11 Apr '18: ATC NEWS

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Q1 Results, Ironman Africa Champs, Knysna Marathon, SportAnalytik


The first quarter of 2018 went by in a flash!  A most successful one for ATC Members, if the results contained in this newsletter is anything to go by.  And not just on the sports field.  We have already congratulated many couples on engagements and marriages this year and there have been three births.  And these are just the ones we know of.

This week, around 100 of us are off to Port Elizabeth to take up “pole position” at the Ironman African Champs as the TriClub with the most entrants at the event.  Hopefully we will earn the most points at the race to extend our lead in Division II of this competition.


Two of the Cape’s premier events, the Cape Town Cycle Tour and Two Oceans Marathon, are behind us and the results we collected for these events to date are shown at the bottom of this email.  We would like to publish the members with the best combined times in these events but will give members a chance to verify their results before we do.  Please check and use the links provided to capture your result if we don’t have it yet.

Member Personal News

Congratulations to Kelly and Eckhard Scholtz, on the birth of their baby girl, Cara Linda Scholtz, on the 21st of March.  Cara was born a couple of weeks ahead of schedule but Mom reports that she is very healthy and peaceful and seems totally ready for the world.

Dianne and Ross McEwan welcomed their second child, baby-girl Caelan Jean McEwan into the world on the 28th of March.  Congratulations to the McEwan family.


Embark Knysna Marathon Program

Embark’s Coached Group Training Program for the Knysna Forest Marathon and Half started on Monday.  The Knysna Marathon is tough but possibly the most beautiful marathon you will ever do.  The Half Marathon is a fast “downhill” race and one of the best courses for that sought-after PB!  Embark has set up a 12-Week program that combines all the necessary training so that you can feel confident going into the race.  The training is fun and focused, in a coached group environment that includes three to four coached sessions per week plus individual sessions that you are required to do on your own. Beginners going for a finish or intermediate runners going for a PB can contact steve@embark.co.za for more details or visit: www.embark.co.za


Sport Analytik

Have you ever wondered what sport you would have excelled at if you had had the opportunity to be tested as a child?  Well, now you can have the answer for your children.  SportAnalytik, a global initiative aimed at getting kids, aged 5 to 15, more involved in sport, has just launched in South Africa!  Kids take part in 9 simple, entertaining and fun activities and the outcome is then analysed to determine the right sport for them.  Results are based on individual physical and physiological characteristics.  Over 300 000 children from more than 15 countries, have taken part in SportAnalytik events, ensuring a high standard of reliability in peer and age group comparisons.

The aim of this initiative is not to select professional athletes, but rather to bring joy to every child by discovering their sporting talent during an exciting 3-Hour, activity based, event.

To register your child for launch day on 21 April 2018, please click this link: http://www.sportanalytik.co.za/register-148-Green-Point-Cricket-Club  The introductory offer is R150. (Normal price: R350) 

To read more about SportAnalytik click here: http://www.sportanalytik.co.za/how-does-it-work

Or contact:  http://www.sportanalytik.co.za/#Contact


RESULTS:  Details here...

SA TRI Champs

Congratulations to the following ATC’ers who earned medals at the SA Triathlon Championships, held in Bloemfontein in March. 

ELITE ATU African Cup:  Rohan Meyer (Silver).

JUNIORS:   John-Pierre Weideman (Bronze, Jun 16-17 M)

PARATRIATHLONCindy Jacobsz (SA Champ, PTVI F) with guide Petro Neethling.  Tyron Ingle as guide for David Jones (SA Champ, PTVI M).

SENIOR AGHenry Wolstenholme (SA Champ, Sprint 50-54 M) and John Van Onselen (Silver, Sprint 60-64 M).


SA LC TRI Champs

The SA Long Course Championships was held in conjunction with the MiWay Durban Ultra on 3 March.  Annah Watkinson won the ladies event to be crowned the SA Champ for 2018!  Marthinus Kemp was 4th in the 30-34 AG, Anton Du Plessis was second in the 50-54 AG, Genelle Van Der Riet won the 50-54 AG and Anneri Harmse was second in the 35-39 AG.


SA Masters Swim Champs

Jay Richards competed at the SA Masters Swimming Championships in the 40-44 age category and raked in the following medals:  Individual Events: 100m Backstroke, Gold; 50m Breast, Gold; 50m Fly, Gold; 50m Back, Gold; 100m Free, Silver and 50m Free, Silver.

