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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 04 November 2014 Rand Athletic Club Vreni Welch
  19h00 to 21h00 Old Parktonian Sports Club vreni@iafrica.com
    1 Garden Street, Bordeaux randathletic@iafrica.com
    Randburg 072-8356086
 
2 05 November 2014 Varsity Kudus Mark Dowdeswell
  18h00 to 20h00 Wits University, West Campus mark.dowdeswell@wits.ac.za
    Venue TBC  
 
3 06 November 2014 Bedfordview Cricket Club Patrick Devine
  18h00 to 20h00 101 Van Buuren Rd patrickdevine1@gmail.com
    Bedfordview  
 
4 07 November 2014 Johannesburg Sportsman's Club Ms Pat Penrose
    Cedar Park Hotel and Conference Centre j.s.c.@vodamail.co.za
    Woodmead 082-5324545
 
5 10 November 2014 Comrades Marathon House  Cheryl Winn
  18h00 18 Connaught Road, Scottsville cherylwinn@mweb.co.za
    Pietermaritzburg  
 
6 11 November 2014 Westville Athletics Club Craig Dennill
    Venue TBC craig.dennill@mtn.co.za
 
7 12 November 2014 Tribal Trading Triathlon Store Bob Norris
  18h00 to 20h00 The Hub, Bonza Bay Road, bobnorris@mweb.co.za
    Beacon Bay, east London  
 
8 13 November 2014 Port Elizabeth Alec Riddle
    "Consolidated Financial Planning" alec.riddle@consolidated.co.za
    221 Cape Road, Mill park PE 041-3737999
 
9 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  
 
10 15 November 2014 Plettenberg Bay Jane Schultz
  TBC The Village Bookshop Village Bookshop 
    Main Street 044-5331450
    (book signing)  

Books will be available for sale here:
Nike Soweto City Marathon - 02 November 2014. Start: NASREC, Rand Show & Nasrec Roads, Johannesburg – CG.
Time: 06h00
Distance: 42.2km, 10km, 5km
For more details contact Athletics South Africa on 082-9909470 or asa@athleticssa.co.za.

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 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.South Africa is now available with an exciting new look and feel in the Apple  and Android app stores. This year Guide Book Publications celebrates the 10th edition of Tom Cottrell’s Swimmers’ Guide to Open Water Swimming in South Africa. Once again the apps contain open water swims from the sea to dams, lakes, canals, estuaries and rivers across South Africa, continuing to be an essential guide to swimmers covering swims from the Midmar Mile to The Ice Swim.

All the essential information for over 80 swims is included: the date, the times and the venue. Event programmes are tabled and the information on the prizes and give-aways is comprehensive, as well as what facilities are available. For swimmers safety, all the events sanctioned by Swim South Africa are 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.flagged. The guide also details the quality of the water, such an essential issue to a good and safe swim. 

Once again, with either the Apple or Android app, you will be able to access Tom Cottrell’s Swimmers’ Guide to Open Water Swimming in South Africa on your phone or tablet (mobile device). You will be able to find races in your area, look up specific races, get the most up-to-date information, race profiles, find out how to get to the start and get race details.  It’s the easy reading and huge knowledge base of Tom Cottrell’s Swimmers’ Guide to Open Water Swimming in South Africa with the most up-to-date information from our offices that is 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.updated daily – all easily located on your mobile device.

2014 - 2015 Tom Cottrell's Open Water Swimmer's Guide is now live on www.swimmersguide.co.za
Ann has been hard at work gathering information for the 2014 - 2015 Open Water Swimming Season which started on 1 September 2014 and will end on 31 August 2015.

Organisers: If you organise an event and would like it to appear in the Swimmers’ 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.

Runners Guide Race Organisers: New Race or Race Changes?
If you organise an event and would like it to appear in the Runners’ Guide or if we Nedbank Runners' Guide 2014 Digital Appsalready 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.

