Magnolia Newsletter #25 7 December 2017
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Upcoming events, Club tent, Reserve 2018 license numbers2018 RegistrationASA detailsRunning clothesSunday runsMagnolia Christmas RunLawley Street Christmas Walk, Race Volunteers, New Year's RunTuesday running groups, Race Pace Coaching, Thank youComrades 2018 Medal Bus, Race informationSocial media, Thank youRace reports & photos, Contact us

We would like to wish all our members, running friends and families a happy holiday and a happy 2018.

Upcoming events

9 Dec - Nedbank Skosana Road Race 6:00
10 Dec - Magnolia Christmas Charity Run 5:45 (W) 6:00 (R)
10 Dec - Mandela Remembrance Walk& Run 7:30 
12 Dec - Lawley Christmas Light Walk 18:15
13 Dec - Coaching session 16:30/17:00/17:30
16 Dec - The Wonderful Run 6:00
20 Dec - Coaching session 16:30/17:00/17:30
27 Dec - Coaching session 16:30/17:00/17:30
31 Dec - Old Year's Race 17:00
Club closes: 13 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Club tent

The next club tent will be at:
  • The Wonderful Run - Wonderpark on Saturday 16 Dec (This will be the last club tent for 2017)
The club tent will be at all Pretoria races on weekends unless specified otherwise. No club tent at races on Wednesdays. 

Cold drinks and snacks are provided by the club.
PLEASE NOTE: Beer/ciders will be available at no cost at races with a distance of 32km and more, otherwise beer will be sold for R12 and ciders for R15

Please contact Dirk Olivier 082 787 5097 should you have any queries regarding the club tent.

Reserve your 2018 license number

Those members who are interested in keeping their numbers for 2018, are requested to mail Melinda Smal at before the END OF DECEMBER 2017.

There is no guarantee that we will get the same license numbers for 2018 as requested, especially for members who joined late in the year, as numbers issued by AGN later in the year might be additional numbers and do not fall within the numbers allocated for Magnolia.  This will specifically pertain to numbers consisting of 5 digits.
Reserve Now

2018 Registration 

We will only receive the AGN licenses in 2018. Look out for the announcements of when registrations will start.

The 2018 Registration Fees:
  • 1st Adult member: R430
  • 2nd Adult (family): R370
  • Senior (under 25): R220
  • Junior (under 18): R120
  • Great Grand Master (70+): R270
  • Above 80: Free
  • Social member/Friend of Magnolia - R230
Use the online registration on and follow the steps.

Please bring your email-printout and proof of payment to receive your AGN number.
No number will be given without these documents.

ASA Details

ALL MAGNOLIA MEMBERS are required to go check their details on the ASA website under the following link:

We still have numerous Magnolia members who have not registered or arranged their transfers from other clubs. We created profiles for some of those members who have not done so. These members can either use their name or ID number as password to log in.

Running clothes

Running vests are sold at the club house on Tuesdays from 17:00-19:00.
  • Men's and ladies vests - R200
  • Cycling vests - R230
Visit the website to view our clothing range

Sunday runs

Date:  10 December 2017 Christmas Charity Run 
Time: 6:00 (Runners) 5:45 (walkers0
Distance: +/-21km 
Start: Boardwalk/Faerie Glen Virgin Active
Hosted by: Janeen and Mike de Klerk

Date: 7 January 2018 New Year's Run 
Time: 6:00 
Distance: +/-18km 
Start: Magnolia Club houses, 229 Middel Street
Hosted by: Freddie du Plessis
Cost: R15 per runner to cover costs of drink.

ALL RUNNERS WELCOME!! The Sunday runs are not just for Magnolia members but for the whole running community.

Volunteers needed for Sunday club runs. Please put your name on the board in the club house or contact our club captains.

Magnolia Christmas Charity Run 10 December

We are once again hosting it from the lawns just outside the Boardwalk/Faerie Glen Virgin Active car park on Sunday 10 December 2017. Wear something festive and join us for the last club run of the year as we run for fun and for charity.

We are using this run to collect some items of need for the pediatric oncology ward in Steve Biko through Lemon Tree Kids. They requested specific stationary/toiletries/food items for the children receiving treatment:
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencils
  • Sharpeners
  • Wax crayons
  • Pencil crayons
  • Small peanut butter
  • Small baked beans
  • Small aqueous cream
  • Small toothpaste + brush (children’s)

There is also a special festive season request. There is a young boy (12) Manqoaba who had a bilateral amputation and needs 2 artifical limbs. The estimated cost for Manqoaba's prosthesis is R100 000. Instead of or in addition to the items above you can make a donation to help Manqoaba walk again. You can bring cash to the run (we will have a bottle) or alternatively you can make a deposit as follows:
Account name: Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund
Bank: Nedbank
Account number: 160 2417 555
Branch Code: 160245
Ref: Lemon-Tree-Kids NPC – Manqoaba
You can send proof of payment to and me at

When: Sunday 10 December 2017
Time:  5:45 (walkers) 6:00 (runners)
Place: Faerie Glen Virgin Active (Boardwalk)
Distance: 15km out and back
Cost: R15
Breakfast on the lawn afterwards

Lawley Street Christmas Light Walk 12 December

On Tuesday 12 December we will be taking our annual stroll up to Lawley Street to view the Christmas lights and return to the club house. 