Team Relays, as part of the Cape Town Masters team:  Men’s 200m Free Relay, Gold & New SA Record; Men’s 100m Backstroke, Gold; Men’s 400m Medley Relay, Gold; Men’s 50m Breast, Gold; Mixed 200m Free Relay, Gold; Men’s 200m Medley Relay, Gold; Men’s 50m Fly, Gold; Men’s 50m Back, Gold; Mixed 200m Medley Relay, Silver; Men’s 100m Free, Silver and Men’s 50m Free, Silver.


Cape Town Cycle Tour

All our finishers of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, which took place on Sunday 11 March 2018, are listed below.  We have posted more details, along with feedback from the riders, on our on-line blogDouglas Burger did the 60 Km Mountain Bike Challenge (2:50:15) and 109 Km Road Race (2:47:33) and finished in the top 10 of his age group in both events. Hayley Preen was the 7th lady in the 60 Km MT Bile Challenge and did the Elite Ladies road race (21st, 2:11:59)

Hard training, along with great weather contributed to some amazing PBs.  Three riders reported improvements of over two hours:  A-J Spieringshoek (2:13), Sheena Japhtes (2:09) and Mario Penso (2:02)


If your result does not appear yet, please visit RACETEC online to see you results and then capture it on this ONLINE Form.


Two Oceans Runs

Congratulations to everyone who completed one or more of the Two Oceans runs over the Easter weekend!  All our members’ results are listed further down in this email.  For more detailed results, please view our on-line blog.  Some highlights:

OMTOM 56 Km Ultra:  Silver (sub-4):  Andrew Blake (3:58) and Mark Hankin (3:59).  Sainsbury (sub-5):  Juan Carstens (4:23), Laine Alexander (4:33), John Davies (4:38), James Dillon (4:52), Gregory Torr (4:54) and Jana Van Der Merwe (4:58).

OMTOM 21 Km Half:  Silver (sub-1:30):  Michael Ginsberg (1:19), Greg Goodall (1:20), Davide Del Fante (1:21), Nicholas Koenig (1:22), Tyron Ingle (1:23), Michael Joseph (1:24), Rudi Oosthuizen (1:25), Christiaan De Villiers (1:28), Paul Harker (1:29), Jason Spriggs (1:29) and Alice Oosthuizen (1:29).

OMTOM 12 Km Trail:  Daniel Arendse (54:55) was the 2nd Junior and 5th overall.  Linda Detering (1:03:12) was the second lady followed by Landie Greyling (1:03:31) in 3rd.


We can only extract ATC Running Members’ results for the Ultra and Half Marathons.  If your result does not appear yet, please visit RACETEC online to see you results and then capture it on this ONLINE Form.


OMTOM Medal Tally

With over 200 ATC’ers finishing the Two Oceans Ultra and Half Marathon this year, our total medal tally for this event has grown to over 1000.  The table below shows the medals earned by our members since 2010, when we first registered as a running club.

'10 - '17
56 km Ultra
21 km Half
Top 10



The first member to tell us who won ATC’s only gold medal at a Two Oceans event will win a set of running kit!  Hint:  The person did not run Two Oceans this year but is mentioned elsewhere in this newsletter or related Links.


WPA Road Runs

Loads of ATC’ers did various WPA sanctioned road runs in the first quarter of the year.  We have published our members’ results for some of the bigger events, listed below.  Follow the links to view results in detail.  If this year’s Bay 2 Bay and Peninsula events are anything to go by, there seems to be a definite trend amongst ATC’ers to do more long-distance runs.  Two thirds of ATC’ers participating in these events did the longer of the two routes on offer.

We have updated the results previously published for the Bay 2 Bay 30 and 15 Km, in which around 180 members participated on Sunday 14 January 2018.  Jana Trojan (VOB) was the 2nd lady in the 50+ category over this distance. 

Red Hill Marathon and Classic, 27 January 2018:  Jana Trojan (VOB) was the 2nd lady in the 50+ category in the Marathon and Victoria Reuvers (Wildrunner) was the 3rd lady in the 35+ Category in the 36 Km Classic event.

Over 90 ATC’ers tackled the Peninsula Marathon and over 40 opted for the Half on Sunday 18 February 2018. Mark Hankin, Nic De Beer (KPMG) and Shaun Gregory all ran Sub-3 in the Marathon.  Jana Trojan (VOB) won the Female 50+ category.  In the Half, Michael Joseph and Dean Hopf posted sub-90s.

