"I believe in process. I believe in four seasons. I believe that winter's tough, but spring's coming. I believe that there's a growing season. And I think that you realize that in life, you grow. You get better." Steve Southerland
What happened in August?
August brought RCS SOX, Puffer and the end of the Spur Winter Trail Series - CONGRATULATIONS to all the dirt lovers who conquered these amazing events!! We are also seeing more and more club kit on the trails and it looks beautiful!! Go RED army!!
The monthly Run for a Cause Awareness Trail Run was dedicated to Deafness and Hearing Impairment - dressed in their brightest yellow, runners raised awareness of the difficulties one might face when having to manage everyday life with hearing challenges.
Our Cape Multi Trail Strava Group is up and running and there are some competitive members out there! If you want to see how you match up against our awesome bergbokkies - follow the link below and become part of the fun!! Thank you Louis Kotze for setting this up!!
Another very excited venture was created out of the need to stay fit while injured!! Liezl Meiring, started a MTB group that can be joined by beginner cyclists, injured or recovering runners etc. This group is Whats-app based and makes arrangements for the weekend depending on availability of their members. If you would like to be part of this group, contact Liezl of myself and we will add you to the group! Thank you Liezl for helping the trail junkies to experience the trails in another way!!
What is happening in September…
Wednesday CMC trail runs will continue at Meerendal, Altydgedacht, Bellville Golf Course and Bloemendal, with Thursday Durbac trail runs happening at Majik Forest and Durbanville Golf Club. Please make sure that you do not cause damage to vineyards when parking and stay off the single track!! Very important – we are moving the start to 18:00, so please keep bringing your headlights and make sure that the battery is charged!! It is dark on the trails – keep yourself safe out there and don’t get hurt!
Please refer to the Cape Multi Trail FB group to download the preliminary January to December 2016 trail run schedule as well as keeping an eye on the events posted.
For those members who have recently joined – welcome!! Hope to see you on the trails soon! See below the vice captains responsible for the various routes we run. On weekends any of these runners might be leading the shorter and/or the longer pack routes. Conrad Meier, is another valuable part of our team and Durbac’s trail captain. For any questions, feel free to ask them during pack runs or to contact me directly.
Important request concerning the trail runs: Please follow the route and stay within sight of the vice-captain/sweeper that is responsible for the specific route (short/long/walking route). Do not make up your own route if you have committed to run with the pack!! Our vice-captains need to make sure everyone gets safely back to the start and does not get lost! Safety is after all one of the reasons we run together!!
* Bellville Golf Course - Mark Stokell
* Meerendal Wine Estate – Magda Marshall & Anton Franchi
* Altydgedacht Wine Estate - Karin Gerber & Neil Broers
* Bloemendal Wine Estate - Pauline Wilkinson & Anton Franchi
Weekly trail runs:
Wednesday at 18h00 - 7.5 & 10 km options (please note the later start time!)
* Wed 07 September - Meerendal Wine Estate
* Wed 14 September - Altydgedacht Wine Estate
* Wed 21 September - Bellville Golf Club
* Wed 28 September - Bloemendal Wine Estate (‘Run for a Cause Trail Run’ – see info below)
Thursday at 17h15 - 5 & 9km options
* Thurs 08, 15, 22 September - Majik Forest Trail Run
* Thurs 29 September – Durbanville Golf Course Trail Run
Weekend Pack Runs & Races
* Sun 4 September - Paarl Rock Trail Run, Paarl
* Sun 10 September – Table Mountain Challenge
* Sun 11 September – Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, Stellenbosch
* Sun 17 September – Cape Town Marathon Peace Trail
* Sun 18 September – No official run
* Sun 25 September – No official run
* * Please keep an eye on the Cape Multi Trail FB page for informal runs being organised.
Other Exciting News and Events
Cape Multi Kids Trails
We are very excited to announce a new initiative by Heidi Wilson to get our Cape Multi Club Kids on the trails. More information to be announced soon....
