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Pinelands 10km Road Race – By Gill Koch

“Pinelands 10km Road Race & 5km Fun Run/Walk

Sunday 31st July 2022

www.pinelandsathleticclub.co.za

Birds flying high
You know how I feel
Sun in the sky
You know how I feel
Breeze driftin’ on by
You know how I feel

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good
I’m feeling good

Chirpy lyrics from the incredibly talented Michael Bublé.  Just what was needed on the coldest Sunday known to mankind.  I’m not 100% sure of the temperature but it wasn’t much at all.  Making it cold.   Very very cold.  After spotting a post from our Social Organiser Tammy aka Tamster -Tam – and even Linda, Tammy announced – I am in, who is joining.  Well it would be downright rude not to seeing that official runs have been ever so thin on the ground of late – what with Covid blah blah blah and not many sponsors jumping to the fore.  So what’s a gal to do but gather other gals to make up the numbers and offer support to our neighbouring club – Pinelands Athletic Club.  I’ll admit it didn’t take too much persuading before the head count came to a healthy five Westies ready to run the challenge. 

Trudy and Paula offered us a ride through which we gladly accepted, with Megan and I prompting Trudy to keep that heater pumped up as we drove to Pinelands.  Once there it was time to collect the running numbers – which happened to be the small pink cards to be completed and popped back into the plastic zip lock bag.  As time drew nearer to 07h30 it was clear that there was a good field of runners – over 1600 – who had turned out for the morning.  Various busses were available, for the ever fit over achievers to 60 and 65 minutes – my kinda bus!

Slight delay in taking off due to who knows what, but we started five minutes late and when we did start there was such a bottle neck of runners that it really was difficult to get going.  It started evening out after the first km or so and by that time my bus had left the station and was long gone!  Such a pity as I had hoped to be a passenger.  Many runners – including me – ran wearing long sleeves/jackets as the elusive sun had not yet made its appearance and by the looks of things, it wasn’t going to happen anyway.  The route had been clearly set out with ample marshals egging one on, waving their flags and offering words of encouragement.  And no, it wasn’t – net om die draai – it was a 10km run!  A slight short incline was included in the route but other than this, it really was a pleasant flat run – as advertised.

There was one water/coke table that I recall, but didn’t bother stopping as I was watching the time.  I did however remove my jacket and slipped it around my waist, still no sign of the sun, just cooking from the run.

Before too long I hit the 10km marker and knew that it was only a matter of time now before I crossed the finish line.  Alongside hordes of others, we seemed to open up a bit and put voet!  Unfortunately for me though, the Club Standard wouldn’t be mine on this race.  Just meters from the finish, the commentator started his count down to under 60 minutes – and I missed it by exactly 8 seconds!  A miss is as good as a mile they say but honestly, I could have scampered off and cried buckets!

Be that as it may, our Sonja Brand came in before me as strong as an ox.  Paula managed to achieve a PB on this run followed by Trudy and Megan.  Once over the finish line we made our way over to Bruce who was waiting for Tammy to make her appearance.  Camera at the ready, it was Tam’s time to shine.  Loads of shouting and cheering as she ran on to the field and crossed the finish line with determination.  Once all the Westies were in, we gathered to chat, compare notes, drink coke and pose for photos.  This is genuinely one run that I thoroughly enjoyed.  Well organised.  Well run (no pun intended)

Podium Winners Elisabeth Stavenga won 3rd place in ladies 40+ age category plus a bronze club standard.  Louise Rudolph Kumm won 3rd place in ladies 60+ age category plus a silver club standard.  Other bronze club standards winner were Ren James, David Yuill, Angela Lurssen and Sonja Brand.

I’d like to add that this was a good morning out!!  Thank you Pinelands Athletic Club.”

WCAC Results:

West Coast Athletic Club Marathon – By Gill Koch

“Sunday 10th July 2022

West Coast Athletic Club Marathon

The time had finally come.  The day had dawned.  It was Sunday.  Funday Sunday (for some) and the long awaited event on everyone’s lips . . . . the WC Marathon.  This promised to be a day with a difference.  For the first time in the history of the club, a marathon had been organised and now it was time to run it.  Not for members though as we had our turn the previous weekend.  In the rain.  Yes in the pouring rain.  Sunday runners however would be more fortunate as although it bucketed down overnight, it was a good dry day.  A good dry perfect running day.  So after a cup of tea it was time to get up and get this party started!!

My allocated spot to marshal was in Melkbos.  On the corner of Ou Skip Caravan Park and Otto du Plessis to be precise.  Driving through via the beach road there was much activity.  Traffic police were out in full force, orange cones had been placed and tables were being prepped with any amount of refreshments being offered to passing runners.  Once parked, I realised that my marshal neighbour who had been delegated to the corner of Charles Hoffe & Otto du Plessis was no other than my good friend Alex Peo.   We had some time on our hands before the front runners came through, which gave me an ideal opportunity to take a walk.  Up to Alex for a chat, then down across the Sout Rivier Bridge to Harold Ashwell Boulevard to meet and greet the marshals there.

It was just before 09h00 that a set of headlights could be seen coming up Otto du Plessis guiding the front runner who managed to make this running lark look so easy.  Taking it all in his stride.  Second nature.  Just out and about running a distance of 42km!  Easy like a Sunday morning.  And there wasn’t a soul behind him.  He had the entire road and route to himself, and goes by the name of Reuben Mhashu completing the marathon in a mind blowing 02:33:34.  I had no idea this was possible but Reuben confirmed that this was so.