Publications

Nedbank Runners' Guide 2014 Digital Apps and Paperback
Nedbank Runners’ Guide for iPhone or iPad - now Free
Nedbank Runners’ Guide for Android - now Free

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

Nedbank News

Nedbank Running Club`s Katema Negassa wins Gauteng Marathon Title – 7 September 2014
Foreign athletes dominated the Gauteng Marathon on Sunday, with Nedbank Gauteng Marathon Title – 7 September 2014. Sibusiso Nzima and David Manja receiving their prize money for the 10km.Running Clubs Ethiopian athlete Katema Negassa winning a fiercely contested men’s race

Negassa worked with compatriots Sintay Yinesu in the closing stages as they broke up the lead group. In a sprint for the line, Negassa triumphed in 02:15:05, to breast the tape 63 seconds outside Kenyan Shadrack Kemboi’s course record.

“This is my first race in South Africa and I won, so I’m very happy,” Negassa said.

Gemeda took second position, just five seconds off the pace, and Yinesu was third in 02:15:22.

Nedbank Green Dream Team Athlete the only South African in the top 10, Xolisa Tyali, who led for more than half the race before settling into the pack, fought hard over the last few kilometres to end fourth in 02:16:03. He was the only South African athlete to finish among the top 10 by finishing fourth.Gauteng Marathon Title – 7 September 2014. Keneilwe Sesing on her first place prize money for the 10km.

Nedbank Running Club Soweto’s Keneilwe Sesing came out trumps in the women’s 10km race in 38:05.

More Nedbank Running Club Results
Marathon
Men
1 Ketema Bakele Negassa 02:15:05; 3 Sintay Legese Yinesu 02:15:22; 4 Tyali Xolisa 02:16:03
22 Altus Badenhorst 02:29:32 (Debut Marathon)
Women
4 Gurmu Werkitu Ayanu 02:39:09; 8 Alemtsehay Hailu Kakissa 02:42:55; 10 Shitaye Gemechu Debullu 02:45:48
21km
Men
3 Elijah Mabhuna 01:05:40; 4 Derocious Makhobalo 01:07:04; 6 Edwin Khonkhobe 01:09:40
Women
3 Rutendo Nyahora 01:16:28; 6 Kefilwe Molefe 01:27:25
10km
Men
2 David Manja 31:25; 3 Sibusiso Nzima 31:46; 5 Tabang Masiako 32:15; 7 Tsekiso Mpholo 32:46
Women
1 Keneilwe Sesing 38:05; 5 Nomasonto Skosana 42:50

To join one of 13 Nedbank Running Clubs around the country, call (012) 541-0577 or visit www.nedbankrunningclub.co.za.

Looking Ahead

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
The popular Kaapsehoop 3-in-1 will once again be staged in the warm heart of the Lowveld. All runners and walkers are invited to participate in this scenic race. The familiar and testing downhill course, which starts in the misty heights of the picturesque village of Kaapsehoop and follows a beautiful panoramic route down to Mbombela, will not only test the mettle of any athlete, but is also an early qualifier for both the 2015 Comrades and Two Oceans.

The finish line for all three races will be at the Mbombela Stadium – from which bus transport also departs to take participants to their respective start points on the morning of the race. The stadium can accommodate all spectators, has more than enough toilet and shower facilities and offers ample secure parking, as well as easy access to the nearby N4. Of course, the stadium also has a lovely, shady picnic areas for post-race socialising and that all important thirst-quenching cold beer after all your hard work!

The Kaapsehoop 3-in-1 has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with a record number of runners taking part in the 2013 event. It is now the largest race in the Lowveld and the second largest in Mpumalanga. Due to the cancellation of the very popular Elands Valley Marathon earlier this year, the Kaapsehoop 3-in-1 now forms an even more vital part of every runner’s training when it come to downhill runs in warm temperatures.

Entry Details: Pre-entries have already closed. Late entries are still possible at Mbombela Stadium on Friday, 31 October from 10h00 and 19h00 or on Saturday 1 November from 03h00 and 05h00, or at the respective starting points (10km, 21.1km or 42.2km) along the route from 04h30 on race day. Race numbers can only be collected at Mbombela Stadium on Friday, 31 October between 10h00 and 19h00 or on Saturday morning between 03h00 and 05h00 or at the respective starting points (10km, 21.1km or 42.2km) of each race from 04h30.

All three races share the same start time. The half marathon starts at Kaapsehoop Road, Barberton turnoff while the 10 kilometre event starts from Harmony Boere. Visit the old town, Kaapsehoop which is well known for its wild horses and blue swallows. Walkers are welcome to enter the half marathon and the 10 kilometre race. For more information please contact Winnie Uys on 082-4100170 or winnie@rudamans.co.za.

