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Magnolia Newsletter #17                         
       4 May 2016
Charl Crouse
082 900 1323                          

Club captain:
Dewald Muller

Newsletter editor: 
Melinda Smal

Noel Young

Magda Grobler

Carmen van Niekerk
  1. Upcoming events
  2. Magnolian of the month
  3. Collection of Comrades shirts and goodie bags
  4. Comrades Goodie bags
  5. Comrades support on the road
  6. Registration
  7. Ethical road running 
  8. #RunClean Campaign
  9. AGN Matters
  10. Running vests
  11. Sunday runs
  12. Time trials & Tuesday runs
  13. Tuesday social club braai
  14. New members
  15. Birthdays
  16. Website
  17. Club tents
  18. Race information
  19. Race results
  20. Thank you
  21. Race reports & photos
  22. News
Please be considerate and respectful when you contact the above-mentioned people or any other committee member.
1. Upcoming events
Date Time Event
Sat 7 May  6:30 Jackie Meckler
Sun 8 May  6:30 Sunday run hosted by Nic Rowse (+/-20km)
Sat 14 May 6:45 The Love Run 5/10/21km (League Race)
Sun 15 May  6:30 Sunday run hosted by Esti deVries and Mia vd Linde (+/-20km)
Sat 21 May 7:00 Race of Hope (The Grove Mall) (5/10/21km)
Sun 22 May 6:30 Chairman's run and captain's braai
Sun 22 May 18:00 Comrades Church Service NG Valleisig
2. Magnolian of the month
The Magnolia Committee decided to announce a Magnolian of the Month in order to introduce all the movers and shakers to the club, based on any form of service/contribution or achievement. If you have any suggestions for this achievement, please feel free to contact the club committee.

For the month of April 2016 we will award this to Tobie Reyneke for completing the Addo Elephant trail run where he did the 76km trail run through the vast Addo Elephant National Park in a time of 35 hours and 40 minutes.

We invite all Magnolians of the month to join us for the club braai on the first Tuesday of the month to celebrate this achievement.

Please feel free to send us your nominations of who you think deserves the award of Magnolian of the month.
3. Collection of Comrades shirts and goodie bags.
All Comrades runners can collect their Comrades shirts and goodie bags, supporter shirts and kiddies shirts on the 22nd of May after the Chairman's run and later during the day at the Captain's braai. Members who can't make it for these occasions to collect their shirts and goodie bags can also collect it on Tuesday 24 May from 17:30 at the club house.
4. Comrades Goodie bags
We have some spot prizes up for grabs that we will give away at our Captains braai on 22 May.
These offers were sponsored by Goller&Kok Physiotherapy in Menlo Park.
The prizes include:
Five Comrades Rub Downs up for grabs!!!!
Stand a chance to get a sponsored 45 minute rub down for tired Comrades legs.
Offer valid for two weeks after Comrades only!!
5. Comrades support on the road
In order to encourage/motivate and comfort Comrades runners, Magnolia will be providing support along the Comrades route at about 30kms to go (Gillet's Station) on 29 May 2016. The Magnolia gazebo will be at this point. Runners can give their ziplock bags with whatever they will need for race day to Ronald Lagerwall.  

Please mark your ziplock bags very clearly with your name and surname.

WHERE and WHEN do you hand in bags?
1. On Sunday 22 May at the Chairman's run and the Comrades braai
2. On Tuesday 24 May from 17:30 at the Magnolia club house.

Last year some runners handed in their race bags and left it unused as we provided ample refreshments at the supporters point i.e. Ice, Coke, Fanta Orange, Cream Soda/Raspberry Soda, Water, Lemon Water, Chips, Bananas, Oranges, Marmite Sandwiches, Peanut butter Sandwiches, Droë Wors, Pink Salt, Re-hydrate- limited supply, and Icy hot spray.