Soon enough however more runners emerged like meerkat chasing one another.  Strong runners.  Runners that knew how to master a 42km.  Running light – just shorts and a vest.  Gee these guys can move!

As Bruce headed up the 42km marshals, he was a familiar sight patrolling the streets – sounds like the old Squad Car advert – checking on everyone’s workstation and location.  But even so, his cell phone didn’t stop once and probably didn’t stop throughout the entire morning?  You know the saying about the best person for a job?  Well as we know it’s usually a woman who wears this title, but in this case it’s give credit where credit’s due.  Bruce, you must have been run (excuse the pun) of your feet with queries, enquiries and requests. 

Being a marshal is no easy feat though.  Given the opportunity I’d rather be out running than directing runners and oh the confounded traffic in and out of Ou Skip.  When the busses of runners were approaching, I’d advise the car emerging from Ou Skip when to and when not to proceed.  Well this proved – in some cases – to be more difficult than not.  The question that I answered a thousand times on Sunday was – why must they run here hey?  Or – now how am I going to get to Tableview?  – how long is this going on for?  I did lots of counting on Sunday.  Lots of one to ten.  And most folk in their haste to get on to the Otto du Plessis road, sped off in second gear leaving clouds of smoke behind as they muttered beneath their masks.  Yes, still wearing masks.  But that was the exception more than the norm.  Most folk were pleasant and compliant.

Alex was kind enough to manage my station for a period of time as I drove down to Total for a Rooibos Cappuccino and the use of their bathroom.  Upon my return it was getting busier and busier.  Carl had stationed himself at News Café corner and then a little later at the roundabout circle leading up to the finish line.  He was good enough to take a hundred and plenty photographs – seriously hundreds and hundreds needed to be downloaded, edited and transferred across to our Facebook page.  So I prepared myself for the afternoon and viewed each and every photograph – discarding some and posting the remainders.

It was now approximately 11h30 when David Yuill appeared and I have to confess I was really happy to see him.  Handing over my fluorescent vest and red flag offered great relief.  My shift was over.  Time to pack it in and head off home.  Home for tea and off out to lunch.  In that order.  The mall was alive with runners – some lunching – others shopping and then some trying to remember where they had parked.  Been there done that. 

Wow.  What a wonderful morning.  Our very first marathon done and dusted.  No amount of thanks and recognition could ever be enough for our committee who spent hours tirelessly organising this huge event.  I think I can say with confidence that it went without a hitch?  Now to plan one for next year. . . . . .

3777 entries

42.2km results                                

1

Reuben Mhashu

02:33:34

2

Geotte Chizengwe

02:44:53

3

Lonwabo Gqibilizwe

02:45:06

 

21.1km results  

1

Morne Kammies

01:08:15

2

Bernardo Fredericks

01:09:00

3

Gilbert Mutandiro

01:13:05

 

10km results

1

Asemahle Kwatsha

00:31:56

2

Tsungai Mwanengeni

00:32:15

3

Lukhanyo Nobakada

00:32:29

West Coast Volunteers Marshalls Run – 10, 21 & 42km. By Gill Koch

“Sunday 3rd July 2022

West Coast Volunteers Marshalls Run – 10, 21 & 42km

Going back in time to the beginning

The idea of a local running club in the Table View was first initiated by a couple of men who at that time, were running for Spartan Harriers – located in the Diep River / Bergvliet area.

Roy Krossynski, Garry Thomson and John Bell who were the driving force behind the idea began what was then known as the Table View Chapter of Spartan Harriers. This small group were responsible for organising the 1984 Table View 30km race hosted by Spartan Harriers which began at the Theo Marias Park in Milnerton.

Due to the strict guidelines laid down by the then WPRRA, It took another two seasons for the club to become a reality. Prior to applying to WPRRA, the new club needed a clubhouse. A clubhouse was then granted by the local Milnerton Council who offered the sports facilities at Theo Marais Park. They were however adamant that the name of the new foundling club had to include the word Milnerton. By this time two new members had joined the Table View chapter of Spartan Harriers, namely Jan La Cock and Don Mackenzie.

At an ad-hoc meeting held at Jan La Cock’s house many names were proposed for the new club. Jan La Cock suggested Milnerton West Coast Athletic Club and it was agreed upon by the other members that as the club was situated in the West Coast area it was only right that West Coast be incorporated into it’s name. Garry Thomson was then tasked with the responsibility of meeting with then Milnerton council and proposing the new name. The council persisted with the desire for the club to be called Milnerton Athletic Club (MAC). However, the new members argued that this would be in direct conflict with the Milnerton Aquatic Club (MAC) and eventually the council relented and the name Milnerton West Coast Athletic Club was accepted. In August 1986 the Milnerton West Coast Athletic Club was accepted under the umbrella of Milnerton Sports Club with their official home at Theo Marais Park.

The new executive committee of Roy, Garry and John were tasked with the application for affiliation to the Western Province Amateur Athletics Association (WPAAA) and the WPRRA. Application was granted the club became affiliated with the WPRRA on 16th September 1986.