Milkwood Half & 10K - 25 February 2018:  Congratulations to Greg Goodall (5th, 1:18, 2nd Senior) and Mike Ginsberg (6th, 1:18, 3rd Senior) who finished in the top 10 at the Half Marathon!

Tygerberg 30K – 4 March 2018: A great Training run for members training for Ironman and Two Oceans.


Other Results

After finishing 3rd in the boys u/15 category at the Western Province 1500m Championships (Vygieskraal, Athlone), Casedy Rudolph represented WP Schools at the Western Cape Championships (Daljosafat Paarl) and got a 5th in the Boys u/15 1500m.

Eugene Poss won the Zevenwacht 5 Km Trail Run, held on 17 March.  He also won the Run the Vines 17 Km Trail Run, held on 2 April on the Spice Route estate, where Samantha Calitz was the second lady.  Daniel Arendse won the 10 Km trail run at this event.

Dawn Clarke won her age group (55-59) at Ironman 70.3 Davao, Philippines, held on 26 March, and earned herself a slot into Ironman 70.3 World Champs.


TRAINING:  Details here...

ATC Training WhatsApp Groups:

ATC Swimming Training:  https://chat.whatsapp.com/LMakdw7KwEs9yG67itDRsO

ATC Cycling Training:  https://chat.whatsapp.com/9UyYsXy1PUSL5NcP0lUWhp

ATC Running Training:  https://chat.whatsapp.com/2M3oWyW25xw4nZM62zVy0V


SWIM:  There will be NO CANAL swim this Friday (13th April).  From next week (21 April), the swim will be on Saturday, afternoons at 14:00.  We will swim at Hobie Beach this coming Friday.  Please check out WhatsApp for details.


BIKE:  There will be no club rides this week as we will be at Ironman in Port Elizabeth.


RUN:  Today (11 April) there is a show at the Cape Town Stadium and the Athletics Stadium has also been booked for the show.  So, we will train at the Mouille Point Light House at 18:00. Back to normal next week, hopefully.


EVENTS:  Details here...

Ironman Africa Champs

Good luck to all the members doing Ironman Africa Championships on Sunday!  More than 100 ATC and Embark athletes will be heading down to Port Elizabeth this week to line up on Sunday for the 3.8 Km Swim, 180 Km Bike and 42.2 Km Run.  The complete list of ATC’ers taking part and their race numbers appear further down in this email.  SMS the race number of your Triathlete to 39408 to track his / her progress on the day.  This costs R15 and a portion of the proceeds goes towards the Ironman 4 the Kidz Charity.

We will set up the ATC Gazebo on the run route and members must please invite their supporters to join us there on the day.  We will provide some refreshments for supporters.  It is a long day for them too and the athletes need them fresh, loud and happy.  Please watch our social media channels for the location of our gazebo, which we will provide as soon as it is set up. 

WPCA League – Paarl De Ville

The Western Province Cycling Road Racing League has started, and this weekend’s race is hosted by the Cyclopaths Cycling Club at the Paarl de Ville restaurant.  The league relies heavily on the support of club riders and members are encouraged to participate and support on Sunday.  For more details visit:  Tuv-Nord – Battle of the North

Other Events

For more information on this and other events taking place this weekend, please follow the links provided below:

Event Name
26 Mar to 25 Apr
Durban to Pietermaritzburg
Wednesday, 11. April 2018
Trail Run
Simon’s at Groot Constantia
Saturday, 14. April 2018
Mountain Bike
Philadelphia Church Square
Saturday, 14. April 2018
Open Water Swim
Langebaan Main Beach
14 - 15 April 2018
Mountain Biking
Oak Valley, Elgin, Grabouw
Saturday, 14. April 2018
Road Run
Gordon’s Bay Primary School
Saturday, 14. April 2018
Road Bike
Clarens, Free State
Sunday, 15. April 2018
Road Bike
Paarl de Ville, Agter-Paarl
Sunday, 15. April 2018
Ultra Triathlon
Port Elizabeth



Comrades First Time Matters Seminar

The Comrades Marathon Association will host a seminar for first time Comrades runners on 18 April at 19:00 at the Durbanville Golf Club Function Room (DURBAC’s base).


Enjoy the week!