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
The Liquifruit Irene 10 kilometre has been consistently ranked in a number of our surveys as a well organised and well-presented event. It achieved distinction as one of South Africa’s best loved 10 kilometre events. The race attracts more than 5 000 entries and is among the 15 largest races in the country. It is now one of the most popular and biggest races in Gauteng. The venue is very appealing in terms of scenery, atmosphere and safety. A separate starting point caters for the large group of walkers that take part in the race. A five kilometre race is run at the same time. A one kilometre "Kids Run" with clowns and entertainment is also held. Please note that no pets are allowed.

Both the half marathon and the 10 kilometre are moderate routes. Part of the half marathon route is run on the Agricultural Research Council's Irene Farm with the balance around the beautiful and scenic Irene Dairy Farm, the Irene Golf Course and the farm style Southdowns Residential Estate. The 10 kilometre race is run on the farm and also goes past the Southdowns Estate. Little traffic along the route adds to the enjoyment of this well organised race.

Entry Details: Pre-entries are available on EnterOnline and close on 02 November 2014. The half marathon and 10km races are strictly pre-entry only. Fun run late entries will be accepted at the start. Walkers are welcome. For more information contact Wynand Breytenbach on 082-9370733 or info@irenerunner.co.za.

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
Note that the half marathon race is open to Veterans, men and women over the age of 40 and older runners only. There is a separate 15 kilometre walk which is open to all ages. This well-established race has been around for 44 years.

This is a moderate, undulating and scenic route that takes in the Bluff from the sea to the oil refinery. From Smith Drive the race follows Lighthouse Road into Marine Drive towards Anstey’s Beach. From here you climb up to the refinery, run along Bedullah Drive, then turn right into Tara Road where the route flattens for about six kilometres to the Pick 'n Pay. The weather is usually warm, so it is wise to keep hydrated. In the last quarter of the race there is a long uphill pull to the water tower and, finally, a welcome respite as you dash down Bluff Road to the finish.

Entry Details: Entries are accepted at the start from 04h00. For more information please contact Kevin Adams on 083-3101024 or kevinadams650@gmail.com.

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
This easy, scenic marathon is mainly downhill with the only hilly section in the first 13 kilometres. The route goes through a flat agricultural area known as "Die Vlakte", then down to White Sands. You will pass large flocks of ostriches and see a range of farming activities en route to the sea.

Entry Details: Entries are accepted the night before the race, at the Heidelberg High School Sports Ground, between 17h00 and 20h00. Late entries are accepted at the event starts. The Heidelberg High Sports Ground will accept entries to all races between 04h00 and 04h45. Zoutpan will accept half marathon entries between 05h00 and 05h45. Vondeling Primary School will accept entries for the 10 kilometre and fun run events between 06h00 and 06h45. Walkers are welcome. The half marathon starts at 06h00 and has a 03:00 time limit. The 10 kilometre starts at 07h00 and has a 01:30 time limit. Runners in both these races will be transported from Heidelberg High School to their respective starting points. Both races are run in support of the local Cancer Association. For more information contact Nico Steyn on 083-2263091.

Been There, Done That

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!
ELB is proud to announce that ‘The ELB Extreme Road Challenge’ was a huge ELB Extreme Road Challenge. Runners vs. Cyclists – They did it for St Vincent School for the Deaf. The Challenge: 503km in 50 hours! 9 October 2014success with all teams completing the epic journey in record time. ELB employees, and invited friends from the general industry got together for the inaugural ELB Extreme Road Challenge when 25 Runners challenged 30 Cyclists over 503km, to raise much needed funds for St Vincent School for the Deaf.

ELB’s Extreme Road Challenge kicked off early on the morning of 8 October 2014. Thirty Cyclists arrived at ELB Engineering premises, to load bikes, check gear and proceed by bus to the start at Stone-haven on Vaal. Two sporting legends, being Malcolm Lange and Nick Bester were part of the cycling squad and the pressure to perform was heavy on the weekend riders! A moving tribute was held to remember a cycling team member and friend, Louis Du Preez, who failed to recover from the Comrades Marathon 2014, and could not join us for this challenge.