And going forward into the present

It was decided by our Committee that it was time to host a club run.  Not just any old run of the mill run, because we’ve done that before.  Yes indeed we have.  So this run would be extraordinaire – it would include a marathon.  And this would in the history of our club be the very first EVER marathon organized by the West Coast Athletic Club.  Our Committee put their heads together, shared their ideas, planned, liaised, cajouled and spent the best part of every spare moment in preparation of this mammoth event.

Cometh the hour cometh the man.  Much as we would all like to believe that this was an actual quotation signifying a historical moment of importance, it is not.  It has in fact become a cliché, mostly in sporting contexts.  It means that no matter what the situation a man can appear who will turn the tide and win the contest.  And this is exactly what the Committee did. 

The Volunteers Marshalls run was organized for Sunday 3rd whilst the official West Coast 10, 21 and 42km would be held on the following Sunday 10th July 2022. 

Myrun timing arm bands were made available to those who didn’t own one, but wearing one was not mandatory, it was however if one depended on the results.  We met in the underground parking at the Table Bay Mall on a cold, cloudy and wet Sunday.  After being issued with an armband – on request, and a running number it was a short walk over the West Coast Road to the start of the race.  The marathon runners were the first to go, then the 21kms followed by the 10kms.  From the out, it was pretty evident that the heavens would be opening and to prepare for a rainjacket run. 

Marshalls – of which there were plenty – stood waving flags, offering coke, water, words of encouragement whilst taking shelter under car boot lids and umbrella’s.  Our photographer Carl chose to travel on four wheels instead of his bicycle which was indeed a very wise move.  Arrowed boards and cones took to the streets in the hope and aim to keep runners on track. 

The route for the marathon was in Blouberg surrounds incorporating Melkbosstrand and Dynerfontein.  The route for the 21km was strictly Blouberg with hills (that we train on regularly) including flats and plenty of ankle deep puddles.  The 10km route was a little closer to home and mostly familiar to those who live in the area.

The rain subsided then poured again at the drop of a hat.  Intermittent, irregular and blustery cloud bursts kept the morning interesting if not soaked through to the skin!

Results:  42km

1st

Anele Bans

03:11:59

2nd

Graham Goodman

03:10:34

3rd

Raz Noordien

03:35:01

 

Results:  21km

1st

Elliah Longwe

01:41:59

2nd

Lisl Grober

01:43:08

3rd

Alex Peo

01:53:47

 

Results:  10km

1st

Graham Gough

00:49:08

2nd

Angela Lurssen

00:49:16

3rd

Paul Colman

00:49:55

 

Thank you West Coast Committee for this amazingly well organized event.  I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.  Rain and all.”

Velocity 21km – by Gill Koch

Saturday 11th June 2022

VAC ATLANTIS 21km and 3.5km Fun Run / Development event

Come Saturday morning it was race day!  Must admit, I haven’t done this in a while but once up and ready to leave it was a case of old hat.  Trudy drove through to mine and off we went.  Straight up the West Coast Road arriving at Wesfleur Sports Ground.  So much available parking, we were spoilt for choice.  Marshalls were in abundance ensuring everyone found their way over to the hall.  Once there however, slight confusion reigned as there was one queue and one queue only.  We then established that we were indeed in the correct – and only queue – which had been nominated for pre-entries.  There were various tables inside the hall for late entries.  Not quite sure if they anticipated a couple of Grand Masters to enter but they really had to scout around for the relevant running tickets for our age group.  It was then time to meander over to the start line.

I managed to keep a relatively good even pace – for me – my standards – at under 7 minutes per km varying from 06:11 to 07h19 for the first half.  Water tables were far and few between and unless you had your very own cup – the chances of grabbing a coke were slim to nothing at all.  The water tables consisted of a couple of volunteers handing out sachets of water.  None of them cold.  At all.  Sadly the second half of my run can only be described as ………well, dismal.  Yup nothing less than 100% dismal.  I just ran – literally – out of energy.  So it was a serious case of just getting back to the finish line.  I did plenty of walking – and thinking – and singing – counting steps – counting lamp posts – and sorting out the entire world!  But I finished the 21km race.  Yes indeed.  I finished it!  Burnt a load of calories and came in at 02h31.  Absolutely nothing to brag about – except for the fact that I ran it and finished it. 

Trudy on the other hand did exceptionally well coming in at 02h28.

To run the 21km route it was leaving from Grosvenor Avenue then on to Gouda Street.  From Gouda Street it was on to Dassenberg Drive – Charel Uys Drive – Silverstroom Road – then a U Turn at 11.3km.  Back up Silverstroom  Road – back on Charel Uys – Brutos Avenue and into the Sports field to complete the 21kms.

Only four runners from West Coast AC ventured up to Atlantis for the Velocity race:

Trudy Hough, Conan (The Barbarian) Bottcher, Grahame Goodman (Monica Paterson’s son in law – who ran a silver standard with a time of 01h20!) and little ol’ me.  We made up the entries of 300 runners.

No regrets though, it got my legs moving and it was good to support our neighboring club.  Friendly folk along the way.  Traffic police were ever present.  Plus no dogs chased us.  So it was all good!

Two Oceans Half Marathon 2022 – By Gill Koch

Thank you to Gill for another beautifully written account of her experience of the 2022 Two Oceans Half Marathon.

If any other members would like to share your own running experiences and battle stories on this platform please speak to Justin.

