As we count down the days to yet another Christmas and New Years Eve, lets look back at what's happened over the past month. It's definitely been festive; with our annual (very colourful) Pub Run being a huge success, the Christmas Run hosted by Bergbokkies, a number of major 100km Ultra Marathon finishers - namely, Anton Neetling & Kevin Spratley and then the CANSA replay for life run at Zevenwacht Wine Farm. We also had Winelands Marathon, Vlakte Marathon (weekend away), Prison To Prison Marathon and VWS Trail Challenge, just to name a few. Of course, Durbac represented properly! So here's to a successful 2018 running calendar and an even more eventful, packed 2019 calendar to come!
Bless you all over this festive time.
Jolene van Wyk and Heike Herbst (newsletter team)
INTRODUCING OUR NEW DURBAC ADMINISTRATOR
Durbac has grown in leaps in bounds over the last couple of years. No doubt because of the gees that permeates the club and its members. This is great news for us all, as it clearly illustrates the club is on the right track. But it does mean the administrative burden placed on the committee and captain’s teams became exactly that – a burden.
It has become untenable for the committee, especially within normal working hours, to keep up with the questions, suggestions and communication with Durbac members. Having assistance in the form of an administrator is seen as an ideal way to limit this administrative work for committee members while continuing to serve the club members in a professional and timeous manner.
From this the decision was made to contract someone to fulfil this role. Their duties will be varied, but has as its basis the communication with our members. Responding to and answering email enquiries, responding to Facebook comments, managing the WhatsApp group, keeping the Durbac website up to date, getting details about future events and races and publishing these on the Durbac social media forums, assisting with membership administration – these are some of the tasks that the administrator will be helping with. Quite a lot of work to keep us runners happy and informed!
But do keep in mind that the role of the administrator is limited. It isn’t a full time position but rather one where we expect an hour here and an hour there to be sufficient to tackle the majority of what was mentioned above. I mention this just to set some expectation – the administrator will get to your emails, questions and comments. But all in good time. Where necessary just be a little bit patient and understanding, especially in the busy periods during the year. The important thing is there is now someone that will make sure your correspondence gets attention. Even if it takes a few hours…
And with that - it gives me great pleasure in introducing Louise Boltmann as the new (and 1st ever!) Durbac Administrative Officer. She has had an interesting journey to this point, one that will stand her in good stead for her new role. Louise left the UK in 2000 and joined the yachting industry. She worked her way up from a land based dayworker to junior stewardess and finally a chief stewardess on 50m+ motor yachts. When she finally had enough of the seas she headed to South Africa (wise choice!) and started working on Dornier wine farm in Stellenbosch. With her fitness and running background, Louise fitted very nicely into her next position as administrator at The Grind Race who run obstacle courses in the Cape Town area. Here she basically did exactly what Durbac will be expecting from her in her new role.
Louise does enjoy running, something she took up when she met husband 6 years ago. She calls herself a social runner who prefers to run in groups but at the same time enjoys races. Clearly there is a competitive streak! She recently entered the East London Ironman 70.3 in January, which means she is focusing a lot on triathlon training at the moment. She loves getting involved and getting to know people, which all will help her make a huge success of this opportunity.
Best of luck Louise – we are excited to have you onboard and welcome you into the Durbac family!
MEMBERSHIP FEES FOR 2019 - The 2019 club fees were agreed and ratified at the 2018 AGM. With ASA license fees included, the following will be due for all Durbac members in 2019: Senior: R360 (including R140 ASA license fee) Junior (19 years and younger): R107 (including R30 ASA license fee)
For this fee, you get to belong to a dynamic and energetic club that offers its members a lot! You can participate in road, trail and cross-country arranged pack runs and events. You will have the company of like-minded friendly and funny athletes, participants and sometimes even some well-meaning reprobates. The club members enjoy socialising, especially at Member of the Month evenings. And to make sure no opportunity to get together and have a jolly time is lost, the Pub Run, Yearly Awards Evening, Comrades send off and The New Members Evening is arranged as well. And of course, no club run, pack run, or race is complete without some Durbies hanging around and talking about their exploits, supporting each other. Or making fun of each other. A club with real people and real gees.
The following points have been awarded so far for the Road Captains Challenge. If your points are incorrect, please contact Sheralee (firstname.lastname@example.org). Note: Please email Sheralee if you have:
1) Completed another Ultra other than Two Oceans, Comrades or Festival of Running
2) Completed a multi-disciplinary event
3) Done Gazebo duty
Surita Van Der Berg
Yolande De Jongh
Felicity Van Wyk
To all DURBAC Road, Trail and Cross Country members. Thank you for a great year of highs and lows which was 2018. We are grateful for each and everyone's contribution however big or small, making our club great.
YOU ARE ALL FAMILY!! Cheers to a fruitful and blessed 2019, from the Road Captain's team and Club committee.
To download the latest club race results (up to 27 October 2018), click the button below. If you have any corrections please drop our humble and hardworking statistician Christo McDonald (Christo.McDonald@gmail.com) a line. Thanks Christo for all your help.
Bergbokkies Fundraising Christmas Run - with all donations going to the
Hagar Home in Durbanville for abused women and children
Vlakte Marathon (weekend away)
CAN/SA Relay For Life at Zevenwacht Wine Farm
Trail Goats Year End at Blue Peter
Many of our members will remember Jolandi Le Roux (nee De Villiers) who was a Durbac member for a number of years before taking up cycling and triathlons.
We are saddened by her tragic passing on her birthday (2nd December) after she slipped and fell at the Chapman's Peak Lookout Point.
Our thoughts are with her family at this tragic time.