Start: 18:15 from the Magnolia club house. 
Distance: +/- 7km

All members and their families are welcome. Bring grandma, the kids and the dogs.....

Please bring something reflective or wear a white top so that you are visible at night.
We will have a water point at the start of Lawley street with some snacks and lucky packets for the kids.

Bidvest McCarthy Toyota Race - Volunteers 

On 3 February 2017 Magnolia Road Runners, together with Bidvest McCarthy Toyota, will be hosting the 35th race at Rietondale Park.

We urge members not to take part in the race but to rather volunteer to help us on the day with the race. 

This takes up a lot of manpower and we kindly request to send your name and contact details to the following if you are willing to assist.
Click here to help as marshall
Click here to help at parking
Click here to help at entries
Click here to help at the finish
Click here for other assitance

7 January 2018 - New Year's Run

On 7 January 2018 we will have the first Sunday club run after the Festive break.
Join us for a run as we start the New Year.
There will be snacks afterwards at the club house.

Date: 7 January 2018 New Year's Run 
Time: 6:00 
Distance: +/-18km 
Start: Magnolia Club houses, 229 Middel Street
Hosted by: Freddie du Plessis
Cost: R15 per runner to cover costs of drink.

ALL RUNNERS WELCOME!! The Sunday runs are not just for Magnolia members but for the whole running community.

Tuesday running groups

Rudolf van Wyk and Freddie du Plessis will host a running group every Tuesday from 17:00 from the club. Those interested in joining can meet them at the club house on Tuesdays. The route will vary between 8 and 10km. For more info contact Rudolf van Wyk.

Race Pace coaching

Speed work is the core of what drives improvement in our running. So Magnolia has joined forces with Clinton Hunter from RacePace Coaching to provide group coaching sessions to all Magnolia members who are interested in improving their running in 2017.
These coaching sessions are for old, young, slow and fast.
The professional coaching sessions will be paid for by the club, so it will be free of charge to our members.

When: Wednesdays
Where: Harlequins Cricket Field (Where the Sunrise monster race finishes)
Time: 16:30/17:00/17:30 ( You can slot in with any group)

For further information and instruction on how to join read about Race Pace coaching on our website.

Comrades 2018 Magnolia Medal Bus

Would you like to be part of a unique “bus and running experience” for the 2018 Comrades Marathon? The idea is to get as many Magnolia members as possible with a Green number to run together from start to finish. To make the bus unique we will run with a banner indicating the total number of medals in the “bus”.  Name for the banner is still be determined but it will be something like, “Magnolia 150 Comrades Medal Bus”.
To accommodate all runners, our objective is to finish around 11 ½ hours. This might be a difficult decision for the faster runners as you would have to substitute your Bill Rowan/Bronze medal for an 11 ½ finish. As far as we are aware, it has never been attempted before to get a larger number of green numbers to finish together. This will mean that you will be part of something unique. You will be running and completing the Comrades with friends, all with a common goal to finish as a group. Some of our members have stopped running long distances but still would like to be part of this unique “bus” and are tempted to run again next year.
Our aim is to get as many medals as possible and would like to get 150+ medals.
To be part of this bus, you must:

  • Have a green number (completed 10 Comrades marathons or more)
  • Start in the E block.
  • Be a Magnolia member and run in Magnolia club colours on the day.
  • Start and end with the “bus”.
If you would like to be part of this unique bus please send an e-mail to Kenny at with the following information (this will also indicate if this initiative is viable):
  • Name and surname
  • Number of Comrades medals
  • Cellphone number


Race Information

You can also download the following NEW running mobile application for free

Thank you

Thank you to Dirk Olivier for doing the club tent at the Muller Potgieter Race and the Tough One race. Thanks you for all the hard work and dedication towards the gazebo and the Magnolia members during this year. We are not always aware of the challenges Dirk faces to get the club tent at the venue for us. And despite this he still does it even if it means only 5 runners come to the club tent.

Thank you to Leslie Linstrom for doing the Sunday club run on 3 December 2017.

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Race reports and photos

Please send us your race stories and photos. We will upload it on the website.

To read about Peter Purchase's Grand Raid Reunion race you can visit the website for the full report:

Luuk Hepkema took part in the Athens Classic Marathon. You can also read the full race report on the website :

Contact us

Chairman: Charl Crouse
082 900 1323      

Club Captain: Tinus Marais

Vice-Club Captain: Freddie du Plessis

Newsletter editor: Hannes Nel

Website and statistician: Noel Young


Clothing: Carmen van Niekerk

Social matters: Jeanne-Mari Gauldie
Our mailing address is:

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