 

“Saturday 16th September 2020.  The Two Oceans 21km

When the entries opened for the Two Oceans I was absolutely hell bent on entering the Ultra.  I had never run one before and seeing Heidi du Plessis wear her running T shirt on our morning runs, I decided that I’d like one of those.  And so I entered my name into the draw and lo and behold I received an email saying yes, with proof of a five hour marathon (or less) I could participate in the Ultra.  After running Hemel & Aarde in Hermanus, I began to question my running abilities.  Although I finished the marathon in 5 hours, I was well spent and all I could think of was adding yet another 14km’s to my completed 42. Two weeks later I ran the Weskus Marathon up in Langebaan.  Well that’s another story.  First 21km went swimmingly well.  And even up to about the 30km mark I was doing ok.  And then my wheels fell off –  both of them, and I ended up walking, fake running and dragging my very sorry backside along the remaining Km’s waving and nodding at spectators and talking 100% bullshyte to Tania Mehl who joined my quest of defeat to the finish line! It was probably there and then my mind was made up that the Ultra would not be taking place – for me.  I was disappointed in myself, but after a long chat to me, not running would definitely be the lesser of the two evils.

On Monday 11th ladies that lunch (Zita and I) were chatting in general – oh ok, it was about running –  what else could it possibly have been??   Zita suggested that I ring Two Oceans to enquire if I could enter the 21km.  To my surprise, amazement and sheer delight they were still taking in entries and there and then I was in like a long dog!

On Wednesday Sofia and I piled into Janine’s Fortuner and off we went to the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  Half and hour drive in, half an hour at the Expo and half an hour to get back home.  Done and dusted in chop stick time, even stopping for a light bite and a cup of tea.

Saturday morning 04h00.  Yup, that’s the time my alarm was set for.  Enough time to get down to the San Souci Girls High School in Newlands.  Janine had purchased a parking ticket which would ensure safe parking and avoid coasting the narrow one way streets of Newlands.  But guess what?  The gates to the ever so exclusive school were well and truly locked with not a soul in sight to open or unlock the gates.  We drove around the block not once but twice in the hope of the gates finally be opened and having access to the prepaid parking facility.  But again, that just wasn’t going to happen.  Numerous cars had the same thought as us, hanging around a while ….hoping!  I’ll have a refund thank you!  Eventually we parked on the side of the road alongside many many other athletes and walked to our starting pens.

Great morning for a run.  Bit windy to start off with but nothing to write home about.  The gun went off and with just two minute intervals between each batch, we were off and on our way.  I managed to keep my pace following the 02h15 bus for the first 10kms.  Stopping at each watering hole satisfying my now southern suburbs thirst.  Plenty of tables very well equipped and supported with Coke, Energade, Fanta and water.  A couple of the bigger clubs had set up gazebo’s along the way offering their members good things to eat and drink.  The spectators had turned out in their droves with banners, fancy dress, music and so much more, obviously looking out for their runner of choice.  West Coasters had their very own Jacqui Giles and Bruce & Tamster handing out waves and words of encouragement.  Really good to see you peeps.  Thanks so much for being there.

Once up Edinburgh Drive it became a pleasant run to say the very least.  No big surprises.  Just trotting along enjoying the tarmac.  By now the sun had come out but not to the point of baking one alive.  Just enough to take the chill off and warm one up a little.  As we got closer to Rhodes Drive I asked a fellow runner which hill we were on as we approached the top as there was lots of noise and much excitement going on – he confirmed we’d just run up Southern Cross Drive!  I have Wietse and his Saturday hill training runs to thank for this.  Such good practice to get out there and run Durbanville hills.  I can honestly say thank you Wietse!

So entering Newlands confirmed we were just about home with approximately 5 or 6km’s to go.  Still spectators lined the streets, cheering and clapping as we made our down and even closer to home by now and once the grass was beneath our feet, well it was all over.  Another Two Oceans half marathon done.  Receiving cans of coke at the finish line was most welcome and made a pleasant change to the half filled paper cups.  So that’s it for another year then.  I thoroughly enjoyed this race, from beginning to end.  In my opinion, well organised – apart from the non existent parking and well supported too.  The Ultra however remains on my bucket list……”

Weskus Marathon – By Gill Koch

“Friday 18th March started off very similar to any other Friday.  Except that this was the start of a long weekend and the Weskus Marathon which had been earmarked for the Saturday.  Spent a couple of hours up at Sportsmans Warehouse in Tygervalley with Justin and his team of volunteers handing out race numbers.  Home to pack then collect Sonz and Paula.  Off we went up the West Coast Road leaving Cape Town at approximately 15h45.  All was well until I received a text to say that there had been an accident ahead of us just before the Langebaan turn-off.  Estimated duration of road closure 3 hours!  This left us little choice but to detour from Yserfontein to Darling then through Malmesbury, take the N7 then R45 via Hopefield to Langebaan (extra 110km).  This seemed like deja vous from 2 weeks earlier when we got stuck on Sir Lowreys Pass en route Hermanus.  We eventually arrived at our digs Due South Guesthouse then toddled off to dinner at Windtown https://www.windtown-sa.com/eat-drink/ which was really quite marvellous.  A reasonably early night secured us rising before the birds on Saturday morning.