Family members and other supporters are welcome to join us here at the Magnolia gazebo.
For further arrangements please contact Ronald Lagerwall
6. Registration for 2016
New Magnolia registration procedure with effect from 4 April 2016
In an attempt to reduce the amount of cash we have to deal with during the registration period and to streamline our administrative processes, the club committee has decided to change the registration process from 4 April 2016.
Registrations will now be done as follows: 
  • Registrations can still be done at the clubhouse on Tuesdays from 17:30 to 18:30 but no more registrations will be done at Run-A-Way Sport (only arranged number collections)
  • New and existing members can download the application form from the website (, complete it and e-mail it to the registrar, Magda Grobler at, together with proof of payment – either EFT or bank deposit slip.
  • The application form should be marked to indicate where the member wishes to collect the license number:  the club house or Run-A-Way Sport.
  • The registrar will print these documents, complete the invoice book, and allocate a license number to the member, or obtain the reserved number requested by the member, if applicable.
  • Once or twice a week (depending on the time of year) the invoice together with the license number will be delivered to Run-A-Way Sport and the members will be notified when ready for collection from the shop.
  • Members who prefer to collect license numbers from the club house on a Tuesday can still do so.  The same process can be followed as mentioned above in order to reduce the waiting time, especially during the first month of registration.
  • Should members not have access to the Internet to download the membership form or to do an EFT payment, they are welcome to come to the club house on a Tuesday afternoon between 17:00 and 18:30 for registration. The current procedure for club registrations will not change.
  • Alternative arrangements will be made when members notify the registrar at least 3 days in advance.
We would like to invite members who are still uncertain about the new procedures to contact any of the committee members or reply to the club e-mail address with queries.
  • No registration will be accepted without payment at the club or at the shop.  Should you prefer to pay via EFT (this is also our preferred method of receiving your payment), you have to provide a hard copy of proof of payment – no cell phone notifications on the day will be accepted.
  • To make an EFT payment, please use the banking details below:
          Standard Bank - Acc No 012 187 429
          Branch code 012 345
          Account name:  Magnolia Road Runners
NB: Please remember to use your name as reference when doing an EFT payment!!           
  • Please check the ASA website in case any of your personal details have changed and make the necessary changes.  The club administrator will then ensure that your license number is completed online once you have registered at the club or the shop.
  • Click here for procedures for Magnolia registration.
  • Click here for procedures for ASA registration.
  • 2016 ASA licensing form.
  • ASA Licensing Registration System for 2016
If you are considering changing clubs, the club administrator will have to transfer you on the ASA website. Please contact Magda Grobler, Melinda Smal or Noel Young to do the transfer for you.
Membership fees for 2016
1st Adult member
2nd Adult (family)
Junior (under 18)
Senior (under 25)
Great Grand Master (70+)
Social member (no AGN race number)/ Friends of Magnolia (Belong to another club)
7. Ethical road running
  • The club encourages members to obey the ASA rules and not to pirate run or run with only one 2016 AGN license number. License numbers must be worn both front and back.
  • We also encourage runners/walkers to refrain from using headphones or other listening devices. In the event of an accident you won't be covered by the insurance taken out by AGN. 
  • We also encourage runners to wear royal blue/navy/black shorts and skirts that will match the club's running vests. This is not a written rule especially since royal blue is not an easy colour for running gear but as far as uniformity of the club is concerned, we would like to motivate club members to try stick to the club colours.
  • When substituting for races, members are encouraged to do their substitutions officially especially when an electronic timing system is used. If the race pamphlet prohibits substitutions they should refrain from doing so.
8. #RunClean Campaign
Running events, being it road running, trail running or triathlons have significantly increased in the size of its participants. The industry is booming and are catering for all. Modern Athlete embarked on a #RunClean campaign where runners are reminded and encouraged to stay clear from littering on the race routes. This is an admirable initiative, especially seeing that road races makes its way through almost every suburb. From an environmental legal point of view, should our runners not run clean, regulations may be put in place where water sachets would not be distributed on road races. Runners should then carry their own water, or drink out of cups. This would have a detrimental effect on race times as many runners need to “grab and go” to run good times.

As Magnolians, let us encourage each other to follow this initiative and set an example as a club that #runclean. Therefore, the next time you lace-up and chase that personal best, remember, #RunClean.
9. AGN Matters
1. AGN Courses
AGN will be offering two courses namely, a Coaches course and a Technical Officials course for walkers. Members who are interested are encouraged to do these courses. Dates will be confirmed. Please look on the website for details.

