We run – fast, slow, long distances, short distances, on road, on trail and cross country - we run!
WHY do we run? WHAT is it that brings you to the starting line every time you lace up to run - whether solo or with others - for a pack run or for an event?
My relationship with running is very short compared to most of you and I do not describe myself as a runner but rather as a human being that runs – running is now one of my tools for living. A tool that enables me to experience other and new adventures, to challenge myself, to change and it offers me peace and joy. I remind myself ‘why’ I choose to lace up and for ‘what’ I choose to lace up regularly as running, much like living, is something you must do yourself.
Being part of Durbac offers us the privilege and the joy of sharing in fellow members’ journeys to the starting line.
The start of this new calendar year is an ideal time to remind ourselves of the answer to our ‘why’ and our ‘what’ to be able to run wisely. Whatever the answer to your ‘why’ or ‘what’ may be - how wonderful the simplicity of running and what a privilege the ability - may you run wisely and flourish in 2019!
Vice Chairperson & Trail captain
A word from The Chairperson
And just like that January is gone... What an incredible start to the year. The black and yellow bus has been sighted en-masse on numerous road and trail events where we are usually in the top 1 or 2 in terms of number of runners from a single club. Many of our members are hitting podiums - listing them all will need its own newsletter but well done to all members for getting down to events in numbers and carrying the Durbac flag high.
The events I have been down to have been packed and I am thankful to the Captains Teams for organising Gazebo's, drinks, snacks and most of all support [which I needed after a rather tough Red Hill this year - it dropped out of my top 3 favourite races to somewhere near 50th - I kid]. It's been great to mingle with the new and old members of the club.
A note on growth. Each year we plan our budget with a steady growth curve in mind - but each year that growth expectation is exceeded. It's crazy how our club and the running community has grown exponentially over the past few years. We ended last year with over 700 members and if the early trends are anything to go by will exceed 800 comfortably this year.
With that in mind - Welcome to all our Newbies!!! It's always great to see so many new faces on the road and the energy that you bring to the club can already be felt. Just a reminder of the new members function at the Durbanville Golf Club on 27 February. It's a great way to meet fellow members and experience the "gees" of this incredible club. (Details are in the body of this newsletter)
Another event coming up where we need your help is the Tygerrun on 21 March. This is the biggest race in the Northern Suburbs and one of the biggest in the Western Cape - across all 3 events last year we had more than 8000 runners. Our race committee will be looking for volunteers to help. Please help where you can as this race will not be a success without the help of you guys!
Other than that check out what is happening on our Facebook pages "Durbac Members" and "Durbanville AC trail" to keep in touch with events - like our farm run on the 10th of March (places are limited).
Cheers for eers and remember to run litter free and safe,
D - your humble chairperson
It’s that time of year again where everyone needs to renew their ASA Licences. If you haven’t had a chance to do it as yet here is a quick guide to the process.
Please make sure that your information is up to date on the ASA website http://asa.saclubs.co.za/ and then print the member form on their website and sign it. You will need to take this form, the club indemnity form which is on our website, and your proof of payment for the club fees to Benjie at Van der Merwe & Robertson (opposite the Post Office-2nd Floor, V&R Building, 34 Oxford Road, Durbanville.
The amount for club membership is R360 which includes the ASA licence. The full process can be found at www.durbac.org.za/join. Age category numbers can also be collected from there.
Running vests and t-shirts are available from Kloppers Sport, Cape Gate Décor Centre, Okavango Road/Tanner Street. New stock has just arrived so all sizes should now be available.
When you take part in an official WPA race or event please ensure that you wear a Durbac club running vest or t-shirt (with your licence number on the front and the back) and black shorts or tights.
Here is a basic rundown of Durbac’s Club and Pack runs:
On a normal week there are road club runs at 18.00 on a Tuesday and Thursday from Durbanville Golf Club with distance options from around 5km to 15km as well as a beginners group.
There is also a longer run of between 20km and 30km on a Sunday. The Sunday run starts at 6am during the summer and 7am in the winter months and routes are updated on a weekly basis through Facebook and Whatsapp. There is a R10 seconding fee for the Sunday run.
Trail runs are also organised every week and open to all members.
Wednesday farm runs, meet at 17:45 running at 18:00. Venue rotates between Majik Forest, Meerendal, Altydgedacht, Bellville Golf Course and Vodacom World of Golf. These runs are suitable for all runners, from experienced trail goats to avid roadrunners. As these are pack runs we regroup regularly (also an excellent way to catch your breath). With enough groups there will surely be one to fit your level of fitness and trail comfort.
Twice a month the team arranged pack runs, usually on a Sunday. These are more serious trails in some of the most beautiful mountains and nature around the Cape, but we still cater for all likes of runners by having different packs for different capabilities. Just watch Facebook for the next adventure – and come and enjoy some seriously fresh air in nature!
The Road Captain’s Challenge and Trail Captain’s Challenge are 2 separate but similar initiatives through which Durbac encourages and rewards participation in some of the major road and trail running events throughout the year. Points are awarded for participating in and completing these events regardless of finishing time or position. Depending on the points earned by members they will be awarded a bronze, silver or gold certificate at the annual awards function in April.
The upcoming races which are eligible for points in the Captain’s Challenge are as follows:
17th Feb 2019 Peninsula half and full
23rd Feb 2019 Cango Half and Full
2nd March 2019 Century City 10km
9th March 2019 Constantia K-Way 15km
17th March 2019 Tygerberg 30km
23rd Feb 2019 Table Mountain Batrun 30km
15th March 2019 Addo San Park 76km, 44km, 100 miler
Full details of which races and events form part of the respective Captain’s Challenges are published on our website:
It’s with big excitement that we want to invite our club members to join us on our Annual Prize Giving on the 6th of April 2019.
Come and celebrate with us the year that was 2018. The hard work that has been put in, the fun on the road, the challenges been chased, but most important of all the friendships made!
It’s the one day in the year were we all actually dress up and don’t look like runners!
Payments to be made by 25th March 2019.
Banking details: Durbanville Athletic Club
Bank: Standard Bank
Account number: 071987800
Branch number: 051001
Reference: pg + name and surname
To download the latest club race results (up to 30 January 2019), 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.