Carl took Sonja and I to the bus at Langebaan and off we went.  I was gently woken by Sonja telling me we had arrived at the start.  Before we knew it, the gun went off (apparently – because I seriously didn’t hear it) and the marathon began.  First watering hole was at 3.7km and a welcome coke did the trick.  Thereafter the refreshment tables were approximately 3km’s apart and so very well manned.  Happy people prepared to part with their blocks of ice, coke, water, sweets and snacks.  I must admit that the first hour of the marathon was rather pleasant.  By now it was broad daylight and the sun was just starting to peep through the clouds.  I kept my pace quite even and thought at this rate, I’ll do ok.  20km’s under the belt, the sun had now started to bake us and I could feel my energy and enthusiasm waning.  We reached the half way mark and now I was thinking ok, I have less to do than I’ve already done.  So just relax and keep running. 

By 30km’s I had probably given up on running, walking, talking, listening, laughing and just me!  My feet were so sore that I actually stopped on the side of the road and took my shoes off.  Just then a bakkie rode past and it was loaded with folk that had the same mind set as me.  Enough already!  But knowing I had just 12km’s to go spurred me on somewhat and I also had the mamba to look forward to.  Didn’t want to miss out on that now!  So I prized my swollen feet back into my shoes and tried to shuffle as elegantly as I could.  And then to my delight I saw a familiar West Coast face.  It was Tania Mehl.  Yup Tania would now become my partner in crime.  She too had endured enough and funnily enough was tempted by the bakkie too.  My walking partner.

Now the sun was at its hottest.  Midday.  My fake tattoo from two weeks ago had now all but melted resembling a cartoon character created by my 9 year old grandson.   And yes the dreaded hill of all hills still lay ahead of us.  But between the two of us we tackled it with aplomb and at the top we were greeted by youngsters who sprayed us down from head to toe with ice cold water.  Nice!  We could now just about taste the finish line.  It was literally 2km’s to go.  Folk were heading back to their cars wearing their medals proudly with words of encouragement which we so politely thanked them for.  About 500 metres from the finish, Tania and I picked up our pace and how I’ll never know – ran into the finishing field at the Langebaan resort.  Ha ha one would have thought we’d been at it, running our tail feathers off for hours.  But no – it really was a stroll to the end.

Well.  We did it.  We managed to cover and complete 42.2km.  We got the medal.  This was my 10th Marathon.  And after each one however, I have the habit of swearing blind – I’ll never do that again!  But I did.  10 times. 

My mind is totally baffled by folk that run marathon after marathon.  Willie – how on earth does he do it?  And Trudy – who has 126 marathons and ultra’s under her belt?  Issie who has ran how many comrades?  I have to remember that running is a pastime – my pastime.  A hobby – my hobby.  A form of exercise – my form of exercise.  Cheaper than therapy.  And that it’s sewing I really can tackle with confidence.  So be it.

Thanks of course to my Carl who drove us through.  Who carted us to the venue at 05h30 then Paula at 06h30.  And took the photographs of as many West Coasters as he could spot.  Drove us home and then spent ages concocting a video which is on the website.

Congratulations to everyone who participated.  Whether it was the 10, 21 or the 42km.”

Trivia 2006 – By Gill Koch

The following article was composed by Gill Koch for the club blog:

“16 years ago.  2006.  A little trivia …………

  • 110th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot wins 2nd men’s title in 2:07:14; Rita Jeptoo takes women’s title in 2:23:38
  • Twitter was created by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams
  • Steve Irwin, TV’s Crocodile Hunter, was killed by a freak stingray accident. He was a hero to millions of children. Stingray injuries are almost never fatal. When Steve Irwin died from a stingray attack in 2006, it was only the second recorded stingray-related death in Australia since 1945
  • Facebook opened to anyone over 13, with a valid e-mail address. YouTube, MySpace
  • The Top Song was Irreplaceable by Beyonce.
  • The Movies to Watch include Dreamgirls, Mission: Impossible III, The da Vinci Code, and Happy Feet.
  • Top Ten Baby Names of 2006:
    Emily, Emma, Madison, Isabella, Ava, Jacob, Michael, Joshua, Ethan, Matthew
  • Disney quietly cut ties with McDonald’s in 2006 so as not to be associated with childhood obesity. The last Kid’s Meal toys were Carsand Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.
  • The Break Ups:
    Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards
    Britney Spears and Kevin Federline
    Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
    Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown
  • 1st appearances & 2006’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
    Wii, Elmo TMX, Dora the Explorer Dolls, Apples to Apples

And then there’s the 2006 West Coast Athletic Club Year Book!!

  • Chairman – David Johnson. Treasurer – Don Mackenzie.  Club Captain – Terry Ireland.  Registrations – Alida Hilary.  Blouberg Sports Rep – Alan Green
  • Membership of 321
  • Bay to Bay 30km – Tilda Krugmann 02h14. Red Hill 42.2km 03h20
  • Two Oceans 56km – Sherri Owen-Davies 05h41
  • Two Oceans 56km – Tilda Krugmann 04h33
  • Great Wall of China 42.2km – Nick Miles 04h10
  • Tuffer Puffer 160km – Alan Green 31h51m
  • Voet van Afrika 42km – Nick Miles 03h21
  • Avbob 15km – Nick Miles 01.00.11
  • Voet van Afrika 21km – Isabel Steenkamp 02h02
  • Gun run 21km – Graham Hough 01h44
  • PPC Riebeeck Berg Marathon 42km – Andre Pepler 03h37
  • Total Sports Ladies Race 10km – Micky Elliott 50.32
  • Comrades
    • Nick Miles 07h36
    • Andre Pepler 08h53
    • Isabel Steenkamp 09h52
    • Alida Hillary 10h32
    • Trudy Hough 10h51
    • Gavin Rich 11h31

