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11 February 2019

Well done to everyone who completed the Hillcrest Marathon and Half Marathon on the weekend. Well done too to anyone who decided a lift home in a sidecar was a better option. Those hills… I really can’t blame you. If you succeeded in securing your Comrades and/or Two Oceans qualifier… fantastic. Pressure off and now you can focus on some good, old fashioned, hard-core mileage. The mileage is always made easier when running as a team so keep an eye out on the website for our organised Saturday long runs. They come jam-packed with loads of kilometres, banter, bullshit and ‘ballie’ advice – all in the name of a less painful training session.

Once again, we had some impressive Sunday results. In the Half marathon, Sarah McGregor finished third in her category and Alan Pugh-Jones finished fifth in his.

In the Marathon, Jayde Ferreira finished second overall, just 4 minutes behind the winner taking first place in her ‘open’ category as well. Leonie van der Westhuizen finished second in her category. Well done, ladies.

In the men’s marathon event, Andrew Chapman ran another sub-three, finishing the tough course in 2:59:41. In the 50-59 category, Alan Sleath and JP Stewart both finished in the top ten. Great efforts from these guys who continue to do the Blue and Gold proud.

Sadly, the race was marred with some cheating that involved people running in other people’s timing chips. A friendly reminder that this is not a brush that we’d like Oldies to be tarnished with. By our runners abiding by the rules we eliminate the risk of any arising matters from a provincial governing body that may be on the lookout for such shenanigans. If you don’t have an entry for a race, find another one and please resist the urge to hand over your number or chip to someone else. Should anything happen to that person the implications are grave on a number of levels.

In our Garmin February mileage challenge it is becoming increasing clear who is training for Comrades and who isn’t. It is also a good indication of who is keeping the bar stools warm 😉. As the month progresses it is interesting to see who is doing what.

Oldies tights are now available directly from Funky Pants so head on over to their website and place an order with them if you are after a pair. Also, the 2019 hoodies will be going into production soon so be ready to order when you receive the order form. They look fantastic. There will be a fit sample at the social this week. Whilst on the subject of kit, please refer to the email you received when you signed up this year. This is very important.

This week is the first Oldies social of the year and we’d love to see as many of you there as possible. Salads, rolls, fires, cutlery, plates etc all provided. Just bring your meat along. Bar will be open. If you have not done so yet, please RSVP to social@dhsoldboys.co.za

If you missed the last news post, visit the ‘archive’ link the in the News drop-down menu at the top of the page.

Happy running!

Rog.

6 February 2019

Firstly, a warm welcome to all our members, old and new alike. The DHS Oldies family is a special one and I am so happy you’ve signed up for 2019. I promise you that it is going to be a fantastic year both on and off the road. There are some awesome races lined up as well as a training and social calendar that has something for everyone.

January has come and gone despite being a month that seemed to last for three. There isn’t much to say about it except that we somehow flew the KZNA and ASA politics under the radar in a bid to not allow it to affect our members. At very best, I hope you didn’t even know that there was an issue.

The first week of Feb saw the annual (gruelling) Sydenham 32. If nothing else, this race is good for your head because they don’t come any harder than this. For the first time ever, Sydenham used electronic timing and it was really cool to see how everyone did. I’ve mentioned it in previous coms but I just have to say how impressive Oldies was. I sure hope that this is a sign of things to come this year. The potential in our club runs deep.

Thanks to those of you who stayed afterwards for a few beers and banter. A reminder to you all that this is an open invitation, so please come and hang out at the gazebo and make use of our world-class trailer facility. The beers work on an honesty system so just drop your cash in the box (Zapper will be available soon) and help yourself. Nobody is policing it but the day we are short will probably be the day that we all had our last beer together 😉

Please, kindly remember that the beers are for Oldies. We can’t cater for other clubs and must not set this precedent. The day that other clubs know they can simply get beers at the Oldies gazebo will be a very dark day for the beer lovers at the club. The one and only exception to the rule is when an Oldies member has a partner that runs for another club. But then we have some pressing questions on that matter 😉

The trailer will be at most races. Use it to lock up your bags etc while you run. The lock combination will be sent out via the WhatsApp group just prior to the race. If a combination doesn’t go out it probably means that nobody was available to tow the trailer to Newcastle…

Our first social of the year is on Wednesday 13 Feb. Old members, we expect you there. Especially Micky D, Kim Jackson and Gavin Goodwin. New members, we’d love to meet you and your partners/families so please come and join us. Usual story: The club will provide the fires, salads, rolls, cutlery and condiments – you just bring along your meat (or your fake plant meat if that’s how you roll).

Lastly, for those of you that don’t know, there are a number of trophies that are awarded in the second half of the year. Most of these are highly coveted and previously held by some legendary athletes. Think about that when you are out there training and competing. Work hard to carve your name into the history of this fine club. Trust me, there is a trophy that everyone can achieve.

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please feel free to get in touch with any of the committee members. We are all here to help and make your running a fantastic experience.

Happy running!

Rog.