The route for the Cyclists ELB Extreme Road Challenge. Runners vs. Cyclists – They did it for St Vincent School for the Deaf. The Challenge: 503km in 50 hours! 9 October 2014was slightly different from the Runners, due to road works. The Cyclists rode from Stone-haven to Reitz, on day 1. Day 2 was from Reitz to Bethlehem, Clarens, then Golden Gate to Oliviershoek Pass. Day 3 was Oliviershoek Pass to Mooi River, and Day 4 was Mooi River to Pietermaritzburg. Finally as a bonus, the riders did the Amashova to Durban.

The Runners started at Stone-haven on Vaal, then on to Heilbron, Petrus Steyn, Reitz, Kestell, Little Switzerland, Bergville, Winterton, Estcourt, Mooi River, Notingham Road, Howick, finishing at the Tsogo Sun Golden Horse Hotel in Pietermaritzburg, totalling a distance of 503km, aiming to break 50 hours.

At 08h00 the journey started for the Cyclists, they were off and on their way to Reitz. The conditions were harsh! Extreme heat of 36°C and strong cross winds set the tone for the trip.

A 24km/hr average was eventually maintained, but with a huge effort. Eventually the ELB Extreme Road Challenge. Runners vs. Cyclists – They did it for St Vincent School for the Deaf. The Challenge: 503km in 50 hours! 9 October 2014riders arrived in Reitz, where they were treated to a nice warm shower, hot meal and comfortable bed, recharging their batteries for the next leg from Reitz to Drakensville. Unlike the Runners who only got one opportunity at Little Switzerland to have the luxury of a hot shower. The Cyclists did not have the luxury of regular stops and change over’s like the relay Runners, however they knew that at the end of each day, they could regather their strength and enjoy a few cold drinks.

Early Thursday morning, 9 October 2014, 25 Runners and their support teams arrived at ELB Engineering Services. Many of them Comrades and Washie medal holders, went about packing their gear and discussing their different strategies for the 503km challenge that lay ahead of them. Apprehension was in the air!

It was going to be a race within a race, as the five Running teams (five Runners per relay team) were ready to embark on the challenge. With names like Team Fit, Run like a Girl (Our Ladies Team), Team Scud, Team-WTF? (Where’s The Finish?), and Modern Athlete, we knew we were in for exciting times.

At 10h00 on Thursday, the Runners were off and right away the ladies team ‘Run like a Girl’ took off and left the other teams behind, the race was on. ELB Extreme Road Challenge. Runners vs. Cyclists – They did it for St Vincent School for the Deaf. The Challenge: 503km in 50 hours! 9 October 2014

For all our Runners, Cyclists and Support Teams, the overall conditions were far from perfect, weather conditions varied from extremely hot during day time, to icy cold at night, with a blustery headwind. The dedication, determination, passion and “vasbyt” shown by the Runners and Cyclists were of the highest order.

Runners had to each run 100km to make up the 503km, and through the pain, guts and glory a warm cup of milo and coffee was an added bonus.

During day 2, the Cyclist supporters, handed out sweet hampers to the under-privileged kids in the Estcourt area. This small gesture was well received and appreciated by the kids.

Lots of planning and organisation went into successfully arranging this event and we are extremely grateful that everyone returned safe and sound. Keeping our Cyclists and Runners safe on the roads was our first priority and we thank everyone for their cooperation in this regard.

So many people and organisations contributed to the success of our inaugural ELB Extreme Challenge. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of them; Traffic Departments in the different regions, medic support, our Sponsors and Supporters.

ELB Extreme Road Challenge. Runners vs. Cyclists – They did it for St Vincent School for the Deaf. The Challenge: 503km in 50 hours! 9 October 2014We also thank Poelanies Guesthouse in Reitz, Hlalanati Lodge, Little Switzerland, Stay Easy and Tsogo Sun Golden Horse for your kindness in accommodating our athletes and support teams.

St Vincent School for the Deaf is close to our hearts and the commitment from our friends in business, towards this great cause, was heart-warming. The community at large can be proud of their support contributions in making a difference to a child’s life.

After many gruelling kilometres it was amazingly close as to who won the competition.

The first running team home did the journey in 2,430 minutes, whilst the cycling peloton of 20 riders took, 2,457 minutes. So at the end of the epic + 500km journey, the difference was only 27 minutes which separated Runner from Cyclist!