Well that’s all for now folks.  Hope you enjoyed reading a little more about club mates, their achievements and times.  Thanks to Dave Johnston for loan of 2006 Year Book”

Hemel & Aarde Marathon – by Gill Koch

The following article is composed by Gill Koch:

“Saturday 5th March 2020

The fabulous Hemel & Aarde had been in the pipeline since late 2021.  Once entries opened I was in there like a flash securing my place in this epic marathon, then booking our accommodation in Caledon as soon as I could to ensure a roof over our heads.  Lots and lots of training runs including those offered by Wietse on a Saturday morning from 05h30, hills hills and yet more hills for the first 6km’s then the Durbanville roads even out somewhat enabling me to cover a 21km distance in approximately 02h15.  Quite acceptable in my book.

Come Thursday 3rd March however, we received an email from Wietse which started with the words –  Good afternoon Hemel & Aarde runners, I have news that is probably going to make you all unhappy.  My heart sank, my first thought was that the marathon had been cancelled.  But no, it was Wietse informing us that the powers that be had decided right at the eleventh hour to deem the chosen road unsafe to run on.  So the next option was to run a new route starting and finishing at the Hermanus High School. 

But where to from here as we had secured our accommodation in Caledon?  And then just one text from Amanda changed my entire Thursday.  Actually my Friday too.  Ok so make it the entire weekend.  Amanda had contacted Dave and Kathy Johnston who have an amazing property in Hermanus.  And guess where it is?  On the golf course with the Hermanus High School within spitting distance.  Amanda confirmed that Dave and Kathy were quite happy to house the lot of us.  Carl, Amanda, Sonz and I.  After a huge sigh of relief I cancelled our Caledon accommodation and got packing for the marathon.

Before we knew it however it was Friday 4th March.  Carl had offered to drive us through to Hermanus and without pulling any punches here, the drive through was a pain in the proverbial arse!  Roadworks & Friday afternoon traffic = bedlam!  Through Somerset West and up over Sir Lowrey’s Pass was long and tedious.  Plus I had downed a fair amount of Pepsi Max, so I was desperate for a loo!

Eventually, yes eventually after leaving Cape Town at 14h00 we arrived in Hermanus just after 17h00.  As Dave was on the golf course, we were met by Kathy and Issie who immediately pointed me in the right direction!  After settling in, the braai fire was lit and we were able to relax at last pondering what Saturday would bring us.

Woke up to my alarm set for 05h00.  Prepped and ready, Sonz and I strolled over to the Hermanus High School and took our places in self seeding pens.  At 06h00 it was time to run the marathon.  The marathon so aptly titled by Amanda – the NOT Hemel & Aarde Marathon.  After about an hour on the road the sun came out and the day just got hotter and hotter.  There was truly little respite from the heat, so it was a case of one foot in front of the other.  The route was out of Hermanus towards Onrus and Vermont then back along the main road past Mount Pleasant, past Voelklip and back into the Hermanus High School.  If I’ve left any towns out, so be it.  This was my route, and this is what I saw.

Running 42km’s is never easy.  Well let me rephrase that.  It’s never easy for me.  And compared to others – some others – my running pace especially over such a long distance seems to remain at a near constant 7 mins a km, which I’m perfectly happy with.  So having said that other than having crazy sore feet, I have no complaints about the marathon whatsoever.  It was always going to be tough.  There were hills.  There were long straight stretches.  There were busy main roads to contend with.  But I crossed the finish line with a time of 04h55.  Unfortunately the route was a little shorter than anticipated due to road cones being nicked the night before.  Why I couldn’t even begin to tell you.  What on earth does one do with road cones?  Other than the very obvious of course.  I then received an official message which read – Congrats Gill on completing the Hemel & Aarde Marathon in a finish time of 05h01.  Honestly I was a tiny bit happier with the 04h55 but the official time made me just as happy.  This was my 9th marathon.  My first was Cango Marathon and I remember so very clearly being met by Felicia and saying – OK, that’s it.  I’m done now.  I’ve run a marathon.  Never again!

I would like to thank Wietse and his team for his absolute tenacity in actually making this race happen.  With all the odds stacked up against him, he really had to dig deep and pull more than one trick out of his hat.  But he managed to do so and as far as I’m concerned – it was a success!

To the refreshment tables and traffic department.  This marathon just could not have gone ahead without you.  Every 3km’s was a well provided table with ice cold water and coke and the traffic cops made it their business to give runners the right of way.  So hospitable and friendly.  Each and every one of them.

To Dave and Kathy.  Gee guys.  What can I say.  You welcomed us into your beautiful home and made us feel so welcome and so comfortable.  This was very very much appreciated and will never be forgotten.

And last but by no means least.  To my lovely Carl who cycled the route and managed to photograph each and every single West Coaster running the marathon.  Some of the photographs had to be ditched however.  They were a little too honest!  Once back home, Carl uploaded the photo’s and it was my job to sort and decide which ones could and should go public.

That’s it folks!  And please peeps, the abovementioned is my personal opinion. “

2019, 2020 & 2021 Annual Awards and 35th Anniversary Event

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After 3 long years West Coast Athletic Club was finally able to host an annual awards evening, which we doubled up as our clubs 35th Anniversary.

