZN OR Ngoje Trail Run Eshowe
02 Aug 2014 Mpl   Skukuza Castle Half Marathon
02 Aug 2014 Mpl OR The Num-Num Trail Challenge 
02 Aug 2014 SWD   SAPS Herbertsdale Race Against Crime

03 Aug 2014 Bdr OR SPARGS SuperSpar HagMorKei Trail Run
03 Aug 2014 CG   HFPA Half Marathon & 10 km Run/Walk
03 Aug 2014 KZN OR Umkhombe Trail Run
03 Aug 2014 KZN   Merewent 10 km
03 Aug 2014 WP OR Spur Cape Winter Trail Series 3 of 4
03 Aug 2014 WP   McKenna Scott Pinelands Optometrists 10 km Run/Walk

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The Comrades Big Five Hills Series for Rhino Conservation Charity. Colin Milliken, an artist from the Eastern Province, was commissioned to paint the Big Five Hills of Comrades using a series of photographs from aerial photographer Pete van der Spek. This watercolour depicts, one of the five hills, Inchanga and is signed by Bruce Fordyce. Each of the Big Five Comrades Hills will be signed by one of the five legendary Comrades runners. All proceeds from the sale of five hundred sets, will go the Magqubu Ntombela Memorial Foundation and the Wildlands Conservation Trust, in aid of Rhino conservation.
PUMA Nightcat Dash at the Pezula Field Of Dreams (Knysna) - 09 July 2014. The women’s field in action at the inaugural event. Photo by Cherie Vale/NEWSPORT MEDIA
Nedbank Save the Rhino Trail Run – 14 June 2014. Photo by Bruce Viaene.
Nedbank Save the Rhino Trail Run – 14 June 2014. Photo by Bruce Viaene.
Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series™ - 29 June 2014.
Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series™ - 29 June 2014.
2014 Nedbank Winter Race Dates: June to December
Nedbank Runners' Guide 2014 Digital Apps