What an amazing effort by all members of the challenge. The winners floating trophy went to ELB Extreme Road Challenge. Runners vs. Cyclists – They did it for St Vincent School for the Deaf. The Challenge: 503km in 50 hours! 9 October 2014 - Winners Team FitTeam Fit’. Congratulations to Team Fit’s Wolfran Rennie Abbot, Collen Gibbs, Avril Barkhuysen, Jaco de Jager, Pieter Swanepoel, the Team Manager Michael Atkins and Team Fit’s Support Team, your strategy worked well. The Cyclists came second, 27 minutes after Team Fit, followed by Run Like a Girl, Team Scud, Team WTF and last but not least, Team Modern Athlete.

On Saturday evening, a prestigious prize giving dinner was held at the Tsogo Sun Golden Horse Hotel, where the ELB Engineering Group CEO, Dr Stephen Meijers (himself a runner) thanked all supporters and Tooltip trigger goes here.contestants for their efforts.

So where to from here? The interest shown has been overwhelming for a follow up challenge next year. Team Fit is also ready to defend their floating trophy and of course the Cyclists would like to change their second place into a 2015 win. ELB looks forward to arranging a bigger and better ELB Extreme Road Challenge next year. Let’s keep doing it for St Vincent School for the Deaf! “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will”. Mahatma Gandhi. (Thanks to organisers for the write up and the photos)

Pietermaritzburg Msunduzi’s Brand Spanking New Blue Athletics Track for The 100 Capital Classic 2014 – 19 September 2014
Multidistance events running concurrently with a 24-hour event on a circuit haven’t The 100 Capital Classic 2014 – 19 September 2014. Johan van der Merwe - 204.4kmbeen tried until last year when we ran the 100 miler, 50 miler and 20 miler on a 2 mile circuit. Far fewer laps to count and import (50 for 100 miles) than on a track (403 for the same distance)

We’re never shy to push the limits so we raised our targets from last year’s inaugural 100 Capital Classic. We added a 12-hour “longest night” and a 24-hour option to the 100 miler.

Live web streaming from a venue that doesn’t have ANY infrastructure. Everyone being able to know their race status at any given time was another intention, so a TV screen and live results on the race web site. “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”. Our initial post-mortem has already happened but has given way (after 22h30 last night) to sleep and today’s tidy-up (which began at 05h00). I am sure, if you have ever been part of an organising team, that you will understand that, despite the best intentions and planning, things don’t always work out the way intended and planned - certainly not the first time.

Amongst all the infrastructural preparation Stage Group set up our lap gantry and we brought in SAI (www.sai.co.za) who set up our web link. Blomeyer’s Electrical set us up with temporary three phase power. Event Medical Services and Dr Charmaine Korporal and her Chiropractors from DUT set up in the Medical tent, supplied and erected by Weddings and Functions who also built our admin tent and brought in all the tables and chairs. Warren and Donovan sorted out the data, printed numbers, provided the chips and saw to the timing and live video streaming.

Gazebos from our faithful partner’s Clover and lots of branding from our partners and sponsors and we had a setup fit for the first ever South African 24-hour Championships. Save Hyper, ABI, Form and Fitness and Dhoda’s Fruits made sure we’d have sustenance for the whole trip.

At 19h00 on Friday evening, 19th September 2014, the SA Navy’s saluting gun boomed the start of the 100 Capital Classic 2014 and 20 brave souls set off to run for 24 hours, accompanied by 27 Longest Night.

.....and around and around they ran and walked.....
For 27 minutes, all went exactly to plan. Then came the fateful comment, “John, the TV isn’t updating”.

It’s not a sin to make mistakes or experience problems as long as you do something to fix the challenges. Our only problem, as far as we know, was living up to our own intention to have 24-hour information for 24 hours.

During the course of early Friday evening, we experienced and electric spike that “shot-a-hole” in the Racetech reporting system. Whilst the lap counters were, thankfully, unaffected, the conversion program was. Four (one brought in and one on “Teamviewer”) of the brightest brains in computing and race timing systems worked feverishly for six hours until nearly 02h00 to circumvent the problem. The result was periodic and unpredictable “hangs” when the data transfer had to be stopped, cleared and “rewound” which held up immediate reporting. Sound involved and “technospeak”? You should have been in that caravan between 21h00 and 01h00 when the computer gymnastics was happening!