The event was spectacularly organized, presented and hosted by Tammy Wood, assisted by Jacqui Giles and their amazing team. Attended by over 120 club members, past and present, their partners and a few club friends, everybody enjoyed a glamorous evening of celebrating our club and its members, most dressed up with great effort in the 1920’s theme of the evening in fantastic outfits!

The evening was opened by longstanding member and former club Chairman David Johnston with some fascinating and funny history of the club and it’s flamboyant members, followed by a tributary moment of silence for deceased former members.

Current Chairman and MC David Wilcock made no effort in holding back his usual comical remarks as he and Tammy presented the awards, assisted in part by longstanding member Peter Donald, to those recipients who were present, as the photographer captured their moments with the actual trophies before they had to hand the real deal back and head off proudly with their own custom keepsakes.

Thank you to Tammy and her team for a fabulous evening, to the club committee for keeping the club going through these challenging times, and to all the loyal club members who supported the club through membership renewals, and especially those who attended the event.

Congratulations to all the deserved awards winners!

The special Lockdown Hero Awards went to: Peter Chong, Naz Parker, Amelia Lourens and Bruce Wood for their achievements during the lockdown period.

2019:

Awards

Description

Name

Klein Baai award

Best junior  girl of the year

Cheyenne Kruger

Cross country runner of the year

 

Rolandi Schutte

Malcolm Marks Trophy

Most Distance

Peter Chong

Corfray Trophy

Most improved runner

Philip Rentschler

Big Bay Trophy

Dedicated service to the club

Mike and Mary-Ann Galli

Pegasus Shield

Outstanding achievement

Monica Paterson

Achilles Trophy

Outstanding performance

Suzette Botha

Zenith Trophy

Most Outstanding Vet / Master

Lisl Grober

Chairman’s award

Chairman’s choice

Jacqui Giles

True spirit award

Always willing to assist with all aspects of the club

Tammy Wood

Female athlete of the year

 

Suzette Botha

Male athlete of the year

 

Willie Coetzee

Kyocera Cup

Most Outstanding New Member

Weigui Ren

Jan La Cock – Memorial Cup

Best all round West Coaster

Guy Tshibangu

Mountain Goat Trophy

Trail Running

Kevin de Klerk

Gail McDonald Trophy

Female trail runner

Xolisiwe Booi

Don Mackenzie Trophy

Most valued club member, not necessarily on the committee

Alan Green

Snazzy Innovation Award

Awarded to the member who implemented an innovative idea which improved the club.

Iain Park-Ross

ELE League Cup Female Winner 

Most distance in primarily predetermined shorter distance races

Samantha Holmes

ELE League Cup Male Winner

Richard Knaggs

Sloth of the Year Award

Runner who did not achieve any standards throughout the year

Paula van der Merwe

Senior of the Year Award

Best senior runner of the year

Aubrey Makhubo

Don Oliver Spirit Award

Epitomizes Don’s character and volunteering spirit

Chanene Pitt

 

2020:

AWARDS

Description

Name

Pegasus Shield

Outstanding achievement

Willie Coetzee

Achilles Trophy

Outstanding performance

Luca Boyana

Zenith Trophy

Most Outstanding Vet / Master

Itumeleng Molefe

Chairman’s award

Chairman’s choice

Willie Coetzee

Female athlete of the year

 

Itumeleng Molefe

Male athlete of the year

 

Luca Boyana

Kyocera Cup

Most Outstanding New Member

Luca Boyana

Mountain Goat Trophy

Trail Running

Anele Bans

Gail McDonald Trophy

Female trail runner

Elaan Coetzee

Don Mackenzie Trophy

Most valued club member, not necessarily on the committee

Naz Parker

Sloth of the Year Award

Runner who did not achieve any standards throughout the year

Karen Crawcour

 

2021:

AWARDS

Description

Name

Paul Corbett award

Walker award

Mary-Ann Galli and Amanda Jacobs

Big Bay Trophy

Dedicated service to the club

Erica Mendes

Pegasus Shield

Outstanding achievement

Donald Scott

Achilles Trophy

Outstanding performance

Luca Boyana

Chairman’s award

Chairman’s choice

Gary Britz

Kyocera Cup

Most Outstanding New Member

Elliah Longwe

Jan La Cock – Memorial Cup

Best all round West Coaster

Philip Rentschler

Mountain Goat Trophy

Trail Running

Anele Bans

Gail McDonald Trophy

Female trail runner

Chantelle vd Nest

Don Mackenzie Trophy

Most valued club member, not necessarily on the committee

Carl Pohl

Snazzy Innovation Award

Awarded to the member who implemented an innovative idea which improved the club.

Mary Langebrink

Sloth of the Year Award

Runner who did not achieve any standards throughout the year

Jacqui Josephson

Don Oliver Spirit Award

Epitomizes Don’s character and volunteering spirit

Susan O’Connor

2022 Memberships OPEN!!!

Dear returning and new West Coasters… WELCOME to 2022!

Your committee is pleased to announce that this years annual memberships are now open for purchase, and the single adult memberships are cheaper than before!

REGISTER FOR YOUR 2022 WCAC MEMBERSHIP!

