2 May '18: ATC WEEKLY

Click Here to Subscribe to this Newsletter

Comrades Verification, Supported Run


There was a lot of activity and podiums from ATC’ers over the long weekend at AfricanX, Walkerbay Xtreme, the Safari Half and various smaller events.  Well done to all on a long weekend well spent.  We will feed back on this in our next full newsletter.

Comrades Entry Verification

We have verified all ATC Running’s Comrades entrants!  If you didn’t receive an email from us in the last week regarding this, it means you are not entered under ATC Running.  So please let us know today if we didn’t contact you.

Verifications close tonight (2 May) at midnight.

Finish Suite in Moses Mabhida Stadium

As there are no club gazebos allowed in the Moses Mabhida Stadium, where the Comrades finish is, ATC Running has booked a 30-seater viewing suite, inside the stadium (on level 3 or 5), for our members to gather when they finish.  You are welcome to invite your supporters to the suite as well as it will have a view of the finish.  However, numbers for the suite are limited so we will have to give preference to our runners.

This suite comes at a huge expense to the club but since our resources at such a remote location are limited and we are uncertain of how we would be able to support our runners at the finish; the committee has taken the decision to incur this expense.

We will make a time to be at registration in Durban to collect any bags with clothing, etc, you may want to have waiting for you at the finish.

If you have supporters who can assist in the suite on the day, please let us know.

Please see details of our supported long run on Sunday, under Training.


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:  The swim will be on Saturday, afternoons at 14:00.  Please note that we follow a different arrangement for the afternoon swims because the water taxi is in operation.  We swim up to the second bridge on the right-hand side (hugging the wall on your right shoulder), then anti-clockwise around the island (hugging the wall on your left shoulder) and back to the start on your left (hugging the wall on your left shoulder).  We all start as a group at 14:00 and no late starts will be permitted because we swim up and down on the same side and cannot have two-way traffic.


BIKE:  There will be a ride from the VA Point on Thursday morning at 06:00.   We will also do a 70-80 KM ride on Saturday morning from the Point VA at 07:00


RUN:  We will have a Track session on Tuesdays at 06:00 and on Wednesdays at 18:00.


Supported Long Run

We will host a supported long run this Sunday, 6 May, of up to 60 Kms.  The plan is to start from the Point Virgin Active at 06:00 and run along the Promenade, Coastal road, over Suikerbossie and Chapmans Peak.  Runners should reach the 30 Km mark near the boom on the Noordhoek side of Chapman’s Peak.  We will have support stops along the way with some refreshments, but you can also load your own in the vehicles at the start.

Please feel free to invite runners from other groups / clubs to join us for this run.

If you know of anyone willing to drive a support vehicle that will be highly appreciated.  We cannot support such a long run with a single vehicle.


EVENTS:  Details here...

Newlyweds, Darrin Hofmeyr and Jessica Hopley are off to a “Triathlon Honeymoon”, befitting the way they met whilst training with ATC and Embark.  The pair is doing Ironman 70.3 St George, Utah, on Saturday and representing the Atlantic Triathlon TriClub.  Good luck to you both!

Good luck to Mountain Bikers taking on the Gravel & Grape Stage race this weekend.

ATC Development runners will be seen in action in the 4-Man Team Relay at the 8 Hour Challenge on Saturday on the Welbedacht farm in Wellington.  The event includes various Mountain Bike and Trail Run events as well as an off-road Duathlon on Sunday.

For more information on this and other events taking place over the next week, please follow the links provided below.

Event Name
4 to 6 May 2018
Mountain Bike
Breedekloof Wine Valley
5 to 6. May 2018
Mountain Bike
Goudini Spa
5 to 6. May 2018
MTB & Trail
Wellbedacht Estate, Wellington
Saturday, 5. May 2018
Mountain Biking
Sutherland - Koleo, Ceres
Sunday, 6. May 2018
Road Run
UCT Middle Campus
Sunday, 6. May 2018
Ultra Triathlon
Sun City



Old Fisherman's Trail Challenge

The Old Fisherman's Trail Challenge will take place on Saturday 2nd June 2018, from Fish Hoek to Hout Bay.  This year there is a new start venue, at the Peninsula Canoe Club, and a new route, which will still traverse the mountain.  On-line entries for Charities and 2017 runners will open on Thursday and general entries will open on Friday at 10:00.


Triathlons – 18-19 Season

Great news! Dates for two great events have been confirmed for the new season.  The Freshpak Clanwilliam Festival will happen on Saturday 29 September and the Slanghoek Triathlons will take place on the weekend of 27 to28 October.  Keep your ears to the ground to find out when entries open.


Enjoy the week!