.....and around and around they ran and walked.....
The delays experienced, periodically, when going to check the TV frustrated athletes and seconds but, more than anyone, they frustrated us. Most importantly, we were able to have an accurate result for all events and successfully round off the event.

Results are and were, at all times, live on the web at the race site: www.100cc.co.za. Every now and again, this experienced a delay and from the required rewind.

During the night, we twice practiced the 4-hour turn around. Each went off without a hitch.

.....and around and around they ran and walked.....
Our next challenge was starting the 50 miler, stopping the longest night and doing the 4-hour turn around, all at the same time. Worked like clockwork

.....and around and around they ran and walked.....
Lunchtime saw the start of the last in the basket of events. 12 noon Saturday and the naval gun sent 50 Twenty mile entrants on their way circling with the 24-hour, 50 and 100 milers.

.....and around and around they ran and walked.....
Emotions ran high and low. Morale soared and plummeted. Lap counters counted. The backroom boys worked franticly keeping the wounded computer active.

.....and around and around they ran and walked.....
Seconds and the table help, tired as they were, cheered, cajoled, pleaded with, begged and threatened athletes.

.....and around and around they ran and walked.....
All was going along according to “revised plan mark II”.

.....and around and around they ran and walked.....
Then came the next drama.

Time for the leaders of the 20 miler to be recognised and handed their medals. But EISH! A really BIG EISH!!!

.....and around and around they ran and walked.....
Suddenly, two runners who were not expected to be, in their wildest dreams, were leading the 20 miler. Eventually we discovered the problem. Somehow they had one of each other’s shoe chips on. One man and one lady inadvertently lapping twice each time they went over the mat. What hurt me most? I had to ask some of you for your “Garmin” distances to confirm our readings. We will rectify the 20 mile results.

.....and around and around they ran and walked.....
Then on into the evening.

All the 20 milers off the route. Some of the 50 milers still plugging away.

A few of the 100 milers chasing their dream.

“Thirty more laps Fred!” “Keep going David” “That’s the way David” “You’re looking good Melanie” “GO HAZEL GO!”

.....and around and around they ran and walked.....
The last moments. Timer at the 100 mile mark for Fred and Melanie! The 120km minimum achieved for most.

.....and around and around they ran and walked.....
With tears streaming down my cheeks and pride welling up enough to choke me I get Hazel’s husband Chris on the line just as I’m announcing....

“HAZEL HAS THE RECORD!”The 100 Capital Classic 2014 – 19 September 2014. Hazel Moller - 190.1km, a new South African ladies’ record.

.....and around and around they ran and walked.....
JUST ONE MORE LAP!

I’m on the countdown. The gunners are ready. Fred, Melanie and the rest charge for the line and pass me one last time – (Thought’s “Thank you God! They’ve done it!). Justin heads off with Hazel and her bean bag.

4,3,2,1, BOOM! For the fourth and last time.
The 100 Capital Classic 2014 is run!
The timers work frantically to get lists ready for me. Brian, Norrie and I race across to where the bean bag is on the track. We leave Justin and Norrie measuring. Eileen latches on to Hazel like a leach to chaperone her. Hugs, tears, handshakes.

The event team spring into action and the break down begins as everyone heads off to the marquee for prize giving. What an emotional weekend. We have ten 100 mile finishers. A number of these push on for positions on the world lists of 24 hours. We have two South African 24-hour Champions!

What was the one issue you all had? Yep! ONE! And my goodness did folk moan about it. My poor volunteers were only there to help and could only smile when they took the grumbling abuse from athletes, seconds and hangers on. We even took abuse from people who popped in to support for a little while. For goodness sake, they hadn’t even sacrificed a little sleep to be there. And about what? You couldn’t tell exactly how many laps you had done at every moment you wished to look. And some of you wandered off to look at every lap, even when we had announced that we were cleaning up the system and would let you know as soon as it was running again.

Every now and again we had to hang the visible lap counting. Why?

A hundred odd people, at any given time, lapping at an average of two minutes over a 400m lap. Reading on four mats with two chips. Five different events with turn arounds, different start and time limits. Do the calculations and work out how many splits are being computed. One-hundred-and-twenty odd athletes of varying ability.