Your membership fee INCLUDES your annual ASA “license to run”! However please note that the actual licenses have not yet been made available by the Western Province Athletics (WPA). This is quite normal that annual licenses are only available from about February, but please be assured that your 2021 license is STILL VALID until the new 2022 licenses are made available to us! In the unlikely event that you require a 2021 license, we still have a few leftover for R50 a pop.

As we are a club that relies heavily on memberships for the financial operation of the club and support of our members, we invite you to purchase your membership now so long and we will ensure your license is allocated to you as soon as Susan O’Connor, our trusty Membership Secretary, has them in hand!

Remember we also sell club kit right here on the club website. Have a look at the Kit Shop for your club clobber!

Thank you in advance for your loyal membership and we look forward to seeing you all at the races in club colours this year!

2022 Memberships and Licenses

Dear West Coasters

Some Westies at the Sundowner 10km on 14 December last year.

Here’s some info regarding validity of existing 2021 licenses and new 2022 licenses and club membership.

2021 Licenses:

If you still have an ASA license for 2021 it remains valid for use at road races until the 2022 licenses are released by WPA (Western Province Athletics). This is likely to be in February, however WPA will make an announcement about this soon which will determine when the 2021 licenses will expire. 

2022 Club Membership and License

Your committee will have a meeting soon to discuss the options and costs for the 2022 club memberships. 

For now, membership sales via the website are closed, please do not try to purchase your membership now! 

IF you need a license for interim races, we still have a few spares from 2021 which you can have in exchange for a small donation to the club.

We will communicate clearly when the new memberships will be available, and what the costs and details will be, all the info will be on social media and here on the club website. 

The membership application process will be the same as the preceding few years, a simple 3-step fully digital process, all the details are on the website Membership Page:

    1. Fill in the application form.
    2. Make payment via this website.
    3. Check/Update your ASA profile.

When licenses are available and you’ve entered and paid, you can collect them from Sue at the club on Tuesday evenings. 

 

Note: Understandably most members did not renew memberships last year due to the uncertainties and lockdowns imposed by Covid which resulted in very few road races available to justify owning a license. As a club we were able to weather this loss in much needed income for the year, however we are now hopeful that with races opening up again this will encourage more members to return and purchase memberships. Like most clubs, this is a very much relied on source of income to cover the operating costs and athlete support of a large amateur sports club like West Coast AC, and of course put away a few bucks towards our long overdue clubhouse!

We will be running some marketing to encourage new and old members to sign up as Westies for 2022, we hope to have you all back on our membership database this year! Watch this space…

 

May 2022 be an awesome year in running for all of you!

 

 

Comrades in 6 Days Challenge

Massive congratulations to the 23 runners who participated in the challenge, all runners completed the 90km within the 
required 12 hours! Incredible!
According to current Comrades finish times, the following medals were earned:
  • 2 x Silver (sub 7.30)
  • 3 x Bill Rowan (sub 9 hour)
  • 10 x Robert Mtshali (sub 10 hour)
  • 5 x Bronze (sub 11 hour)
  • 3 x Vic Clapham (sub 12 hour)

Click on your name below to download your finisher certificate:

 

WCAC Branded Face Masks

From Captain Monique:

Hi All, hope you are all doing well? And looking forward to our first outside run? Going to be the best run ever.

In light of the president’s request that we wear MASKS…we are having masks made in our club colours , with our club logo on. They are very good quality, are washable and have a removable filter. They have been successfully tested through a hospital autoclave machine.

As a community initiative, the club is subsiding 50% of the cost – selling them at R20 each.

Please let me know if you will be interested and how many you would like?

captain@westcoastathleticclub.co.za

Thanks to Graham Hough from Expand A Sign for providing these high quality masks.

Monthly Awards – March

Hi Westies

Welcome to our MONTHLY AWARDS evening. Little different – but we can still celebrate our March winners.

LEGEND AWARD:
Justin Roux for giving up his marathon at Weskus to help an injured runner. A selfless act from an awesome runner. Very proud to have you part of WCAC ⭐️⭐️⭐️

CAPTAIN’S AWARD:
Tamara Maneveld Billimore for persevering like a champ to finish Weskus marathon. Coming back from injury and had to dig really deep. Very well done!⭐️⭐️⭐️

TRAIL RUNNER for March
The amazing Colleen Cross for completing the grueling Addo 44km trail run. Absolutely brilliant!⭐️⭐️⭐️

FEMALE RUNNER for March:
Nominees: Lisl Grobler, Itumeleng Molefe, Elisabeth Stavenga, Monica Paterson and Xolisiwe Tolokazi Booi.

And the winner is…. Itumeleng Molefe for 3 SILVER standards.
Century City 10km (44:29), Slave Route 21km (1:39) and Constantia Village 15km (1:09)
Very very well done ⭐️⭐️⭐️

MALE RUNNER for March:
Nominees: Nick Miles, Wayne Leonard, Willie Coetzee, Elijah Racoco, Anele Bans, Mafika Makhathini,Luca Boyana, Andre Pepler, Graham Hough, Japie Swanepoel,David Yuill, Marius Nel, Iain Park-Ross, Alan Berning, Henricus Cook and Osbourne Renecke.

And the winner is Luca Boyana on a brilliant 2:42 time for the Weskus marathon. A GOLD standard. Absolutely brilliant ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Very well done to all. The awards will be handed out at our first possible awards evening 🏆

Captain Monique