28 September 2016 - Monthly ‘Run for a Cause’ Wednesday Trail Run:
The Run for a Cause trail run creates Heart Awareness Month. So in celebration of keeping our hearts healthy, come join us on Wednesday 28 September, Bloemendal Wine Estate! Please wear FUNKY RED/PINK to support this very important cause!
Dudley Trail Run:
An annual CMC hosted trail event not to be missed!! The date will be communicated as soon as is confirmed by main sponsor.
Trail Photo Competition:
The 5th monthly photo competition with “Stilte na die Storm” as the theme for August showed that CMC trail runners can also enjoy the peaceful and tranquil scenes that nature has to offer! Once again, thank you to everyone who participated, either by uploading or liking photos!!
The winner for August 2016 is Karin Gerber!! Congratulations Karin - what an amazing photo, taken at the Paradyskloof Trail Run, Stellenbosch.
Karin wins an awesome goody bag sponsored by Hallo Pragtig, Multiscarfs, New Balance, Wintergreen, Dual Balance and NovaVit Plus. If you want to stand a chance to win the next goody bag – please keep reading…
Trail Photo Competition #6 September: “Dis Heerlike Lente…”
Let's continue the snapping/posting/liking happiness! Come on, trail junkies - show us your photo interpretation of “Dis Heerlike Lente…” on the trails!! And of course - the weirder, wackier and wilder - the better the chance that your photo will get the most LIKES!! You've got work to do!!
1) Entrant must be a member of CMC and a member of the Cape Multi Trail FB Group
2) The photo must be taken during this month, September 2016
3) Photo must be posted to the competition announcement post, with description of where and when it was taken
4) The winning photo will be the photo with the most FB likes - so everyone running is eligible to take part
5) Winner will be announced during the first week of October 2016 and will receive a well-deserved goody bag! Now go out there and snap away!!
Buy CMC buffs at the Wednesday and Weekend trail runs
Cost: R60 per buff.
Keep on representing!!! Order your CMC jacket and keep as snug as a bug!!
Every Wednesday Evening - Giving back to the Community:
Calling all ladies! Bronwyn Franchi is collecting old running shoes, clothes and basic toiletries for young women who have survived trauma. They are participating in a research programme that includes counselling and self-care through exercise. If you are able to donate items, you can pass these onto Anton Franchi at the Wednesday trail events or you can inbox her and she will arrange to collect. Thank you for your generosity thus far, the response has been amazing!! Let’s give these women the gift of running!
** If you have a project that gives back to the community – feel free to send me the information. I will gladly include it in the newsletter.
How Running Changed My Life
Magda Marshall was nominated by a secret admirer - thank you Magda for writing this motivational piece for the newsletter! You are such an inspiration!!
"Since I can remember I have battled with my weight. It just became a part of my life and the more I gained the less active I became. Its quite a vicious circle. After having my 2 children I got on the scale and was shocked to see that I was so overweight. At that point my 10 month old was in hospital fighting for every breath and it felt like my world was falling apart. I was obese, depressed and stuck in hospital with a very sick child. One night as I watched her battle I made her a promise that if she kept fighting I will two.
When she was discharged I had to keep my side of the deal! I joined the gym, started banting and decided to go for a few crawls around the block. At first it was awful. I was the fattest person at the gym and I could see the pity in other runners eyes as I shuffled past. But as the months past I became thinner, happier and faster. After only 9 months I ran my first marathon! After that my first ultra marathon and after only 18 months I completed my first Comrades marathon in under 11 hours. My life would never be the same again... Yes it was hard, and yes I stumbled many times but getting up again, even stronger, makes it all worth while!"
** Write your story or nominate a friend that inspires you – I will contact them and twist their arm to give their motivational story a go!! It is not about boasting or thinking you are better than others. It’s about motivating others to change their lives, we have all had to start somewhere – Thinking “If he/she can do it, then I can too!!”
Now go there out, have adventures, make special memories and have a wonderful September!
(Thank you to Ruth Masureik for the beautiful photo taken at the Meerendal Wednesday Trail Run 24 August 2016)