2. AGN League races
AGN requires all walkers/runners to please fill in their league race numbers correctly. For every field not entered on the race bib, a league point will be deducted. Make sure you fill in your name, surname, age, license number, gender and province (AGN). If you are unsure about these please, contact us for assistance. See example below.
10. Running vests and caps
Running vests are available at the club. We will be ordering new stock soon and will let you know when it arrives. 
Running vest (male and female) - R190
Cyclist vest with zip - R230

Please contact
Carmen van Niekerk should you have any queries regarding the clothing.
Magnolia members are welcome to buy these Magnolia caps at R100 per cap. The caps have arrived and are available at the club house and limited stock will be available at the club tent during races.The clubhouse is open on Tuesdays from 17:00.
11. Sunday runs
Please note that club runs will start at 6:30 from 1 May 2016
Date: 8 May 2016
Time: 6:30
Distance: +/-24km
Hosted by: Nic Rowse
Cost: R15 per runner to cover costs of drinks and snacks.
The Sunday runs form a significant part of the success of the club. We kindly invite you to assist us again by presenting a Sunday run.  The club provides all the refreshments and will also provide a route. Volunteers can contact our club captain Dewald Muller (071 528 9614) or Rudolf van Wyk Rudolf.vanWyk@aecom (082 054 8586) if you are interested in doing a Sunday run.
12. Time trials and Tuesday runs
Tuesday runs
Every Tuesday there will be a running group at the club doing a training run. It could vary from hill training, stairs or Fort Klapperkop, depending on the crowd.
We will be starting at 17:00 from the club house. 
Anyone is welcome to join.

Thursday time trials
Magnolia will be joining forces with the Phobians time trial on Thursdays.
Due to the traffic around our club, time trials have become dangerous and thus Phobians have welcomed us to their time trials. There is a 4km and 8km route.
Their time trials work on a time chip system and the club will buy 20 chips for those members who are interested.
We encourage all members from Magnolia to join us on a Thursdays at 17:30 at Pretoria High School Old Boys Club (378 Queens Crecent, Lynnwood).

Please note that the time trial times will not change for winter so you are encouraged to wear reflective clothing for visibility.
For the time trial calendar please visit the following link:
Please contact Rudolf van Wyk should you have any further queries.
Please visit the Phobians website to view results
13. Tuesdays social club braai
Please note for the month of June and July there will be no club braai on a Tuesday.
14. New members
We would like to welcome all the new members (including social members) who joined Magnolia in 2016.

Please remember to provide us with all your correct details and information.
15. Birthdays
From all of us at Magnolia we would like to wish the following members a very happy birthday:
Yvonne Brenner 04 May
Marian East 04 May
Nerina Gerber 05 May
Michard Conrad  05 May
Jan Labuschagne 07 May
Charl Crouse 08 May
Elnie Laker 08 May
Bongani Mahlangu 08 May
Nardo Neveling 08 May
Elizna Bam 10 May
Mark Wilhelm 10 May
A special birthday message to our club chairman, Charl Crouse, for his birthday on 8 May. From all of us at Magnolia we wish you a happy birthday!!!!
16. Website
Please go have a look at our Magnolia website 
Please send us some suggestions of what you would like to see on there. If you have any proposals please
send it to

lso remember to visit our Facebook Page and share your Magnolia moments here with the rest of the group. 
17. Clubtent
The next club tent will be at the Jackie Meckler race on Saturday 7 May.

