All about the BIG C!
Just as we finish with one Ultra (Oceans), the next one is on our doorstep!
In May, for the 104 members going to Comrades, it was all about getting the last long runs in, staying healthy, eating correctly and not getting sick.
I should have started this newsletter with an apology. The reason for the apology is also the reason for the newsletter being late this month. I apologise that I have only had time now to do this, but to a degree I also wanted to send this one out after Comrades.
We hosted a very successful Comrades evening this year, with phenomenal speakers. Renee Jordaan was the Comrades Race Director, and gave us insights into behind the scenes of organising the world’s biggest Ultra. Blake Dyason gave us a motivational boost, and lastly the guys from Hammer gave us some nutritional information.
Thank you to each one who made this possible. To all the sponsors that contributed to the goodie bags and prizes, thank you, thank you, thank you! Cape Multisport Club is honoured to represent each and every one of you.
We ended the evening with a tribute to an individual who has given so much to the sport, and as a club we wanted to honour Wietse van der Westhuizen, not just for what he has done for us, but also for running his 40th consecutive Comrades Marathon!
Looking back at May
The colder mornings are a definite challenge, for runners. However, although we desperately need rain, it is nice to go for a run in early morning dry conditions. Our pack run numbers, on Saturdays and Sundays, have gone from strength to strength.
Again, I would like to urge all our members to be safe out there.
- Run with a headlamp
- Wear reflective gear
- Wear bright colours
- Always run facing the traffic
- Try not to run alone
- Don’t run in isolated areas
May also saw some great races, starting with the Langebaan Weskus Marathon and some great performances on both the Marathon and the Half Marathon. As usual, the Red Army represented well!
On the matter of representing, Elmarie Coetzee was selected to represent WPA at the Half Marathon Championships, later in June. We are proud of you Elmarie!
Slave Route, with the infamous Koeksister hill was painted red with many of our members taking part.
The last event of May was the FNB 12 One Run. Wow! What an amazing event! 14000 participants, loads of fun and lots to see. Maybe not the most scenic route, but one that you can test your speed on. It was great to see so many CMC shirts amongst the free FNB shirts! Thank you to all of you showing the rest of Cape Town that we are proud to wear our club colours.
As various results are made available to me, I shall post them on Facebook.
I have also created a folder on Google Drive where all results are stored.
You can view this here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1Yjl7gykMTtcTI1SnEtN2FnR3c?usp=sharing
As mentioned at the start, Comrades was held on the first weekend of June. We had 104 CMC athletes taking part. It was a very hot on the road from Durban to Pietermaritzburg. However, most of our athletes had a fantastic day out on the road with personal best times.
This year’s Comrades theme was Zinikele – “It takes all of you”. I am sure if you ask every participant they will all agree with this. It truly does take all of you.
With that said – bring on 2018!
After Comrades, the road running calendar slows down a little bit.
Ha! That is what we thought … as a matter of fact, there is a road race on every weekend of June, in the Western Cape, starting with the UWC Fast and Flat, the Mamre Half, the Dave Spence 10k, and K-Way Table Mountain 16km.
To finish the month, come and join in our Race of the Month: the Don Locke Memorial 15 and 8km. Be sure to visit the club gazebo at the finish, and get a Steri Stumpie on us.
Our Saturday Pack runs consist of 10 & 15km, whereas Sunday is normally 15 & 20 kilometres. Members must please note that we cater for all speeds at both pack runs. We will not leave slower runners behind.Our training for the month of June will continue as normal.
Please check the starting times of all events on Facebook, as they could change during winter.
Our training sessions are as follows:
4:45am Crazies - Kenridge Deli
5:45pm Club Training at PP Smit Grounds
4:45am Crazies - Kenridge Deli
5:35pm Trail Run - See Facebook for venue
4:45am Crazies - Kenridge Deli
5:45pm Club Training - PP Smit Grounds
6:00am Pack run (10 &15km) - Cafe Vida E, Edward Street
6:00am Pack run (15 & 20km) - Cafe Vida E, Durbanville
If you would like to host a Pack run on Saturday or Sunday,
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Future
July: we are entering into the heart of winter, and while many of us are taking a well-deserved break, the hibernation stage is a short lived one. The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon takes place on 17 September and training for that should be underway from July.
June and July is also a wonderful time to dig the trail shoes out of the bottom of the cupboard, and join the trail junkies on Wednesday afternoons and weekends for some “real hill training”.
July does not disappoint with some magnificent events. Spookhill Challenge 15km, Eersterivier 15km and McKenna Scott 10km at the end of the month.
The one July weekend that I do want to highlight, though, is the Cape Town Festival of Running.
There are 3 major events: 100km, 50km and 21.1km. These are sure to test your endurance or speed. There is even a 5 x 5km relay and it would be great to enter a couple of teams for this.
Remember that Cape Multisport supports clean running. When participating in any event, throw your sachets in the bins provided or keep it on you to the finish.
Blake Dyason also spoke at the Comrades evening about various initiatives being put in place to clean-up races.
We are all brand ambassadors. #CMC
Remember to share your pics on our Cape Multisport Instagram profile. You can tag these pictures @capemultisportclub
Show us your experiences in races, pack runs and training
runs. #cmc #redarmy
We have also created an open Facebook page to showcase to the world who we are. Please like the page, but don’t stop there. Share the page and invite your friends to join the page!
Our closed group for club info is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CapeMultiRunning/?ref=bookmarks
Lastly, always remember to be safe and ….
Yours in running
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