At Comrades your family register to receive SMSs when you cross one of 7 mats. All day to register 15,000 runners across 7 mats and send the SMSs. Do you ever moan so much about the fact that many folk don’t get the SMS within seconds of you crossing the mat?

The alternate solution? Go back to 15 years to when each athlete had to provide at least two lap scorers each (one for you and one for another runner) for the full period of your event?

This is MY fault. I created the expectation. We WILL make it work in future!

Let’s look back and say “it wasn’t so bad”. Technology is advancing and organiser’s and athletes demands are advancing faster.

Let me encourage you all to volunteer your services to help at a couple of runs a year. Work (and clean up after) at a seconding table. Help marshal. Serve on an organising committee. Share the load and our sport will progress because you will all understand why we do it! Just because we have a passion for the sport, the people and, most of all, we love every single one of you. The further you go. The harder it is. The more we respect and love you.

Thank you to my family and friends for all their selfless sacrifice to make this work.
Thank you to all the individuals who sponsored or supplied free and cheap services and product. Thank you to the contractors, consultants and the Pietermaritzburg Msunduzi Municipality for the MAGNIFICENT TRACK. We can’t wait to experience the finished stadium! Thank you to the SA Navy and their gunners for again providing the real atmosphere synonymous with our events. Thank you to Athletics South Africa for granting the 100 Capital Classic the status of South African 24-hour Championship. Thank you all who donated to our official charity, More Balls Than Most, Men’s “Pink Drive”. We will round it up and donate R1,000 to the charity. Thank you to all of you who have SMSd, emailed and face booked lovely comments. Thank you, all, for being part of our event.

I hope your disappointment not experiencing 24-hour by the minute (or second) and our immediate response to your request for your distance is outweighed by the experience of being part of the very first event on our fantastic new track.

That wraps the 100 Capital Classic 2014. God bless you all and keep you safe and we hope you will be part of any and all the events that we are part of. Your humble servant and simple painter. John Hall. (Thanks to John Hall for the write up and the photos)

Tail-end Charlie

“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” Swami Sivananda

See you on the road

Tom Cottrell
& The Guide Book Publications Team

Sportsmans Warehouse

Upcoming Race Dates

OR = Off-Road

28 Oct 2014 CG   Art of Motion Halloween Trail Run

29 Oct 2014 Mpl   Kutting Mpumalanga 10km Nite Race
29 Oct 2014 WP   Old Mutual 10km

30 Oct 2014 KZN OR Herblife 11km & 5km Run
30 Oct 2014 NWC OR Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon - 11 days

31 Oct 2014 KZN OR Maweni Night Trail Run

01 Nov 2014 Bdr   Bonkolo Marathon & Half Marathon
01 Nov 2014 Bol OR Bain's Trail Run presented by Asics
01 Nov 2014 Bol OR Halloween Day Trail Run
01 Nov 2014 Bol   Timber City Orchard Half Marathon & 10km
01 Nov 2014 CG   Harcourts Rhino Constantia Kloof Primary School 10km
01 Nov 2014 CNW   Abraham Kriel Challenge
01 Nov 2014 FS   APK Pretloop - Welkom
01 Nov 2014 FS   Vaal Toyota Sasolburg Summer 15km
01 Nov 2014 KZN OR KZNTR Summer Series - Maweni
01 Nov 2014 KZN   International Childrens Day 5km Fun Walk
01 Nov 2014 Mpl   Rudamans Kaapsehoop 3-in-1 Marathon
01 Nov 2014 WP   Elsies River 10km

02 Nov 2014 CG OR Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series 2 of 4  
02 Nov 2014 CG   Nike Soweto City Marathon 
02 Nov 2014 KZN   Jeremiah Memorial 10km Run/Walk
02 Nov 2014 WP   Landmarks Half Marathon & Move for Health 6km Fun Run/Walk

03 Nov 2014 KZN OR Herbalife 7km & 5km

05 Nov 2014 CG   Rowlin National Brokers 15km & 10km Nite Race
05 Nov 2014 CNW   Harry's Tyres 10km Nite
05 Nov 2014 WP   Labourwise 10km & 4km Fun Run