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

The club tent will be at all Pretoria races on weekends unless specified otherwise. There will not be a club tent at races on Wednesdays. 
All members are invited once again to make use of the gazebo at the races. The gazebo is there for all members to enjoy. Dirk Olivier is our dedicated “gazebo man” and have been appointed to support us at most races. Cold drinks and snacks are provided by the club. Beer/ciders will be available at no cost at races with a distance of 32km and more, otherwise beer/ciders will be sold for R10. 
18. Race Information
19. Race results
Contact Colin Billau or Noel Young if you ran a race outside Pretoria and send them the race results or URL to the results. 
Langebaan Country Estate Weskus (WP) 21km race - 2016-04-23      
1 club finishers          
Position Initials Surname Sex Age Club Finish Time
269 M Gouws M   Magnolia 01:59:33
226 F Du Plessis M   Magnolia 01:58:02
Diamond Run Walk For Hope Cullinan (AGN) 10km race - 2016-04-24    
1 club finishers          
Position Initials Surname Sex Age Club Finish Time
103 M Coetzee M 84 Magnolia 01:17:19
Benoni Northerns (CGA) 42km race - 2016-04-24      
11 club finishers          
Position Initials Surname Sex Age Club Finish Time
45 M Pienaar M 34 Magnolia 03:06:09
79 K Erasmus M 48 Magnolia 03:22:34
281 E Uys F 51 Magnolia 03:54:08
335 D Gloeck M 60 Magnolia 03:58:02
495 D Burger M 35 Magnolia 04:13:45
618 K Niemand M 50 Magnolia 04:23:44
678 B Harvey M 41 Magnolia 04:27:58
831 T Nagel F 42 Magnolia 04:41:07
1104 N Cillzars F 38 Magnolia 04:57:16
1184 G Chabalala M 59 Magnolia 05:00:30
1515 V Malefahlo F 24 Magnolia 05:47:36
Benoni Northerns (CGA) 21km race - 2016-04-24      
1 club finishers          
Position Initials Surname Sex Age Club Finish Time
945 M Hanekom F 27 Magnolia 02:25:33
Benoni Northerns (CGA) 50km race - 2016-04-24      
9 club finishers          
Position Initials Surname Sex Age Club Finish Time
40 R Titus M 32 Magnolia 03:41:59
229 L Bemelman M 28 Magnolia 04:39:29
633 R Mahaffey M 30 Magnolia 05:33:48
634 E Senekal M 45 Magnolia 05:33:48
681 W Louw M 32 Magnolia 05:41:29
682 M Louw M 35 Magnolia 05:41:38
726 B Bredenkamp M 40 Magnolia 05:47:32
819 E Jordaan M 31 Magnolia 05:57:47
877 L Linstrom M 56 Magnolia 06:05:02
Addicted To Life Freedom (AGN) 21km race - 2016-04-27      
1 club finishers          
Position Initials Surname Sex Age Club Finish Time
26 L Begemann M 43 Magnolia 01:38:38
20. Thank you
  • Thank you to Dirk and Gerrit Olivier for the club tent at the Wally Hayward race on Monday 2 May.
  • Thank you to Ericka L'Abbe and her family for doing the club run on Sunday 1 May.
21. Race reports and photos
Please send us some Magnolia related pictures and any inspiring personal race reports for the photo corner.
Race report of Deon Verster - Outeniqua Marathon
I did the Outeniqua Marathon this past weekend at a time of 4:22:10 by far not my best time but with an overall elevation gain of 658m it is not surprising.

We started at the George sports club and finished at the Ebb and Flow SANP, the route took us through the mountains and past the dam just outside George, it was a wonderfully scenic route with tough hills around every corner, perfect final prep for Comrades.
I see you are always looking for some photos and out of town races, so I thought that I will send you some info it is not the best of photos but it is something you can maybe place in our next news letter if you would like to.
The first one is at the start of the race, with only this few people taking part in the marathon it should have been a clear indication of what I could expect, the next one is with myself approaching the finish line. 
128 DEON VERSTER Magnolia RR TEMP4011 2573 28 M 4:22:10 42km
22. News
Please support this wine pairing evening in support of the Wildlands conservation trust of the Comrades charities
To all my friends runners, non-runners, golfers and non-golfers please consider supporting my Comrades run and fundraising effort for Pink Drive. Donations can be made to the account reflected in the attached brochure. I am running in solidarity for a friend with breast cancer and other friends/family who have had or currently have some form of cancer! Janeen De Klerk 082 415 4753
Kaapsehoop away weekend 5-7 November 2016

Those members interested in joining a group of Magnolia members for a short stay in Lower Sabi rest camp after the Kaapsehoop Marathon, are welcome to join. No formal group arrangements are made and each member is responsible for his own booking through Sanparks at
Please make sure to do this early as there are limited space available.
For more info on Dirk's Buzz, visit our website
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon event takes place on the 17th and 18th of September 2016 and consists of 2 Trail Runs (22km & 12km), a Fun Run (4.2km), a PEACE Run (10km) and a City Marathon (42.2km). The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon strives to be Africa’s ICONIC City Marathon, a City marathon that in time will take its rightful place as one of the worlds “must run” City Marathons.

Magnolia can enter as a club and the first 4500 marathon on-line entries received along with ALL CLUB GROUP ENTRIES (marathon only) received prior to 31st July 2016 will receive a FREE MOBII CHIP to the value of R110, courtesy of SANLAM.

For more info visit

All those interested to enter can contact Noel Young.

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