Magnolia Newsletter # 18 31 August 2017
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Upcoming events, Magnolian of the monthClub tentSunday runs,Tuesday running groups, Tuesday club braaiRace Pace Coaching, Magnolia Spring RunComrades 2018 Medal Bus, Massage therapistCryo Recovery TherapyRunning clothes, 2017 RegistrationRace informationASA Race number ruleASA detailsSocial media, Boot camp, BiokineticistThank you, Race reports & photos, Contact us

Upcoming events

30 Aug - Coaching session 16:30/17:00/17:30
2 Sep - Spirit of flight 5/10km 6:30
3 Sep - Sunday Spring Run 6:30
5 Sep - Tuesday club braai 18:00
5 Sep - Registration at club 17:00-18:00
6 Sep - Coaching session 16:30/17:00/17:30
9 Sep - Value Logistics Race TUT 5/10/21km 6:00
10 Sep - Sunday Club run 6:30
12 Sep - Registration at club 17:00-18:00
13 Sep - Coaching session 16:30/17:00/17:30
16 Sep - Brooklyn Half Marathon 5/10/21 6:00
17 Sep - Sunday club run

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.

For the month of September we decided to award this to Hannes Nel. Over the weekend of 26 August Hannes won the Dawn to Dusk circuit race 100 miler  (160km) in a time of 20 hours 18mins. This was his first ever 100miler and he managed to win it. Not once did Hannes stop smiling during the course of the race. Hannes is a phenominal athlete and we would like to congratulate him on this amazing achievement.

Club tent

The next club tent will be at:
  • Spirit of Flight race on Saturday 2 Sep
  • Value logistics race on Saturday 9 Sep
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

Sunday runs

Date: 3 September (Spring run)
Time: 6:30 
Distance: 10km 
Start: Magnolia club house, 229 Middel street, New Muckleneuk
Please wear something colourful and fun to celebrate Spring. Prizes will be given for the Springiest runners and the winning group.

Date:  10 September 2017 
Time: 6:30  
Distance: +/-15km 
Start: Magnolia club house, 229 Middel street, New Muckleneuk
Hosted by:

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.

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.

Tuesday club braai

The weather is getting better which means we can start braaiing again.

Every first Tuesday of the month Magnolia hosts a very informal social club braai. You are welcome to bring your meat, snacks, friends and the rest of the family for a braai. We provide the fires. Everyone is welcome!!
Our next braai is on 5 September 2017!!!
Time 18:00
Cash bar available
Bring your own cutlery.

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.

Magnolia Spring Run 3 September

Magnolia will be hosting their annual Spring run on Sunday 3 September 2017.
Start: 6:30 
Distance: +-10 km. .
Place: Magnolia Clubhouse, 229 Middel street, New Muckleneuk.
Cost: R15

Runners will be asked to run in groups of two to four and work as a team to find the answers to three questions that they will be given. The answers to the questions will all be based on landmarks situated in the area around the clubhouse (each park is approximately 1.7km from the club). 
There will be champagne for the more serious (drinkers) runners afterwards... Groups will have 1 hour and 30 minutes in which to find all three answers. 
Please wear something colourful and fun to celebrate Spring. Prizes will be given for the Springiest runners and the winning group.

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



Tarryn Dettmer is offering her services to all Magnolia Members. She will give sports massages every Tuesday at the club and Wednesdays at the coaching sessions.

She chargers R150 for a 30 minute massage. If you would like to book a massage with her please contact her on 079 997 9083. 

Massage Therapist

I will be opening a massage therapy practice specifically for runners from 29 July. Sessions last 50 to 60 minutes and include an assessment to determine your goals and concerns.
The rate for Magnolia members is R250 per session.

I am available for sessions on Mondays to Fridays starting at 6:00 am till 19:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Opening specials will run from August till September. Whatsapp or call me at 0836619351 for bookings.

Johan Schoombie

2017 Registration 

Discounted registration fees valid from July 2017 :
1st Adult member     -  R300
2nd Adult (family)     -  R275
Junior (under 18)      -  R100
Senior (under 25)     -   R200
Great Grand Master (70+) - R250
Social member/ Friends of Magnolia  -  R100

Registrations can only be done at the clubhouse on Tuesdays from 17:00 - 19:00
This year we also have the option of online registrations. Visit
Visit the website to download forms and procedures for registration

Running clothes

Running vests are sold at the club on Tuesdays from 17:00-19:00.

Please contact Carmen van Niekerk should you have any queries regarding the clothing.
Visit the website to view our clothing range

Race Information

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

ASA Race number rule

Please be aware of the following VERY IMPORTANT notice!!!

On the ASA License (both permanent and temporary) the provincial logo and the sponsor logo will be positioned at the top of the license with the number directly below. In races where race numbers will be used, the number will be positioned at the top of the license while the race sponsor and other related information as positioned below the number. 
Failure to do so will lead to disqualification. Please help your fellow runners to get this rule right.

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.

Please help us smooth out the registration process for 2017 by making sure all your details are correct and that you are in fact registered.

Social media

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Join our Facebook page and stay up to date with the latest news and events.
You can also subscribe or unsubscribe to our newsletter.

Cryo Recovery Therapy

Altie Clark from Cryo Recovery is offering Magnolia members packages for Cryo Recovery Therapy at 15% discount.

For more information visit or contact Altie at 083 299 1356

Visit her at 881 Old Farm Road, Farm Office Park, Faerie Glen, Pretoria.
The first session is FREE!!!


Thank you

Thank you to Dirk Olivier for doing the club tent at the Romans Phobians race. And thank you for the awesome tent at the Dawn to Dusk race. 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.

Race reports and photos

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

Michard Conrad will be taking part in the World Championships on 10 September in Chattanooga Tennessee USA. He qualified for the World Championships at the half Ironman in Durban this year. Magnolia would like to wish him all the best.

Congratulations and well done to all our Magnolia Members who took part in the Dawn to Dusk event on Saturday 26 August. Congratulations to Tobie Reyneke who came 3rd in the 100 miler.

Contact us

Chairman: Charl Crouse
082 900 1323      

Club captain: Dewald Muller

Newsletter editor: Melinda Smal

Website: Noel Young


Clothing: Carmen van Niekerk

Social matters: Julie Munnik
Our mailing address is:

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