06 Nov 2014 KZN OR Funky Full Moon Run/Walk
06 Nov 2014 SWD OR Fairview Dryland Traverse - 3 Day, 4 Stage Trail Run

07 Nov 2014 FS   Engen Charity Run/Walk for Toys 10km 
07 Nov 2014 KZN   BALLduDash 4km Run/Walk - Men only

08 Nov 2014 EP OR Zuurberg Mountain Inn 
08 Nov 2014 EP   Charlo Tuff 10km
08 Nov 2014 FS   Engen to Engen 15km
08 Nov 2014 GN   Liquifruit Irene Half Marathon & 10km
08 Nov 2014 GW   Louis Jooste Memorial Blue Run
08 Nov 2014 Lim   SuperSpar Bela-Bela Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km Ladies' 
08 Nov 2014 Mpl OR Wakkerstroom Mountain Challenge 
08 Nov 2014 SWD   Victoria Bay Spencer's 11.5km
08 Nov 2014 WP OR Bibber Night Run
08 Nov 2014 WP   Health & Fitness Professionals Academy Half Marathon

09 Nov 2014 Bdr   Lightning Fast 10km
09 Nov 2014 CG   Sportsmans Warehouse 10km
09 Nov 2014 CG   Tom Tom Tembisa Street Mile & 10km
09 Nov 2014 CG   Zoo Trot 10km & 5km
09 Nov 2014 KZN   Save Supermarket Orion Half Marathon Run/Walk
09 Nov 2014 NWN OR Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series 3 of 4  
09 Nov 2014 WP   Cape Point Nature Run
09 Nov 2014 WP   Discovery Cape Times Big Walk

10 Nov 2014 KZN OR Herbalife 7km & 5km

14 Nov 2014 EP OR Salomon Skyrun & Sky Run Lite - 2 Days
14 Nov 2014 Lim   BB Motor Group Nite Race

15 Nov 2014 Bdr OR Gonubie Coastal Challenge
15 Nov 2014 Bol OR Baytown 12km & 6km Run/Walk
15 Nov 2014 Bol OR NavChallenge presented by CapeStorm
15 Nov 2014 EP   The Willows Challenge
15 Nov 2014 FS   SCI Marathon & 10km
15 Nov 2014 GN   Kolonade Retail Park Half Marathon & 10km
15 Nov 2014 KZN OR King Phezulu Trail Run
15 Nov 2014 Mpl OR Ilanga Trail Series – Berlin Trail Run
15 Nov 2014 Mpl OR Silver Falls 24km & 10km Trail Run
15 Nov 2014 SWD OR Waterfront to Heads Half Marathon
15 Nov 2014 WP   Winelands Marathon & Half Marathon

16 Nov 2014 CG   Sportsmans Warehouse East Rand Value Mall 15km & 5km
16 Nov 2014 KZN   Bluff Vets Half Marathon & 15km Walk
16 Nov 2014 KZN   Greater Edendale 10km Run/Walk

17 Nov 2014 KZN   Herbalife 7km & 5km

19 Nov 2014 WP   Twilight Team Fun Walk

22 Nov 2014 Bdr   National Port Authority Bank to Bank 10km
22 Nov 2014 CG OR Growthpoint Ladies Platinum MTB and Trail Run Day
22 Nov 2014 EP   2 Views 10km Challenge & Fun Run
22 Nov 2014 FS OR Ficksburg Cherry Race 23km
22 Nov 2014 GN   Tom Jenkins Challenge
22 Nov 2014 KZN OR KZNTR Summer Series - Table Mountain
22 Nov 2014 KZN OR McCarthy Inyanga Michaelis Challenge
22 Nov 2014 Mpl   Mopani Lowveld Botanical Garden Series
22 Nov 2014 SWD   Die Vlakte Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km
22 Nov 2014 WP OR Delheim Trail Run
22 Nov 2014 WP   Mitchells Plain Titans Half Marathon

23 Nov 2014 CG   RAC City Lodge Tough One 32km & Asics Five
23 Nov 2014 KZN   Queensburgh Mineshaft 15km Run/Walk

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ELB Extreme Road Challenge. Runners vs. Cyclists – They did it for St Vincent School for the Deaf. The Challenge: 503km in 50 hours! 9 October 2014
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Gauteng Marathon Title – 7 September 2014. Sibusiso Nzima and David Manja receiving their prize money for the 10km.
Runaway Comrade - Bob de la Motte
Nedbank Runners' Guide 2014 Digital Apps